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About John G.

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Spring Valley, CA
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I am a 36 year old professional musician, and music and tennis Instructor. I teach Trumpet, French Horn, singing and tennis. I have 25 years experience playing trumpet, French Horn and Singing and play in several groups around the San Diego area including:
The New City Sinfonia (Chamber Orchestra)
The Amalgamated, (a Ska/Reggae Band)
Full Strength Funk Band
Heartland Brass Ensemble
Trumpets R Us
Filarmonica Portuguesa Uniao De San Diego
Tierrasanta Lutheran Church,
Elk Tones Big Band
Dim The Lights Disco Tribute Band

I am very passionate about music, from learning to teaching, practicing, performing and recording. Every day my goal is to promote music, learn, practice and help people enjoy music either by listening or performing.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will start with good solid warm-up exercises focusing on
breathing and proper technique for Brass playing.
The 2nd part of lessons will be technique, Scales and method books for trumpet and french horn.
The last part of lessons will be working on Solo repertoire and learning songs for performance, sight reading, playing duets and learning jazz improvisation if interested. Lessons will include sight reading, play along/sing along CD's Scales and technique as well as theory.

For my Trumpet Students I use Herbert L. Clarke Technical Studies Book to help improve aerobic endurance, technical and finger velocity as well as production of good tone quality. I will also use the Earl Irons Group of 27 exercises as well as the Max Schlossberg Method to help improve air flow, breathing control and fluidity of sound throughout all registers. I also use the J. B. Arban's Conservatory method for other techniques including scales, double and triple tonguing, intervals as well as duets and solo repertoire.
For jazz minded students I will start with basic fundamentals of improvisation including melodic improv, Blues forms and blues scales as well as reading through chord changes and playing in several modes and other scales used in jazz.

I also provide tailored instruction on Bugling, and the proper playing of military bugle calls for those students interested as well as those involved with Boy Scouts who wish to earn their Bugle Merit Badge.

For my French Horn Students I will use the same technique books as Trumpet but learning traditional French Horn Solo repertoire, as well as Brass quintet/choir repertoire and orchestral and concert repertoire. Focus for French Horn students will be mainly on control of partials and tuning techniques.

For my Voice students I will start with good breathing technique and warm up exercises designed to get the vocal chords warmed up and get all the other muscles relaxed in order to produce great tone quality. Focus will be on intonation, and learning to use the air and support to extend the vocalists range higher and lower as well as gain power and confidence in singing.
Each Vocal student will have a piece to practice or will bring a piece of their choosing in that they would like to learn and this will be used to apply the techniques learned at the beginning of lessons. Styles of singing that I sing and can teach are Classical, Jazz, Big Band and Standards, Oldies, Pop, Country, Soul, Rock, R&B, Christian Rock and Church Music and also harmonizing like in a duet style or choir/vocal ensemble setting. I will also teach performance techniques, showmanship, stage presence and the overall performance package every singer needs to have confidence while singing.

I am a classically trained musician on Trumpet, French Horn and Voice and reading music, articulations, dynamics and learning musical forms is an essential part to any performers success. I also have studied various jazz styles and improvisational techniques as well. I want to teach students the basics of good musicianship and help them to excel in learning, practicing and performing in their own selected styles of music, whether its classical music, or jazz/rock/pop/country and any other styles students are interested in.

For Academic students who need tutoring I have a very extensive background in history, specifically focusing on US History, Military History, and the study of different eras including major war eras. Academic tutoring can be geared towards the understanding, comprehension and critical thinking understanding of the subject matter, as well as research, essay writing, as well as public speaking and project presentation.

For Tennis Students, I focus on the basics from footwork, to basic swing mechanics as well as strategy. Tennis lessons can be geared to develop specific areas of the game of tennis, or an overall game improvement whether for those who want to be competitive, or just enjoy a friendly game. I am also willing to do group lessons of up to 4-5 players to enhance a group learning environment as well as combining the skills from each player to enhance the other and create a fun learning environment on the tennis court.
*** Studio Equipment ***

My main teaching location is my private studio in Spring Valley and at the Ramona Music Center in downtown Ramona for students in the area. I have all items needed including music stands, CD player for play along programs as well as an upright piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling I can bring my own personal music stand and electric keyboard with stand as well. Technique and song repertoire and theory books I can provide when needed.
For tennis instruction I have my own rackets as well as a ball hopper full of practice balls to bring to any location or public open tennis court. I also have reels of string and a stringing machine to restring tennis rackets with broken strings.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Reggae, Ska, Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B, Blues, Church/Worship.

