Yali Romagoza

Yali R.

College Point, NY

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Native speaker (originally from Cuba). I have a Bachelor in Art History and Spanish Literature from University of Havana, Cuba. Awarded excellence in grammar and creative writing. I have experience teaching Spanish to students of very young ages to adults. All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Learning a language should be a joyful experience and one that will be a positive change in your life. Practicing conversation is always the best way to learn a language, specially having the opportunity to talk with a native Spanish speaker.
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Yali teaches



Yali delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I received a Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a Bachelor in Art History at the University of Havana, Cuba. I’m a multidisciplinary designer that blurs the line between fashion and visual arts. I launched in 2009 a project titled “Normal Is Good” centered in the development of clothing collections with presentations in Havana, Cuba; Paris, France; Liverpool, England and Miami, Chicago, NY, US.

Once I moved to New York I participated in an internship at Victor de Souza Company and I was quickly hired for the position of Production Manager and began assisting Mr. De Souza in executing and coordinating fashion shows.

As an artist and designer I feel more inclined towards education than working in the fashion industry. I feel great joy teaching and this would be a wonderful opportunity for me to share my knowledge. The lessons are customized to your needs. I will only cover the subject that you are interested in, and are relevant to achieving your goals. Even if your goals are not that clear I can help you to discover what is it that you want.

Sometimes I have been approached by people who, although they do not want to pursue a career in fashion or art, want advice on how customize their image. I can help you to express your individuality and embrace your freedom.

As a designer I have also collaborated producing the costume designs for plays like: "Post-Plástica", Museo del Barrio, NY (2012) and "Schwanze-Beast", Vermont Performance Lab, Vermont (2015).

In 2015 I released the film-documentary, "Normal Is Good (I like America and America likes me)" at Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago. "All the things she says" is my most recent solo exhibition at Galería de la Biblioteca Pública Rubén Martínez Villena, Havana, Cuba (2017). I was selected as part of 2017 NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program for Performing and Literary Arts, New York Foundations for the Arts, NY, US.

My knowledge of art and design and my international perspective, are elements that enrich my approach to education.

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Spanish Tutor
Sep 2015 - Present

Spanish tutor of a 12 year old girl.

Creator & Founder
Apr 2009 - Present
Normal Is Good

Normal Good was created in Havana, Cuba (2009) as a project focused on the development of clothing collections that blur the line between fashion design and visual art in a multidisciplinary practice. Pockets or spaces are hidden within various sections of the clothing to hold personal belongings instead of using a purse or bag. Through these designs we are invited to rethink about the relationships with space and the things that we normally carry in our daily life.

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Nov 2011 - Apr 2012
Wilfredo Prieto Studio

Assisting artist Wilfredo Prieto to translate: documents, art proposals, emails and verbal communication from Spanish to English and vice versa.

Fashion production manager
Aug 2011 - Feb 2012
Victor de Souza INC

• Maintained office master files, budget management, timelines and phone calls and daily clerical and administrative tasks
• Maintained all social media outlets
• Handled the production for Fashion Shows, Sold orders to Stores
• Organized inspiration and design boards
• Sent fabric & trim for sourcing with different vendors
• Sent color standards to mills
• Run errands in the local market (sourcing fabric & trim, visiting factories).
• Organized Fabric and Trimbooks
• Supervised the production at the different samples rooms, embroidery rooms and quality control of each garment

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Assistant Editor
Apr 2011 - Jan 2012
Studio Tania Bruguera

Assisting artist Tania Bruguera to write projects statement.


Master in Design of Fashion, Body and Garment
Aug 2013 - May 2015
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Bachelor in Art History
Sep 2001 - Jun 2006
Univesity of Havana


Professional Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Postgraduate Certificate in Performance Art
Apr 2009
Cátedra Arte de Conducta


2017 NYFA Immigrant Artist Program: Performing and Literary Arts
Jun 2017
New York Foundation of the Arts
Artist-in Residence
Oct 2009
Parties Prenantes, Bétonsalon, Paris, France

Photos & Videos

From the collection "Time runs when there is no truth", 2014, Chicago

From the collection "Time runs when there is no truth", 2014, Chicago

Normal Is Good at Inkub8 during Art Basel, Miami, FL , 2010
"Normal Is Good" debut performance at 10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
From the collection "The Pocket Party", 2016

From the collection "The Pocket Party", 2016

From the collection "The Pocket Party", 2016

From the collection "The Pocket Party", 2016

From the collection "The Pocket Party", 2016
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2 Reviews

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Candida Jul 19, 2017
Fashion Design · Online

Yali is a fantastic artist, teacher and person! She has a wonderful approach as a teacher, beside her great look and talent as an artist! Highly recommended!

Cherie Jul 19, 2017
Spanish · In home

Yali is a WONDERFUL Spanish teacher. She teaches my 13-year-old daughter in such an engaging way that my daughter insists on *not* taking Spanish at school but instead learning solely with Yali (and also when she's experiencing full immersion in a Spanish-speaking country). The fact that Yali is from Cuba and a magical fashionista is a super fun added bonus.

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