Ballet de la Compasión
Natta studied classical ballet with Martha Ketchum, and Martha Castillo in Morelos and at the Choreography School of UNAM. Modern and African dance at the James Carte’s Ecole de Danse in Toulouse, France, and the D’Jonibas Center in New York City. Her dance credits include dancing with the “Street Theater and Circus Production” in Mexico with the Ecole de Cirque de Quebec. “Aerial Dance & Precarious Balance,” with Humanicorp Dance Company, at the National Institute of Arts (CNA), with the Circus School of Barcelona, and "rope and harness" with Bandaloop in Oakland, California.
In terms of multimedia art, she has exhibited in Morelos, Mexico such as The Museum of the City of Cuernavaca, “Jardines del Sol” in Ocotitlan, Ex-Convento de Tepoztlan and Auditorio Ilhucalli; in Chiapas at the Auditorio de Tuxtla Gutierrez; in the Bay Area at The Mission Cultural Center, at De Young Museum, Alcatraz Island, The Mills College Theater. She has been invited to dance in Washington D.C. at the Inter-American Development Bank and at the Organization of American Estates as part of the conferences of Vanguardia Latina: Latin-hemispheric agenda.
Ballet and Modern dance teacher
mia simonovic relocated to the Bay Area from Southern California to learn from a new perspective and experience different dance culture. After graduating with a BA in Dance from the World Arts and Cultures/Dance program at UCLA, she received the opportunity to perform with Kevin Williamson + Company, and worked alongside Steph Woods as Co-Artistic Director of 8th Limb Movement. Since moving to the Bay Area, mia has worked with artists such as Kristin Damrow, Julie-Ann Gambino, Jacqueline Gordon, Claudia Anata Hubiak, and Kate Mitchell. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of the Senior Jazz Company at San Ramon Valley Dance Academy, a member of Kristin Damrow & Company in San Francisco, dancing in movement projects in San Francisco and Oakland, creating new work under the SAFEhouse Arts' Resident Artist Workshop program, and teaching adult and youth movement classes and workshops around California.
Finn was certified a service dog in 2021. He attended Dog Training Club. Finn has worked as Art Director Assistant since 2017. His job is to welcome kids and make them feel relaxed and loved, especially on the first day of class. He makes sure everybody is having fun and working hard and most importantly of all, he keeps an eye on Natta the whole day. Finn guards the studio from all sorts of suspicious sounds, imaginary terrifying creatures, and adults. He loves kids but is not fond of smelly-tall-aged humans. Please be aware that he may bark at you with all his might, but he won't do any harm; just do not come inside his dance studio without his permission!. Any treats welcome, specially peanut butter flavorish ones.
Laila Flores Cervantes
Board of Advisors
Laila is an arts and multicultural educator, currently working as an elementary teacher in Massachusetts. She completed her master’s degree in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and will obtain her second degree from Lesley University. She has worked in museums (Museo Soumaya; Harvard Art Museums, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), non-profits, school and afterschool settings. As an advocate for the arts, she is delighted to support The Tea Dancers’ mission and endeavors.
Carla Gómez Monroy
Board of Advisors
As an International Techno Ethno Media Consultant, Carla has micro and nationwide experience at integrating technology innovations and active learning for sustainable development (UNICEF, World Bank, One Laptop per Child,). She also advises organizations and companies that promote social change through innovation. She has done this kind of work in rural, semi-rural, urban-marginal and urban areas in Africa, Asia, Latin-America, Europe and the United States. Carla holds postgraduate studies from the MIT Media Lab.
As an Artist, Carla's selected photographic artwork has been published worldwide in magazines (Times, Newsweek, People,), websites, U.S.A. billboards, videos and in a UNESCO’s book. She has performed live radio broadcasts, and devised “eRadio” programs by and for Tulcingo’s diaspora in Mexico and New York City. Carla has volunteered in various programs for street children, immigrants, autistic, hearing-impaired people, besides creating a piece of art for the blind. Since her childhood, she dances and writes.
Board of Advisors
Originally from Mexico. As an environmental scientist (PhD, MIT) she has worked in the United States, Mexico, and Switzerland on issues regarding pollutants in the environment. She has also worked with different communities in Haiti, Mexico, Nepal, and Zambia on issues related to water pollution and hygiene and sanitation. During her time at MIT she was also involved in different social and community service organizations. Whenever she has times she loves to be out taking pictures of nature and people.