Co-founder of Movement Vilnius, "Movement Fundamentals" teacher, Dancer – Soloist of National Opera and Ballet Theater , Yoga teacher, Mother of two children.
I have been in the ballet system for 20 years and I can say that I have pushed all the limits of physical training. My body seemed to be able to do everything - it was strong, it was flexible, I was able to perform the highest jumps and land the longest solo roles in both classical and modern ballet performances. However, the formation of a "perfect" body and chiselling specific movements for ballet had an invisible dark side. Anything other than ballet seemed to me "unprofessional" and not valuable in terms of movement. Not surprisingly, I was taught from an early to look carefully and suspiciously at other forms of movement. At the top-level ballet college in Minsk, we were forbidden to roller-skate, bike, run, or simply climb trees. Other dance genres or physical training systems were also questionable. I was taught not to do anything that could potentially damage my specialized musculoskeletal system. So eventually, even as I was becoming a better ballet dancer, I became increasingly indifferent to the movement itself. I was afflicted with spinal, knee, foot and ankle pain that is common to many ballet artists. I still wanted to be on stage, but avoiding the lancinating pain, I didn't want to move in ways that were not habitual to my body. A number of doctors looked at my MRI results and were wondering how on earth I was still moving. They were predicting a sad and physically painful future. Everything started to change when Justas came into my life. Despite old beliefs, I started climbing rocks, running long distances, skiing downhill, learning movement improvisation and the Latin American dance genre I had never known. Together with Justas, we became multiple vice-champions of the European Championships, finalists of the World Championships, and invited guests to many prestigious competitions. This change became extremely clear and gained momentum as I became familiar with the principles of movement taught by Ido Portal and the approach to motion itself. The totality of knowledge and the conscious nature of the complexity of movement allowed me to rediscover my own body and, with it, regain natural movement patterns without pain and self-judgement. The Ido Portal system allowed me to personalize movement and physical training became a living dynamic process. My newfound way of moving allowed me to move more freely in and outside the ballet world even when I seemed to be as far away from sports as I could be - during my two pregnancies. The joy of movement returned to me. Now my body is strong and resilient again, only this time without pain and ready not only for the stage but for the real challenges of life.