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Acting, Dance, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing
Now teaching singing and acting lessons online as well to anyone in the country!
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 Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Jersey Shore: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre of Women 6, Pirates of Penzance, Change the Night Owl, and her own solo cabaret "Should I Be Sweet?"
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.
Acting, Dance, Film Acting, Singing, Ballet, Broadway Singing, Improv Acting, Jazz Dancing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice
I feel there is a great deal of talent in the youth of today, and that it is my job to provide a knowledge and understanding of how to best use that talent. I try my best to provide a comfortable atmosphere to help my students to develop, refine and heighten their talents. I love to teach performance techniques in voice, music, dance, and various other fine arts activities. I have been an aspiring performer my entire life and have enjoyed every learning experience I have come across. It is because of this that I feel I can help you reach your full potential. It is my goal to share my passion for performing arts with others so that they might become excited about their potential and future. I hope to empower others with the knowledge of using there instrument properly and efficiently so that they may utilize their talents to their fullest potential. Through lessons with me my students will enjoy and flourish in using their talents and become confident in doing so. Both learning and performing should be fun and exciting and that is what my students should know, that I am here to have fun and to help you embrace your natural talents and use them with ease and comfort.
What sets me apart from other teachers at Take Lessons?
Well, I am here to help you find how you learn best and what you feel most comfortable with. You will learn about yourself, your emotions, what makes you who you are, and your goals. Once we find that, we will use that to bring out your strengths and help you thrive in all areas of your life.
My training includes, but is not limited to;
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Sherman Oaks, CA- Fitness and Group Instructor Certification
Act One Studios, Chicago IL- Acting, and On-Camera, Commercial Techniques, Film and TV
Visceral Dance Center, Chicago IL- Modern, Tap, Jazz
Ruth Page Dance Center, Chicago IL- Ballet, Jazz, Pilates
Lou Conte Dance Studio, Chicago IL- Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, Pilates, and Yoga
Oakland University, Rochester MI – Integrated Studies of Music, Theatre, and Dance, B.A.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI & Flint MI- Music Education, Dance , Vocal Performance, and Acting
Though I am your teacher I am also a fellow performer. I understand that everyone learns differently and I try to take various approaches to help the student get the most out of each lesson. I encourage my students to be open and honest with me about each aspect or their lesson so that we can, together, tailor a lesson plan that best fits each individual.
I am also CPR/AED certified- this is just one way to make sure your child or you are safe while taking lessons while me.
Algebra, Basic Math, Dance, Guitar, Math, Pre Algebra, Arithmetic, Ballet, Biology, English, Geometry, Jazz Dancing, Language, Reading, Science, Theatrical Dance
Li B. holds a BA in Theatre Arts, Dance from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has worked as a dancer, choreographer, & teacher throughout the US and in Canada. She's a visual artist; author/editor of four poetry books; media performance artist currently working on her first film project. Teaching and tutoring children in creative movement, fundamental guitar, theatre & literature arts is her passion. She also teaches yoga and dance fitness classes for adults. "Growing old is not an option".
Dance, Spanish, Violin, Music Performance, Music Theory
I am a South-american violinist and violin-music teacher who loves music, dancing, arts, nature, and animals. I am a social, kind, caring, persevere and self-disciplined person.
I started teaching 9 years ago when I was studying my Bachelor’s degree. In my country, I was the teacher of 25 lovely children and youth, with whom I created my own violin studio. It started only with 3 students, and after 7 years we were a wonderful group that performed in different recitals, festivals and trips around our country. Together we learned about violin, classical music, popular music, folk music, singing, etc., but most importantly we learned about sensitivity, sharing, self-discipline, respect, creativity and many other personal skills that music helps us learn in such a joyful way.
In Boston, while doing my masters, I also had the opportunity to teach two children in English with new methods I was learning in my string pedagogy course. In addition, I have taught adults and elderly (70-72) to play the violin, and find their smiles and learning process more than satisfying. Finally, I was the music teacher in a kinder garden, and had students from 2 to 4 years old. I like to teach people with different ages because I learn from them and their different needs.
I have also had some few students with different abilities such as Down syndrome, Asperger's syndrome and Dwarfism. I cannot say I am an expert but I am open to learn from these students if I have a good orientation and support from the parents and specialists.
Right now, after finishing my master’s degree in Boston, I am living in Chicago because my husband is studying his PhD at Northwestern University. I miss teaching and sharing my love for music with others, that is why I really want to find new students that want to join me in their musical journey.
Christina K., whose childhood love of dance and experience living in Turkey had her fascinated with belly dance from an early age, began her dance training in 1993, studying with many instructors of varying styles through the years. Her greatest influences include Jasmin Jahal, Rachel Brice, Amel Tafsout, Dalia Carella, Deb Rubin, Artemis Mourat, and Karim Nagi. She has also received a recognition certificate for Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements Phase I: Initiation.
As an instructor, Christina is highly regarded as being knowledgeable, creative, and challenging, all the while delivering her material with an approachable sense of humor. Along with teaching regular classes in the Chicago area since 2003, she has been honored to present workshops at major events throughout the Midwest and around the country.
Private lessons with Christina start with an assessment of the students needs and goals as well as finding a base line for each student's movement ability and physical strengths and limitations. From there your program is built entirely to suit you that will challenge your mind and body while keeping both supported and safe. Whether you're just looking for a different way to get moving for fitness or you have dreams of one day performing, your program with Christina will be tailored to your desires.
Choreography, Contemporary Dance, Dance, Dance Choreography, Horseback Riding, Stage Performance, Tap Dance, Jazz Dancing, Theatrical Dance
DANCE: With over thirty years of experience motivating and inspiring dancers of all ages and levels, I am a workshop presenter (Illinois High School Theatre Festival, International Thespian Society Festival), master teacher, writer (Judges Handbook for Spotlight Dance Cup), and adjudicator. I have been a studio manager for two top dance schools in the Chicago area, and Illinois Program Director for American Dance Training Camp. As an award-winning choreographer, some of my musical theatre credits include: "West Side Story," "Beauty and the Beast," "Fame - the Musical," "Kiss Me Kate," "Aida," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat," "South Pacific," "Damn Yankees," "The Wiz," "Pippin," and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Currently, I am attending Northern Illinois University for Theatre Studies. Trained in all areas of dance, I specializes in Musical Theatre with an emphasis on jazz and tap. I especially enjoy working with students who have a heart to perform in the musicals offered at their schools, but lack the dance training.
HORSEBACK RIDING: In addition, I have a degree in Equestrian Studies from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming - where I tapped into my passion for horses. I competed in shows and rodeos, and studied both Western and English riding. I was on staff at Teen Ranch Canada for many summers as a riding instructor. I own 2 Quarter Horses that I keep on my property and teach my students from the ground up in natural horsemanship skills.
"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."