Tennis: Ground strokes, both 1 hand and two handed back hand. Serve, kick serve, slice serve, tomahawk serve, net play including volleys, over heads as well as other specialty shots including forehand and backhand slice and approach shots, Lobs, topspin lobs, and drop shots. Also playing strategy and competition.
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James M. July 2, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
I had an instructor prior to him for nearly a year. I hired JR because after that time I didn’t even learn how to read music. I learned more today from JR than the entire time I had my previous instructor. JR is detailed and patient for an old, inexperienced fart like me. Thank you, JR!
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Tyler T. December 30, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
My son loved his first lesson and the instructor. 😊
thank you, John. He got to play many notes that he did not with the previous instructor.
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Lina J. November 27, 2017
· Tennis · In home
John was great - super patient and encouraging.
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John G.

John G.

Spring Valley, CA 91977
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About Cristina F.

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Solana Beach, CA
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About Cristina
Hi there! Congratulations on taking a step towards improving your academic future by searching for a tutor.

I love helping students reach their full potential, and I do that by creating a program that will work specifically for you. Working together, we will not only improve your comfort and knowledge in your subject area, but I can also help ease test anxiety with research based study skills. I am a CA credentialed teacher with first hand knowledge of and practice with, various methods of learning - so we will find what works best for your success!

I earned my BA in Psychology at University of Maryland, College Park, and earned my MAT in Secondary Education at Towson University, in Baltimore, MD. I have experience as a high school classroom teacher and have also worked with students from grades 4 and up in multiple subject area
s, with much success.
I am friendly and very patient. I will set reasonable and clear expectations for you, which if followed, will lead to improvement in your independent learning. I look forward to meeting you.
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Amanda January 24, 2018
· Surfing · In studio
Cristina is an incredible surf instructor. She's down to earth and motivational. I feel much more confident surfing and catching waves. When I started out I couldn't catch a wave on my own and with her guidance after four lessons I'm catching waves regularly. I have so much fun learning about paddling and pop up techniques both on and off the water. She also has such a wealth of knowledge about the ocean that I can already start to read the waves much better and get an idea of which ones I can catch. I'm excited to continue taking lessons with Cristina!
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Isabella C. December 14, 2017
· Math · In home
A+++
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Cristina F.

Cristina F.

Solana Beach, CA 92075
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About Ferlyn F.

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San Diego, CA

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About Ferlyn
My Teaching Philosophy:
"Everyone is capable of dancing, playing an instrument, and understanding music & art performance; it is the desire, drive, determination, dedication and discipline instilled within a person and the guidance of my company's methodology that will bring these abilities to light." - Ferlyn

I believe each and every person has a unique brand of movement, understanding of music, and learning style for any dance form or instrument. Whether it is hip hop, breaking, ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, dancing for a wedding, birthday, or flash mob, playing the piano, singing or even learning the theory of music or dance, I make sure to bring out the best quality within your learning, expand that knowledge and encourage you to become your fullest potential as my student. I bring a different light to each lesson of dance, piano a
nd/or music and bring your abilities to a level that is more knowledgeable, adequately refined, near to perfection and professional over time, and definitely enjoyable.

My Biography:
I started at the age of 5 with the desire to perform and entertain. With the drive of a freestyle & street dancer, I emulated Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson as a few of my dance inspirations. I also grew up driven into the background of piano, having trained in various methods such as Alfred, Bastien, Faber, Carr-Glover & Glover, Thompson and Schuam, expanding my knowledge and range as a pianist of 25 years.

In Los Angeles, I was determined to make dance my professional career and earned my Baccalaureate in Dance at California State University, Los Angeles. I learned alongside notable and popular mentors and instructors, training in modern, hip hop, breaking, popping, locking, house, tap, jazz and ballet. I choreographed for weddings, birthdays, within multiple shows, as well as became an advanced member of Cal State LA Jazz Tap Corps and the campus' hip hop crew, Team Flight.

