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Testimonials

By examining what is happening, discovering the obstacles and challenges, Magna always gives you the feeling of being heard and understood. At the same time she manages to sensitively push you out of your comfort zone when it’s needed. Magna has the incredible ability to nail a problem down and support you in finding the right course of action while enabling you and encouraging you to conquer your fears.

As your coach, Magna sees it as her task to help you discover what your own personal “best” might be. Every day we make choices to do or not do many things. Coaching with Magna helps you learn how to make choices that create an effective, balanced and fulfilling life. Her advice is always delivered in a calm and logical manner that truly connected and inspired me.

Sabrina Ortner Sales Manager Schreiber Foods

Magna is a valued Advisory Board member for ‘Modern Moves,’ a research project I direct, funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant, and located at the Department of English, King’s College London. In examining the history and current global popularity of African-heritage social dances, Magna has effortlessly crossed from practice to the world of academia.

She inaugurated our ‘Moving Conversation’ series of public events, and returned as a speaker and performer for our annual research showcase where she eloquently summed up the event by responding to all the academic speakers. She has a proven ability to synthesise and analyse material with very little preparation (many of the papers she heard for the first time that day), and communicate her ideas clearly and attractively to a diverse audience.

She is one of the few dancers I know who commits herself to transferring the skills that she has honed as a dancer, and her learning experiences on the dance floor, into life lessons for everyone. Her gift of communication helps her bring these lessons to everyone with clarity, grace, and vivacity.

Ananya Kabir Director Modern Moves

I have taken a number of dance workshops, and I can say without any hesitation, that her workshops were the best I have ever attended. She clearly planned the workshop thoughtfully and with her audience in mind, and it was extraordinarily successful and beneficial for everyone who participated.

Her classes were not simply moves or patterns for us to learn, they were a vehicle for understanding her philosophy of dance, a philosophy that she has so clearly developed over hours and years dedicated to a deep and reflective practice. She translated her philosophy into words, illustrated by her movements, and ultimately into our (admittedly more clumsy) physical experience. Her energy during the class was at once light and authoritative. She piqued our interest for six hours straight. There is a humility and universality to the practice that gave us a glimpse of what it truly means to dance like Magna Gopal.

Sarah B Student Portland

I find it especially intriguing how Magna has implemented her philanthropist passion into a practicable application to dance, social communication, and a way of life! She has the grand fortune of being an incredibly aesthetic person both inward and outward, which has inspired me, among countless others, to evolve as a person and blossom to the full extent of our potential, while upholding the human value.

David Blake Co-Founder Latin Beginnings of St. Louis

Magna Gopal’s workshops are not just like other salsa classes where the instructors teach a pattern and steps that some can replicate and some can’t, or the same old exercises in isolation and styling. What Magna teaches is the fundamentals of partner dance – the proper connection and the mutual “conversation” between partners, as well as the attitude one should have to create a beautiful and fun dance in the 5 or so minutes during a song. She also emphasizes engagement of the core. These are the elements that are crucial in all partner dancing but are most of the time not taught in an effective way (or at all) in salsa classes. Magna’s classes are unparalleled in the quality, the content and the delivery that captivates all the students, both beginner and advanced.

Christine M. Chang Student San Francisco Workshop

Hey Magna , this is David from Latin Beginnings. I just wanted to say it was an honor and a privilege having you here, sharing a plethora of knowledge, and experience with our salsa scene and during our hangout time! You are a Magnificent person, and I find it especially intriguing how you’ve implemented your philanthropist passion, into a practicable application to dance, social communication, and as a way of life! You have the grand fortune of being an incredibly aesthetic person both inward and outward, which has inspired me among countless others to evolve as a person and blossom to the full extent of our potential, while upholding the human value. I wish you the very best in all that you are doing, and have done; may your zealous passion drive you to do exponentially greater things in the future! May God continue to bless you, until we meet again, Peace, and Love

David Blake Co-Founder Latin Beginnings of St. Louis