Born in Graz, Austria, Tanja ("Tanima") Schmid received her fi rst ballet lessons at the age of 5. Classically trained under the direction of Diana Ungureanu, Tanima graduated from the academies of the renowned Graz Opera and State Opera Ballet Vienna. During those years she appeared in numerous productions and performances, such as The Nutcracker and The Magic Flute.
Exploring new ways of physical expression, Tanima became involved in contemporary dance, dance theatre, modern dance (after Martha Graham) and pole art. Tanima is not only an active dancer, but also a teacher.
She recently set out as a pedagogue for free improvisation, dance theatre and classical ballet.