Our Team

 

 

Vivian Alzola               Executive Director

After participating in the KAPOW program (Kids and the Power of Work) and teaching social skills to 8th grade students, Vivian knew her calling was in the arts and education.  Her shared vision with her business partner, Mitsouko Pinon, came to light when both were presented with an opportunity to create a tailored after school program for schools throughout South Florida. With more than 10 years of experience in strategic planning and marketing, Vivian's background has helped other businesses flourish in their industries. As a mother of four, she recognizes the need for performing and cultural arts programs within the schools.  She oversees each of the enrichment programs and continues to expand the platform for new and exciting opportunities! In addition, she also is a foreign languages (French and Spanish) instructor for TLBA. She holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Miami with a concentration in Marketing and a double minor in French and Legal Studies. 

Mitsouko Pinon               Artistic director 

Mitsouko started her love affair with ballet at the tender age of three.  As a young girl, she studied under the direction of Lupe Barroso and South Florida Ballet. During her time there, she also studied musical theater and acted in several local plays with Gratelli and La Danza studios. “La Viuda Alegre” and “Santa Camila de la Habana Vieja” as both dancer and actress. She also was awarded the distinguished honor of Dancer of the Year from ACCA for 4 consecutive years. She was briefly part of Miami Fire Girls and the Cuban Folklore performing at Noche de Carnaval for several years in Miami. During her time with BCC she performed in classical ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Carmen, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and many more including original works from members of the Company. She has shared the stage with Fernando Bujones, Alexander Godunov and the great Rudolf Nureyev.  Mitsouko keeps busy indulging in her passion for dance as a Master Vixen Workout Instructor as well. 

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Willie Avendano

Willie is a coding instructor for TLBA. He is an entrepreneur, creative technologist, hacker, educator, and new media artist. He was Hacker-in-Residence at The LAB Miami and has had his artwork shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Locust Projects, & gallery. His interests include virtual reality, artificial intelligence, genetic algorithms in design. Willie graduated from Columbia University in Operations Research and Computer Science.

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sophia Delgado

Sophia is a robotics and Spanish instructor for TLBA. Having worked in various after school programs and summer camps, she has helped children develop an interest in the cultural and performing arts. She also brings a wealth of cheer experience as she was part of her school’s cheer and dance team. Currently, Sophia is studying at Florida International University pursuing a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences. Being so passionate about STEM has allowed her to pursue different opportunities and new experiences. She plans to use these opportunities to help her pursue a career in Obstetrics. 

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Ailyn Garcia

Ailyn began studying ballet, flamenco, and cuban dance at the age of 5. As a student, she dance for the prestigious Ballet Español of Cuba under the instruction of Alica Alonso. Later on, she danced for the Lizt Alfonso Dance Company where she was taught various dance styles including flamenco, contemporary  african folklore eventually becoming their principal dancer. Ailyn received her Bachelor's of Science and her licensing in dance and arts from the Superior Institution of Arts in Cuba. She has taught and choreographed in Spain, various countries in Latin America and the U.S. 

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Michelle Garcia

Michelle joins our team as a cheer and theater instructor. She has more than 10 years experience with the arts. Her background includes musical theater, dance and cheerleading. As an undergrad, she was part of the FIU Cheer team where she obtained her a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology.. She is currently a law school student at St. Thomas University. In her spare time, she loves to dance, listen to Backstreet Boys and sing along to musicals.

 

 

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Lisbeth Gonzalez

Lisbeth has been dancing all her life. In 2006, she graduated as a classically trained ballerina. She was formally part of the prestigious Cuban Camagüey Ballet for 3 years and then continued her professional career at the Endedans Contemporary Ballet Company in which she participated in both national and international performances. As part of the Cuban-Mexican affiliation, she worked in several dance companies with focus on classical and contemporary ballet throughout Mexico. She currently teaches in various studios in South Florida. Her passion is teaching and motivating all of her students to learn the art of dancing.

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Samantha Gonzalez

Samantha is dance and cheer instructor for TLBA. She is a junior at Florida International University studying Health Sciences. She has danced all of her life and is part of the FIU Dazzlers dance team. She has appeared in several local TV shows as a dancer in the Univision and Telemundo networks. Her background in dance, cheer and choreography make her a great addition to the team!

