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About Jessie M.

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Pasadena, CA

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About Jessie
Thank you for your interest in lessons! I hope to help you achieve your goals and improve your skills, whether you're looking for music lessons, or help in math. Every student is a unique person who deserves a lesson customized to their individual needs. Each of my students prosper in an atmosphere of patience and encouragement. While the lessons are fun and enjoyable, the serious student will be supported in the development of skills leading to a rewarding career, and the more casual students will grow in an appreciation of knowledge that will enrich their lives.

Experience:

I received my bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis on vocal performance at the University of Redlands in 2011 (which I attended on a music talent scholarship), and am now an active performer in Los Angeles, CA. I have been tutoring and teaching privat
e lessons for almost 10 years, and currently have over 40 active students.

I have played leading roles in several operas and musicals in Southern California, including Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (DTL nominee), The Impresario, The Grand Duke, Patience (DTL award), Cosi fan tutte, Little Women, Seussical, and many more. I have also appeared in several concerts, opera scenes, competitions (winning music scholarships and theater awards), and worked as a singer in churches, restaurants, and in pop bands. I continue to stay active in the performance industry, and I could never live without it!

With this experience under my belt, I feel a desire to pass on my knowledge to students. I carry a strong passion to help people develop their abilities and make them their own. I truly believe that if someone wants something out of life they will achieve it with dedication, perseverance, confidence, and by having FUN doing it!

LET'S MAKE MUSIC!

*Note: My home office has a lot of stairs and two cats. If you are disabled or have a feline allergy, please consider in-home lessons or lessons online.
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Foard November 16, 2018
· Math · Online
Our son loves Jessie! For the first time, I hear him laughing and enjoying math. His confidence has grown so much this year, and trust me, that's a very big deal! She is patient, funny, and has transformed his attitude toward math in a very short period of time. Can't say enough good things about her!
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Kate November 15, 2018
· Broadway Singing · Online
My daughter had a great first online lesson with Jessie. It was well structured and she is looking forward to the next lesson. Even got some homework on what to practice. Jessie is very professional in how she conducts the lesson inclusive using the online tool available.
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Jenelle P. November 12, 2018
· Elementary Math · Online
she was funny, she was understanding and very nice!
she is a great teacher and is not so serious.
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Jessie M.

Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA 91103
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About donna l.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Donna L., San Diego native, has always had a passion for the arts. she began studying music at age six and hasn't looked back since. She has a bachelors degree in vocal performance and a minor in theater. She has over ten years of experience in teaching voice, piano, and acting as well as tutoring in basic math skills and english and reading. When not teaching, she works as an actor and singer. She’s traveled the country with national tours, spends time in the recording studio producing her own work as well as playing Elsa at Frozen Live at the Hyperion at Disney’s California Adventure.

She teaches with a fun and exciting flair and loves working with both adults and children. All students will work hard and increase their skills greatly while having a great time. Let's learn together!!

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I begin all voice less
ons with a great warm up. Fun vocal exercises and technique. I love working on new songs with students.

Piano begins with finger warm ups and games. We work fast! Get ready :)

Acting and reading and english has lots of reading aloud in addition to body warm ups and tongue twisters.

*** Studio Equipment ***
portable keyboard and player. I also bring my computer

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a keyboard and player for tracks. I expect my students to provide music books and cd's to work with. Also, if possible a recording device to record lessons for practicing reasons.

