Selen Yilmaz is the founder of Joimove International, former academic and professional ballerina.
She holds a Classical Ballet BSc, an Arts Management MBA. She has also studied anatomy, music and dance pedagogy and babywearing. With 20 years of experience performing and teaching Ballet, Modern Dance, Latin, and Argentine Tango, Selen worked with world famous ballet and dance masters.
Besides her dance career Selen has developed her knowledge of health, well-being, and healing and has utilised remedial dance techniques to work with people of all ages and abilities. She has initiated social responsibility projects for children with special needs and adults with disabilities and care homes.
Selen moved from Istanbul to Glasgow with her 3 month-old baby girl in 2012. As an expat mother, ballet teacher and babywearer she started parent and baby dance classes. Her classes reached 600 families in Scotland within the first 6 months and led her to establish the phenomenal babywearing dance movement with her own baby: Dance with Babies. Inspired by growing demand in her movement, she worked with health, babywearing, and education professionals and developed a safest babywearing dance program and instructor training module which became a leader in the world.
Following her Dance with Babies movement she developed series of programs for toddlers, families, teens, parents, adults and elderly in a multi-cultural, international network. With wonderful team members that has transformed into the global brand and community, JOIMOVE International.
In 2016 Selen co-founded the first International Family Dance Day (IFDD) to spread the beauty of family dancing together with babywearing dance leaders around the world.
Selen has two books. Dance with Babies: The Babywearing Dance Book co-authored with Paula Dumas and team of Joimove experts. The Dance of My Life: Joyful Decision Making to Come Over Life’s Challenges.
Selen lives with her daughter Lydia in Glasgow who is also an author with a kind heart. Her joyful book “I Like To Go to The Hospital” is a collection of Lydia’s bright drawings and thoughts from her journal of “funny things” which she started on her cancer ward at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, Scotland. She says “Parents should be funny and children shouldn’t be afraid of hospitals. Because…” and she is very excited sharing her words and joyful drawings with children around the world and helping them to feel better!
“Professional ballet dancer, academic with over 20 years experience and entrepreneur whose work has spread to twenty five countries, transforming Dance with Babies into the global brand, Joimove International.”
Books & Publications:
Hayatimin Dansi: Zorluklarin Ustesinden Neseyle Gelmeye Dair / October 2019
Joimove International Instructor Training Program / January 2015
Babywearing Dance Teachers Training Book/ August 2014
The Effect of Turkish Diplomatic Relations on Turkish Ballet History / June, 2014
International Family Dance Day 2017 (Creator/ Co-founder)
International Babywearing Dance Day 2016 (Creator / Co-founder)
El-Sistema Turkey 2012 (Co-founder / Art Director)
“International Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Joy”
Adam Smith Business School, UK
“Joyful Decision Making for Academics”
University of Glasgow, UK
Mazuju Valdos, Family Lab Academy / Vilnius, Kaunas, Lithuania
“Coming Over Life’s Challenges with Joy”
Homer Bookstore, Istanbul, Turkey
Galatasaray University / Joyology Talks, Istanbul, Turkey
3 yasında başladığı bale eğitimini profesyonel kariyer ile devam ettiren Selen Yılmaz, orta, lise ve üniversite eğitimini İstanbul Üniversitesi Devlet Konservatuarı’nda Klasik Bale Ana Sanat Dalı’nda, Yüksek Lisans’ını da Yeditepe Universitesi Sanat Yönetimi’nde tamamlamıştır.
Selen Yılmaz Joimove, kendi hayatında, ailesinde deneyimlendiği mucizevi iyileşmeyi, dünyanın dört bir yanından, her yaştan öğrencisinin, “sihir” diye tanımladığı teknikleri son kitabinda sizlerle paylaşıyor. Hayatimin Dansi: Zorluklarin Ustesinden Neseyle Gelmeye Dair