All of our instructors (be it of Spanish language, film, theatre, dance, or cooking) and staff have something in common: passion, experience and excellence. No matter what you choose to learn at Battersea Spanish, or who you deal with at our organisation, it will have a meaningful impact in you. If you’re interested in teaching or working with us please contact us today at email@example.com. We love fresh and inspiring minds!
Founder & Director
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.
Since 2002, when I was working as a marketing manager for Costa Rica Outward Bound, and later as a school director for an English School in Boston, I’ve been promoting language learning and exchanges and finding interesting ways to use the web to bring people together in the ‘real world’. You are likely to see me at Battersea Spanish Social Events, and I look forward to organizing more. If you run a Spanish or Latin oriented business, restaurant, dance school, night club, etc., and are interested in partnering to create compelling events, please contact me at: ben (at) batterseaspanish.com
Hola todos! My name is Miguel Tarifa, and I am from Andalucía in Spain. I graduated from the University of Granada with a BA in Philosophy in 2008. I then continued my studies by studying for an MA in Pedagogy at UNED, Madrid, and specialised in Language Development at University College London, gaining an MSc in Language Sciences. I have been teaching Spanish at all levels for more than 8 years and joined the Modern Language Centre at King’s College London in 2014. I am also a teacher trainer and a DELE examiner. I speak fluent Italian and have been interested in languages since I was very young. I am passionate about Cognitive Sciences and I am also a bass player and an avid mountain biker!
Luis Edoardo Torres
¡Hola! My name is Luis Edoardo, and I was born in Nuevo Laredo Mexico, in the frontier with the US. I have always been an enthusiastic reader, writer and educator. I started writing poetry and plays because I wanted to be like Federico García Lorca one day. For 10 years I collaborated with a literary magazine and had the opportunity to meet and learn from many great Latin American writers. My plays have been published in different anthologies, staged several times and translated to English and German. These experiences motivated me to study for a master’s degree in Education of the Arts in Roehampton University. I have also been teaching Spanish and literature to young people and adults for over 6 years, both in Mexico, the UK and more recently Greece. I can’t wat to meet you in class! ¡Hasta pronto!
¡Hola! My name is Diana Twiselton and I come from Bogotá, Colombia. I’ve been living in London for 7 years. I studied Social Communication and Journalism and then moved to Barcelona to do Master’s degree in H.R. Whilst studying my degree, I had the opportunity to work as a teacher in many organisations, such as Berlitz Language Center, and found it so rewarding I made it my career.
Teaching has allowed me to interact with people from different backgrounds, ages and cultures, which I love. To me, languages are all about connecting with people. I strive to make learning memorable, fun and engaging and I’m really looking forward to meeting you all.
¿Qué tal? I’m Carlos from Mexico. In 2008, I got a Bachelor’s degree in Modern languages and since then, I’ve been working as a teacher. My career has given me the opportunity to work in different countries such as China, France, Canada and now, the UK. In 2016, I studied a Master’s Degree in Technologies Applied to Education. I enjoy motivating and supporting students’ dedication and I strongly believe that curiosity, hard work and having fun are a winning combination in order to learn a new language. I like cooking, travelling to exotic places, plants (I should have less) and I try to discover new music every week.
¡Hola a todos! I am Neidy from Bogotá Colombia. I love languages and teaching them, which is the reason why I studied Modern Languages at La Salle University and then did a Master’s in Education at Universidad Externado de Colombia. I recently moved to London, and I am really excited about being able to teach my language and culture here. I love to draw, watch films, travel and read. I am also a tattoo artist! ¡Saludos y nos vemos pronto en Battersea Spanish!
María de la O Garrido
¡Hola! My name is María and I come from one of the capital cities in Andalusia, Jaén, paraíso interior! I have been enjoying teaching Spanish since I moved to England, first in beautiful Cornwall, now in London. I graduated from the Spanish Language Teaching to Adults Program from Instituto Cervantes and the University of Roehampton in London, and have been gaining experience as a Spanish teacher for children and adults in a variety of settings. I am also a contemporary artist whose work is multidisciplinary and includes sculpture and photography and has a strong influence from literature. In my artistic practice, there is an emphasis in the educational field, developed through workshops and exhibitions. I studied a BA in Fine Arts in Valencia and spent my last year in Guadalajara, Mexico. I also have an MA in Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies from Central Saint Martins London. I am really looking forward to meeting you all, so see you soon at Battersea Spanish!
¡Hola! My name is Camila and I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have always been passionate about language and literature, which is why I studied Letras at Universidad de Buenos Aires. Teaching my language and transmitting my culture is one of the things that I enjoy the most because it is about creating bonds between people through communication. In my free time, I love going for a walk in a park while drinking mate, playing football with my friends and, of course, watching a good film. Saludos and I look forward to meeting you in Battersea Spanish!