*** Specialties ***
As a teacher, I specialize in musical theater and classical voice. The method that I use as a vocal instructor is the bel canto method. As an acting teacher I primarily work with the Meisner technique and focus on action, reaction and imagination!
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North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$35 / 30-min

About Claire L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I hold an MFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts and have been teaching professionally for over ten years. I teach Acting and Auditiong to young actors (10-18 years) and I also teach Public Speaking, Voice/Speech and Accent Reduction to those looking to find more ease and power when using their voice in front of others. I have taught, directed and coached young actors who have gone on to work professionally in Film, TV and Theater and my students have been accepted to renowned conservatories and universities across the country (NYU Tisch, California Institute of the Arts, AMDA and others). I am a passionate teacher who believes in the individual and in unlocking the creative genius, the impulses, the imagination and the unique forms of expression within each of my students. In my sessions, I encourage my students to
“play” and to discover how to both lean in and tap in to what is there and then develop relaxation, ease and focus on the task at hand - a monologue, an audition, a speech or working with a text. In addition to teaching and coaching actors, I have worked extensively in the corporate worlds in areas of Voice, Speech and Presentation as a coach and have taught group classes on Public Speaking and Presentation. I have taught and coached students from China, Russia, Taiwan, Italy, Japan in addition to the U.S. Throughout the ten plus years that I have been teaching, I have helped both actors and non-actors, those in the professional business world, gain tools that lead to freedom and ease of expression when speaking in front of others, be it at an audition, an interview, giving a presentation to a board or speaking in front of thousands at a Ted Talk.
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Maxx January 24, 2018
· Acting · In home
Claire is a professional. She is a natural born teacher who immediately clicked with my son. She gave him the tools he needed for an upcoming audition at a theatre conservatory. Anyone from beginner to dedicated professional would benefit from private lessons with her. We feel very lucky we found her with so many less qualified people out there.
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carson December 1, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In home
phenomenal intro lesson
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Claire L.

Claire L.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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$50 / 45-min

About Rachel R.

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Westminster, CA

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About Rachel
Hi! I'm Rachel! Teaching people how to sing with ease is my passion. I teach in Orange County, Los Angeles, and online.

In year 2008 I became the single youngest person to be accepted into the world renowned Speech Level Singing International teacher training and certification program. I took vocal master classes and was trained and certified as a vocal coach directly by Seth Riggs, the international authority on vocal instruction who trained artists like Michael Jackson, Josh Groban, Stevie Wonder and hundreds of other Grammy Award winning singers.

My goal with my voice students is to teach them how to use their voice in a healthy and natural way while maintaining the sound that got them recognition, as well as help beginners find their style. With proper technique, singing becomes as easy as speaking. Using science and understandi
ng a singers genetic abilities, I teach my students how to get a beautiful balance between air and muscle to create a resonance that a singer can grow a wide range and build strength on without having any breaks in their voice.
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Natalie C. December 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very good. She explained things very well
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Jennifer September 17, 2017
· Singing · In home
Great teacher, flexible with your schedule, highly recommended!
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Rebecca August 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Rachel is professional, approachable, and extremely talented teacher! I definitely recommend her teaching an recording services. I received voice lessons to record for my husband's wedding present. I sang a song called "Still" by Hillsong and accompanied it with my own piano playing. My husband enjoyed the recording very much. Without Reed Vocal Studio, I would not have been able to give the gift of music to my husband. I do not regret having Rachel as my teacher and as my recording engineer. I added my recording on Sound Cloud if anyone is interested in taking a peak at what it is like to record music with Rachel. Let me tell you, she is amazing! Five stars all the way!!

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Rachel R.

Rachel R.

