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About Carol W.

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Santa Monica, CA

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About Carol
I have taught voice for over twenty years. I studied music at University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received my B.A. I currently work as a professional singer for various local opera companies, music theater groups, churches and temples. I am principal soprano for Opera A La Carte and have also soloed with Repertory Opera Company, Redlands Bowl Festival, Laguna Beach Chorale and Celestial Opera Company. I have worked extensively in Los Angeles schools performing musical assemblies for students in elementary and middle grades through Southland Opera, LA Opera and Guild Opera of Southern California. My teaching experience includes private voice lessons and master classes at Idyllwild School for the Arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I emphasize breathing techniques to free up the voice to expand your range and ease of singing. In
the lesson, we start with simple warm ups and vocalizes and then apply techniques to the songs you want to sing. I realize each student is different and I customize the lesson to the student's particular needs. I specialize in classical and music theater, however the basics of singing apply to all styles of music. In addition to working on breathing and technique for singing, we'll also focus on interpretation of the songs you are working on as well as how to overcome performance nervousness. Most students find that they are able to sing with more freedom, less tension and will have more confidence as they progress.

I also teach beginning piano, using the John W. Schaum series.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the main room, upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to provide a piano or keyboard if I am going to their home.
I have a piano in my home.

*** Specialties ***
I work on using the breath as a fundamental technique for singing. Singing should never hurt. I use a lot of imagery to achieve freedom in singing.
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Miranda K. October 24, 2016
· Singing · In home
Carol is wonderful with children.
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Lana R. September 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very kind & patient :)
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Peter T. August 29, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Great start - first lesson and I immediately felt comfortable with Carol. We started with proper exercises and into the music. She was good at showing me how to improve, and helping me eradicate some bad habits I've picked up.
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Carol W.

Carol W.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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About Tahira A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Tahira
Tahira's path as a dancer became clear at a very young age. After being exposed to ballet by a neighbor was all it took, literally after one lesson a life time of dance was pursued.

Much of Tahira's training is accredited to her years spent at Le Petite Danseuse, Debbie Allen and The Dance Arts Academy. Traveling to Europe and South America to study dance has also played an intricate role in the exposure and passion of dance.

Tahira continues to infuse her passion and love of dance, by sharing this beautiful expression with young women in her community. Whether teaching classes, mentoring dancers or volunteering at inner city schools and shelters the power of dance is being invoked.

Tahira has ensured her love of dance through education with certifications in Performance Enhancement Specialist, Personal Training and Wellness
Coaching, by The National Academy of Sports Medicine. Being fluent in several languages, with an emphasis on French, allows for ballet classes to be taught in a professional manner.

Combining my skills, experience and natural passion for dance allows me to positively mentor others that share this passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will be taught in French "Traditional Ballet Terminology" preparing young dancers for a professional career in dance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Barre Equip

*** Travel Equipment ***
Barre Equip

*** Specialties ***
Creative Dance, Pre Ballet and Beginners Ballet
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Jocelyn June 17, 2018
· Ballet · In studio
My daughter has been under the instruction of Ms Tahira Ali for about 4 years now. She has learned so much and she had taught her not only the the movement of ballet but the history behind it. My daughter, Daija continues to grow in every aspect of this art and has become so much more confident in herself under Ms Tahira’s instruction. We couldn’t have asked for a better teacher, not only in dance but in life lessons.
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Agnes June 16, 2018
· Ballet · In studio
I am an inspiring actress that landed an awsome role in a upcoming Life Time movie. As you can imagine i was beyond excited. The role was a visceral look inside the life of an inspiring ballerina. I found so many simularities between myself and this character. However, the last ballet class i took i was about 5 or 6 years old.
Tahira was recomemded to me by another actress that had taken her barre class. Upon our first introduction i felt like we we're good friends, i felt totally comfotable and at ease. I was able to share all of my concerns and strengths. We started off with private lesson and finally i felt comfortable in group class.
Needless to say when production called and filming started " I KILLED IT"😉
I would highly recommend Tahira for ballet performance enhancement, private and group lessons.
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Allyson June 16, 2018
· Dance · In home
Tahira is quite simply one of the most extraordinary educators I have ever met. Her warmth, skill, grace, talent and love of children is remarkable. My 6-year-old daughter attends her mixed-age dance class on Saturdays and it is the most enriching extra-curricular activity she's ever had. Somehow, Tahira is able to attune to the needs of every child in the class, from the shy 4-year-old to the middle-schooler en pointe. She has a masterful knowledge not only of dance and teaching, but of community-building. Her classes feel like family. The big girls mentor and take care of the little ones and the "sister circles" at the end of class bring tears to my eyes. Tahira's method of teaching builds character and compassion, as well as skill. She is a model of grace and goodness and exactly the type of teacher you want in your child's life.
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Tahira A.

