Flamenco is amazing. It’s just so challenging; there is never a dull moment. And—there is always something or somebody to be grateful for. I wanted to develop ideas, methods and a company and now with the help of friends, family and supporters, we’re on our way.
What is your business philosophy?
We really try to enjoy every minute of our work and share as much of that experience as we can with our students, audience and supporters.
What is your or your company’s greatest asset?
The people. People are so important for us, from our students to our audience members. Our community is important for us. Without the supportive community around us, we wouldn’t be able to do all the wonderful things we do.
I’m willing to admit fault when my ideas don’t work out, and I’m willing to try new things. We respect community input and appreciate how important everyone is to the organization and company.
What successes in the past year are you most proud of accomplishing?
“Intimo,” which is debuting at the NHCC and Kimo this weekend (September 16-18), is exciting! Earlier this year we were funded by the City of Albuquerque in a proposal championed by Councilor Isaac Benton, which provided a great opportunity for the children of Albuquerque, called, “Flamenco Children and the Will for Art.” Through this program, the city was able to offer an amazing concert experience to children who would not normally be able to receive it. We were able to offer it for FREE due to the inspired motivation of the Albuquerque City Council’s efforts and support.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle in operating a successful business?
The hardest part isn’t getting it off the ground; it’s being able to maintain the standard that you set for yourself. Others will always be there to remind you.
What was your best business decision?
Collaborating with people who know more than me.
What are your growth goals?
We plan to take the company on tour in March 2017, and we’re nurturing a group of working relationships throughout the country to make it long-term.
What contributions to the community (charitable or otherwise) are you most proud of?
I’m a big fan of being able to provide children with classes and performances at little or no cost. I was a child that matched the low-income description ,and every opportunity was a cherished one for me. It changed my life. I believe the gift of dance, art and music it is one of the greatest ways to inspire children.
Business is personal, always.
Do you have a hero or mentor—business or otherwise?
My mom is my hero. She’s never been afraid to work hard, and she’s never been afraid of, or too proud, to stand up for herself, her family and for others. She’s always been there for me. Even if she’s exhausted from a long day of work she still searches for ways to help others.
What inspires you?
Sometimes it’s a project or a moment. But honestly, Flamenco is a way of life and once you’ve made that commitment it becomes everything you are, everything you do.