Primaballerina, ballet dancer
Minna Tervamäki is a dancer étoile with the Finnish National Ballet. During her career of nearly 30 years she has performed in leading roles of nearly all of the most distinguished roles of classical ballet and in works by several significant modern choreographers. Tervamäki has performed in different award galas in Finland as well as abroad. Since her retirement from the Finnish National Ballet in 2012 her activities have emphasized more and more in cross-artistic collaboration.
Tervamäki debuted as a choreographer in 2005 with the piece Something Else? Since then Tervamäki has collaborated with other well- known artists, such as violonist Pekka Kuusisto, pianist Heini Kärkkäinen, flamenco-dancer and -choreographer Kaari Martin, accordion artist Kimmo Pohjonen and multimedia artist Marita Liulia.
Minna Tervamäki received the respected Philip Morris Dance Flower Award in 1997, the Edvard Fazer -award in 2000, the Libris Award in 2006 and the Imatra Ballet Gala recognition award in 2009. In autumn 2011 she was awarded with The Knight of the White Rose of Finland and in October 2011 with The Finnish Musicians Union recognition award.
In addition to her artistic work she teaches among other things dance, relaxation skills and Minna’s Methods as well as gives lectures in companies.
In December 2013 Minna Tervamäki’s first book Minnan metodit (Minna’s Methods) was released. The book is for anyone, who is interested in spiritual and physical wellbeing. The book introduces Minna’s own tool box, which has helped her reach the top as a dancer, return to stage after injuries, find new energy and assets despite intense practicing and keep a childlike enthusiasm for learning more and more new things.