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About Stephen H.

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New York, NY

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A native of New York City, my studies in dance include Jazz , Hip Hop, ballet, modern dance, and movement for theater. I have studied dance at various schools and studios including Ailey, Dance Theater of Harlem, The College of Staten Island as well as Barry University, and frequents Gibney, Peridance Capezio, and Broadway Dance Center. I currently dance professionally with a Mixed Bag and Co. in NYC and have directed and choreographed dance concerts for Art In Motion Productions in Miami, FL, the Choreojoey Project in NYC, and Bees & Butterflies Performing Arts.

I have been teaching dance as a choreographer for over 5 years. The focus is on precision and performance. I specialize in technique and pedagogy for all levels of dance as well as movement, staging, and stage presence for dance theater performances. I embrace raw talent a
nd new comers with as much respect as advanced level dancers. It's all about passion, talent, and commitment.

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Lessons will be both entertaining and challenging. Each lesson will be energetic from start to end and will be tailored to meet your needs and match your pace. Rest assured students will walk away from every lesson with new dance history knowledge as well as improvements in dance. The private lessons can prepare you for auditions, performances, and special events, or simply increase your strength and enthusiasm for dance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
none. lessons will be private lessons on site.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring music, speakers, and sometimes worksheets. I can work in any open space in your home.

*** Specialties ***
contemporary, lyrical, Modern.
Jazz, Broadway, hip hop, Caribbean.
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Aisha July 3, 2017
· Dance · In home
Stephen's a great instructor that makes you instantly feel at ease. Dance class was fun!
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George T. January 27, 2017
· Ballet · In home
Stephen is Great. My kids had a blast.
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Barbara M. June 19, 2016
· Dance · In home
Stephen has been giving our teenager daughter weekly lessons in "J-pop" dancing. Even though his background does not include this particular style, he has done a great job of staying ahead of our daughter, and-even more importantly-encouraging and motivating her to keep at it. (Since dancing is one of the few exercises she will do willingly, this is key!) She looks forward to the weekly lesson and so do we.
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Stephen H.

Stephen H.

New York, NY 10039
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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 training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldekrais 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 I am currently studying for a masters 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 the student discover their individual and unique voice, weather it be through singing, acting or writing. I share with my students tools to gain the ability and con
fidence 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 arena's for most of my adult life. I believe, it is the teachers job to respect each students individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, blues and cabaret artists and published writers.

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Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the students individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal exercise come next, then when the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that the student be part of the process of picking material since the more they personally respond to the material the more apt they are to be engaged in their lessons and the more quickly they will learn. After three to six months they will understand the fundamentals of breathing and relaxation and its importance to proper vocal training. They will have begun the process of extending their range and will understand the principles of performance in song.
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 must compelling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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Kathleen A. Brennan October 9, 2017
· Improv Acting · In studio
Amy is very professional and knowledgable as well as focused. Her manner of working is positive and informative. I am enjoying working with her.
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Julie September 13, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Amy is a truly incredible teacher and person. All of her students love her and those I've referred have thanked me profusely for the introduction. My daughter has studied voice with Amy for a number of years and after just the first lesson, the improvement in her technique and confidence was remarkable. Amy can bring out the best in anyone's voice. She is encouraging and nurturing and provides the safe and positive relationship anyone would want to have with their teacher.
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Kumiko March 16, 2017
· Jazz Voice · In studio
Amy is amazing singer and great teacher. I can't find anyone else who suggests right direction about singing. Singing from the Source.Now, I live in Japan and still singing. No matter how far from U.S., I always sing with the mind that Amy's saying ”Singing from the Sourse. I love Amy!
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Amy C.

Amy C.

Weehawken, NJ 07086
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About Alida M.

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New York, NY

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About Alida
Serious dance student inquiries only! (I do not teach flash mob or wedding choreography.)
Recently returned from An American In Paris National Tour, BA from UCLA in Musical Theatre, professional ballet dancer, and musical theatre dancer/singer/actor, over 16 years teaching ballet, and jazz. High level training for students of all ages.
Lessons will start with a solid warm-up, and will continue on with what you and I decide needs the most attention. Each lesson is custom tailored to your needs to help you get the most value for your time. We can also film you if you need to make a demo of yourself for a reel, or school application.

