Born and raised in Mozambique (Southern Africa), Pynksy Shell also known as Tania Amaral is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, pharmacist, traveller and enthusiastic person.
Her first contact with dance was at the age of 6 years old in a local dance school in the capital of Mozambique, Maputo. Ballet and Mozambican Traditional Dance where the studies. At that time rhythm was already in her soul. Dancing with friends at home, small parties, weddings, even at school, was a major part of her childhood. Growing in Mozambique is forever an everyday blessing. It’s a place where there’s always time to dance, regardless of where you are, it´s contagious!
At 18 years old she discovered the Classic belly dance. That impact of hip movements, the glamour of the arms, the silk of the veil and all the aspects regarding the postures just hypnotized her. But the most remarkable moment was when she found out about the Tribal Fusion Bellydance. It was the turning point of events.
In 2007 she moved to Portugal to make her MA in Pharmacy. She lived there for almost 6 years. Being a Pharmacist was always very good because give her a deep understanding of the body in terms of anatomy (bones, muscles, tendons, nerves and articulations) and physiology (systems and organs). This change of countries was also very important because give her the opportunity to study dance more professionally deepening her knowledge. We are talking about modalities like Classic Ballet, Contemporary dance, Barre floor, Jazz, Modern dance, Classic Bellydance, Tribal Fusion, Hip-Hop, Flamenco/ Sevilhanas and Bharatanatyam. She even took an intensive course of Ballet for Teachers based on RAD at APAM in Porto.
After that, she moved to Cape Verd (land of her parents) for about one and a half years. In Cape Verd she experienced one of her greatest dreams, she organized and produced her first dance show in partnership with other local dancers and sponsors, “The 5 Elements” was her first achievement. She also could participate in MidelAct (the greatest theatrical event in Africa) representing Mozambique in two performances. Another great opportunity was to work on a project called “Corpos em Acção” with a Portuguese theatrical company which combines dance and theatrical performance.
Then she moved back to Mozambique where she stood for almost 4 years. In Mozambique a new concept called Ghawazi Worldwide – Dance Convention & Festival was created with another partnership. You can see more information about Ghawazi Worldwide on the website http://www.ghawaziworldwide.com or on FB Page or even on Instagram.
After this period she moved again, this time to North America (Canada) where she now resides. In Canada, she established a new base to explore, create, investigate and teach. Her main goal is to reach other people with her culture and Africa flavour. With this said, currently she is working in the fusion of Africa rhythms and movements (Southern, Central and West) with Bellydance. She likes to call Afro Fusion Bellydance. Since she was born and raised in Africa, she believes that is more than a duty to take Africa culture, value, heritage, meaning, History, and much more beyond borders.
Since she moved to Canada she has been teaching (Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, Afro Body Expression and Afro Fusion Belly Dance) in different places around Canada (Vancouver, Nelson, and Lillooet) and in Mozambique as well. She also has been Attempting Workshops (Canada, USA, Mozambique), choreographing, performing in Vancouver (private events, festivals, shows, haflas) and outside of Vancouver (ex: USA, Montreal, Mozambique). She completed with success an Introduction to Laban Movement Studies with Helen Walkley.
Currently, she is also concluding the studies to become a Dance Certify Teacher by IDTS (International Dance Teaching Standard’s Program) and she is studying the 8 Elements Program at Datura Dance School in Portland by Rachel Brice to become a Certified Datura Style Teacher. She has already accomplished the 2nd level.
At this moment she is also studying, as self-didactic, the vocabulary of African Dances by Alphonse Tiérou and Afro Contemporary Dance by Germaine Acogny (École des Sables) using their books as guides.
She has already studied with so many remarkable names like in so many different field as: Karina Leiro (Flamenco & Sevilhanas), Miguel Vilhena (ballet, barre floor, contemporary, jazz), Tarika Valli (Bharatanatyam – Traditional Indian Dance), Vasco Lopes (hip-hop, popping, locking, b-boying) and Helen Walkley (Laban Technique and contemporary dance), Osvaldo Passiviro and Mauro Sigauque (Mozambican and African Traditional Dance).
Until now, in the field of Bellydance, Fusion, American Tribal Style, American Cabaret, Indian Fusion Bellydance she had already the opportunity to study with amazing international teachers like April Rose (US), Abigail Keyes, Ariellah, Ashely Lopez (US), Bindu Bolar (IND), Catherine De Sève (CAN), Carolena Nerichio, Donna Mejia, Hossam & Serena Ramzy, Jill Parker, Judith Dilshad, Kemi Lidle, Kristine Adams, Lady Fred, Mat Jacob, Moria Chappell, Morgana, Olivia Kissel, Patricia Zarnovican, Rachel Brice, Samantha Emanuel, Sharon Kihara, Valenteena Ianni, Violet Scrap and Zoe Jake.
Above all, the greatest blessing is to be able to travel around the world get more knowledge in every possible way, meet more and different teachers/ students, explore new concepts and to feel alive every day.
She is a truly faithful fan of Yoga…it saves her from back pains. Respectful of healthy eating, good food and lots of water… that’s what the body needs!
Last but not least, just Dance, because it brings total joy, takes the pain and sorrows away, makes all the spirits uplifted.