teachers’ profiles

Wendy Jimenez

Ballet

COSTA RICA

Language: Spanish, English & Japanese

TTP (Dip) – NBS, LISTD, RAD R.T.S. AISTD

While dancing in Costa Rica for the first professional company Ballet Internacional de Costa Rica; she was rejoiced to enter and study at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) where she graduated from the Teachers Training Programme.

Wendy has formative skills in teaching Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Character and Body Conditioning.
For several years she taught in Toronto, Canada where she worked and assisted the Associates Program at NBS as well as being Teacher Assistant of the Professional Program of the Artistic Director Mavis Staines.
She was awarded The Grety Salomonson Bursary from The Cecchetti Society Faculty Committee in Great Britain, and now she holds her Licentiate with the ISTD Cecchetti Society (Higher Teaching Qualification) as well as her National Dance Teaching Qualification. She also is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.

All her students have passed their Ballet exams with the RAD or ISTD Cecchetti Ballet. She has successfully put students into professional ballet schools in England, Canada, and the United States. She loves to coach, teach and support children and youngsters of all ages who aspire to go into the professional dance world so she has coached for Educational Ballet Competition Japan, YAGP, Prix de Lausanne, and Cecchetti International Competitions and she is usually invited to teach abroad.

Even though she has danced all her life, she feels that her last 12 years of International teaching have been a huge learning adventure and she can’t wait to keep on sharing her knowledge and motivating her students to aspire not only to be great dancers but creative, disciplined and productive human beings.

CREDENTIAL

• Awarded Canada’s National Ballet School NBS Professional Teacher Diploma.
• Awarded Licentiate (Higher Teaching Qualification) of Cecchetti Method.
• Awarded The Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher Status.
• Awarded A -Distinction- in Associate Diploma (Teaching Qualification ) Examination of Cecchetti Method.
• Awarded Associate (Teaching Qualification) of Cecchetti Method.
• Awarded A -Distinction- in Advanced 2 Examination of Cecchetti Method.
• Awarded Advanced 1 Vocational Examinations of Cecchetti Method.
• Awarded Intermediate Vocational Examinations of Cecchetti Method.
• Awarded Associate (Teaching Qualification) of National (ISTD).
• Awarded A -Distinction- in Advanced 2 Examination National.
• Awarded A -Distinction- in Advanced 1 Examination National.
• Awarded A -Distinction- in Intermediate Examination National.
• Awarded -Distinction-in Advanced 1 Examination of RAD.
• Awarded -Distinction- in Intermediate Examination of RAD.

Gabriel Toaldo

Violin

ITALY

Language : English, French, Spanish, Japanese

Coming from an Italian and Venezuelan family, Gabriel Toaldo started his musical education at a young age under the tutelage of artists of international renown, such as J. Quintero and W. Naranjo. After joining musical institutions like the Union of the Arts Academy, the Doral Conservatory School of the Arts, and the Alex Berti School of Music, he continued his professional education at the Florida International University, in United States, joining the classes of Prof. M. Littley and C. Riazuelo.

Mr. Toaldo later became a member of the reputable Kayaleh Violin Academy, in Geneva, Switzerland, in order to further develop his Art, where he studied under the hand of its founder and esteemed pedagogue and violinist, Prof. H. Kayaleh. Mr. Toaldo graduated in 2018, receiving a Diploma in Performance, with specialised training in Pedagogy.

Having ample experience in performance and education, Mr. Toaldo has worked with several institutions, both in North America and Switzerland, such as the Avila School of Music, the Miami Youth Symphony Project, the Doral Conservatory School of the Arts, and the Kayaleh Music Center. He has also performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, under esteemed Conductor Eduardo Marturet.

He is currently a director of Toaldo Violin School in Ogikubo, Tokyo.

Hirona Hosono Toaldo

Violin

JAPAN

Language : English, French, Japanese

Born in Japan, Hirona Hosono Toaldo started her musical training at a very early age. She joined the Faculty of Music in Aichi Prefectural University of Arts where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music after having studied under Prof. R. Shiraishi and Prof. D. Nolan. Later, she joined the violin classes of the prestigious Kayaleh Violin Academy, joining the Violin Stage Performance Course directed by Prof. H. Kayaleh, graduating in 2017 with a Performer Diploma.

Twice Finalist at The Osaka International Music Competition, Mrs. Toaldo appeared in public performances in major centers: in Switzerland, recitals at the Château de Bossey, Geneva and the Maison Bodzérane, Bougy Villars. Hirona Hosono performed as soloist at the Concert Hall of the Geneva Music Conservatory, in the gala concert inaugurating Geneva’s Japanese Cultural Month.