¡Hola! I come from the sunny and wonderful Valencia in Spain. I have been working as a language teacher for over six years both in Spain and the UK with students of all ages and I have absolutely loved every bit of it! I have a huge passion for learning new things, especially those related to languages, foreign cultures and art. This passion lead me to conduct academic research on teaching foreign languages and Intercultural Education after finishing my MA in Foreign Language Teaching. Before I studied Translation and Music, another big interest of mine. I utterly enjoy my job as a teacher and there’s nothing that makes me happier than transmitting my passion and motivation for learning my native language and the Hispanic cultures to my students. One last thing about me? I love food (cooking, eating and sharing it, of course). I come from the land of the true paella valenciana, so let’s discuss its actual recipe in class! ¡Hasta pronto!
Spanish Instructor & Book Club Coordinator
¡Hola a todos! My name is Laura and I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. I moved to Italy when I was young where I studied Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Florence. In 2005 I gained a European Scholarship and I spent eight months teaching Italian in a small village in Lithuania. There, I worked with children with special educational needs. It was a brilliant experience which confirmed my desire to pursue a career in this direction. Learning a second language opens up a ton of opportunities: work, cross-cultural friendship, deep brain connections and much more. ¡Nos vemos pronto!
Spanish Tutor for Children
¡Hola todos! My name is Aythami Trujillo and I come from the Canary Islands, Spain. I studied a degree in history and a master’s in secondary education back home. I have been professionally dedicated back in Spain and in the UK to work with children of all ages, and I love it! I am a warm, creative and highly dedicated teacher, and I am aware of the privilege that we have as educators in shaping children’s lives. I love cooking, traveling and listening to music. ¡Nos vemos pronto!
Spanish Tutor for Children
¡Hola a todos! My name is Blanca and I come from the sunny capital of Spain, Madrid. During my professional career I have been able to combine my background in fashion and design with my passion for teaching. After graduating from my postgraduate studies in Madrid, I started working with children in a non-for profit organisation and began running extracurricular activities. Here in London I have continued to expand in my roles as Spanish Playworker and Arts teacher. I strive to create a stimulating and safe environment for the children and adolescents I work with. I look forward to meeting you in person soon!
Spanish Tutor for Children
¡Hola a todos! My name is Tania and I am from Lanzarote, one of the seven islands part of the Canary archipelago, where it’s always summer! I studied education in Madrid at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and came to London three years ago with the goal of gaining more experience as a Spanish teacher. My favourite part of the job is when I see that my students are able to put into practice what they have learned in class. It is incredibly rewarding. Thanks to my work as a deputy manager at a local nursery in Wandsworth I have gained a lot of experience working with children between the ages of 2 and 4. My passion is teaching children and thanks to Battersea Spanish I am teaching Spanish to the little ones. ¡Nos vemos pronto!
Juan Carlos Otero
Flamenco & Visual Performer
I graduated in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, producing painting, conceptual video, sound and performance. I continued developing conceptual work in design, and worked extensively in education but my main artistic output for the past two decades has been as a flamenco dancer and choreographer. Since 2013 I have also been devising multi disciplined experimental theatre. My practice has evolved around the dichotomies of my dual nationality/ cultural identity and the split between my background in traditional culture and my education in contemporary art. For years now I have been trying to create projects that unify my various creative strands. FLAMENCO LIFE DRAWING with Battersea Spanish is the latest venture, fusing my two main areas of expertise, Fine Art and Flamenco.
Hola! My name is Magdalena and I am a flamenco dancer/choreographer and teacher based between Madrid and London. I studied at Amor de Dios and Fundación Casa Patas in Madrid, and have a degree in Pedagogy of Flamenco, specializing in professional flamenco training from Conservatorio Superior de Danza Maria de Avila, Madrid. I am the co-artistic director of the contemporary flamenco dance company Dotdotdot Dance, whose work includes a commission from Sadler’s Wells. I am a regular soloist in Madrid’s traditional flamenco venues, “tablaos”, such as Corral de la Morería, Café de Chinitas and Casa Patas, and I have also had the opportunity of touring internationally with different dance companies. I have been a guest teacher at Casa Flamenco, Pekin. I am passionate about the history of flamenco and have a particular interest in the traditional flamenco repertoire.
Hola! My name is Carmen Igarza and I come from beautiful Albacete in Spain. I am a professional Flamenco Dancer and Teacher who has been living in London for more than 15 years! As a dancer, I’ve had the privilege of performing around the UK with Alma Flamenca Company, touring major theatres including The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Hippodrome, Dublin Opera House and the Lowry Centre. I perform regularly at events and tablaos in London, including Ronnie Scott’s and currently I’m working with a number of dance companies as well as teaching. I like to combine very traditional Flamenco with a modern interpretation influenced by other dance styles and music, but deeply rooted in the Flamenco tradition. I feel it is important to create a relaxed atmosphere where students are encouraged to express themselves and develop their personal styles through the enjoyment of this beautiful art form. I also love to have a good time with my students, so I look forward to seeing you in Battersea Spanish soon!