Under much dedication for my professional career, my experiences exponentially grew after college as the Dance Choreographer & Director for Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter High School's dance troupe, CATCH Kids, a troupe renowned for being featured on the Tyra Banks Show and catching the eyes of a few known performers such as Tommy The Clown, Debbie Allen, and Janet Jackson. I was a Dance Instructor in various studios such as the American Vive Dance Foundation, King's Dance Center, Expressions Dance and Movement Center, and Kruciaal Element's The Dancehouse. I worked with Kruciaal Element Dance Company as the previous Assistant Director and part of their freestyle dance crew, Stylematix, and performed in shows and events across San Diego County and Los Angeles County, including Monster Bash San Diego, Mardi Gras in The Gaslamp District, Dancescape, The Hot Spot Alhambra and The Moxie Showcase.

My current disciplines are focused and centered around Southern California as the CEO & Director of a Dance Company. I aim at providing a unique family of dancers and training musicians to be at their best. I am working on several upcoming pieces and providing a dance company that integrates dance community and dance industry knowledge, with a side of the 3 Heart-"Be3ts". Additionally, I have extensive knowledge and experience in Filipino traditional dance, ballroom, social and line dancing, as well as a background in stage management, set design, and vocal training. My personal goals are to continue to express my passions, develop my talents, and especially motivate others to find their own true inner self, dancer, choreographer, musician, performer, entertainer and/or artist.

PLEASE NOTE:
For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.

*** Lesson Details ***
DANCE LESSONS:
At the instructor's HQ site, we have an amazing speaker system, wood laminate floors, and surrounding mirrors!
All lessons are provided via movement.

I will provide a speaker system and the dance lessons for On-Site (Traveling) Lessons.
It is necessary to provide at least an 8 foot by 8 foot clearance of open space and a floor of concrete, wood, vinyl or laminate flooring.
If open space is away from an outlet, please provide an extension cord.

Dancer must have ready the following for class:
- Towel
- Water
- Comfortable Clothing
- Appropriate Shoes:
----For Tap Dance Classes: Hard-Soled Shoes are recommended for Concrete and Vinyl (outside) flooring.
----For Wood and Laminate flooring: Please make sure all screw-in taps (not bolted) are in the toe and heel of taps on Tap Shoes.

[Dance shoes and outfits are not included in cost of lessons; however, I will recommend places to buy these items.]

PLEASE NOTE:
For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.

PIANO LESSONS:
At the instructor's In-Studio site, we have a Full 88-Key Digital Piano, Upright Piano and Baby Grand Piano for all piano lessons!
I will provide the piano.

I WILL NOT have a digital piano provided for On-Site (Travel) Lessons. Please have an upright, grand or digital piano ready (76 keys or more is ok; a Full 88-key Keyboard or Piano is recommended).

For Advanced Piano Lessons: A Full 88-key Keyboard or Piano is required.

[Piano books, notebooks and supplementary materials are not included in cost of lessons; however, I will recommend places to buy these items.]

PLEASE NOTE:
For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.

*** Specialties ***
Dance:
Hip Hop, Breaking, Popping, Locking, Whacking, House, Bebop Tap, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz and Ballet.
Over 15 years of experience and training.
Taught various dance genres officially since 2005.

Piano:
Classical Pianist for over 25+ years.
Taught Piano for over 10 years.

