muse circle • hong kong

music, movement, drama & art ... in french and english

What we aim to do:

Inspire a creative edge in academics and life * Enhance language skills * Build self-esteem * Teach team building * Deliver personal attention to each individual * Favor a lifelong love of learning * Introduce skills that serve people over a lifetime * Promote cross-cultural understanding * Prepare students for a global economy * Help identify vocational aspirations * Make language learning a practical experience * Emphasize the rhythm and tonality of language * Contextualize language within the broader culture * Set the stage for family bonding * Break through inhibitions * Empower people to rise to their full potential * Respect individual differences

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Thomas "Tom" Vinton

Native English Speaker
Virtual Native French Speaker
Professional Musician
Trained in International Baccalaureate
Bachelor of Arts in French
Master of Fine Arts in Communication

I first started improvising and writing songs as a child, taking piano lessons from age 5 and forming my first band at age 12. After playing music throughout my school years in the US and France, I launched my career by scoring educational software in Austin for major publishers. Partnering with Flo, I led children’s music and movement workshops in schools and cultural centers. Moving to Atlanta, I became a full time music teacher in a primary school, producing stage shows for several years. I later served as teacher trainer and workshop leader at Atlanta’s innovative Eclectic Music. Before moving to Hong Kong this year, my family and I spent two years as artists in residency in Nantes, France, offering English language creativity workshops that culminated in a full-scale performance featuring modern dance and live music.

Flore "Flo" Olivier-Vinton

Native French Speaker
Virtual Native English Speaker
Professional Teaching Experience Since 1999
Lifelong Practitioner of Expressive Movement
Mother of 2 Fully Bilingual Children

Associate of Arts in Photography

After growing up in France, I moved to the United States and developed a creative partnership with my husband over the next twenty years.  During the '90s, I began teaching French through song, expressive movement, and visual arts. I discovered that I had a natural ability to introduce authentic cultural experiences to participants of all ages, engaging all the senses in the learning process. I first remember my own body awakening while studying ballet at age six. As an adult, I deepened my love for movement by exploring diverse dances of the world and innovative modes of expression. These include aerial fabrics, environmental performance, and the Five Rhythms, a meditative dance practice developed by Gabrielle Roth. When leading groups today, I aim to empower others to express themselves in surprisingly new ways.

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