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About Amy C.

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About Amy
I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical voice training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldenkrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting, I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and have recently completed my Master's degree in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within all of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help students discover their unique voice, whether it be through singing, acting, or writing. I share with my student'an array of tool to gain the ability a
nd confidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those areas for most of my adult life. I believe, it is the teacher's job to respect each student's individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, Blues and cabaret artists, and published writers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the student's individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal technique exercises come next. When the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that students be a part of the process of picking material since the more personally they respond to the material the more apt they are to become engaged in their lessons. After three to six months beginning students will have gained an understanding of the fundamentals of breathing, relaxation, and basic performance skills. With more advanced students the focus will be on range extension and the on-going development of vocal style through song interpretation and performance related exercises.
Acting
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the most compelling.

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home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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Cheryl Brubaker July 22, 2018
· Film Acting · Online
Amy was excellent at drawing the requested responses out of my 5 year old and directing her to make adjustments. It was our first lesson and a very positive experience. Can't wait to see how the progress together as teacher and student.
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Bob S. May 3, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Amy is a true professional at both the art of singing and teaching. A pleasure to work with!
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Jennie A. April 28, 2018
· Acting · Online
Amy was wonderful! She made me feel so comfortable and gave me many points to help me be successful in my new career!
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About Teresa V.

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Evergreen, CO
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Teresa Anne V., originally from Boulder, Colorado, has taken her career from coast to coast, and abroad. She began her stage career as a classical ballerina, training and performing with such notable companies as The Joffrey Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy (Dance) and University of Utah (BFA- Theatre), Teresa has gone on to craft a dense and eclectic resume on both coasts and internationally as an Actress and as a Dancer/Choreographer (classical & contemporary works, Argentine Tango, musical theatre).
Teresa’s film credits include screen time with academy award winning actor, Sean Penn in “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” leading roles in independent film gems such as “Life at Bay”, “The Hideout”, and “Seven Fallen Objects.”, and stars in nationally running commercials for Dyson Vacuums and An
imal Planet. Her vast theatre credit highlights include “Tango Fever”(TeatroLaTea, NYC), “Buried Child” (Aaron Davis Hall, NYC); ”Objectivity”(FischHouseThtr, SF), ”Scheme of Things”(El Portal Thtr, LosAngeles), ”Light in the Shadow”(The Complex, Los Angeles).
Prior to returning to New York in the Spring of 2012, Teresa dedicated her dance career to a tango dance partnership in Warsaw where she performed, toured, taught, and also stepped in as a dance consultant to the 2011 winners of the Polish edition of "Dancing With The Stars."
After her time abroad,Teresa taught/choreographed/performed full time in NYC until 2015. She is now based in her homestate of Colorado. Frequently she is a guest judge for Dance Competitions across the country.
In addition, Teresa has launched a series of specialized dance programs (“Slippers to Heels: Ballet Technique & Tango Stylization”), Choreographic and Acting intensives, and specialized workshops for professional/pre-professional dancers. She is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.
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Faith November 12, 2017
· Ballet · Online
Great first lesson! Teresa is very pleasant to work with and extremely knowledgeable. Looking forward to many more lessons to come!
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Kiri October 30, 2017
· Flexibility Training · In studio
Teresa was awesome! She worked with me and my limited flexibility and really set me up for success with exercises to integrate into my routine. She was also very cognizant of a prior injury and presented long term alternate solutions to tissue regrowth. I really look forward to working with her again!
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Brittany June 20, 2017
· Stage Performance · In studio
She was really great, we have only had one lesson so far but she made me feel very comfortable and I feel like she will be perfect for me helping me get over my stage fright. She came up with quite a few ideas up front and can tell she is taking it seriously, which makes me even more confident in her because it is such a serious issue for me. I am looking forward to working with her.
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Evergreen, CO 80439
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About Ivan R.

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Annandale, VA
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EXPERIENCE

U.S. Army-Green Beret, Intelligence Officer, Foreign Area Officer 1997-Present
Ivan served in special operations, intelligence and foreign affairs assignments at the tactical, operational and
strategic levels in overt and clandestine roles within the most sensitive programs of the US Government. He
has served as a Green Beret commander at the detachment level in Central America and company level in
Afghanistan and Jordan training other nations militaries in joint, interagency and coalition environments. Staff
positions included time as an assistant Army attache to U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; the deputy
officer in charge of the AFPAK Hands program on the Army Staff; as an Intelligence Community Liaison
Officer at the National Guard Bureau; and furthermore, he served as a foreign area specialist on the Jo
int Staff
advising the Deputy J2 while on the Ukraine Crisis Team at the National Military Command Center.
Operational assignments include: New York City immediately after 9/11, Afghanistan, Georgia, Honduras, El
Salvador, Monterey, The Pentagon and as recently as October 2016 in Jordan countering ISIL as the Special
Operations Command Forward-Jordan Advanced Operations Base Commander.