Tahira A.

Los Angeles, CA 90035
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About ELENA D.

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About ELENA
Hello!
Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in Colleg
e. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony.
I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years.
I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.

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**Singing: Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students.
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind.
I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example.
The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.

**Singing: Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.

*** GUITAR ***
I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
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Steve A. October 3, 2017
· Singing · In home
Elena is a gifted teacher. She is patient, enthusiastic, and flexible with her lesson plans. She is amenable to tailoring the sessions to the student's needs and interests. And she provides the whole package; singing, songwriting and guitar instruction. Most importantly, she makes the sessions fun and interesting. I would highly recommend Elena for singer/songwriters who want to improve their performance skills.
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Presley S. July 5, 2017
· Singing · In home
I asked my daughter today after her first lessons how it went and she seemed really happy👍🌻
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Lihi S. May 5, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great personality, very good teacher
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ELENA D.

ELENA D.

Tarzana, CA 91356
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About Christina E.

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North Hollywood, CA

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About Christina
My name is Christina and I am very passionate about the vocal arts, specifically Opera. Opera was a surprise in my life that I discovered in college. I am now currently pursuing my MM degree in vocal arts at UCLA. The classical technique can provide a great foundation to healthy singing, ensuring a long and healthy vocal life.

Along side opera and other genres of singing, I believe basic knowledge in piano is extremely beneficial in improving musicality and an understanding of each piece. Piano greatly improves sight reading and ones ability to learn music quickly and efficiently. It can allow one to develop an understanding of harmony and context within each unique piece of music.

I would love to help and guide those interested in music, specifically classical voice, opera, musical theater, and piano. I would love to share the gre
at joy it brings me with others and pass down what I have learned over the years. I have completed courses in music pedagogy and education alongside my degree, and believe in shaping my lessons around each individual's learning style so that each student may continue to grow while having fun. Helping each student develop their own unique musical identity is one of the main goals with these lessons.
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Adam May 24, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I enjoyed working with Christina. She was very adept at identifying areas in my vocal skills that could use some improvement and then offered solutions to that end. She also happens to be an extremely talented singer. I definitely recommend her services and look forward to working with her again.

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Sacha B. March 18, 2018
· Singing · Online
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Isabella February 12, 2018
· Opera Voice · Online
Super friendly! Excited to learn opera :)
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Christina E.

Christina E.

North Hollywood, CA 91602
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About Donna S.

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Yes, my resume is a bit quirky, not many people go from a career in computer programming to astrology but in essence what I've done is to take things I'm good at and turn them into a career I'm passionate about. My varied background might make me the right teacher for you.

I love teaching and learning. I love helping people discover more about themselves, their talents and abilities. I enjoy showing people how to trust their gut and to find their life's work. There's more about me below. Let me know if I can help you on your journey.

Donna has 15 years experiencing programming HTML. She's built dozens of websites using SEO principles, Google Adsense, Facebook Ads, and Amazon Affiliate Marketing. She's experienced on most social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. She also is experienced using Hoot
Suite, MailChimp, Aweber, YouTube, and Wordpress.

