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About Samara K.

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North Hollywood, CA

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**All "in studio" dance classes conducted at Millenium Dance Complex in Studio City, CA. I also conduct lessons in home and on location.

In our private or group dance sessions, we will focus on learning technique and choreography in the style of dance you desire, including but not limited to ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop.

Pedagogical Philosophy in Dance

As an instructor of dance, I strive to witness the growth of the class ensemble, as well as each individual, not merely as dancers, but as artists with unique, layered complexities. I aim to celebrate the joy and passion of movement, married with technical foundations to enable the dancer to find his/her distinct expression. I wish ultimately for the themes explored in studio to extend organically into all aspects of each dancer’s life, unifying personal experience and art.

Fostering A Conducive Learning Environment
By cultivating open communication and collaboration with students, I am determined to propagate the ...

About Samara
Acting:

I coach everyone from high-profile professionals to young artists at the beginning of their career. Each session with me is always personally tailored to your progression, your type, taste in material, and preferred learning method in developing your craft.

I've trained formally for many years, holding a Bachelors in Fine Arts (Theatre) from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters in Fine Arts (Acting) from The American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University.

I'm a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and The Actor's Equity Association, having worked professionally in New York, LA,
Miami, and Moscow in award winning Theatre, Television, Film, and Voice Over.

Each client I take onto my roster holds a special place in my life as a coach. I serve not only as a teacher of the craft, but as a mentor you can turn to at any time regarding any facet of your journey as a working actor. I support my clients through auditions, workshops, headshot decisions, agent meetings, and major milestones in their blossoming careers.

Many of my clients begin coaching unsure of their skill and place in the industry, but in only a few sessions, mold into artists with authority, staking their claim in prestigious training programs, arts colleges, and roles in professional theatre, TV, commercials, and film.

My overarching ambition is to open the channels that allow you to flow freely in life and art, encourage you to take meaningful, rewarding risks, and unleash the confident performer inside of you waiting to emerge.

Dance:

Pedagogical Philosophy in Dance

As an instructor of dance, I strive to witness the growth of the class ensemble, as well as each individual, not merely as dancers, but as artists with unique, layered complexities. I aim to celebrate the joy and passion of movement, married with technical foundations to enable the dancer to find his/her distinct expression. I wish ultimately for the themes explored in studio to extend organically into all aspects of each dancer’s life, unifying personal experience and art.

Fostering A Conducive Learning Environment
By cultivating open communication and collaboration with students, I am determined to propagate the following values:

Vulnerability & Discovery
Laying a bedrock for a safe environment that serves as a platform for exploration and discovery, I encourage open-mindedness and a willingness to risk—to strip oneself of artificial layers of self-identify, so that each dancer can reveal their own personal truths through movement that is not forced or pre-meditated.

“Movement and gesture are the oldest language known to man. They are still the most revealing. When you move, you stand revealed for what you are.” -Doris Humphrey

Self Care
Dancers know their bodies better than anyone else. I urge students to develop an intuitive awareness, as well as responsibility, for their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I engage my students in open discourse, constructive feedback, and guide them in locating their strengths and weaknesses so that they are able to look after their bodies like instruments that need consistent attention and care.

Growth & Balance
Regardless of the level of experience a dancer enters the studio with, there should be an established trajectory of continual growth: including but not limited to—advancement in technical skill, athletic endurance and stamina, and artistic sophistication. I believe in goal-oriented lesson planning to facilitate this navigation, journeying with students as they negotiate the balance between strength and flexibility, sharpness and smoothness.

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” -Scott Fitzgerald

Efficiency of Movement
By balancing weight and momentum in a technical equation that promotes energy conservation, a dancer is able to develop movement that is not compromised in quality. My students will be supported in building internal muscle strength, namely a localized core-energy that radiates power, so that they can efficiently utilize their inertia.

Specificity and Detail
The ability to execute distinct, stylized movement enables a dancer to articulate intention. Bringing awareness to detail of movement so as to paint the air precisely is key to presenting movement with finesse and flair, more fully embodying the character of the music.

Alignment
Improper alignment is the number one contributor to injury. Utilizing my experience as a trained yoga teacher, I find it essential to educate on anatomical alignment as a means to ensure preservation of the dancer’s finite instrument- the body.

Musicality
Sensitivity to dynamics in music greatly determines a dancer’s level of professionalism. My goal is to impart a deep sense of rhythm that permeates the “thinking” mechanism/barrier and lives in the soul unquestioned. It is crucial for dancers to be able to respond to music in a way that uniquely informs and enriches movement. Students will be equipped with basic music fundamentals such as (but not limited to) rhythm, timbre, and tempo in order fully master choreography.

Performance Presence
Assurance in one’s craft is the defining force in making an indelible mark on the audience. I intend to highlight the essential quality of confidence, a presence that arises from within, inseparable from a performer’s personality, and not worn like a costume superficially.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.”
-Martha Graham

In closing, the art of dance is rooted in symbiotic sharing of inspiration and energy. It is the universal language of storytelling. I am honored to share in this craft with students who in turn reciprocate and celebrate the interconnectedness of the human spirit.
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Gena September 11, 2015
· Acting · Online
I love, love, love Samara's ability to scrutinize the text and guide me into creating finer, more compelling work. And the performance warm ups (relaxation/concentration) prepare me to deliver!
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Donnacha K. August 20, 2015
Verified Student · Public Speaking · Online
Great lesson. Looking forward to continue sessions.
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Beth P. August 5, 2015
· Film and TV Acting ·
skills and has helped me unlock my potential. She's an amazing person inside and out. If you're considering taking lessons I recommend taking them from Samara!
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Samara K.

