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About Gerri G.

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After studying dance for years and then travelling professionally with Broadway musicals, my lessons can be focused on jazz, tap, hip-hop, Fosse-style, theatre dance, or even ballet technique, but always in a fun, safe environment.(students choice of style!) I always begin with a warm-up to loosen up those muscles, continue with technique and end with a rountine to practice and improve upon!

About Gerri
My musical theater career has taken me around the globe from Japan, to the Caribbean as well as numerous cities in the U.S. and Europe! A New York City native, I graduated James Madison University's renowned vocal music program, and began work in theatre, playing such roles as Z.’s Favorite in The national tour of “The Will Roger’s Follies, Sandy in “Grease,” and Velma Von Tussle in “Hairspray” regionally, to name a few. I then went on to tour the world with a cabaret show opening for legends such as Nell Carter and Neil Sedaka, and it has been a fantastic journey so far!

Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to sing most genres of music from gospel to pop and have a passion for encouraging students in their talents, singing the styles of music they love! I believe we are all so very unique, and there is a reason we are dr
awn to certain types of music over others, so let's work on what we love!

As an actor I also have a strong background in improv comedy, having studied at "The Groundlings," and "The Second City." I then performed professionally with an improv ensemble in NYC called "The Grownups Playground" and can teach a myriad of improv comedy games, selected from my vast experience and cater the games to the students abilities. I believe developing your gifts should be fun!

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My personality is definitely laid back creating a fun atmosphere for lessons. That said, I believe the real fun begins when we cultivate our talents and get opportunities to sing our hearts out!

Lessons usually begin with loosening everything up, as relaxation is imperative to avoiding strain on the voice. Getting loose can be fun and a chance to act silly! Next we move onto learning proper breathing techniques, and practicing exercises that will develop the muscles necessary to produce the most sound while protecting the voice from damage. From there we study ways to warm up the vocal chords. The voice is a muscle and I have found the expression, "Use it or you lose it!" to hold true. Therefore, warming up is just as important as warming up your legs to run track!

The rest of our lesson I like to focus on music selections. We usually watch examples of artists performing the student's choice of music, and then begin either learning the song, or improving a song already learned. Down the road, when songs are performance ready, we will learn proper microphone technique, and try out our songs on mic! Get ready to belt it out!

For acting lessons, I always begin with a few improv warm-ups, and from there move on to the student's choice of monolgue, scene-study or my favorite more improv comedy games!

Lastly, I believe strongly in positivity and creating a comfortable environment for lessons. Sometimes life wears us down, so c'mon in for an uplifting inspiring, encouraging lesson. If this sounds like the type of voice lesson you are looking for, I would love to meet you, and help you reach for your dreams!

*** Specialties ***
Vocally, I specialize in pop, musical theatre, standards, and jazz, all of which I have performed and taught professionally. Acting wise, I am an experienced improviser, and have much experience teaching improv based on philosophies learned at "The Second City."
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Vivienne V. October 30, 2013
· Singing ·
Great instructor

Gerri is a great teacher as she brings out the best efforts in our daughter (who often approaches new ideas/people/activities with trepidation). She helps our daughter understand her lessons in a very clear and absorbable fashion. We highly recommend her.
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Gerri G.

Gerri G.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Tanya A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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9 styles - hip hop, jazz, African, Afro-Carribean, tap, salsa, modern, burlesque, pole

About Tanya
I have taught all ages, K-12 as well as adults into their 80's.
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Maria Corrigan September 25, 2017
· Dance · In home
Tanya was so incredible and made me really feel comfortable!
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Maria May 24, 2017
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
I've never had a dance lesson before and was pretty nervous about this but Tanya made me feel comfortable and I eventually relaxed and enjoyed myself!

Thanks again!!
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Michelle B. May 1, 2017
· Dance · In home
Excellent teacher! Great motivator, patient and kind!
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Tanya A.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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About Dayah I.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I have been dancing and performing for over 20 years and I have been teaching for 8. I enjoy teaching all types of dance but I specialize in Ballet, contemporary and jazz. I teach with a strong emphasis on performance quality and owning your movement.