Westminster, CA 92683
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About Adam G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Graduated New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2007.
Majored in Dramatic Writing and minored in English
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jolie February 5, 2017
· Screenwriting · Online
Adam is a really great listener and excellent source of thought provoking, well timed input that has really helped me develop and improve my story organically without changing its intention with strong suggestions as most people's feedback often attempts to do. If you're looking for a hand in finding your own voice and to strengthen your writing skills or excellent constructive feedback for your story then look no further.
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David April 5, 2016
· Screenwriting · Online
Adam Gaines is a godsend. I was really lucky to have his guidance over the years which helped my craft and dedication to the art of writing greatly. He is a proven writer with legitimate credits but also, he actually cares. He is always ready to help and takes your material seriously which is most important when you want honest feedback and guidance. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of films, screenwriting, and the industry that is both impressive and beneficial. He is a wonderful friend and mentor who will always have a great recommendation or suggestion ready for your work and/or career. Adam is an extremely open individual with an immense passion for film and the craft of screenwriting which becomes infectious. That trait is crucial since it keeps you driven to keep learning and grow. He is also an excellent conversationalist with his own voice which is truly refreshing. Highly recommend.
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Shadia April 5, 2016
· Screenwriting · Online
Adam gives you insightful comments on how to make you a better writer. He knows what good dialogue sounds like and with a couple suggestions you instantly know how to re-work your writing to give it a natural flow.
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Adam G.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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About Denise P.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Take lessons from an AWARD WINNING WORKING PERFORMER. Denise has over 15 years experience in public speaking, acting, modeling, and dance. Her full-time job is WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY. She will teach you what you REALLY need to know in order to succeed.

Denise has been teaching private lessons since 2008 and is currently teaches in Hollywood. All classes can be taught online as well except dance which is taught at the world-renowned International Dance Academy.

Denise is an award winning professional actress, and is also a hugely successful model. She started her own gogo dancing company in Canada from 2005-2011 and again in the USA in 2018. She has danced for events like EDC, ULTRA, and the World Olympics.

Denise has an extensive training background starting at a very young age in acting, singing, and dancing, and still
trains today! In 2006 she received a degree in acting. As an expert in performing arts, Denise looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.

Her teaching style is personal and catered to you, making sure you feel confident to go for your dreams! Lessons will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, but always in a nurturing safe environment. Work on YOUR goals and get one on one training made for YOU!
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Lenny July 7, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
Normally, I don't write reviews for teachers until a couple of months have passed, but I acquiesce as TakeLessons keep on spamming me to write a review. Unlike other reviews, I'm not going to act as an echo chamber for five-star reviews. This review is based on two months with her after ten one hour online lessons through Skype.

Let's start with the positives. Denise puts in a good amount of effort in teaching you. She's flexible with accommodating your schedule, and she tailors her lessons based on what your goals are. This is evident from her referring to her notes when beginning her lessons with me. She also isn't a clock watcher who makes sure your lesson ends straight on the minute unlike some other teachers.

Is she effective as a speaking voice teacher? So far, yes there has been some progress made. Her methodology might be a bit more different than other speaking voice teachers I studied under. Other teachers focus more on the phonetic sounds, while Denise linger more toward stretches probably due to her dancing background. If you don't like Yoga type of stretches, you may be in for a bad time.

Keep in mind that due to my focus on developing a voice for acting, I'm also not having a pure speaking voice lesson as my lessons are intertwined with monologue work too. If you wish to take speaking voice lessons for public speaking, your mileage may vary.

So why a one-star deduction? Denise at the start can be pushy with trying to sell you more lessons. I mean it goes without saying that of course you'll see improvements faster if you can devote more time to any class, but time and money are factors that everyone should always consider. Let's be frank, private lessons on TakeLessons aren't cheap (unless you're rich of course). I was annoyed when she repeated her tactic three times, enough that it affected my decision to nearly not renew my monthly lessons with her.

She did cease when it seem like I wouldn't budge. Nevertheless, the pushiness did leave my experience a bit tainted, which made me question her sincereness with her excitement and positive reinforcement at times. I continue to give her a chance though because I do feel there's an ongoing improvement with my speech and line delivery. Also because we get along despite being complete opposites in some ways (which seem to frustrate and intrigue her). Despite being my teacher, I see her as a peer in a way because of how close in age we are, but I digress as this review is about her effectiveness as a teacher.

