ATS® and Tribal Fusion Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer
Born in Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain) in a culturally mixed family, she developed, since she was a child, a special interest about cultural and ideological diversity. At the age of 18, Helena earned a sports certification in Fitness and Aerobic activities (Aerodance, Aerofunky, Aerosalsa, Bellyfit, etc…), but it was not until she ended her Psychology degree, when she discovered ATS® (American Tribal Style®). The multicultural and matriarchal origin of this dance, free of prejudices and in harmony with the environment, fits perfectly with her way of understanding life. And her passion for dance made the rest. Helena studied Belly dance and Tribal bellydance in Tarragona with the belly dancer Aisha, her mentor, for some years. Then she began to teach Tribal, creating choreographies for several dance shows, and dancing with different ATS® tribes at dance events in Catalonia. During the last years, Helena has attended classes/workshops of various professional ATS® dancers like Philippa Moirai, Jill Parker, Megha Gavin, Kelley Beeston and “the boss” Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman. And also of professional Tribal Fusion dancers like Morgana Guibelalde, Mares, Illan Rivière, Núria Gallego, Mardi Love and many more in other styles too, like Hip Hop with Salva Faye Secka.
Recently she became a Certified ATS® Teacher and FCBD® Sister Studio (https://fcbdstudiomanager.com/members/helena-tribal-ats). Meanwhile, Helena continues her training and development from the official teaching materials diffused by the main ATS® referent, Carolena Nericcio Bohlman, and uses her Yoga knowledge as a physical and mental complement. She is studying also the “Salimpour Format” (the roots of the term “tribal” in dance”) with Suhaila Salimpour.
Her other profession (Psychologist) and her experience in some areas of Psychology are expressed by the methodology used at Helena Miau’s classes and workshops. The therapeutic canalization of emotions and search of harmony through dancing are primordial objectives for her.
Helena teaches, dances and leads her own tribe “Miau Tribe” in Tarragona. She is also member of “Zion, Tribal Fusion Dance Company”, created by Mares, with whom Helena has been collaborating many years in an intercultural tribal exchange between students from Malta and Tarragona, with dance shows and tribal experiences to remember.
Helena Miau is directing classes and workshops mainly in Tarragona, but she eventually goes to other places (like Malta) to impart ATS® workshops and to collaborate in dance events. All of that with the intention to continue diffusing her vision of this dance like a therapeutic way to the emotional balance through the Art in motion.
She is currently working with Mares in TARRACOFUSION, the annual festival of ATS® and Tribal Fusion in Tarragona, created by them in 2014.