Donna is also an Astrologer and Feng Shui expert with more than 25 years' experience. She's the author of 13 books including Feng Shui Form and Chinese Astrology 2018 Year of the Earth Dog which is the best-selling Chinese Astrology series on Amazon.

Donna has given talks at the Women of Wisdom conference in Seattle and the Build Boston Architectural Conference. Recently she has lectured at Western Digital, Warner Records, the Rancho Santa Fe Water District, Brion Jeannette Architecture, Room & Board, and the San Diego Airport Authority. In 2018 she will be speaking at the United Astrology Conference in Chicago. Donna is on the board of the International Feng Shui Guild and the National Council for Geocosmic Research - San Diego Chapter.

Donna has done stand-up comedy on stages in California and Arizona and she regularly performs improv comedy.
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Esta March 5, 2018
· SEO · Online
Donna was so amazing. I look forward too continuing our lessons and learning from her with her knowledge and experience.
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· SEO · Online
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Susan February 22, 2017
· Meditation · Online
I enjoyed my first lesson with Donna. She was informative and easy to talk to. I look forward to my next lesson! :)
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Donna S.

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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About Connor C.

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Burbank, CA

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I'm a film composer by trade, but I love teaching as well. I love sharing my passion for music with others. I have a BM from Appalachian State University in piano performance and music theory/composition. I also have an MFA in music composition for the screen from Columbia College Chicago. I studied abroad in Ireland for a summer and learned traditional Irish music. I've been playing piano and composing since I was a young child, and picked up folk instruments along the way. Folk music has been a constant source of joy in my life, and I am continually learning more about it. Music is what gets me out of bed in the morning!
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Meredith W. April 22, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Connor is so amazing with my 14 year Old daughter! She taught my daughter to play a full song after one lesson! Great instruction, great attitude, great communication!
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Joe March 26, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
It was a perfect lesson! I highly recommend Connor as an instructor
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Kevin March 26, 2017
· Composition · Online
Personalizes the lessons towards your needs and helps you grow as a musician.
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Connor C.

Connor C.

Burbank, CA 91502
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About Stephen G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I have been a Screen Actor's Guild and AFTRA member since the 1980's and have real experience as a working actor. I have had a contract roles on soap operas, recurred 18 times as Dr. Beresford on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and have had numerous episodic TV roles. I usually coach actors for on-camera work, either with scripts they provide -- or I can help you find a scene or monologue that's right for you to work on.
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Matthew February 6, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Steven really helped my get my work to "industry-level". My callback ratio is thru the roof, and I got signed with an agency after only a few months of working with him.
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David October 7, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
While he isn't available very much, I always try to coach with Stephen for challenging projects. He always has good ideas for how to make my scenes more interesting or funny.
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Allison September 2, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Stephen is the best! He was able to turn sides I had for a short four line audition for an episodic into a taped audition that booked me the job. I try to book him for every important audition I have.
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Stephen G.

Stephen G.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About James S.

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Good day TakeLessons Students:

This is James located in Belmont Shore, California. I have had the pleasure of teaching privately since 1984 and I have also taught at CSUF, Orange Coast College/Coastline Community College, Orange County High School of the Arts and Huntington Beach Academy of the Performing Arts. I'm also currently on faculty at University of West London: London College of Music as a US representative coach for their music grade programs and advanced diploma/degrees.

Out of my studio in Long Beach I currently coach students ages 12 and older in the following areas: piano, digital keyboards, voice, musical theatre, acting, voiceover, violin/viola, music theory/ear, music composition/songwriting, music history, music therapy, breath and meditation.

I also offer several subjects to Take Lessons students online.


I enjoy being an artist developer and i work with advanced artists preparing for careers in the arts. Many of my current students are in the movie/tv industry, perform in musical theatre and for cruise ships and Disneyland.

