Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Malvina Lorida has been studying, performing and teaching about the Soma and its healing techniques in several different countries in Europe & US, such as France, Germany, Spain and New York City.
She started studying Dance Education in Germany until she got transferred to the Dance Department of Hunter College in New York City, where she received her second Bachelor Degree in Dance. She later got her MFA in Arts Leadership from Savannah College of Arts and Design, at the same time with the realisation of her festival that called All Souls Festival and its mission is to make space for disability in the arts.
Malvina became a certified acupuncture therapist while studying next to important teachers such as Rose Erin Vaughan (US) and Ilaira Bouratinos (GRE). Having a strong background in the meridian channels and alternative therapies, dance, aerial acrobatics, and professional Pilates and yoga training, Malvina has an incredible passion for the body and its relationship with the mind.
She is also a Simonson technique, Duncan technique and Progressing Ballet Technique instructor. Finally, she is a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor, with specialisation in Prenatal and Postnatal Pilates, Yoga for Kids, and Yoga for Trauma.
The name "Plefs" constitutes her signature methodic based on her training and experience, which is a blend of several different artistic backgrounds.
Aiming to use movement and other services to heal and to offer back to her community, Malvina’s ambition is to connect people to their bodies in order to achieve emotional and physical harmony.
Her activity as an artist and arts administrator focuses on equality and inclusion in the arts, together with community building.
Her style of movement focuses on maintaining flow during a complete practice that blends stillness and powerfulness, and includes the training of the inner and outer body. According to her philosophy, embracing movement is a gift to the body and mind that helps them achieve a healthy relationship and balance. Self - realisation together with movement awareness are keys to get closer to the best version of ourselves.