Meet your instructors

Adriana Dal Borgo

For almost thirty years, Adriana Dal Borgo has been teaching contemplative dance and methods of the awareness of movement, harmonization of energy and the practice of awareness through sound and dance, with courses intended for expert dancers and beginners alike. She was born in Venice and possesses a degree in Psychology with a specialization in Psychotherapy.

In 1986 she met the Dzogchen teaching (Atiyoga) of the Master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, from whom she learned the methods related to dance and the integration of meditation in movement and, later on, the Khaita Joyful Dances.

Dancer and choreographer, she received the assignment from her Master to teach these dances and train other instructors.

She has overseen several publications and audio videos which go more deeply into the different aspects of the dances. She directs Khaita Dance courses and events, with shows and workshops in various countries.  As well as teaching and coordinating the relative activities of these disciplines, she has combined her practical knowledge and academic studies to create structured projects that promote the instruction and spread of these.

She collaborates with MACO (Museum of Oriental Art And Culture) curating the sections related to Vajra Dance and Khaita Joyful Dances.

Lena Dumcheva

Student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu since 2002, Lena has always had a keen interest in Tibetan culture, including language, history, art, medicine and astrology. After Khaita exam in March 2016 Lena was appointed by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu as one of the five members of Khaita Committee tasked with coordinating further training for the instructors. Inside the work of the Committee Lena has dedicated to the language and the meaning aspects; and, above all, to contextualising Khaita within the broader Tibetan culture work of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, as well more general cultural references and background.

Other Khaita collaborations include: author of the Happy Birthday from Around the World video, co-designer of Khaita signature costumes, project manager of Khaita Gran Canaria performance 2017 and of the first British Museum performance 2018; work on translations, commentaries, internal digital archive, YouTube channel and subtitles for dance videos.

With professional background in linguistics and fundraising for non-profit organisations, Lena is currently the manager of Dzamling Gar Bookhouse, Dzamling Gar fundraising assistant and is actively involved in Tibetan culture events organisation.

Luda Kislichenko

Born in Moscow (Russia), Luda graduated from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPHI). She also completed some studies in musical school for piano and has worked as a teacher of ballroom dance, participating in contests and performances. Luda became a member of the International Dzogchen Community in 1994, was authorized by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu as a Vajra Dance instructor and became an instructor of Khaita Joyful Dances in 2016.

Since then, she gave many courses for beginners and, as part of Khaita Committee, in training program for instructors.

She  has participated as dancer and artistic director in many events and performances.

 

Salima Celeri

Salima collaborates with the Shang Shung Foundation, working in the administrative department.

She met the Dzogchen teaching of the Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1997 and since then she has been interested in learning and perfecting the methods linked with dance: Vajra Dance and Khaita Joyful Dances.

Khaita Joyful Dances in particular have become the principal method through which she is able to convey her personality and character.

In 2016, she was directly authorized by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu to teach Khaita Joyful Dances. She has led many courses in different countries for beginners and, as part of the Khaita Committee, in training programs for instructors. Salima has also participated in many events and public presentations.

Elisha Koppensteiner

Elisha Koppensteiner has a master degree in Biology from the University of Vienna and a thorough training in physical theatre and voice work (International School of Humor, Vienna / École Philippe Gaulier, Paris / and other internationally renowned teachers). Since 2008 she has been teaching improvisational techniques, voice and presentation techniques to more than 2000 students in a variety of contexts.

Elisha is an authorized Vajra Dance and Khaita Joyful Dances teacher by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

Ilaria Luisa Faccioli

Executive Manager for the Tibetan Medicine department of the Atiyoga Foundation, Tenerife. 

Family-systemic counsellor: psycho-corporal integration for children and adolescents, for the prevention and treatment of emotional disturbances in evolutive development, parental and psycho-educative counselling. She has coordinated workshops in dance therapy, bodily expression for the harmonious and balanced development of psychomotor ability, affectivity, dealing with emotions and relationships in an intercultural context within the hinterland of Milan. Furthermore she has been coordinating projects of alphabetization for women and children in the indigenous communities of Chiapas, Mexico. 

In 2016, has been authorized by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu as instructor of Khaita Joyful Dances.  

Pancho Company

Pancho is a professional musician with more than 50 years‘ experience, participating in more than 4000 concerts with different artists and groups in all kinds of contexts,  around 300 recording studio sessions and acting in television and movies.

Born in Alicante (Spain), Pancho became a member of the International Dzogchen Community in 1990 and since then has tirelessly offered his collaboration and experience of working with audiovisual equipment, also supporting events and performances.  In 2016,  he was directly authorized by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu to teach Khaita Joyful Dances.

Petra Zezulková

Petra is creative designer, project manager and creative strategy lead for digital and interactive designs. She is graduated teacher and designer and professional basketball player and coach. In 2001 she was certified as sport masseur. She has long term experience in teaching and coaching, working with physical aspect of the body and the balance of movements within physical activities.

In 2011 she met teaching (Atiyoga) of the Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and in 2012 became member of International Dzogchen Community. She learned methods related to dance and the integration of movement. She was authorised by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu to teach Khaita Joyful Dances. She is leading regular trainings for adults and kids. She cooperates with Montessori kindergarten and teaches Khaita Joyful Dances there. She is actively participating on events, dance performances and also organising  events.

Fabian Sanders

​Expert and professor of Asian cultures and languages.

