Founder of Danza Duende Network, Yumma Mudra became a professional dancer in Paris in the Ballet Russe Irina Grjebina the age of 12. Top Model for the famous campaign “AVENIR “, she renounced in 1982, the unexpected celebrity to focus passionately on Tibetan Buddhism and live her first year in solitary retreat, followed by many others for over 30 years. Having studied and practiced intensively Tibetan Buddhism with renowned masters of Vajrayana including, Kunzang Lama Chokyi Dorje, Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoché, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso Rinpoché, HH the 17th Karmapaand her main teacher,, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Yumma studies in parallel the “Shambhala Training” the contemplative psychology training “Karuna”.
Her artistic career has led her to produce 7 FESTiVALS in Portugal sponsored by ROLAND MUSIC and the town halls of PORTO and SERPA.
She creates performances with her band SALAMANTRAS in Portugal, then, in Belgium, with Stéphanie Van Vyve and Anwar Abudragh, La DANSE du LUTH, with Ghalia Benali, MiL e UMA NUiTS, Les VOIES ENCHANTÉES.
At the invitation of Christine Delmotte, she created dance illustrations for Les FOURBERIES de SCAPIN, Sur Les TRACES de SIDDHARTHA et MILAREPA. Tony Gatlif consulted for creating VENGO, she worked as actresses with Alain Tanneur, João César Monteiro, Margerida Gil, and as consultant for the creation of DIOTIME et les LIONS with Stéphanie Van Vyve.
Expert in the artistic exploration of movement with mindfulness and the work on emotions through artistic creativity, she practiced very extensively in many forms of dance and body technics : Classical Ballet & Dance Character , Irina Grjebina for 10 years, Oriental Dance , Shokry Mohamed , Hatha Yoga, OKC, Qi Gong, France Detry, Alain Baudet and Karate Shotukan, Kasagima Sensei, Sensei George Zsiga, while touching other styles like Impressionist Dance, Mario Calixto, Sevilhanas & Flamenco, Miguel Vidal, Bharata Natyam, Tarikavalli.
Yumma Mudra gives seminars around the world since 1991 offering an integrated view of her experience as an artist and as a practitioner of Buddhism through concrete learning to “DanceLife.”
The training “Danza Duende” is primarily intended to develop the courage and ability to improvise, to create forms, increase our perceptions of space and intuition, to adapt to changes quickly, the ability to communicate and flexibility and generosity in collaborations. Danza Duende promotes work on oneself, which includes an ethical and joyful meaning in the transmission of art.
Nomad, “dancer of life”, producer, author, teacher and choreographer, Yumma Mudra has published his first book LA VOIE QUI DANSE in 2012, published by François Bourin. She has been recently named “Intuitive Dharma Teacher” by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.
Since 2013, she joined Michel Raji on the path of the breathe as a dance : the Choreosophy.