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Claudia Gutierrez

Instructor and Samba Show Team

Claudia Gutierrez was born into a family rich in culture. Both parents migrated from Colombia and from a very young age, Claudia was performing traditional folkloric dances ACROSS Sydney and Australia from the age of 5 and continued through to the end of high school. 

Her love of dance and music coupled with her passion for her vibrant culture led her to teaching salsa, as well as continuing to perform all other traditional Latin dance styles.  

At the age of 20 her talent led her to branch out into the world of modelling with the opportunity to work overseas, where she was featured in many magazines worldwide and worked with designers such as Neil Barret, Pucci and Ermano Schervino.
 
Claudia returned to Sydney where she began to contribute into the Brazilian culture discovering the richness of beats and drums, and started the first all-girl batucada team in Sydney.

Claudia took some time to focus on her role as a mother and during this time she explored other avenues of musical and dance expression. This lead Claudia to complete a degree in Dance with a Major in Jazz at the Wesley institute.

Her love of dance has allowed her to develop a new found respect for her body and in wanting to diversify and explore its limits. She took up Martial Arts and long distance swimming, both of which she greatly enjoys.

Achievements:

*Certificate as a Tantra practitioner (Byron bay 2012) 
*Bachelor of Dance with major in jazz at Wesley institute (2014)
*Mentor for RAISE program- Youth Mentoring
* Pre-schooling education introduction to rhythm, music, dance and movement
*Pyjama Angel Foundation- Creating a community for foster carers and their children.