grandfather, Jose Amado Garza, encouraged me to dance. It was just
fun. But he noticed that I had a natural dance ability and encouraged
my parents to enroll me in dance classes. So, when I was four years
old I began to build a skill.
do you teach dance?
During the years, I continued to study dance. When I was seven
years old, I began to study with Alta Gracia Asios Garcia. She was
beautiful and talented, and she was very well respected in our community.
She was not the only teacher that I had, though. There were many
other people who played important roles such as my art teachers
and my dance teachers. Unlike math or science, where you have a
teacher for one year, my art teachers were part of my life for three
or four years. And many of them have continued to be mentors even
"I had many opportunities,
during the past thirty years to make career choices. But I have
chosen to remain a dance teacher. One, I am a dancer- I view the
world through the eyes of an artist. And I feel that I make a vital
contribution to the lives of my students and to the community in
which I live."