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Faith Kim

Faith is a cheer and musical theater instructor for TLBA. Her cheer and musical theater experience come from being part a Varsity Cheer squad and Advanced Choir in her formative years. She has been part of several theater productions as one of the actresses and part of the stage crew for her school plays. Faith’s aspirations include pursuing a degree in English and exposing a new generation of children to the performing and cultural arts.

 

Zada Marino

Zada is a Spanish teacher for TLBA. Originally from Peru, she holds a degree in Business Administration from
the National University of Federico Villarreal in Lima, Peru. She worked as an accountant for many years before pursuing her passion towards helping others. Trained under the TLBA Spanish curriculum, she generates enthusiasm with her students through conversation and role-playing activities.

Rebecca Martinez

Rebecca is an alumni from design and architecture senior high school. She has always had a passion for design and art, she is continuing her education at Miami Dade College soon to be receiving her Bachelors in Education for Exceptional Students. She has worked alongside Miami Dade public schooling at Kensington Park Elementary and Coral Gables High School, enjoying very much working with every student not only being their teacher but also being a mentor. Her motto is to 'Help all students find their individual motivation to succeed and lead us into a better tomorrow'. 

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Kelly Morales

Kelly is our office manager. She assists in the recruitment of new teachers with training and development in each program. Kelly is also a trained robotics instructor for TLBA. As part of the admin team, she works behind the scenes with TLBA for our new program offerings, quality control, and end of year performances. Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge in project management to TLBA!

Anielka Rumbaut

Anielka has studied ballet and dance since she was a little girl. It has always been her passion. She is a graduate from the prestigious Academia de las Artes Vicentina de la Torre. Her specialties include classical ballet instruction, creative movement, choreography and character & ballroom dancing. Apart from teaching ballet and yoga for TLBA she is also an instructor for several studios in Miami. She enjoys teaching children and exposing them to different forms of art.

Katherin Saavedra

Born and raised in Tarapoto, Peru, Kathy brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. She has been teaching Spanish, Robotics and Sewing to children for several years. Her passion is inspiring young students to create, innovate and embrace the cultural arts. With over 15 years of designing and creating beautiful garments, she is also TLBA’s costume designer. She completed her training in sewing and design under the direction of the Ofelia Velasquez School in Peru. Her company, Katelina’s Boutique, offers an wide of array of bows, dresses and more. Visit her on Etsy and Instagram.

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Melissa Then

Melissa is a dance and musical theater instructor for TLBA. Melissa began dancing at the age of four. She studied under Magda Auñon of Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique and Miami City Ballet. Ever since the age of five, she competed in piano and won in state competitions for solos, duets, and concertos. She attended various summer programs for both music/voice and dance, including Interlochen Arts Academy. Melissa has performed in Germany at the Saarburg Music Festival, the Philippines with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, and in Boca Raton with The Wick Theatre in West Side Story (as Rosalia and understudy as Maria). She studied Vocal Performance & Opera at the Boston Conservatory and holds a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Melissa is incredibly happy to be part of TLBA to share her passion in music, dance, and theater!

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Ethan Trueba

Ethan has been playing piano since the age of 4. He was trained in classical piano for 6 years, as well as jazz, contemporary music, and music theory for 5 years. He is part of three different musical ensembles, and he regularly plays gigs and tours with them. His unique exposure to classical music, jazz and contemporary music, and frequent live performance allows him to teach using real world experience and cover a wide variety of musical concepts. Ethan is currently a junior at Christopher Columbus High School. This part summer he toured all over Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina with his band P.E.A.R.  

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Jahaira Villalobos

Jahaira also known as Coach JV, coaches cheer for TLBA. Cheer has been part of her life since she was a little girl. She was on her high school’s cheer team and went on to join her college cheer team. Jahaira has over 12 years experience as a cheerleading coach, choreographer and tumbling instructor. She currently is the program director at CenterStage Cheer & Dance company in Doral. She holds a sports medicine degree from the University of Miami and is a high school forensics science teacher. Her personal favorite quote is “Hard work triumphs over natural talents when natural talent refuses to work hard”.