In this episode of DanceCast, Silva interviews Monika Požek, founder and director of MeetShareDance in Madrid, Spain. MeetShareDance is an annual festival that takes place in a different country each year, and that was created with the aim of supporting integrative dance as well as building an international network of integrated dance professionals. Silva and Monika discuss the evolution of the festival, Monika’s background, and the spread of integrated dance both in Europe and the United States. Text by Emmaly Wiederholt.
Monika Požek, founder and artistic director of MeetShareDance, received her first dance training in Slovenia, dancing and competing hip hop for 12 years. After obtaining a degree in continuing education, she moved to Argentina where she began training in contemporary techniques, as well as studying dance movement therapy (at AADT and Maria Fux method) and integrated dance at IUNA with Susana Gonzales. She continued with Danceability teacher training in Finland, workshops with Adam Benjamin, CandoCo and collaborating with a wheelchair dance group Zebra (Slovenia) and DanZass (Madrid). In 2012, she started MeetShareDance. In 2014-15, Monika was a Fulbright Schuman researcher on integrated dance, traveling to Atlanta and working with Full Radius Dance. In 2017, MeetShareDance festival was winner of the #BeInclusive EU Sport Award. Monika lives and works in Madrid.