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Ballet, Choreography, Classical Guitar, Dance, Dance Choreography, Strength and Conditioning, Stretching
John W. is the Founding Artistic Director and Ballet Master of The JohnC Art Ballet. Under the direction of Maria Lewis, he was a soloist at the Pacific Ballet Theatre (Vancouver, BC). He was accepted to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, sight unseen, due to RAD and ISTD standing, recommendations from John Marshall and Yvonne Cusack. Also accepted to the Saskatchewan Dance Theatre under the direction of Lucia Pavlychenko and the Alberta Ballet under the direction of Arnold Sphor, Director.
John was an Associate Professor on the Dance Faculty of Scripps College in Claremont, California, where he, along with Gary Bates, established the degree program in dance and developed a technique for Beginning Ballet through Level IV. While at the university he also taught Pedagogy and choreography.
From 1980-1982, John was Director of the Dancer’s Mind School of Dance Arts in Santa Barbara, CA. He conducted private coaching with soloists from the Valerie Houston Dance Company and the Santa Barbara Ballet Company. Also, he worked with body alignment and awareness on patients referred by local medical doctors, with athletes and weight trainers to prevent injuries, and conducted choreography for body builders.
John is a Member (Advanced Standing) of the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) where he studied with Peggy Carr, Lucia Pavlychenko, Zena Urman, Yvonne Cusack, Elizabeth Thompson, and others. Also he is a Member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) where he studied with John Marshall, Georgina McManus, Joan Hardy and Peggy Carr. He studied at the National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet School, South Coast Repertory Summer Program, UCLA Extension Theatre Arts Program, Saskatchewan Dance Theatre (Lucia Pavlychenko), and the Alberta Ballet (Arnold Sphor).
John is self taught on the classical guitar. When a professor at Scripps, he collaborated with the music department, including with the pianist Alice Shapiro, and also Marsha Genensky, who is a founding member of Anonymous Four. He received private coaching on the violin by Elena Grimes.
*** Lesson Details ***
I have over twenty years of experience as a Ballet Master, private coach, and choreographer. I provide a innovative, unprejudiced approach that you won’t find anywhere else.
I believe that anyone can learn to be a great dancer, regardless of body type or “natural talent.” I welcome students and professionals of all levels who have a serious attitude toward the art. I specialize in working with injured dancers, so if you have been told you should stop dancing, or if you have chronic pain, give yourself another chance and contact me.
My methods challenge the boundaries of traditional teaching by providing an intense, holistic approach to training. My approach reveals untapped potential and removes mental blocks that can keep the serious dancer from progressing. You will learn skills to take with you for the rest of your dancing life, no matter the style.
Through classwork and body awareness exercises, you will learn how to work easily within your own body structure for prolonged life as a dancer, as well as increased joy and fluidity in movement.
My approach works organically within each dancer’s body type and promotes a longer career dancing to your full potential.
My teaching style makes learning a difficult instrument accessible to anyone who wants to learn. I give you simple comprehensive lessons on understanding the fretboard, tone production, right and left hand techniques. You will be put through a serious of progressive studies that lead to learning actual compositions.
*** Studio Equipment ***
The Box Dance Studio location is equipped with 30' by 40' of professional Harlequin dance flooring, as well as one wall of mirrors, ballet barres, and a Bose sound system.
The Home Studio location includes a workout area with a Total Gym, inversion table, and space for stretching, strengthening, conditioning, as well as posture and body awareness work.
Either location is suitable for Guitar Lessons.
*** Specialties ***
I have extensive experience working with injured dancers. I have returned hundreds of dancers back to the dance floor, even if doctors and therapists have told them they would never dance again.
If you are a beginner and have never danced before, I offer a highly effective method that teaches you faster and keeps you injury free. Working naturally reduces the potential for injury or deterioration from overwork to a dancer’s body.
I use self-imagery and awareness combined with classical vocabulary and innovative technique. Dancers are guided into their own bodies, so they become acutely aware of their skeletal alignment and bone structure.
Ballet, Choreography, Contemporary Dance, Dance, Dance Choreography, Hip Hop Dance, Jazz Dancing, Modern Dance, Tap Dance, Tumbling
I am a southern girl born and raised in Alabama. I recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue a dance career. I love working with all ages. I work really hard to make my classes fun and efficient. I believe in working very hard, but also having fun while doing so. I have been dancing since the age of 4. I have trained in various styles of dance such as; Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tumbling, and Modern for many years.
Acting, Ballet, Child Acting, Choreography, Clowning, Dance, Dance Choreography, Dance Fitness, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Flexibility Training, Hip Hop Dance, Improv Acting, Jazz Dancing, Makeup, Shakespearean Acting, Speaking Voice, Stage Performance, Stand Up Comedy, Tap Dance, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Voice Acting, Zumba
I am a professionally trained, experienced performer from New York. After completing a National Tour with Sesame Street Live, I decided to make the move to Southern California to pursue other aspects of my career. Having been in this business for several years, as a performer as well as part of production teams, I have learned a lot about what is expected from performers, how to hold a career in this business, and other tricks of the trade.
I promise to make sure you learn everything you will need to be successful, whether it be for a career choice or just a hobby, and will use the teaching technique that works for you.
I can't wait to meet you!
Ballet, Burlesque, Choreography, Dance, Dance Choreography, Filmmaking, Film Production, Hip Hop Dance, Jazz Dancing, Theatrical Dance
I have been a professional dancer for many years, dancing for the likes of Shakira, Usher, Pitbull, Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, and Nikki Minaj. I started dancing at the age of 2 and am professionally trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop. I have worked with kids of all sizes and adult of dance levels. Let's have fun!!
Ballet, Dance, Jazz Dancing, Theatrical Dance
I studied classical ballet from the age of 11 at the nationally renown, California Riverside Ballet, as well as the professional company, BalletMagnificat in Jackson, MS.
I studied Jazz, Musical Theatre Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary and Lyrical both privately and at Riverside Community College.
I currently travel around Orange County and the Inland Empire teaching at various studios, as well as performing.
I am available to teach private lessons to advanced, pre-professional and professional ballet dancers. I can provide a wide range of teaching and coaching depending on the dancers needs: from training in classical and pas de deux to rehearsing and perfecting roles and variations for performances and ballet competitions.
I am available to come to your school, studio or theatre to teach private classes as well as Master Classes. The structure of the classes can be tailored to the number of students and their proficiency level as well as their needs and desires.
I a graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, who has danced with Bolshoi Ballet and Moscow Ballet. I was relocated to the United States in 1997, after touring internationally. In America, I danced as a principal for a number of ballet companies, receiving numerous respected awards.
"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."