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I am a UK native, and that means that English is my first language, spoken with a British accent.
I was raised in Mexico City and went to school there and also worked there, so I speak read and write Spanish fluently.
I spent most of my young life training to be a dancer, and have three years of teaching ballet part time in Richmond,VA.I am passionate about all forms of dance.
I believe that no matter what the subject is, the student is still in a classroom, and that means they deserve all my attention. In turn I expect 100 % of their attention. I ask my students to switch off cell phones, PDAs and handheld devices, and give me the respect that they want me to give to them.
I want my students to enjoy their time with me, and to ask questions and feel that they are making progress. My teaching style is that of a sandwich, praise, criticize, praise.
Learning should be rewarding, and fun.
In November 2013 I returned to being a student myself in order to complete my Bachelors in Business Administration in Richmond,VA. Now that I'm a student again, I have first hand experience of how it feels, and what learning styles work with some people vs others.
I trained as a professional ballet dancer, my final 3 years of professional training took place at Ballet Rambert School in London. My studies included, pointe, martha Graham contemporary technique, classical repertoire, and pas de deux.
During 2007 - 2009 I was teaching ballet at all levels form beginner to pointe and advanced levels at Richmond Dance Center in Richmond, Va and at Regency Dance Academy in Richmond, VA I choreographed numbers for the annual recitals at each school. i also worked as a substitute teacher at Central VA Dance Academy and at Diane Hale school of Dance both in Richmond, VA.
I trained in Classical Ballet from the age of 4. It was going to be my career of choice, and I attended the Ballet Rambert School in Lonon, UK full time for my final 3 years of professional training.
My love of ballroom dance has really developed since I moved to the US in 2002.
Until 2007 I was living in California, where I was fortunate enough to take Argentine Tango classes and International Ballroom at the Starlite Dance Club near San Francisco. This was the place that was used by Anna and Jerry Rice to do their rehearsing for Dancing with the Stars.
Dancing, real dancing, requires patience and musicality. It comes form the heart. I need to dance in the same way that I need air: to breathe.
I have over 20 years of experience in business, and have worked in the following countries outside the US : United Kingdom, Spain and Mexico.
My strengths in the business world include international negotiations and relationship management, marketing and advertising, and business prospecting and sales. I am skilled at presenting both in one-on-one situations and to larger groups.
I consider myself to be an adept communicator, in more than one language.
Having spent 15 + years working in the video gaming industry, I also have a unique knowledge of youth oriented products and marketing trends.
I spent time working for a full service advertising agency, we specialize in working with clients whose budgets are not necessarily the size of Proctor and Gamble. The client list was diverse, it included banks, non-profits, retail, medical, insurance, high finance, golf products, baby strollers and more.
Currently, I am Director of Account Management for a start up company in Silicon Valley, we run the largest social gaming platform for smartphones in the world and have global offices. I have 3 direct reports, and my team and I handle about 400 accounts, consisting of independent games developers and publishers across the world.
I studied Business Administration with International Marketing at college in the UK. I was the only woman in my class to graduate with distinction.
Do you want to be able to communicate when you go on vacation? Are you learning Spanish in school but you cannot seem to get anywhere with it? I was like that once too.
When I was 10 years old, I went to live in Mexico City. On my first day of school in this foreign place I didn't buy lunch because I did not know how to say what I wanted, or how to pay for it. Hunger makes you learn quickly! The next day I knew how to ask for a ham sandwich.
Until i was 18, I lived and went to school in Mexico, after that I worked in a local travel agency, and in the British Chamber of Commerce talking to UK businesses who wanted to bring their business to Mexico. So my Spanish is both local, colloquial and commercial. Later, I spent some time living and working in Barcelona, so I was exposed to Castilian Spanish too. To truly learn a language you have to dive in, and immerse yourself. Vocabulary is key, the verbs come later.
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