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|About||Inclusion, growth, respect and happiness for the community through the arts, empowerment and education.|
Bula stands for happiness and good health in Fiji Islands culture. We believe in inspiring and sharing imagination, creativity, motivation and self confidence to all our community members.
Bula Arts & Culture celebrates diversity, inclusion, respect and joy through art and healthy habits and a wide range of services for every age group and necessities. Some of our services for the community include:-
Bula Kids: A daycare with holistic and artistic approach to a safe and motivating education for the younger ones.
-Bula Arts: Performing Arts (Ballet, World Dance, Theater, Music) and Visual Arts
-Bula Women: a space for women to gather, work out, create and empower.
-Mundo Cafe: Happiness and good health for everyone with flavors from around the world.
-Primavera Producciones: Events, tango, Latin American Songbook, sounds from the world, dance recitals, intimate concerts, cultural exchange.
-Community: Tutories, languages, legal and Immigration advice, workshops for the community, potlucks, holidays and more.
We want to offer a safe and respectful place for our community to share, grow and learn from each other and to celebrate our cultures through art, education and empowerment.
2013 Proclamation. Exemplary Service to the Community. New York
Citation. Outstanding Citizen. New York State Assembly.
2010 Acknowledgment Medal. Beyond the Call of Duty. City Hall,
|Founded||Gabriela Alvarez Castaneda|
Question and answer
Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Ballet and Latin American and World Dance Classes for children between 3 and 12.
Creative Movement for children between 3 and 5.
Spanish and Arts and Crafts Classes for children between 3 and 12.
Spanish Classes for Adults.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Ballet Hispanico New York.
Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center, Brooklyn NY.
Mi Atico Spanish Immersion Program. New York.
Lango Kids, Brooklyn NY.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Book you class ASAP because our schedule is FULL!!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I never give up.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. We stand for a multicultural approach to arts and languages.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Sharing, getting to know people from different parts of the world, be amazed of everything everyday of my life.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How many years of experience do I have? 10, I have been doing his for a very long time and I still love it!
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. In Guatemala, once a student came to me and ask me if she could give me a hug, I say yes and she didn't want to let me go. She gave me a letter and left crying. When I read the letter written with her own handwriting I realize it was to thank me for inspiring her to follow her dance dream, she had cancer and she got over it. She said it was because of her everyday motivation to heal and dance again, with me.
A student from Guatemala that I met in 2005 when he was 8 years old, came to NY as part of an education exchange I promoted. 30 students and 5 teachers flew to the City to perform in 7 different venues and study wit teachers from Ballet Hispanico, Alvin Ail