¡Hola! My name is Noemí, and I am a flamenco performer, choreographer and teacher. I trained classically at Elmhurst Ballet School and Central School of Ballet (UK) before moving to Seville, Spain age 20. There I became apprentice to my mentor Yolanda Heredia for 6 years, specialising in traditional flamenco and bata de cola technique. I have performed at many traditional flamenco venues in Spain including Tablao Arenal, La Casa de la Guitarra, Peña la Perla de Cadiz, Peña Niño del Alfalfa and Café Zyriab as well as appearing on CanalSur TV and BBC Radio.
I co-founded Dotdotdot Dance in 2014 and together we have produced and toured our productions No Frills and In Body around the UK, Sweden and Spain. My choreographic works include The Ugly Truth, Into Being (Sadler’s Wells Takeover of the National Theatre River Stage 2018), Life, Melvin, is a fish and RAW (work in progress). I’ve performed at theatres and festivals such as Coetani Festival for Experimental Flamenco (Athens), CAAC Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Seville), PAUL Studios Collective, The Wall Series Vol.1 (Berlin), Flamenco Fredag (Stockholm) and Contemporary Dance Series Corto y Bailo (Seville) among many others. I have also taught flamenco, choreography and composition workshops and masterclasses at institutions such as the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza (Seville), Estudio 35 (Seville), Asómate Local Flamenco (Seville), Trinity College of Music, The Drama Centre and The Royal College of Music (London) as well as giving private coaching to individual students.
Hola! I’m Jasmin. I am from London but my mother is Argentinian so I have a strong connection with the Latin world. I originally studied Anthropology and have spent time living in Argentina, Cuba, Mexico and Spain. My Grandfather was a yoga teacher and he inspired me from a young age to practice daily conscious movement and stretching exercises and I now love to share this passion. For many years, I ran a creative arts bar where customers were encouraged to draw all over the walls(!) but I now dedicate my time to raising my two young children, being a Teaching Assistant in a Primary School, drawing portrait commissions and hosting fitness classes which include movements from Pilates, ballet barre, circuit training and yoga.
Dance and Fitness Instructor
Hola, I’m Sara, latin woman born English! After training as a classical musician I’ve taken my passion for music from the concert hall to the dance floor! Beginning my dance journey in Colombia, I soon realised that my passion to learn salsa and other latin rhythms was fuelled by the rich history of the dance, which lead me to a love affair with Cuba, its people and its vibrant musical history. As well as being a dance instructor, I am dedicated to teaching dance fitness (latin styles and flamenco fitness), always providing a safe and encouraging environment for everyone to feel healthy, fit and strong through dance. I can’t wait to meet you soon!
Hola! My name is Kissu, and I am from the sunny coast of West Africa, where music and dance have always been part of my life. I am a professionally trained zumba and afrolatin instructor, and I have had the opportunity to teach in a variety of settings all over the UK. My dance fitness classes are fun, engaging and energising. I will make sure that you exercise every bit of your body in a fun and inclusive way. Saludos and see you soon!
Hola! I am Zaira. I was born in Spain, where I trained as a Ballet and Contemporary dancer. In the late 90s, I moved to the UK to pursue my passion for dance and I fell in love with the London Salsa scene, which was buzzing at the time. I joined a Latin dance company, “Fantasia Cubana”, founded by Homero Gonzalez, a Cuban dance master, and I became his dance partner for years. Together we performed and taught in the UK, US and Europe. These days I am based in South London where I teach Pilates, Ballet and Latin dance. I love teaching dance/fitness fusions as they are not only a very effective way to exercise but they also incorporate the fun and the joy of dance. I look forward to welcoming you in my Latin Beats class!
Writer and Instructor
Laia Jufresa ha sido nombrada como uno de los mejores escritores jóvenes de México (México20) y de todo Latinoamérica (Bogotá39). Su novela Umami se ha traducido a nueve idiomas y ganado premios en Estados Unidos y Francia. Laia también ha escrito para periódicos (El País), televisión (Netflix), radio (BBC) y revistas (McSweeney’s, Vogue, Pen Atlas, etc). Ha impartido talleres en Francia, Argentina, España, Reino Unido y México. Vive en Edimburgo.
Guitarist and Composer
Hola everyone! My name is Jorge and I’ve been a musician for more than three decades. My passion for and dedication to music has enabled me to travel around the world as a concert guitarist, and collaborate with amazing musicians either as a guitarist, arranger, songwriter or composer. Alongside my career as a performer and producer, I love sharing my enthusiasm for the beautiful art-form of flamenco guitar with students of all levels. I’m delighted to join Battersea Spanish’s team of teachers and I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with new groups of students!