About Dayah
I am a professional dancer with over 23 years of ballet, modern, and jazz training from some of the most elite dance institutions. I am sure to be able to teach you both technique and style. You will walk away with not only a knowledge of the genre but also an awareness of your body in space and time. Also, I am able to help you use dance as a means of exercise and conditioning.

I love to have fun and I am passionate about sharing my art with others. I am very patient, and we will move at the student's pace no matter how long it may take to grasp a concept. Each class is catered toward the student's ability to pick up, thus the class will never be too fast or too slow.

I am looking forward to helping others find their place in the dance world, as well as introduce dance to new comers!
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Lauryn H. July 21, 2014
· Modern Dance · In studio
Dayah taught me throughout summer camp and one year in the regular dance school. Dayah always left room for us to express ourselves and become our own dancer; while she still taught us the core of modern. Throughout the year we all had our own special experience with Dayah whether it was her being our mentor (which I saw her as) or just just being a really rockin' dance teacher. The dance that she choreographed for us gave everyone there own special part and had everyone clapping and out of there seats singing along to Black and White by Michael Jackson. That dance was so impressive that we still use it today. Dayah was a truly extraordinary teacher, and I know that your experience with her will be filled with knowledge and fun.
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Dayah I.

Dayah I.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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About Lindsay B.

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Sherman Oaks, CA

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My goals are to work on their coordination and flexibility along with proper ballet technique. All classes will be tailored to each student accordingly.

About Lindsay
Hey there! My name is Lindsay. I truly enjoy teaching everything in the realm of physical activity. I grew up dancing at Mark Spivaks Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. I studied under a Russian Prima ballerina. I played soccer. I swam. My lifestyle at a young age has reflected in my work as an adult. Nowadays I love yoga, hiking, running, art, and being a big sister! If I have one goal in my professional life it would be to inspire active living in today's youth. I completed my 450 hour pilates certification which compliments my teachings in every field due to the anatomical approach. Currently I work as a dance teacher, pilates instructor, yoga teacher and flexibility coach. My passion for movement will inspire you to achieve your goals. I love to make any positive difference to a client: in their day, in their body, in their out
look. I look forward to meeting you and reaching the finish line- whatever that may be!

I am enthusiastic about teaching online lessons as well. I find that online training works amazingly well, and is extremely convenient for people with busy schedules.

For Dance - Lindsay teaches ballet, social club, and basic hip hop and tap

Please inquire about rates for semi privates, group, and corporate training.
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Garland L. July 2, 2018
· Yoga · In home
Linsay,The GREATEST
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Diane June 21, 2018
· Ballet · Online
Lindsay is the best teacher ever! She is very skilled in ballet and exercise. She is also an excellent teacher. I feel guided by her and always encouraged. She is very patient Lindsay is open to any question I might have. The class is enjoyable. Lindsay also stretches my boundaries in having me try new movements. Thank you Lindsay!
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Mo February 7, 2018
· Stretching · In home
She was amazing.!! Very Zen and patient. Me and my wife ‘s first session and can’t wait for the next workout. . Thank you Lindsay :), highly recommend her
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Lindsay B.

Lindsay B.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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$40 / 30-min

About Kenneth Jordan M.

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North Hollywood, CA
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All Styles of Hip-Hop: To help you find the BEST Version of YOU !!! ^_~

Hip-Hop, Popping, Krumping, Dubstep, Tutting, MJ, Chris Brown, House, Trendy, Locking, Threading, Waving....Easy To Learn, Fun Learning Experience, Energetic, Dimensions, Attitude, Sharp, Flowy, Motivational, Detailed Re-Caps, Intense, Challenging, Drills, Character Development, Visually Stunning, One Of A Kind Movements, Funny Examples, Simplified, Anybody Can Learn & an Amazing Adventure :)

About Kenneth Jordan
Music is what feelings sound like..Dance is what Music looks like. :)
Feeling is the key to Musicality and Movement. I can Teach any Hip-Hop Music/Dance Video Choreography that you like, but I prefer to be myself. ^_^