Entrepreneur-Startup Advisor, Investor, Attorney 2015-Present
Ivan is an advisor/investor in early stage startups in the DC TECH, Silicon Valley, New York and Chicago tech
ecosystems to which he provides legal, growth-hack and life-hack strategies. His aggressive social media
activity over the past year in tech has placed him as a leader/influencer in the social media marketing,
technology, and content marketing communities with a ~100k person following. His investment thesis for 2018
will focus on mixed reality, artificial intelligence, drones, internet of things, wearable technology & the
collaborative economy.

Defense Intelligence Agency-Intelligence Officer 2012-2017

EDUCATION

M.S. Strategic Intelligence, (All but thesis); National Intelligence University 2012

J.D. Law, Emphasis on International Law & Intellectual Property; Touro Law Center 2004

B.A. Russia and Eastern European Studies, Minor in Business; University of Northern Iowa 1999

Languages: Professional Fluency: English, Russian, Spanish

Intermediate High: Arabic

Intermediate: French

Basic: Portuguese, Ukrainian, Italian, Bulgarian, Polish, Slovenian

Professional Memberships: Military/Intel/Foreign Policy: Lifetime member of FAOA, SFA, ROA, MICA;
Member of OSS Society, DACOR, AFIO, DIAA, NMIA

Legal: New York State Bar; ABA-International, Intellectual Property, National Security Law committees

Hobbies: Spend time with wife and two boys (5 & 8 year old), traveling, reading, and participating in all types
of outdoor fitness/sports on land (mountains, woods) sea or air as often as possible.
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Ivan R.

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About Cindy O.

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Oceanside, CA
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¡Hola! My name is Cindy, and I recently finished my BA in Spanish at UCLA. I am originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, México and a native Spanish speaker with a strong background in Spanish conversation, pronunciation, grammar, writing, literature, history, and culture. I started tutoring Spanish four years ago. I have experience working as a Spanish Coach for the International Languages Department at a local community college as well as the college´s Tutoring Center. I am also a Certified Master Tutor, my certification is provided by CRLA, an international organization made up of post-secondary student-oriented learning assistance professionals. I have extensive experience as an in-class Teacher´s Aide in Spanish classes, and can also provide group tutoring for an additional fee. I provide assistance with grammar, compositions, conver
sation, pronunciation, essays, literature comprehension and can even teach you about Latin American history and cultures!
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Cindy O.

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About Mike M.

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Lawrence Township, NJ
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About Mike
CELTA certified, enthusiastic, compassionate, and knowledgeable teacher. We'll use current, relevant, real-life reading and listening material to teach you practical English. We can tailor our lessons to your needs and interests, whether you want to focus on speaking practice, grammar, vocabulary, or pronunciation.
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Vasiliki March 19, 2018
· English · Online
It's really exciting to work with Mike!
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Israel January 23, 2018
· English · In studio
Excellent teacher.
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About Cynthia O.

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Glenshaw, PA

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I am a professional singer. Although I have studied the bel canto technique in my university studies, I have taught various genres using varied techniques to suit the student. I have performed in operas, classical song recitals in different languages, jazz, pop, and musical theater. I'm currently finishing my doctoral document to complete my doctor of musical arts degree in voice. I have sung on many stages in the country, Mexico and Spain as an opera singer, vocal soloist and as a chamber singer. My goal as a teacher is to share my knowledge so students can practice effectively on their own. I also wish for students to become life-long learners. My secondary degree and field experience is in elementary education. I'm currently a university teacher in voice and theory in the Pittsburgh area.
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Mila H. January 17, 2018
· Spanish · In home
Great experience for my daughters first lesson. Cindy made us feel like we’ve known her for years. Mila is excited for her next lesson, already singing the days of the week in Spanish after 2 days. Thanks again
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Mark B. November 17, 2017
· Singing · In home
Cynthia is going to be a great teacher. She made me feel comfortable right from the start. I am really looking forward to my next lesson.
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Sunaina November 4, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
I grew so much a singer while I was taking Cindy's classes. She is absolutely amazing! It was really awesome to be able to train songs in English and Spanish.

My technique majorly improved under her instruction. My voice never felt so strong.
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About Olivia S.

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Charlotte, NC
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I’m a very enthusiastic, motivated teacher that focuses on a communicative approach to learning English. I like to make my lessons fun and engaging and ensure that students are able to use what they learn in class in the real world. My goal is to make you comfortable using English in whatever way you desire. I tailor my teaching to your needs and am comfortable adapting to various learning styles. I recently returned from living in Madrid for a year and a half during which I taught English to all ages from children to adults and levels from beginner to advanced. I encountered numerous types of students with differing comfort levels and learning styles and was able to adapt my comprehensive lessons to fit their needs. My main goal is for you to be able use the language outside of class and to enjoy learning and using English!
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Olivia S.

Olivia S.

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About Robert S.

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I am a native English speaker, I will be able to teach my students pronunciation , grammar, and conversation. I will patiently help my students master the English language and all the nuances that make English such a unique and interesting language. But most of all we will have fun!
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Robert S.

Robert S.

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