Concerts with Kayaleh Chamber Orchestra took her to the Beau Rivage Palace Ouchy, Switzerland, to the Deutsch Bank Main Hall, Luxemburg, to the Sala Maffeina, Verona, Italy. Where she participated in concerts featuring artists of international renown such as Viktor Pikaysen, Irina Bochkova, Laurence Kayaleh, Angel Stankov, Ivan Strauss, Suzanne Husson and Mikhail Voskressensky.

She is currently teaching at Toaldo Violin School in Ogikubo, Tokyo.

Miki Martin

Piano

JAPAN

Language: Japanese, English, French

Born in Japan, Ms. Martin studied at Toho Gakuen School of Music and Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris where she was unanimously awarded the  First Prize from the members of the jury in 1997.

Concert with Japanese Ambassador in France took her to Guest Concerts of Principality of Andorra and as well as Switzerland and France as well.

She taught at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris as a former assistant of Professor Jaques Lagarde. After returning to Japan in 2008, she established L’Atelier de Miki at Roppongi, teaching children through adults.

Saeko Miyasho

Piano

JAPAN

Language : Japanese, English, French

Ms. Saeko studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Saint-Maur des Fossés under Christine Fonlupt, where she obtained her Diploma of Musical Studies in 2014, and was unanimously awarded the First Prize for “Perfectionnement” in 2015, receiving great praise from the members of the jury.
In 2017, she received her Master’s Degree, once again with great distinction, after studying at the CNSMD in Lyon in the classes of Hervé N’Kaoua and Thierry Rosbach.

Throughout her formation, she participated in several masterclasses with renowned musicians, amongst which figure names such as Fabio Bidini, Jean-Marie Cottet, Jörg Demus, and Bruno Rigutto.

With great interest in Early Music, she studied harpsichord with Richard Siegel and Eloy Galarza at the CRR de Saint-Maur, where she obtained her Diploma of Musical Studies, specialising in harpsichord.

Ms. Saeko has won several First Prizes in competitions, such as the Les Clés d ́Or Competition (Ile de France) in 2017, the Claude Kahn National Piano Competition (Paris) in 2018, and the Concours Musical de France in 2018.

In 2015 she performed the Mozart Concerto with “Orchestra Allegro” at Saint-Maur des Fossés, and in 2018 she was invited to perform at the music festival “Musiciennes à Ouessant”. She continues to perform regularly as a soloist and in Chamber Music.

Masatoshi Abe

Martial Arts

JAPAN

Language: Japanese

Mr. Abe is a professional wrestler. Some of his titles are :
Shooto Bantamweight ex-world ranking 1st place for Mixed Martial Arts and National Sports Greco 46kg Runner Up for wrestling.
He currently works as Martial Arts Studio Advisor and Martial Arts Instructor.

Hikaru Chikata

PE (kids training), Personal Trainer

JAPAN

Language: Japanese

Mr. Chikata is an athelete trainer. Formally trained in the internship for the professional Rugby team and Teikyo high-school football team. He currently trains American Football team and instructs children to better develop their physical capacity. He also gives treatments to professional atheletes for their injuries.

CREDENTIAL

  •  Judo Therapist License
  • Certified Athletic Trainer from Japan Sports Association (JSPO-AT)
  • Japan Training Instructor (JATI-ATI)
  • Certified Personal Trainer from US Exercises & Fitness Association (NESTA-PFT)
  • Vipr Instructor
  • IRB First Aid in Rugby

Emi Seki

Yoga

JAPAN

Language : English, Japanese

From a very young age, Emi started classical ballet and jazz dance, aiming to become a musical actress. Later, she went onto studying vocal music at the Kunitachi College of Music and also gained the opportunity to study musical theater in New York. Since 2012 she became an English instructor for children. However, her passion grew towards Yoga, which soon led her profession to teach Yoga.
In 2017 she joined Lululemon, an athletic apparel retailer. In 2018, she took the RYT cours 200 hours for Teachers Training Program in New York. She currently leads a bilingual yoga class in Tokyo.

Yoga Tokyo alignment-centered hatha yoga classes enable students of all ages and levels to develop a growing yoga practice that supports a healthy body for a lifetime. Based on step-by-step progressions and intelligent use of the body, our approach achieves results while allowing students to learn at their own pace.

Mami Naruse

Hip Hop Dance

JAPAN

Language: English, Japanese

Mami was trained as a classical ballet dancer until the age of 18 in Shizuoka, Japan. Later, her training took her to Los Angelos, USA, where she participated in the dance event “Carnival”  and performed the work by Leslie Scott and Johnny Goodman. Her performance took her to “Millenium Dance Show Case”

After returning to Japan, she has performed in various TV commercials as well as on stage. She also teaches children in dance studios in Tokyo.

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