Prima Ballerina visits South Miami’s Ballet Boutique

Prima Ballerina visits South Miami’s Ballet Boutique

Ribbon cutting event at The Ballet Boutique (l-r) are Verónica Araújo de Castro, Ana Verónica Castro Araújo,
Prima Ballerina Katia Carranza and store owner Gaby Martinez.

Ballet Boutique , one of the latest new stores to open in South Miami, enlisted the help of her friend Katia Carranza, Prima Ballerina of the Miami City Ballet and Ballet of Monterrey, to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, August 23. Located at 7322 Red Rd., this is the first US store for The Ballet Boutique owner Gaby Martinez who credits their success with a method she created to avoid the foot injuries for ballerinas working “on pointe” . Among the crowd enjoying the evening were Gaby’s long time friend from Merida, Mexico, Aida , Aida’ s daughter etc. Little ballerinas also got a chance to have Katia autograph a photo as a souvenir.

On the sports front, Dolphins game, billed as the dress rehearsal for the upcoming season, drew a nice crowd on August 24. Despite a last minute loss, it was a great game during which this writer enjoyed sitting near some incredible teachers involved with Teach for America, whom the Dolphins hosted that night. One teacher, Jordan Butisantoso, who taught math in Liberty City last year arranged for his former students to attend the game and it was a joy to watch. Mr. Buti, as his students refer to him lovingly, shared that teaching these students was an eye opening experience and one he treasures. It was obvious his students loved him as much as he does them. It was also gratifying to see once again how committed the Dolphin organization is to our community and our young people.

Prima Ballerina visits South Miami’s Ballet Boutique

Seen here at Coco Plum Woman’s Club Tea: Lto R Bottom: Nancy Desmangeles, Guest, Chris and Jackie Monge/ Top:Aminta Konawicz, guest, Nadine LaGuette, Maxine Bizette and Illeana Mustelier.

Florida Federation of Woman’s Club’s local clubs are as active as ever. The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club held a charity bingo night recently for Shot for Life. International Committee Chair Mitzi Jenner with club member Ana Lam orchestrated a fun evening where many new members got to socialize with long time members while raising more than $440 for the charity.

Further south, the ladies of the GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club held “Ann’s 6th Annual English Tea Party”, on August 21. More than 95 ladies attended the event that was chaired by Ann Robson. Guests came wearing assorted hats for a chance to win prizes for the most elegant, the most funny and the most original. Best of all, event raised $2,500 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

In other service club news, Rotarians are called to join Gables Rotarians for the 2013 Coastal Cleanup at Matheson Hammock Park on Saturday, September 21. Join thousands of volunteers worldwide , on this day as millions of pounds of litter are collected from beaches and waterways. It the dirtiest fun day you will ever have ending (so it is rumored) with drinks and socializing at a nearby outdoor restaurant bar. For more information, contact your local Rotary.

Until next time, keep making each day count.


Prima Ballerina visits South Miami’s Ballet Boutique

Seen here enjoying CoralGables Woman’s Club charity bingo night are Debi Moore, Enid Miguez and Ruth Martinez.

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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and the Rotarian of the Year Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education, co chairs the Doral Business Council Forum and is a DBC Ambassador, is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club and is on the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and sings in the choir of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She can be reached at

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