FREMANTLE seems to be a mecca for interesting and unusual people.
Whether they be celebrities like Ben Elton or those who have approached life from a unqiue angle and taken odd twists and turns to reach this remote, sun-drenched port.
One of the latest additions is Christine Jaroszewski-Consani, an international ballet dancer who grew up in Brooklyn, New York and performed all over the world.
She started out studying at the National Ballet School in Toronto before becoming a soloist with prestigious European ballet companies in Switzerland and Germany.
So how did she end up on the other side of the world in Fremantle?
As is usually the case, it was down to cupid’s arrow.
She met an Australian, Sebastian, while on a busman’s holiday in India in 2013.
They fell in love and started a long distance relationship between Dusseldorf and Perth, before he moved to Germany in 2015 and they tied the knot.
After Jaroszewski-Consani’s dancing career ended in 2018, they decided to relocate to Fremantle.
“After a life of moving around the globe, it was yet another adventure,” she says.
“Teaching ballet made it easy for me to find work here, and it grew quickly with my professional experience and career in dance.”
Jaroszewski-Consani was an instructor at the Swan River and Ballet West Schools, but is now focusing on teaching gyrokinesis, a low impact mix of yoga, tai chi, dance and movement.
Created in the 1970s by Romanian-born dancer Juliu Horvath, while he was at the Houston Ballet, gyrokinesis
has become a popular method to relieve tension and improve balance and mobility.
Jaroszewski-Consani first used it to recover from a ballet injury when she was 13, after years of rigorous training from the age of nine.
“Geta, one of my first ballet teachers from New York who was a very close friend of Juliu Horvath, encouraged me to spend some time in personal training with him in the Virgin Islands, where he had been creating the initial gyrokinesis method back in the late 70’s, after a serious injury interrupted his career as a dancer,” Jaroszewski-Consani says. “In the early days it was called ‘Yoga for Dancers’.”
Jaroszewski-Consani fell in love with gyrokinesis and went on to become a certified instructor.
“Gyrokinesis is actually directly influenced by tai chi principles; mainly in how the flow of breath and movements are connected, as well as the energetic awakening of ‘chi’ or life force that can be experienced with the practice,” she says. “It mobilises the spine and all parts of the body in ways that both strengthen and stretch, with a wide range from gentle, flowing movements to progressively more dynamic and challenging sequences.”
When she’s not helping people relax, Jaroszewski-Consani likes to sing in a Fremantle choir; a nod to her youth when she appeared in musical theatre: “I learned tap dance and had singing lessons for a few productions while dancing with a company in Switzerland.”
To found out more about Jaroszewski-Consani’s gyrokinesis classes in Fremantle see http://www.facebook.com/jaroszewskichristine
or www. heartplace.org.au
by STEPHEN POLLOCK