Samara K.

North Hollywood, CA 91602
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$80 / 60-min

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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Olivia, S. March 5, 2017
Verified Student · Dance · In home
Tanya was terrific
She arrived on time with no glitches and was able to get music playing and class started promptly.
She worked with my 16 year old daughter Olivia who had a great time, and they made plans for what they will be focusing on in the future. Tanya is a gifted dancer, but even better, she is a great teacher too. !
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Ma'Laija A. February 8, 2017
Verified Student · Hip Hop Dance · In home
Tanya is really creative with her dance moves and makes my lessons lots of fun. She is awesome. I am always excited when it's time for my dance lesson. She is AMAZING with what she does! She is funny, creative and smart. I thoroughly enjoy myself in class and more importantly, I love the progress and growth I see in my dance skill/ability.
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Lee S. December 17, 2016
Verified Student · Tap Dance · In studio
Learning new steps every week
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Tanya A.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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$35 / 30-min

About Elena V.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I graduated in classical ballet Cecchetti method.
I am also graduated in the method Orazio Costa (mimetic method).
I like to experience the two forms that are complementary.
The first: the grace through exercise and awareness.
The second: the freedom through organically reunited with nature.
The body speaks and means. Let's give voice together

About Elena
Hi, there! My name is Elena and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2001 and have loved helping my students in Theatre, language and Italian food. I went to in Florence, Rome and Berlin and earned a degree in Theatre Director and costume design in 2004. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

Accomplished and enthusiastic director who has earned the deepest and strongest experience in physical systems of performance, with a particular interest in physical action (latest Stanislavski and Grotowski), Commedia dell’Arte and Mimesic Method (Orazio Costa)

Moreover she studied dramaturgy with professor and dramaturge Andreas Wirth, Dean of University of Arts, Berlin, where she focused on the interpretation process of a text into a performance on stage.
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Andrea H. July 27, 2016
Verified Student · Italian Cooking · Online
She was great! I will book another!
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Maddalena May 12, 2016
· Ballet · In home
Elena is an amazing teacher, super professional and talented!
The ideal instructor, you are lucky if you have the chance to study with this European master
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Antonio October 20, 2015
· Dance · In studio
I am really happy I'm taking these classes. Elena has a method and an attitude that drive the point so clearly, I feel I am learning a lot. I would strongly recommend her to anyone who really wants to learn.
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Elena V.

Elena V.

Los Angeles, CA 90057
(12)
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$40 / 30-min

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 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 todays youth. I look forward to meeting you and reaching the finish line- whatever that may be!
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Kelly December 2, 2016
Verified Student · Ballet · Online
Really enjoyed our first session! Lindsay is so sweet and the session was fun!
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Cassandra October 26, 2016
Verified Student · Yoga · In studio
loved my first yoga class. Lindsay was a wonderful teacher!!!!
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Stephanie September 6, 2016
Verified Student · Yoga · Online
Lindsay is awesome. Doing class online is great when you are busy and can't get to a live class.
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Lindsay B.

Lindsay B.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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$30 / 30-min

About Jose C.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Let's have fun dancing! Ill make you the best dancer you can be. You can choose from Jazz, Jazz Funk, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap to Flamenco. My experience dancing for pop artists on TV and European tours made understand every step on the entertainment industry. I teach from beginners to Professional Levels. **Prices Include Studio Fees**

About Jose
Hello talents,

My name is Jose and I'm from Spain, Europe. I've been a professional ballet dancer with more than 10 years of experience and I'm very looking forward to inspire YOU. I am an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has succesfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. I've trained with the most inspiring teachers, worldknown, and danced all around the planet in theaters like the Royal Opera House in London, the Opera House in Sidney, The SemperOper Ballet in Germany, etc. During my years as a dancer I've per
formed all the classical repertoire as Swan Lake, Don Quixot, Giselle, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, etc. in many different roles. Ask me if there's anything else you will like to know, my students say "I'm an open book". I also prepared students for the Youth American Grand Prix placing top 3 position and being invited to NYC Finals. I'm looking forward to meet you and start our journey together.
Many thanks for reading,
JC
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Sarah M. May 24, 2016
Verified Student · Ballet · Online
I have only had one lesson so far. He is very expensive but for good reason. He teaches in a way no ballet instructor ever has before for me. He sees the body and understands it. He can tell by looking at you what you are having problems with. He is very helpful and can pull exercises off the top of his head that can help with whatever you are struggling in. It is a great investment to your career to take lessons with him.
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kiki April 12, 2016
Verified Student · · In home
Fabulous!
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Isabelle D. April 9, 2016
Verified Student · Ballet · In studio
Jose has a very impressive background, and is a true professional. He is so easy to work with, and really cares about his students. Five star instructor!!
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Jose C.

Jose C.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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starting at
$100 / 60-min

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