I would recommend giving Denise a try if you’re an actor seeking a speaking voice teacher. In person lessons are still best, but she has proven to be effective as an online teacher despite being a tad pushy with having you buy more lessons from her.
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Ezra May 11, 2018
· Acting · Online
Denise did an amazing job. She had great energy and helped get me more excited about learning the proper skills. I wasn’t able to continue classes at the moment but when I do she is the only person I will learn from. Was understanding of my odd schedule and very flexible which I appreciated very much.
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Oscar Clausson May 2, 2018
· Film Acting · In studio
If you need an amazing teacher, Denise is the one you've been looking for. 100% the best teacher ever.
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Denise P.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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$20 / 15-min

About Camila G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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My name is Camila, and I am an actor. Some may think I am nuts for choosing the arts but really... I'd be nuts if I didn't. I knew I would be an actress when I was 5 years old and I have never looked back.

I grew up in Arizona, performing in every theater production I could find. In my teen years, modeling with Ford Agency connected me to my first TV gig. That little production got me connected with my first acting agent in Los Angeles and I moved out to pursue my dreams at age 17.

As soon as I turned 18, I booked the LEAD in a Nickelodeon pilot. The show was not picked up, and thank goodness, because I was not ready for stardom!
Through the years, I have worked on single and multi cam comedy, drama, procedurals, indie film, and many more. Now if that sentence means nothing to you... don't worry! I can teach you all about it in
our first session together ;)

I have trained in Meisner Technique, Method acting, Cold Reading, Scene Study, Audition Technique, Improv, Sitcom technique, Sense memory, and the list goes on. I have had television roles on the CW, CBS, ABC, Freeform, TNT, HBO, and FOX! And with all of that said, the most valuable work I have ever done, is the work I did on myself.

The industry in Los Angeles has tested every one of my insecurities, abilities, and beliefs. And with every test, I have come out the other side with newfound strength, determination, and inspiration! Coaching actors is a skill I enjoy, and seeing my students succeed with JOY, CONFIDENCE, and PASSION brings immeasurable value to my own career. I believe in creating in community and have hosted an acting group for years now. One of which is filled with actors you can see on your TV and movie screens today! Teamwork makes the dream work and I am on your team, from the very moment we meet.

At the end of the day, humans just want to create beautiful art that impacts the world and I want to help you do just that. I want to guide you into living an even more abundant life, full of purpose and joy.
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Dino M. March 28, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In home
She was friendly and very helpful... Answered my questions honestly and with knowledge. I look forward to more of her teachings... Thank you very much.
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David March 20, 2018
· Film and TV Acting ·
Camila has a magic ability to see what an actor needs and guide them in the right direction. She brings a mix of industry experience and also an intuition that helps her work with anyone, no matter what level they are at. Joyful, knowledgable, and very present. If you get a chance to work with her, do it.
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Cat March 20, 2018
· Acting · In studio
Camila is amazing!!! So grateful to be working with her, I already see improvement in my work and my outlook in general! She’s so positive and supportive
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Camila G.

Los Angeles, CA 90019
(7)
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$42 / 30-min

About Misaki L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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My name is Misaki from Tokyo, Japan. I did ballet over 13 years since I was 3 years old. My experience includes going abroad to study ballet in Shanghai when I was 13, also I took a lot of classes of Vaganova ballet teacher’s lesson in Tokyo. I experienced many kinds of shows at my ballet school, also I experienced professional shows Nutcracker, Carmina Burana(NSB ballet in Japan) when I was 16 years old. During my youth, the teacher was very strict about basic fundamentals of classical ballet, I mastered the fundamentals of classical ballet as a result. Also I use to teach children and adults, point classes as well.
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SI September 7, 2018
· Ballet · In home
Misaki is sincere, kind, open and passionate ballet teacher.
My nine years old daughter has just changed through her five lessons a month! We are impressed by Misaki's rich knowledge of body structure, movement, and how to overcome each weak point. Misaki also gave my daughter a wonderful note that shows effective stretch methods and guidelines for future practice. What a caring person she is!
As a matter of course, Misaki is talented and beautiful ballet dancer. My daughter is truly lucky to see Misaki.
We strongly recommend Misaki for your ballet teacher.
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Mariana April 12, 2018
· Ballet · In home
I’ve been dancing ballet for 13 years, therefore, I was hard to find a ballet teacher who would meet my expectations. Misaki even has gone over my expectations! Love her teaching style! So confortable and professional! Love her classes so much!
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Carla April 12, 2018
· Ballet · In home
I was very impressed by Misaki’s instruction, she really is an expert at her art, more importantly, she is a very good at teaching the fundamentals of ballet whether your a beginner or expert.
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Misaki L.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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$39 / 30-min

About Cat L.

