We had the good fortune of connecting with Karla Maldonado and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karla, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Passion! Nothing brings me more joy and happiness than teaching classes. I absolutely love dancing but teaching became my passion. Teaching involves connecting with my students in a different level, trying to break their individual code in order to help them, not only in the dancing area but in their personal life as well. Doing everything with passion has allowed my business to grow naturally and has allowed me to enjoy every single step since day 1.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
There is not an easy route. There is no recipe. When I got my bachelor in Economics I didn’t know I was going to end up creating a business in the dance industry. My parents taught me everything about owning and running a small business, they have been entrepreneurs since I was born. Their sweat, tears, joy, success and passion led me here in a very natural way. I am saying natural way because I did not plan this, it just happened. Life situations and opportunities came and I decided to take them with good and bad possible outcomes. It’s always better to try to make something work rather than to have regrets. My Mom taught me to open my home and arms to everyone and that’s exactly what I am doing right now. Giving good vibes to the universe is a win-win situation. Kumbala is my home and your home as well.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them?
My best friend visits me at least once per year and these have been the places I have showed him: White Rock Bishop Arts Klyde Warren Park Vitruvian Park in Addison Downtown Uptown Ride the Trolley Bar hopping in Mckinney Av Dancing in Cafe Salsera Reunion Tower
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be who and where I am without many people – my family, my dance family, my Kumbala family. The more experience life gifts me, the more aware and thankful I feel about all these people in my life. Life is not a solo game, team work is a key factor.
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