Dance Fitness

January – ¿Qué Pasó?

Sara Caba Uncategorized

January – ¿Qué Pasó?

2021 started off more challenging than expected, but if you know us by now, you’ll know that this didn’t stop us from bringing our community together, albeit online. Our online Spanish lessons were a huge success, bringing together many of our incredible existing students and all-new faces who were a joy to see!

The first of our Spanish online courses to kick off the year were our Spanish courses for the little ones who, along with energetic and engaging teachers Tania and Dani, learned tons of vocabulary and songs about the winter. They also made some beautiful crafts, including a pair of well-needed gloves created from recycled socks. The parents were champions, helping us make our Spanish for Kids sessions not only possible but a real bonding moment for the family. ¡Muchas gracias!

Our Flamenco lessons resumed with a little twist – they were all held online! Students of all levels were dancing with us from the safety of their homes. There was clapping, and stomping (ever so gently, yes we like our neighbours!), and moments of awe at the beauty and passion injected by our charismatic and experienced teachers Carmen and Noemí into their Flamenco lessons.

We loved being able to bring a little bit of Flamenco to the homes of so many people, who were either shielding, isolating or who just wanted a positive, community experience during these difficult times. And while we can’t wait for our Flamenco lessons in London to resume (watch this space, we are hoping it will be very soon!), there was undoubtedly a magical quality to hosting such warm and welcoming online Flamenco courses.

The last of our online classes to join in the January party were, of course, our online Spanish courses! We welcomed over 200 students this year, and we were so happy to (virtually) see them all. There were many new faces and so many loyal students who have been a true inspiration and driving force for us during these months. Our Spanish classes wouldn’t be the same without you!

All our wonderful teachers have made sure there was tonnes of laughter and energy in each of our online Spanish classes, our Flamenco lessons and our kid’s Spanish courses – and a bit of wine and tapas for the adults, of course!

While our complete Beginner Spanish students have learned all about saying their names, our Conversation students have learned about Che Guevara and his travels across Latin America. We are sure a long Latin journey is on the horizon for ourselves as soon as we can travel again!

And last but not least, the youngest of the family, our Dance Fitness program. This started with the strongest line-up and team since we launched in May last year. We have dozens of beautiful people smiling and staying fit with us, all the way from Battersea to LA!

February will bring the unfolding beauty of the winter term, as well as our long-expected Tapas and Wine at home Valentine’s edition, together with our lovely friends at The Tapas Room.

All the plants at our casa miss you, and look forward to seeing you all very soon again!

Author

Sara Caba

Costa Rica is my home country. There, I studied Psychology at Universidad de Costa Rica. Sixteen years ago I left looking to expand my horizons. I went to Copenhagen, where I studied a Master's degree in Science, Technology and Society at Roskilde Universitet, and stayed four years, collecting work experience as a Spanish teacher and at IBM.  I then moved to Boston, where I gained further experience teaching. I enrolled at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and worked as a Project Officer at Harvard University LASPAU. I then came to London, where I took the Spanish Teaching Certificate from Goldsmiths University and Instituto Cervantes, and became the proud founder of award winning Battersea Spanish. I love to work, watch films, write, travel and read.