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New Horizons for Ballerinas of Guanacaste

By Pinar Istek

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Five-year-old Alana Peuker Neukirch hurried out of their rehearsal space to greet her instructor, Patricia Vargas Gonzales, in anticipation of her weekly ballet class on Sunday morning, May 15, at Carrillo Beach. Excited and ready to dance, Alana in her pink tutu gave a quick hug to Gonzales and ran back inside.

While she was preparing to put Alana's hair in a bun, Gonzales commented that even the hairstyle of a ballet dancer is part of the discipline.

About half an hour later, two more 5-year-old girls, Luvenia Causey and Caterina Beccaria, came in. With a motherly patience and devotion, Gonzales prepared Caterina's hair, too.

Patricia Vargas Gonzales, who has been dancing since she was 5, is an acclaimed ballet instructor from the Royal Academy of Dance. She has been teaching ballet over 30 years. Throughout her career, Gonzales also danced in independent dance companies and was also the director of Grupo CURIME, a group formed by Nago de Nicoya to promote the folklore of Costa Rica in the world.

According to Royal Academy, "ballet helps one develop life skills, by fostering trust, self-esteem, expression, communication and auto-motivation. It improves posture and physical strength, develops coordination and appreciation of music, provides new and exciting challenges and opportunities to meet new people with different ways of thinking and similar taste."

Gonzales has three schools in Guanacaste, located in Palmira de Carrillo, Nicoya and Carrillo Beach. None of them has a name yet. Gonzales said she has more important things to worry about with her students than the name of the school at this point.

On May 15, Gonzales had three 5-year-old girls in her class. Taking the advantage of close distances between these towns, students can attend any class that is convenient for them.

Even though all three of the girls find it difficult to dance ballet, they all commented that they love dancing. While running is Luvenia's favorite, improvisation and dancing with Caterina are Alana's favorites.

Gonzales prepares to put Caterina Beccaria's hair in a bun before the class starts.
On May 15, 2011, Alana Peuker Neukirch, 5, poses in front of their rehearsal
space after the weekly ballet class with Patricia Vargas Gonzales.

Patricia Vargas Gonzales can be contacted at 2230 3548 or 2656 0085.


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