Zjamal Xanitha, choreographer, performer, teacher and therapist; has been teaching movement, improvisation, physical theatre and creative self development for thirty years in professional and academic settings. For seven years she was on the faculty of the Amsterdam College of the Arts in Holland. As a member of the world renown New Dance Development Department, Zjamal researched new approaches to experimental improvisation and composition. She has presented workshops and courses throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S.A., Australasia, and in the West Indies. She has been a frequent teacher at large annual dance and improvisation festivals in the USA, including five consecutive years at the Movement Research Summer Improvisation Intensive in New York City.
From 1993 - 1995 Zjamal taught at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the MA and PH.D programs of the Philosophy and Religion Department. CIIS is a prestigious and innovative university whose teaching faculty number many current world leaders in progressive education. Honoured to be invited to teach there, Zjamal regards those years there as perhaps the most formative in her teaching career, a time that generated a new synthesis in her work as an artist and educator.
Since moving to Australia in 1999 Zjamal has been adjunct faculty at the Victoria College of the Arts in Melbourne, the Queensland University of Technology, the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Dance Department, and for C.S.I.T Performing Arts Training and conducts short term teaching engagements nationwide.
As her work as a movement educator evolved, she became more and more interested in the personal and psychological development aspects of holistic somatic practice and eventually trained as a Gestalt Psychotherapist. A graduate of the Brisbane Gestalt Institute and a clinical member of GANZ, Zjamal is currently a trainer for Gestalt Therapy Brisbane. She was on the faculty of Northern Rivers Gestalt Institute from 2006 - 2009. She is a regular guest presenter for the Sydney Gestalt Institute and for the University of Southern Queensland, Masters of Education, Counselling component. She has a private practice in both the Northern Rivers region and the Gold Coast. She is regularly invited to facilitate professional trainings specialising in the integration of somatic awareness and Gestalt.
She offers her archive of specialised workshops to diverse populations in a multitude of settings, from the local community to the corporate sector.