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
Miguel Tarifa is a native Spanish speaker who graduated from the University of Granada with a BA in Philosophy in 2008. Miguel continued his 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. Miguel has eight years of experience in teaching Spanish at all levels and joined the Modern Language Centre at King’s College London in 2014. He is also a teacher trainer and a DELE examiner. Miguel speaks fluent Italian and has been interested in languages since he was very young. Miguel is interested in Cognitive Sciences and he is also a bass player and an avid mountain biker.
¡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!
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!
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!
Cuban Salsa Instructor
Hola I’m Sara! After training as a classical musician I’ve now taken my passion for music from the concert hall to las calles de Cuba! Beginning my dance journey in Colombia, I soon realised that my passion to learn salsa 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.
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.
Magdalena Mannion is a flamenco dancer/choreographer and teacher based between Madrid and London. She studied at Amor de Dios and Fundación Casa Patas in Madrid, and has a degree in Pedagogy of Flamenco, specializing in professional flamenco training from Conservatorio Superior de Danza Maria de Avila, Madrid. Magdalena is co-artistic director of the contemporary flamenco dance company Dotdotdot Dance, whose work includes a commission from Sadler’s Wells, and is a regular soloist in Madrid’s traditional flamenco venues, “tablaos”, such as Corral de la Morería, Café de Chinitas and Casa Patas, as well as touring internationally with different dance companies. Magdalena is a resident teacher at Flamenco Academy London, and has also been guest teacher at Casa Flamenco, Pekin. She is passionate about the history of flamenco and has a particular interest in the traditional flamenco repertoire.
Latin Dance Instructor
Hola! I am José, from Guadalajara Mexico. I began dancing professionally at a very young age as a member of a Mexican folklore company, ballet and contemporary dance group. Through this experience, I earned my dance instructor qualifications. In Guadalajara, I started teaching at university Salsa and Bachata, and then I moved to Colombia to expand my professional skills. In Colombia, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Daniel and Desiree (Bachata World Champions). Teaching is my passion, and I love seeing how my students improve their moves bit by bit and make dance part of their lives.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Dr. Carlos Fonseca
Born in Costa Rica, brought up in Puerto Rico, Dr. Carlos Fonseca now teaches at the University of Cambridge at the Centre for Latin American Studies. He has been lauded as a literary star, joining the constellation of the “new Latin American boom” that includes authors Valeria Luiselli, Alejandro Zambra, Álvaro Enrigue, Yuri Herrera, Andrés Neuman, and others. He will be sharing with us newly translated extracts from his 2015 Spanish novel, Coronel Lágrimas, his dazzling debut about the demented final project of a brilliant mathematician that is also an allegory of our hyperinformed age and of the clash between European and Latin American history.
Dancer and choreographer born in Madrid. She completed her Spanish dance and Flamenco studies in the Royal Professional Dance Conservatory in Madrid with the highest overall grade. She also studied in the renowned Flamenco studio “Amor de Dios” in Madrid with great Flamenco masters such as Merche Esmeralda, Blanca del Rey, Belén Maya, Lola Greco or Rafaela Carrasco, as well as completing her contemporary dance and classic ballet studies. 2016 has seen the start of her first London based company, Maria Vega Dance Company. She has created “A Dancer’s Journey”, a live flamenco and contemporary show featuring nine internationally renowned artists on stage.
Demi García Sabat
Demi is a professional pastry chef from Barcelona based in London. He hails from 4 generations of patissiers and studied and worked with some of the best chefs in Barcelona. Demi‘s greatest inspiration, however, was his grandfather, maestro Jaume Sabat. Demi moved to London 16 years ago to study music. He is now very happy to combine both passions, food and music, to a professional level. For him, it is not work, rather a way of life.