Born in Southern Germany, Carola Stieber/Paramjyoti studied at the Ballet School of Karin Hermes-Sunke. She received a scholarship from the Mary Anthony Dance Studio in New York City, studying under the legendary Bertram Ross (formerly of the Martha Graham Dance Company). In 1998, she graduated from the Dance Academy AHK Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam with a diploma in Modern Dance.
After sustaining an injury, Paramjyoti received training in methods like body-mind centering and Alexander Technique as well as treatments in craniosacral therapy and osteopathy, while discovering Zen Meditation. After graduation, Paramjyoti pursued spiritual studies including Shamanism and energy work in California. Having met Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith during her years of studies, she plunged into the lively Contact Improvisation scene of the Bay Area. Back in Germany and Switzerland, a collaboration with Budhi S. Otong deepened her access to spiritual practice and ritual theater.
In 2002, Paramjyoti founded her own school, focusing on movement, dance and awareness: "Devadasi - Dance of the Heart." Since that time, she has taught and performed in Germany and throughout the world, including seven years in India as well as several months-long residencies nurturing movement research at the Kibbutz Neot Semadar in Israel. Centers throughout the world have offered appreciation and platforms for her work. The community and Yoga School Ananda (Assisi Italy), Yoga Vidya (Germany), Center of Unity/Schweibenalp (Switzerland) and the Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort Kamalaya (Koh Samui, Thailand) have become collaborating families.
Throughout the 15 years of her school’s existence, Paramjyoti has performed and taught in 20 different countries. Over this period, she has organised community-based and charitable programs, bringing people from different cultures and spiritual traditions together in music, dance and celebration. One of these events, "Love Moves," is held annually in Germany. The past three years were spent on the creation and post-production of her film, "Moving into the Infinite," a culmination of her lifelong devotion to dance, meditation, peace work, community-building, and spiritual practice.
For more information: devadasi.de
For connecting and staying in touch: facebook.com/paramjyoti.stieber
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