PLEASE NOTE:
For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.
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Cece April 22, 2018
· Dance Choreography · In studio
Ferlyn has excellent skills in teaching dance. My daughter has improved her dance techniques in 3 classes. We highly recommend her to everyone that needs dance instructor.
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Dominique N. April 12, 2018
· Piano · In home
Given all of the positive reviews, I am refraining from giving Ferlyn only one star. I am sure she is relatively competent as a teacher. The unfortunate aspect for which she is receiving such a poor review is a significant lack of professionalism.
I arranged piano lessons with Ferlyn for my mother.
Her first lesson (for which I was present) was fine.
I then found out that at their second lesson, Ferlyn showed up very sick. This was quite concerning, especially given my mother’s age. Ferlyn definitely should have canceled that second lesson and not showed up so sick.
Then, only two hours (!) before my mother’s scheduled third lesson, I receive a text message from Ferlyn stating the following:
“Hi Dominique, wanted to let you and your mom that piano lessons will be cancelled today because it is my Birthday! I will see her next week. :)”
This was incredible. This was a cancellation only two hours prior, not due to some emergency or even due to her illness which should have caused a cancelation the week before! This was because it was her birthday. Something that would have been understandable, were she to have let us know well in advance. I am sure she knew in advance when her birthday is.
This does not reflect on TakeLessons, as I have had great experiences with other teachers.
But this degree of inconsiderateness, first with regard to the illness and then with regard to the manner of cancellation, is appalling.
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Mark April 11, 2018
· Ballet · In studio
Meets you at your dance level and you move forward from there. Excellent attitude and knowledgeable instructor. Professional and thorough.
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Ferlyn F.

Ferlyn F.

San Diego, CA 92124
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$30 / 30-min

About Elena T.

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About Elena
I have experience tutoring. Call Takelessons for more information.
I have tutored basic and intermediate Spanish to children, using Spanish songs and fun games for children.
I have experience tutoring adults. I gave Spanish conversational classes, Spanish for Educators, Spanish for travelers and for people that works in the medical field. I have been giving conversational Spanish classes at park and recreation, I'm a certified interpreter translator.I used to work for global LT tutoring program and head start.You must have skype or Ovoo for the online classes. I want to be a tutor so I can share my passions with people who want support
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Rekha December 28, 2017
· Belly Dancing · Online
Loved it
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Daniel June 22, 2017
· Ballroom Dance · Online
Elena was able to teach someone 500 miles away the basics to a slew of different Latin ballroom dances (salsa, marengue, bachata, cumbia step, etc.) In just a few lessons I was able to feel comfortable enough with the steps and timing to be able to dance in public with others! She was very amazing and was willing to accommodate to my needs as a student. She gave plenty of reference material as well as songs so that I'd be able to practice when not taking lessons. I would highly recommend her as a teacher to anyone who is wanting to learn Latin Ballroom dance, but doesn't know where to start!
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Larry January 21, 2017
· French · Online
Great teacher
enjoyed lessons
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Elena T.

Elena T.

Online
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$26 / 60-min

About J C.

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Bonita, CA
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About J
I moved to San Diego from Sydney Australia for school and Basketball. I played in the Australian Basketball Association for several teams over my career, was assistant coach to Ken Cole Australian Basketball hall of famer and multi Olympian.

I went to Coronado high school here in San Diego also for three years, then I went to Southwestern College and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Philosophy and Geography. I have a passion for history especially ancient history.

I am also very interested in computers, and currently own a small PC repair business. I really like tinkering with electronics and mostly self taught myself, and i hope to bring some of these aspects forward to achieving your goals.
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J C.

Bonita, CA 91902
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About Sasha C.

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Kenilworth, NJ
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Hey, Sasha speaking! I would be thrilled to share my passion for dance with you. I am trained in various styles including ballroom, ballet, bellydance, hip hop and aerial arts (aerial silk, hoop and pole). I have been teaching different subjects for 6 years with a focus in instructing ballroom for the last 4 years. I believe dance is a healing and liberating art and would love to help you find your flow. Not only is dance fun, but it will come in handy at parties and events, and is a great way to socialize. I am experienced with both kids ages 4 and up as well as adults, so please feel free to contact me, and we can begin an awesome journey.

I am now offering online group classes in various subjects as well. Subjects include Zumba, Bellydance, and Hip hop with more coming soon. Classes run weekday mornings and some weekends.
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Ann July 3, 2018
· Dance · In home
Sasha is a wonderful teacher who is very good at breaking down each dance so that even a very inexperienced student can learn and feel confident.
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Conni M. June 5, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · In home
Did not know what to expect for my first lesson. Sasha was both patient and fun. I had a blast!
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Jim G. February 13, 2018
· Dance · In home
Excellent communication skills and extremely patient. Sasha keeps the pace at the right level so that the dance steps are challenging but achievable.
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Sasha C.