We are powerful beyond measure ! :o]

10 Years of Dance/Choreography

Los Angeles Senior High School Dance Production '07 - '13
North Torrance High School Dance Program '13 - Present

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I Create Crazy Memorable Fun Dances.
Sometimes Hype, Sometimes Artistic ^_^

Hip-Hop Dance Styles:
Choreo
Lyrical Hip-Hop
Krump
Popping
Locking
New Jack Swing
Tutting
Waving
Freestyle
Housing
Threading
Experimental
Dubstep

***I also specialize in Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Usher, Missy Elliot, &
Chris Brown style Choreography.

*I teach @ LA High Memorial Park = Outdoor(in Nature) :)
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Iriel June 3, 2018
· Choreography · In studio
Taught me a choreography that I needed to perform in a few hours for a video we were recording on the same day. Even though it was last-minute, he showed Marvelous patience and an ethereal calmness to his instructions. Once you get the feeling of his dance choreography, you start getting the “swag” or the flow of the whole vision which makes learning dance with him a Resplendent experience! Definitely the Most-skilled, exceptionally gifted and purposeful choreographer I’ve ever known! MUST take classes with KENN...I would!
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Susan August 29, 2017
· Breakdancing · In studio
Kenneth has been so patient and encouraging. I'm excited to continue taking lessons and using what Kenneth has taught me to get better.
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Sam June 8, 2017
· Choreography · In studio
Kenneth is incredibly patient, clear, and inspiring. When I was slow to pick up certain steps, he broke them down for me. Each session is so fun! I have learned a lot from Kenneth and I look forward to learning more.
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Kenneth Jordan M.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Denise P.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Do you want to move like a star in the club? Learn to be a go-go dancer or just learn how to dance like one! Sexy club style dancing that you can take to any dance floor. Classes are fun and calorie burning. Sexy heels style dancing that anyone can learn when taught the right moves. Classes are taught at a professional dance studio. No previous dance training required, just a good attitude :)

Flaunt Gogo Classes - you know you got it.

**PLEASE NOTE This price is for PRIVATE lessons. Please inquire for group lessons pricing.

About Denise
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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About Devon N.

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My approach to Bellydance is all about body awareness. I work with students on understanding body mechanics in order to eventually be able to layer increasingly complex, grounded and fluid movements. Wether your goal is professional dance or simply to enjoy a new hobby, classes are tailored to your needs!

Private classes are 30 mins-2 hours. The first half of class focuses exercises to help pinpoint the right muscles. The second half is on our feet performing drills and dancing!

About Devon
Hi there, I’m a Bellydance teacher and performer based in Los Angeles!

I began belly dancing at the age of twelve with Tracy Windisch at the School of Performing Arts and Cultural Education in Ukiah California. At age 14 I joined her company Troupe Sattya who performed in festivals, private parties, and shows in Northern California including Health and Harmony, Sol Fest, and Tribal Fest. I currently teach at LABA in Los Angeles!

My Bellydance background is primarily in tribal fusion/cabaret. I also have training in modern, ballet and jazz technique.

Let’s dance!
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Leanna Pearce June 16, 2018
· Belly Dancing · Online
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Donna G. January 28, 2018
· Dance · Online
My first class with Devon was amazing. She is very patient and pleasant. I was impressed with her knowledge and is a great teacher. I am looking forward to my next class.
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Devon N.

Culver City, CA 90230
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About Layn G.

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Torrance, CA
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I teach lyrical, hiphop, jazz, and jazz funk dance classes. My class is technique and choreography based.

