Ever since I was a little girl I have loved dance.  I began taking balletclasses at the age of 4 and continued through my preteen years. However, as a young Hispanic female I wanted to study dance  from a different cultural perspective.  I began taking flamenco classes with Yvonne at the age of 12. As well as learning technique, such as footwork, rhythmic handclapping and the use of castanets, I learned to take pride in myself and in my art form through her mentorship. Yvonne has always stressed the importance of education and with her as  a  role  model,  I have persevered and completed a baccalaureate degree in nursing.  Through her empathic support and availability I was able to showcase my talent at different university functions. I am now a professional registered nurse. Although I do not dance professionally,  I  continue  to perform at a pre-professional level for Yvonne  at different venues.  Our work together has gone beyond Flamenco. Through her guidance and empathic-creative sense of self, I am able to share my talents at religious services as a liturgical dancer. Her teaching and guidance has allowed me to learn so much about dance and even more about myself. I strongly recommend Yvonne as a teacher and mentor in the expression of dance. 
Elena Robledo