Sasha C.

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$40 / 30-min

About Peter W.

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San Diego, CA
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Peter Wu is a disciple of Grandmaster Chen XiaoXing, the 19th generation direct lineage holder of Chen style Taijiquan. Peter studied Chen style taijichuan directly with grandmaster Chen XiaoXing, and his brother, grandmaster Chen XiaoWang. Peter also trained Shaolin Kung Fu with the Shaolin Warrior Monks included hand forms, weapons, Qi-gong, and meditation.
Peter participated the nationwide tournament ICMAC (international
Chinese martial art championship) in 2016, and was the Gold medalist in Tai Chi hand form and push hand.
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Kay R. June 9, 2017
· Tai Chi Chuan · Online
Peter is great to work with. He very knowledgeable and moves at a pace that is just right. I am glad I found him.
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Peter W.

Peter W.

San Diego, CA 92128
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$50 / 60-min

About Gabriel F.

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San Diego, CA

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About Gabriel
I'm Gabriel and I make learning FUN and PRODUCTIVE!

Biochemistry, physics, math, statistics, programming, english...these are just few of the subjects that come to mind which are intertwined with our everyday lives.

With a bit of creativity and curiosity, any subject my student needs help in becomes fun and intuitive.

I empower student's with the skills and tool-set that they need to actively solve their own problems, both during classwork and in life.

Being a personable tutor I get to know my students and aim to form a strong bond so that I can simplify complex questions into scenarios that the student would encounter in their day to day activities.

I am looking forward to learning more about your tutoring needs and will work through lesson plans in a goal-oriented manner to ensure solid results.

All the Best,

Gabriel
B.S. Neuroscience and Psychology, UC San Diego Alumni 2017
Medical School Candidate
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Gabriel F.

Gabriel F.

San Diego, CA 92122
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$30 / 30-min

About Raquel S.

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Cambridge, MA
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Studio & Private Classical European Ballet, Modern Ballet Stretch
Modern Ballet Fusion, Water Ballet, & Sensual Swing classes
Adult & Children non-intimidating lessons by a former
Professional Classical Prima Ballerina
Online at TakeLessons.com Raquel S.

Raquel is a consummate professional initially trained as a print model and classical ballerina. Raquel studied fine art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she directed her focus to medical aesthetics at the International Dermal Institute, becoming a registered medical aesthetician/laser tech in California and Massachusetts. Raquel brings over ten years of experience in holistic healing and medical aesthetics/laser holding certifications from the American Heart Association AED (Health Care Provider), The International Dermal Institute of Los Angeles (post graduate), Guinot of
France, CME (Continued Medical Education) credits in Laser Skin Surgery via Syneron/Cynosure and Candela lasers, NYU, NYC. A certified Allergan consultant (Botox & Dermal fillers). She consults and assists in cosmetic surgery, tattoo removal & laser lypo-suction.

Raquel is also a celebrity make-up artist & boutique perfume designer. She worked with many national celebrities and magazines including: Bobbi Brown (Seattle WA), Jose Eber, Seventeen, Shape, Entertainer, and Glamor magazines. She currently hosts & orchestrates many national fashion shows, films, and charity events including: The Boston Ballet, Boston Casting, Boston Magazine, Saving animal victims of Katrina, Brandies School of International Business, The Massachusetts Film Bureau, Wang center for the Arts, Boston Latin Academy, The Elle fund, Make a Wish, Boston Magazine & The BCAE (Boston Center for Adult Education). Spokes Model for National Latin film Awards, Boston Latin TV, In Style Magazine Spring Show & ESPN.
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Raquel S.

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About penda
Hello. I am a Zumba instructor. I love dancing, and exercising. I speak 4 different languages which are : English, French, Spanish and Wolof. I grew up all over the world, I love cultures and learning new languages.

I live a healthy lifestyle. I am vegan, and aspire to live a natural and pure life.
I have been dancing Zumba for over 10 years. I was able to lose over 50 pounds, thanks to Zumba, which allowed me to burn many calories.
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penda S.

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$42 / 30-min

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