Flamenco, Latin Rhythms, Spanish Dance
Yvonne Gutierrez is an Afro-Latina of Cuban descent and holds a BS in Computer Science from Pace University. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). Ms. Yvonne takes pride in being an artist who sees excellence in teaching as a complex stand which brings out “uniqueness” while taking into account student diversity and individual differences. In addition to being a Ballet Hispanico alumni, Ms Yvonne also began her teaching trajectory in the School of Dance. Years later she has been fortunate to be invited on several occasions to choreograph for La Academia students performing in Ballet Hispanico Annual Gala, Apollo’s Performances for Young People, A Calle Block Party, Fox 5 News Hispanic Heritage segment and the United Palace. Ms. Yvonne is an advocate of taking young dancers from the school to Enrichment events and opportunities for the outside classroom experience. Choosing to freelance, Ms. Yvonne is exposed to multiple venues as a dancer, teacher, coach and choreographer. Her teaching history has also taken her to work at Flamenco Latino, the New School, Joffrey Ballet, LaGuardia Performing Arts High School, Purelements, Orange Dance Festival and Educational Alliance. She was on the dance faculty of Henry Street Settlement for over twenty years. There, she was responsible for creating and building a flamenco program which included enlightening collaborations with her students and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. She creatively choreographed Spanish Dance, Salsa and Cha-Cha to the music of Tchaikovsky in an original production of The Nutcracker in the Lower (2002-2011). Although Ms. Yvonne’s teaching is based in New York from City University of New York workshops to local community events, she has taught several Spanish Dance/Salsa on 2 master classes in Montreal- Canada, Orlando-Florida, New Orleans-Louisiana, Stamford-Connecticut as well as the tri-state are. Ms. Yvonne has also received recognition from the Lower East Side Community for her years of service (HIV/AIDS Awareness and support festivals) throughout the LES with her youth dancer group Herencia. To her credit are numerous performances under the direction of Luis Montero, AllNations Dance Company, Flamenco Latino Dance Company and a Latin Brazilian Jazz Band called Stringbeans under the direction of Annette Aguilar and the Eddie Torres Dancers. Administratively, she attends Early Childhood conferences, webinars and trainings adding to her insight on high quality early care, education. She is always working on enhancing her approach to teaching, focusing on the complete student with specific attention to their individual uniqueness. Making every effort to learn about the new initiatives that will benefit and mold our future leaders.