Polina was born in Thessaloniki, grew up in Volos, studied in Ioannina and lives in Athens, Greece. Her work focuses on two interrelated axes: bringing dance into the community and introducing the feeling of community into contemporary dance.
She graduated with honors from the Higher Professional Dance School “Rallou Manou” (Hellenic Ministry of Culture) and the Medicine Department, University of Ioannina city. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Anthropology and Folklore Studies at the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Ioannina. Dancer and choreographer of Creo Dance Company, she participates in Greek and International Festivals, Residencies, Symposiums and Platforms and she conducts Workshops. She has collaborated with many artists and scholars from various fields. She is teaching contemporary dance, theory of contemporary dance, improvisation, choreography and applied anatomy- kinesiology in various Professional Dance Schools in Greece.
Creo has received state support from Greece’s Ministry of culture in the years 2009–2010, 2017–2022. In 2012, Polina was awarded the first prize “Silver Snowflake” at the Sarajevo Winter Festival for the performance GODOT. Since 2014 she is conducting the art-based research “Apogeos” under the support and the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. She is also the creator and founder of a multilayered educational program for dancers and public school students, called “Skytali”; a program approved by the Ministry of Education and chosen as one of the most inspiring programs in Europe by EDN (European Dancehouse Network).
Presently she is leading an educational intercultural dance program for the National Opera of Greece and she is also member of the community project “Melisma” which takes place in Northern Evia; an area affected by the devastating fires of the summer of 2021. The project is funded by the National Opera and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and includes workshops for all ages and sexes in the villages, aiming at the creation of a performance in the summer and fall of 2023.
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