Currently Cecília works as a Professor at University of Lisbon – Faculdade de Motricidade Humana – Dance Course, where she teaches Contemporary Technique, Choreographic Composition, Stage Techniques and Production of Cultural Events. Alongside she is also Professor at the Doctoral Course in Digital-Media Art, from Universidade Aberta of Lisbon, where she teaches “Topics of Body Poetics and Digital Performance”

She develops her research work at the INET-md Institute focusing on the relation of dance with somatic practices, phenomenology, cognitive sciences, digital media and artistic education. Her work has been published on several academic and artistic venues, and academic editions.

Since 2014 she is a editorial board member of the Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices. 

Since 1998, Cecília has been developing her carrier as a dancer and choreographer throughout Europe. From 2000 until 2006 she was a co-founder of Canvas Performing Art Dance Company (NL), where she co-created several multidisciplinary performances. Concurrently, she developed her work as a guest teacher at several universities underlining the Amsterdam Faculty of Arts -Modern Dance Course and the Arnhem ArtEZ Faculty of Arts – Dance Course (NL).

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In 2017, she received her PhD Degree from the University of Lisbon – Faculdade de Motricidade Humana. Her research was developed with a full scholarship from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and is entitled: Transversal Thinking: The Art of Perceiving the World as the Paradox of Movement.

In 2008, she received her Master Degree from the Dance Unlimited- ArtEZ (NL), where she developed a practice-based research entitled ‘Sensorial Art- moving through the vertigo of affection’, with a scholarship from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Within her education, she highlights the confrontation between a traditional classical training initiated at the School of the Portuguese National Ballet Company and a vanguard artistic learning developed at European Dance Development Centre in Arnhem – EDDC (NL)

In 2006 she became a certified teacher of the Somatic Technique: Gyrokinesis Training System.