Lia Martinez

Bilingual Birdies: Spanish Language Class for Children, ages 0-6.
Email Lia Martinez for more information, or call (505) 750-1795

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Lia Martinez, a Cuban-French-Irish American, grew up in Portland, Oregon immersed in a family of musicians. Her passion for music continues today as a singer/songwriter and a collaborator of Loñe Pinon (New Mexican acoustic conjunto). Her newest venture is as the Albuquerque Spanish Teacher Licensee of Bilingual Birdies  a live music and foreign language program that is paving the way for bilingual education nationally in early childhood. She also works as a public health nurse with many Spanish speakers and previously with refugees from around the world. Lia's love for music, language, family and community shines through in her classes creating a joyful experience for all. She hopes to continue the celebration and honoring of diversity and cultural exchange that is the foundation of Bilingual Birdies. Lia lives with her husband and two sons on their small farm in the South Valley of Albuquerque.

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Romy Keegan

Ballet-Afrique: Original, Exuberantly Graceful Contemporary Dance, & Adult Ballet Basics
Email Romy Keegan for information about classes or call (505) 366-4982
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Owner and Director of Maple Street Dance Space, Romy Keegan's greatest joy is to introduce people of all ages and abilities to the healing, transformative power of Dance, and to "hold space" for emerging dancers to discover the strength, grace and confidence gained through it's practice and expression!

Ballet-Afrique: Exuberantly Graceful Contemporary Dance Fusion
After a lifetime of ballet training and over 25 years of African dance, I am especially thrilled to be following my own creative inspirations through the exploration and development of my own unique movement vocabulary, which I began in earnest in the autumn of 2012. Playfully blending the natural, organic movements of basic West African Dance with the most accessible elements of Ballet, Modern & Jazz, "Ballet-Afrique", is energetic and expressive, while also being both graceful and strong. Although it pulls from two beautiful and well established forms, it is designed to stand on it’s own, providing a meeting place for both established dancers, and those brand new to the practice.

Classical Ballet
As a compliment to Ballet-Afrique, or for its own strengthening and connecting value, I also teach beginning adult ballet - both community classes and private lessons. I specialize in the understanding and mindful application of mechanics, developing excellent technique, and practicing correct placement and alignment. These elements strengthen the body, contributing to good posture, flexibility, endurance, agility, and grace, allowing dancers of all ages to dance to their fullest, for as long as their hearts desire!

Private Lessons
$35 for a half an hour, $50 for an hour, includes tax.

Jessica Retana

Suzuki Music and Movement Class: Ages 0-4 and Expecting Mothers
Email Jessica Retana for information about classes or call (903) 780-1030  

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Jessica Retana is the founder and instructor at The Well-Balanced Violin Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jessica is a violin teacher and early childhood music educator that uses the Suzuki Method to teach music to children from birth. She also teaches Intermediate/Advanced violin students the importance of taking care of your body while playing the violin. She believes that preventing unnecessary tension, pain, and injuries at a young age will unlock the ability and enjoyment of playing the violin for life.

Jessica received her Bachelor of Music in Classical Violin Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She studied with Elisabeth Small, former Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony and pupil of Dorothy DeLay, as well as Alison Gooding Hoffman, First Violinist of the Nashville Symphony and founding member of the Grammy nominated Alias Chamber Ensemble. 

After her studies at Belmont, Jessica received her Masters of Music in Violin Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX where she studied with Diane Kitzman, Principal First Violinist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Jessica has received Suzuki teacher training from Charles Krigbaum in Violin Books 1-4, and training in Suzuki Early Childhood Education Stage 1 with Lynn McCall and Wan Tsai Chen.