Adriana Dal Borgo, Programme Director
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.
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.
Born in Moscow (Russia), Luda graduated at 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 become a member of the International DzogChen Community in 1994, was authorized by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu as a Vajra Dance instructor and became instructor of Khaita Joyful Dances in 2016.
Since then, she gave many courses for beginners and, as part of Khaita Commitee, in training program for instructors.
She has partecipated as dancer and artistic director in many events and performances.
Salima collaborates with the Shang Shung Foundation, working in the administrative department.
She met the Dzogchen teaching of the Master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu in 1997 and since then she has been interested in learning and perfecting the methods linked with dance: the Vajra Dance and Khaita Joyful Dances.
The Khaita Joyful Dances in particular have become the principal method through which she is able to convey her personality and character.
In the 2016, she was directly authorized by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu to teach the 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 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 renown teachers). Since 2008 she has been teaching improvisational techniques, voice and presentation techniques to more than 1500 students in a variety of contexts.
Elisha is an authorized Vajra Dance and Khaita Dances teacher by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.
Ilaria Luisa Faccioli
Executive Manager for the Tibetan Medicine department of the Atiyoga Foundation, Tenerife.
Familiy- 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 psycho-motor ability, affectivity, dealing with emotions and relationships in an intercultural context within the hinterland of Milan.
In 2016, has been authorized by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu as instructor of Khaita Joyful Dances.
Pancho is a professional musician with more than 50 years‘ experience, participating in more than 4000 concerts with different artists and groups in all kind of contexts, around 300 recording studio sessions and acting in television and movies.
Born in Alicante (Spain), Pancho became a member of 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 Chogyal Namkhai Norbu to teach the Khaita Joyful Dances.
Petra is Creative Designer, Project manager and Creative strategy lead for digital and interactive designs. Graduated teacher and designer. Professional basketball player and coach. In 2001 she was certified as sport masseur. She have long term experience in teaching and coaching, working with physical aspect of 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 learn methods related to dance and the integration of movement. She was authorised by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu to teach the 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.