I look forward to helping you reach your music goals. Thanks.
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Serafino May 7, 2018
· Stage Performance · In studio
I've been doing General artist development. Including vocal training, stage performance and creating a professional industry standard website that you will need to have a serious career in entertainment.
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Proud Mom May 6, 2018
· Voice Acting · In studio
My son had never had vocal or acting lessons as a child. After getting his first role in a musical, my son fell in love with this art form. He started with James in middle school. My son has had a leading role in every musical at his high school since starting with James.
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Rob May 6, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
exceptionally well versed and great communicator
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James S.

Long Beach, CA 90803
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About Iran G.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I find myself extremely fortunate being able to combine my experiences and University Degrees in Music Production, Film Scoring, Songwriting and Guitar Education with you all!

The best part of music is that it all connects with itself. Learning the Guitar, then wanting to learn how to write your own songs. But then you ask yourself "Wouldn't it be cool to record it and hear it back?!" And then learning how to edit your music and start adding other elements to it, to make it a more produced song, to then realizing how simple the process can be when it's all done. Again, it's not what you're learning that hooks you back for more, but "HOW" you're learning all this tools.

With experience teaching ALL levels and ages (No, really, ALL ages), I've built a custom way in making every topic interesting, fun, doable, and best of all, applic
able to the real world. I promise you, based on the route and goal you want to achieve, you'll be able to tie it all together and see music from a non intimidating and approachable point of view.

Lessons include, but definitely not limited to:
Music Production: We'll explore how to go about creating music with a computer. Composing, Editing, Mixing.
Film Scoring: Everything from ground zero in how to write music for Film, TV, and Video Games.
Guitar: Learning the instrument, Learning chords, how to improvise, learning the songs you want to learn, some music theory through the guitar.
Songwriting: What makes a song a song? The musical elements, the lyrical motives, and blending it with commercial music patterns.

I am thrilled to be able to pass on as much music knowledge to you all and see where the journey of music takes you on!
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Milton May 28, 2018
· Music Recording · In studio
The lesson with Iran gave me so much more than I had expected, and helped me to focus on some production items I was made aware of. He isnreally knowlegeable, and freely gives help with a lot of useful tips.
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Benjamin May 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Mr. Garcia was one of my teachers in High School at Beach High and is one of the most important instructors I’ve had as a classical guitarist.
He taught me as a beginning player —introducing me to beginner-level pieces, main techniques, warmups and basic music theory knowledge—, as well as an advanced player —superior pieces, being aware of each piece’s dynamics and feeling, more complex music theory and dealing with solo performance anxiety—. Without a doubt, his experience as a teacher will be able to assist any kind of musician, from first-timers to competition participants. He’s patient and knows how to approach any type of issue and help.
He is also a great individual who wants to see you succeeding in whichever area you want to succeed. Some of the lessons he taught me had nothing to do with music but with life, which were, and are, a good source of inspiration.
I recommend Mr. Garcia for any of his classes, he will definitely help you a lot.
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Rocio May 20, 2018
· Music Recording · In studio
I had Mr. Garcia for sound engineering class my last year for high school. I never thought at that point in my high school career a class could interest me as much as his did. The overall ambiance he put out was so welcoming, there where no wrong answers. He accepted all thought. He encouraged us to think about what we wanted and to follow through. He made each and every lesson effortless, going step by step until each person understood. Sound engineering isn't easy. Mr. Garcia made it easy.
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Iran G.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
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About Takaya A.

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With 10 years competitive experience in ballroom, latin, theatrical, and showdance, I have trained under some of the best performers in the ballroom world including Victor De Silva and Jerry and Virginia LeNoir. I hold two 2nd place titles in the World at the United States Dance Championships (USDC) and a 1st place title in the state of Florida.

I love working with people of all ages and approach every lesson with a focused, informative, patient, and fun attitude. Plus I just like to bust a move.
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Takaya A.

Takaya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90024
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