Staff

Our Staff

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 hola@batterseaspanish.com. We love fresh and inspiring minds!


 

Sara Caba

Founder & DirectorSara Caba At Battersea Spanish

Sara Caba At Battersea Spanish

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.


Ben Hope

Co-FounderBen Hope, the co-founder of Battersea Spanish

benSince 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

Spanish InstructorSpanish Gramar

Spanish GramarHola 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!


Guadalupe Costantini

Spanish InstructorGuadalupe Costantini - Spanish Instructor

Guadalupe Costantini - Spanish Instructor

Hola! My name is Guadalupe. I’m from the beautiful province of Mendoza, in Argentina. I have a degree in English Teaching, and I’ve always had a passion for languages and literature. I love my native Spanish language, and I want to share its richness and beauty with you. In the hours between work and chores, if I’m not with a book in my hands, I get super crafty with sewing and embroidering. ¡Nos vemos en Battersea Spanish!


Luis Edoardo Torres

Spanish InstructorLuis Edorado Torres, the Director of Taller de Escritura Creativa & Spanish/Literature Instructor at Battersea Spanish

edoardo¡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!


Diana Twiselton

Spanish InstructorDiana Twisleton, a Spanish instructor at Battersea Spanish

¡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.


Daniela López

Spanish InstructorDaniela Spanish Instructor

Daniela Spanish InstructorHola chicos! I am Daniela, from Guatemala in Central America. I recently moved to the UK and I am enjoying every bit of it.  I am a psychologist, an artist and a teacher. After graduating in Psychology from the Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala, I started working within the field of education, first with children and later on also with adults. I have experience teaching both Spanish and English to students of all ages. I always make sure my lessons are as entertaining and engaging as possible, and I cannot wait to meet you at Battersea Spanish!


Neidy Guerrero

Spanish InstructorSpanish Instructor

Spanish Instructor¡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

Spanish InstructorMaría de la O Garrido, a Spanish instructor at 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!


Camila Merlo

Spanish InstructorCamila Merlo, a Spanish instructor 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!


Núria Benavent

Spanish InstructorNúria Benavent

Núria Benavent¡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!


Laura Anzalone

Spanish Instructor & Book Club CoordinatorLaura Anzalone, a Spanish Instructor at Battersea Spanish

Laura Anzalone - Spanish Instructor¡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!


Blanca Romero

Spanish Tutor for ChildrenBlanca Romero, a Spanish tutor for children at Battersea Spanish

blanca romero¡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!


Tania Betancor

Spanish Tutor for ChildrenTania Betancor, a Spanish tutor for children at Battersea Spanish

tania¡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 PerformerJuan Carlos Otero, a Flamenco and visual performer at Battersea Spanish

Flamenco Artist

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

Flamenco InstructorMagdalena Mannion

Magdalena MannionHola! 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.


Carmen Igarza

Flamenco InstructorCarmen Igarza, a Flamenco Teacher at Battersea Spanish

Flamenco TeacherHola! 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!


Noemí Luz

Flamenco InstructorNoemi Luz Flamenco Instructor

Noemi Luz Flamenco Instructor¡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.


Susana Campesino

Fitness InstructorSusana Campesio

Susana CampesioHola! I am Susana, from Madrid. At the age of 12 I entered the Professional Conservatory of Dance in Madrid where I discovered Flamenco, Bolera, Folklore and Ballet to later specialise in a Ballet and Contemporary dance degree. I earned a Bachelor of Education at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, with a major in Physical Education, and did my internship in California. Afterwards, I moved to New York to further my dance career while also teaching in afterschool programs and adult classes at a variety of dance schools. In 2016 I came to London to study Musical Theatre and continued to teach dance and fitness classes. You may spot me dancing on some Bollywood films too!


Jasmin Ford

Fitness InstructorJasmin Ford - Fitness Instructor

Jasmin Ford - Fitness InstructorHola! 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.


Yolanda Linares

Fitness InstructorYolanda Linares - Fitness Instructor

Yolanda Linares - Fitness Instructor¡Hola! My name is Yolanda and I am professional dancer, fitness instructor and educator. In my career, I’ve had the pleasure of dancing for the Royal Opera in La Traviata as well as appearing in both Hollywood and Bollywood films. I also have a Level 3 qualification in Personal Training and Fitness Instruction. As a professional dancer I’ve always loved to give back offering my skills and experience to support the learning of others’, and can’t wait to motivate you!


Zaira López

Fitness Instructor

Zaira FHola! 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!


Laia Jufresa

Writer and InstructorLaia Jufresa, a writer and instructor at Battersea Spanish

Laia JufresaLaia 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.


Angus Cruickshank

Guitarist and ComposerAngus Cruickshank - Guitarist

¡Hola! I’m Angus. I started studying flamenco late ’80s and following a visit to Paco Peña’s summer school in Cordoba 1990. I have played in 7 countries, through the years, in venues ranging from Glastonbury festival, Royal Albert Hall and Courtauld Gallery, to Peñas in Glasgow, Bristol, London, and tiny village halls in the wilds of Norfolk. I’ve worked with flamenco luminaries such as Mario Maya, La Tati, Angel Muñoz, Alicia Marquez, Inmaculada Ortega, Beatrice Martin, Cristian Lozano as well as the majority of London based professional artists. I’m happy to be working for this exciting project and hope we can inspire you to explore more about flamenco and Spanish culture.


Jorge Bravo

Guitarist and ComposerJorge Bravo, a Flamenco Guitar Instructor and performer at Battersea Spanish

Flamenco Guitar InstructorHola 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!