A good teacher sees excellence in each student while highlighting their diverse and individual differences. Yvonne Gutierrez, artist/teacher/choreographer of Cuban descent has taught dance at many establishments (dance schools, elementary school, college). She holds a BS in Computer Science from Pace University. As a member of NAEYC, The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc and the Black Flamenco Network | FAAUD she continues learning and networking in order to evolve helping to inspire and create experiences for the future generations. She was a reader and panelist for the 34th Annual Festival Flamenco Alburquerque, the New Perspectives in Flamenco History and Research Symposium. Ms. Yvonne is a faculty member at Ballet Hispanico’s School of Dance for over 20 years. She was appointed to start teaching Flamenco/Spanish dance as well as the Jr. Company repertory by Tina Ramirez in the mid 1980s. During the years 1991 to 2006, Ms. Yvonne started a Flamenco/Spanish and salsa On2 dance program in the Lower East Side’s Abrons Arts Center under the legendary director and acclaimed choreographer Louis Johnson. This underserved community was able to embrace a program that resembled more of the community surrounding Henry Street Settlement. While the program was in its peak, students trained by Yvonne were also fortunate enough to perform annually with the Carlotta Santana Dance Company in the Playhouse. While at the Abrons Arts Center, Ms Yvonne creatively choreographed flamenco, castanets, salsa and cha cha to the music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker in an original production of “The Nutcracker in the Lower” which lasted 10 years. Her teachings have also taken her to work at New York City’s Joffrey Ballet, New School University, Marymount Manhattan College, CUNY, NY Public Schools in the underserved communities, The Door, Concepts Dance Academy, Purelements and Flamenco Latino. In addition, Ms. Yvonne is also a Salsa on 2 instructor/mentor/coach and former Eddie Torres Company dancer. She has toured and taught nationally and internationally.