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My burlesque persona is Vixen DeVille - a multi-talented, international Variety Burlesque performer, and live event Host, specializing in fire-eating, glass-walking, aerial hoop, and magic. In addition to multiple appearances on TV's, 'Masters Of Illusion’, my solo stage show "Vixen DeVille Revealed" was awarded Winner of the Best International Show, Winner of the Soaring Solo Artist, Winner of the Encore Producers Award, and Nominated Best of Cabaret & Variety. 

I started out in London, England with appearances at Cafe De Paris, The Ritz Hotel and three West End runs at The Charing Cross Theatre, but have since relocated to Los Angeles, performing regularly around town at The Viper Room, LA Convention Center, The Roosevelt Hotel, as well as venturing out to The Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. I've had the honor of performing pr
ivate events for, 'The Simpsons' and Neil Patrick Harris and this year have been invited to perform as an International Guest Artist at the Australian Burlesque Festival performing in both Canberra and Sydney.

In addition to performing for audiences, I also teach my craft both privately 1-on-1 and in supportive group workshop environments. I think of myself as a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in the world of Burlesque, with classes ranging from “Introduction to Burlesque & Body Confidence” to full “Solo Act Development” as well supplementary classes covering “Costume Crafting” and a range of specialty performance skills including Fire Performance, Aerial and more.

If you've ever thought of 'trying' burlesque and then instantly told yourself that was a dumb idea, then you're 100% in the right place - I'm here to remind you how amazing you are!!
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Marnie October 16, 2018
· Burlesque · In studio
Cat LaCohie, aka Vixen De Ville is an amazing instructor. I went from terrified, broken-hearted mess of a mid-life crisis to Scandal Navia, burlesque performer in a few months! Cat's snarky sense of humor adds to the fun you are certain to have in her class. Her warm encouragement, and total body positivity will have you feeling like a Queen from the first class. I still go to her every time I need to hone a new act. She's amazing not only at instruction, encouragement and choreography, she excels at solving problems, working out costume issues, knowing where to get or make literally anything and fine-tuning all your bits - both sensual and comedic. Whether you've never set foot onstage, or are a seasoned pro, you can benefit immensely from working with Cat. She is fantastic!
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Debra October 14, 2018
· Burlesque · In studio
So much fun! Cat is so good and helping you find your inter burlesque persona. Lots of laughs with an amazing result. She does it all....you learn everything you need to know about burlesque...how to create an Act, make a Costume, and even perform! I highly recommend signing up for a life changing experience!
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Velvet October 11, 2018
· Burlesque · Online
Amazing teacher!
Full of inspirations and knowledge. She gives you tools and you are totally free to use it your own way.
Doing course on-line I have lot of options to speak with Cat, participate in group calls and so one.
Totally worth it!
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Cat L.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Lauren S.

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Training:

Balanchine Trained
Studied under former New York City Dancer Barbara Siebert Company
Trainee at City Ballet of San Diego
Former student at Colburn Dance Academy/West Coast Division of SAB

Vaganova Trained
Studied under former Bolshoi dancer Max Tchernychev YAGP Participant 2013

Summer Programs Attended:
School of American Ballet: Young dancers-Summer 2011
School of American Ballet: Young dancers- Summer 2012 (with scholarship)
Boston Ballet School - Summer 2012
School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center-Summer 2013
School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center-Summer 2014
School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center-Summer 2015
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Lauren S.

Los Angeles, CA 90049
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