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Serena is originally from the New York City area and has been acting, singing, dancing, and playing piano since she was young. As a teenager, she attended the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. While she was there, she realized her love of teaching when she tutored struggling piano and music theory students.
In Chicago, her credits include: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Jersey Shore: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre of Women 6, Pirates of Penzance, Change the Night Owl, and two solo cabarets: "Should I Be Sweet?" and "I Don't Want To Be a Cliche."
Other notable credits include Tony N' Tina's Wedding, The Taming of the Shrew, Bat Boy, Les Miserables, Major Barbara, as well as various cabarets at Don't Tell Mama and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Serena also has performed alongside James Taylor and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Serena loves working with people who particularly share her love of Musical Theater and Shakespeare, but she finds all ages and levels exciting and fulfilling.
Serena also specializes in coaching high school students for their auditions for BFA or BA Acting or Musical Theater programs. She is completely informed about the audition process for each individual school and is able to help select repertoire to fit your needs.
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I have a very good balance in my lessons of nurturing the student, but also pushing the student to his or her highest potential. I always remain encouraging and supportive. I spend about a third of the lesson on technique work and I always encourage students to bring in their own material that we can work on as well. You will get excellent vocal and piano technique from me, but you will also learn to have fun and appreciate the ease and relaxation of singing and playing piano.
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F/w keyboard, seating for parents - main room
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I specialize in musical theater singing, especially preparation for any auditions (singing or acting) for shows, college auditions, etc. Musical theater is my main passion, but I also focus a lot on pop music. I am especially experienced in introducing newbies to singing or piano.
With a BS in nutrition and many years of experience as a nutritionist, Spanish tutor and yoga instructor I can help learn new skills and be healthier! I always like to adapt the lessons to reach each person's goals.
"Awesome woman! Beautiful soul, beautiful dancer! She is a very encouraging teacher and gently guides you until you get it right. Belly dancing is wonderful for your self-esteem as you learn to control and isolate parts of your body to move in ways that are fluid, graceful, and fun!
My only regret - not doing this when I was younger." - Mandy, 1/2/14
Dancing for 13 years and teaching for seven, Serafina has the highest belly dance instructor and performer reviews in the Chicago suburbs. Come and experience something new!
FLUTE AND OTHER INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of St. Francis. As a requirement for my degree, I have been able to learn various instruments of all the different instrument families. However, my primary instrument is flute, which I have been playing for almost 15 years. I started taking private lessons 5th grade. I received four years of formal university flute instruction from highly regarded flute instructors. I have taught flute students ranging from third grade to twelfth grade. One of my secondary instruments is piano. I received four years of college instruction for piano. With my training and playing experience, I am sure to be able to help you improve throughout our lessons!
Part of my requirements for obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education included taking classes for both instrumental and vocal technique. I sang in two choirs while in college, and I sing in a multi-congregation church choir as well. In addition, I taught Singing Time for two through twelve year-old children at church for two years, and I am currently a Choir Director for my local church congregation. I would love to help improve your vocal technique and pass on the vocal knowledge I have learned!
I was a dancer for 12 years and took studio classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and hip hop. During the seven years I taught dance, I taught ballet, jazz, and hip hop as well as a barre and Pilates class. The children in my Level I classes were between the ages of five and twelve. I was even selected as a Dance Olympus VIP where I was able to go on tour with well-known choreographers from the United States and Canada. With my teaching and dancing experience, I would love to be able to help improve your dancing abilities!
MUSIC THEORY LESSONS
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, and as a requirement, I took four semesters of theory classes. Learning various aspects of music theory can immensely improve your musicality and playing ability. Having an understanding of theory will truly help you understand the music you are playing. I have several theory books and worksheets from college that would aid in our private lessons.
* I have taken university coursework which provided me with information about how to work with various kinds of students with special needs. I have worked with a number of students with special needs in dance, in church, and in my student teaching placements.
I'm my happiest when I'm dancing, working out, & most of all- inspiring others! All of my dance choreography is my own, & all of my Zumba songs are hand-picked to inspire & energize my students, with their goals & preferences in mind. I have a Master's degree in Education from Northwestern University & currently teach Zumba & dance workouts at well-respected gyms & dance studios across Chicago including Lakeshore Sport & Fitness & Lou Conte Dance Studio. My style is playful & high-energy. While I take song requests, my current playlist includes Pitbull, Sean Paul, Flo Rida, Thalia, Beyonce, Don Omar, David Guetta, Daddy Yankee, Rihanna, & more. I'm experienced teaching age groups ranging from teenagers to seniors, and can work with any fitness or dance level. Private classes, semi-privates, or group classes are welcome. I wholeheartedly believe that workouts should only be done if they're fun & energizing- I look forward to sharing my passion for fitness & healthy living with you!
I started dancing at the age of 3, after seeing my first Gene Kelly Movie and was hooked. Starting out I focused mainly on Jazz, Contemporary, and Modern. In 202 I found the world of Ballroom Dancing which re-affirmed my love of dance. Having worked for several well known chain studios I found my way to a smaller independent studio located in the South Suburbs of Chicago 6 years ago. During my time at Heart & Sole Dance I've had the privilege of working with children in our youth program (starting at age 3), adults wanting to learn how to social dance, adults and children who prefer the excitement of competition (mainly in the Swing and Country world), and wedding couples and their parties prepare for their special day.
I also teach multiple group classes at the studio we offer 4 weeks of a group class (no partner necessary) For a Private Group class prices vary depending on size of group and location. All group classes are 45 minutes long.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."