Fabian Sanders studied the languages, traditions and cultures of Asia extensively, obtaining a Doctorate at the Ca‘ Foscari University, Venice, with a thesis on the lineage of Jetsun Dampa Khutukhtu. For the last fifteen years, he has dedicated himself to teaching classical Tibetan language at university level for the Shang Shung Foundation and the Atiyoga Foundation. For many years he has been teaching the phonetic system of Tibetan transcription, Drajyor. He has held numerous conferences in various parts of the world and is the author of the grammatical text,“La Lingua tibetana Classica”, edited by Hoepli and numerous academic articles on the Tibetan tradition. He has been a student of  Chögyal Namkhai Norbu since 1997.

 

Klára Markuciová

Director and main teacher in Montessori School.

Klára is originally from Prague. She graduated in open cover economics and holds a teacher's diploma in teaching at high schools from Charles University. She was trained and certified by the Montessori Association in Prague and holds a diploma for Primary education for children from 3 to 9 years old. Klára has several years of teaching experience at the high school of gastronomy and also spent a few years in the role of vice principal for education training at the same school. In the past 13 years she’s been the owner, director and primary teacher in a prestigious Montessori toddler community and preschool NestLingue, in Prague. She is a member of the Czech Montessori Association and also a professional craniosacral therapist. She plays the flute, likes the ocean and mountains.

Giovanna Natalini

Musician, composer and voice trainer

Giovanna Natalini  trained in the world of classical music, studying composition and electronic music at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, in Rome, playing piano and singing in choral groups.

Being interested in expanding her artistic research, she combined the potential of electronic music and improvisation, developing her musical journey through site-specific sonorous installations with the Scale Dorsali project, and then investigating improvisation of multiple voices together with painting and dance.

For about twenty years she has worked as a pianist for the Sacred Dances of Gurdjeff with M. Martinu and J. Wilkinson in seminars and public performances in Italy, Slovenia and Germany.

As a composer for theatre, she has collaborated with O Thiasos TeatroNatura and the Teatro della Memoria.

Her acoustic and electronic compositions have been performed at important festivals and music seasons in Italy and abroad.

She has been working at RAI RADIO 3 since 2003 as a music expert and radio-phonic director.

 

Claudia Celi

Dancer, expert and professor of history of dance.

Claudia Celi specialised in the history of dance with Barbara Sparti, Francine Lancelot, Shirley Wynne and Angene Feves, Cecilia Gracio Moura and Ana Yepes. She is a teacher of History of Dance and Historic Dances at the  Accademia Nazionale di Danza, and teaches also at the  Facoltà di Filosofia, Lettere, Scienze umanistiche e Studi orientali  at the "La Sapienza" University in Rome. Parallel to academic activities, after being part of the Gruppo di Danza Rinascimentale (Group of Renaissance Dance), Rome, directed by Barbara Sparti, she has collaborated as a dancer and choreographer with theatrical, television and cinematic productions. As the artistic director of the association "Il Teatro della Memoria" she has overseen numerous shows and organised courses and workshops. She has held seminars on the history of dance and historic dance at associations, foundations and research centres, amongst which D.A.M.S. in Bologna, I.R.TE.M., the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, the Fondazione Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Scuola Internazionale dell'Attore Comico in Reggio Emilia and the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and has taken part in conferences in Italy and abroad. She has published articles and essays, amongst them  "Il balletto in Italia" in Musica in Scena - Storia dello Spettacolo musicale (UTET),  and has edited numerous entries for the International Encyclopedia of Dance and the Dictionnaire Larousse de la Danse. In 2001 she was appointed by the  Ministro dell'Istruzione, Università e Ricerca to the work group for the creation of new didactic regulations of the Accademia dei Conservatori.

Daniela Garbo

Expert in the management of research and didactic projects

Daniela Garbo worked for more than 30 years at the University of Padua, dealing with the administrative and accountancy management of various university didactic and research facilities.  She graduated from the Facoltà di Scienze Politiche at the same university, and over the years she improved her expertise in the management of research and didactic projects, funded by national and international bodies, overseeing the management in all stages up to the final report.

After retiring in 2015, Daniela continued her work until 2018 with the non-profit organization, la Fondazione per la Ricerca Biomedica Avanzata Onlus, related to management, coordinating and continuing to attend the project’s activities.

Valentina Lo Surdo (Abha)

Presenter in television and live concerts, teacher of public speaking and strategic communication

Born in 1976 in Rome, she has been a RAI radio and television presenter since 2006, presenting more than twenty different national transmissions.

Valentina began her journey as a musician (graduated in Pianoforte), is a music journalist (masters at the Accademia della Critica), a presenter of live concerts, an organizer of cultural events, attends to the management of young talent and numerous press offices. She is a member of the Associazione Nazionale Critici Musicali.

As a presenter, she has been on stage alongside important artists and figures from the world of culture and live performance.

In her capacity as an acting voice, she has participated in theatrical shows, but also as a speaker, actor and dubber in audio and video advertising.

She writes for newspapers, magazines, publishing groups and is the editor of theater programs for important Italian establishments and booklets of countless discographic productions.

Included also in her multifaceted career, Valentina is a voice trainer, a teacher of elocution, public speaking, body language ars oratoria and strategic communication, holding communication and management courses for businesses, the private sector or prestigious European establishments.   

She is the bestselling author of tens of video courses for Corsi.it, the most important Italian platform for online courses.

Under the nickname of Abha, she is a blogger and author of numerous international reports and radio documentaries which combine her passion for harmony (music, communication, wellbeing) with anthropological, social and humanitarian investigation, with particular reference to indigenous cultures, custodians of the ancient traditions of our planet.

An enthusiast of walks and ancient disciplines, she practices Yantra Yoga with passion since discovering it at Merigar in 2011.