90 min. class
0:00-0:30 - Warm-up/Stretch
0:31-1:20 - Across the floor/Combo/Choreography
1:21-1:30 - Cool-down/Relax

120 min. class
0:00-0:30 - Warm-up/Stretch
0:31-1:45 - Across the floor/Combo/Choreography
1:46-2:00 - Cool-down/Relax

*150 min. class (only upon special request after discussing with choreographer)

About Layn
Layn is a dancer/choreographer who has been training in the art of dance since age 9. She began training at Stage Door Dance in Mesquite, TX. Layn moved to LA, California at age 11 to pursue further training and a career in the arts. Layn began attending Debbie Allen Dance Academy and The Edge in Hollywood where she has studied intensively in many styles of dance including Ballet, Modern/Contemporary variations, Graham, Horton, Dunham, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Flamenco, African, Character, Jazz Funk, and HipHop. During the 5 years Layn studied at D.A.D.A. she was able to work and perform alongside many professional artists such as Raven Symoné, Jaleel White, Tichina Arnold, Chaka Khan, and Debbie Allen herself to name a few. Layn continued her study of dance in high school at LACHSA. She also had the opportunity to work with The Wallis Annenb
erg Center for the Performing Arts in a program wherein she danced and choreographed with other young artists for 9 months leading up to a culmination performance showcasing their work.

Layn specializes in teaching Jazz, HipHop, Jazz Funk, and Lyrical. In addition, Layn is also an actor and she incorporates acting techniques and theatrics into choreography and training. I look forward to dancing with you!
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Layn G.

Torrance, CA 90504
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About Takaya A.

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Whether you're new and want to start having fun dancing immediately, or have had some experience and want to brush up on your skills, you and I can work together to make that happen!
Lessons available include social dancing, salsa, swing, waltz, and tango, with a specialization in Latin styles such as cha cha, rumba, and jive. Pricing is reflective of private lessons.

Send me a message so we can chat about your goals.
-Takaya

About Takaya
Hey there!

I’m Takaya. I’ve been teaching private lessons since 2013 and have loved helping my students stand out at their local social dancing club, perform for weddings and quinceañeras, polish their technique and routines for competition or auditions, and even achieve their health goals. I started training at the age of ten and through 11 years of experience competing in ballroom, Latin, theatrical, and showdance styles I have trained with some of the best performers in the ballroom world including Victor da Silva and Jerry and Virginia LeNoir. I hold two 2nd place Showdance titles in the World and a 1st place Latin dance title in the state of Florida.

It's my pleasure to work 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.

I've recen
tly relocated my practice from Florida and am offering reduced new client rates to learn more about the great community here. I look forward to talking with you and helping you reach your goals,
-Takaya
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Wilhelm June 28, 2018
· Salsa Dancing · In studio
I’ve known about Mr Takaya’s achievements during his teenage years, and I was very pleasantly surprised to find out he teaches aswell! I’ve always loved his salsa dancing, I mean he does amazing Latin ballroom dancing aswell, but salsa dancing is what I was particularly interested in. Mr Takaya is a very patient and calm teacher, humorous too! After receiving lessons from him, my salsa dancing has increased! I can now dance with my new wife while not embarrassing myself in front of her family. In fact, I’m almost better then them now.
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Reno June 28, 2018
· Dance · In studio
Wanted some good lessons to help me feel more confident for social dancing. Takaya was great, I learned a ton, and definitely got a huge confidence boost from this. Would easily recommend!
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Mina June 27, 2018
· Dance · Online
Takaya has got to be one of the most ambitious individuals I've known; he has always been serious about dance & has competed in ( & won) various competitions since I've known him. Dance is something that can take a lot of practice, therefore having an instructor like Takaya is ideal due to his very attentive & personable nature. If you are struggling with a specific type of dance he is most definitely going to help perfect whatever it is! I really couldn't recommend him more. Plus he's a goof, so I guarantee every lesson will feel more like a hang out while still learning some sweet moves!
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Takaya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90024
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About Maxine H.

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Professional dance teacher of 12 years, specializing in ballet, contemporary, and modern! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. With me, you will be building a strong foundation of technique that will take your abilities to the next level. Let's get started!

About Maxine
I am a professional dancer and teacher. I grew up in Milwaukee, WI. After graduating from Northwestern University, I moved to Los Angeles to dance!

I have toured around the world with many different singers, dancing in front of hundreds of thousands of people. You may have seen me on Dancing With The Stars or the MTV VMA's or at Lollapalooza.

Can't wait to teach you!
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Maxine H.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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$100 / 60-min

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