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Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Jazz Technique, Turns, Leaps, Conditioning, anatomically correct placement of the body.
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Erica B. January 20, 2016
· Ballet · In studio
Alida was fantastic! She made me feel completely comfortable and took everything step by step. She focused on strengthening my weaknesses by showing me new stretches and techniques every lesson. Alida truly is an amazing teacher. Even though I've only worked with her for five days, Alida has made my technique and main focus. It was the best and I plan (and hope) to work with her again and again!
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Samantha November 28, 2015
· Theatrical Dance · In studio
Alida is one of the best, most caring dance teachers I've ever had. In just a few short lessons she taught me to really believe in myself, boosted my confidence and taught me technique and important combinations for important upcoming auditions. She is very patient and really catered to my needs. She doesn't ever waste any time and I always leave a lesson feeling good and really feeling like I'm getting my moneys worth. Very thankful I found her and would recommend anyone take lessons with her.
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Min F. January 22, 2014
· Jazz Dancing ·
I rate her tops.

Alida is a very good teacher. Never once did she come late. She has great manners and great teaching techniques. She breaks down steps n make them easier to learn so I do not get frustrated and bored. Since I'm someone who never danced jazz before she was exactly what I needed. she quickly grasped what I could or could not do n was most patient. I rate her tops.
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Alida M.

Alida M.

New York, NY 10001
(3)
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$100 / 60-min

About Michelle R.

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Bronx, NY
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About Michelle
Michelle grew up in Miami, Florida and developed a deep love for movement at a very young age. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance (with honors) and a minor in business from the Florida State University and while there performed work by choreographers including Larry Keigwin, Martha Graham, Gerri Houlihan, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. After graduating she became certified in Pilates Mat (Balanced Body) and relocated to New York City to pursue her career as a professional dancer. Since moving to NY, she has had the pleasure of working with JKing Dance Company and Sleep No More among many other performing artists in the city. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and will soon be certified as a corrective exercise instructor.
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Zuzana B. April 22, 2015
· Dance · In home
Michelle is great! Very helpful, makes you feel at ease, and obviously an awesome dancer.
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Michael W. July 3, 2014
· Dance · In home
I had to attend a buddy's Wedding. I'm in my fifties and never been a good dancer. When I attended Wedding receptions two to three decades ago, I would manage to get through the dancing, sort of. This time, however, there was no getting around it. I would have to know how to dance because the woman that was accompanying me to the Wedding and reception was a Dance minor in College! I had a month to get it together so I contacted Michelle through Take Lessons.

Michelle is a patient knowledgeable teacher. She started me with basic dancing steps to “Panda Bear - Doin' it Right .” The basic dance steps that Michelle taught me can be used for virtually all Rock/Disco/Techno music that you will encounter. The tempos might vary, but the steps remain the same. When I became more proficient Michelle taught me line dances such as the “Macarena” and the “Cha Cha Slide.”

When I attended the Wedding reception with the Dance minor, I was confident and comfortable on the Dance floor thanks to Michelle!

Highly Recommended.
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Michelle R.

Michelle R.

Bronx, NY 10468
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$50 / 60-min

About Joseph M.

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Huntington Station, NY

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About Joseph
Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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Joseph M.

Joseph M.

Huntington Station, NY 11746
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$30 / 30-min
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About Victorius R.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Victorius
Victorius Michel is a native from Den Haag/ The Hague, NL. He began his dance training at the Diana Meijer Dance Academy. He is a graduate of the Lucia Marthas University, Amsterdam (NL), where he earned a BFA in Musical Theater and a BA in Education.

He is a 2-time recipient of the VanDenEnde Foundation scholarship grant and a recipient of the EMIA Summer Award of Merit & Talent Scholarship.

He attended the Ailey Summer intensive and EMIA summer intensive, and studied at the Ailey school where he completed the independent study. He has performed works by a range of choreographers including Troy Powell, Anthony van Laast, Bob Fosse, Pearl Primus, Abdel Salaam. Victorius has danced background for recording artist Lisa Lisa, Danced in Saturday Night the Musical (NL).

In 2015 he performed in Santiago de Cuba at the FinDance Festi
val with KaNu Dance Theater. In 2016 he toured Japan with Vissi Dance Theater. He also performs with Something Positive Inc, Phyllis Rose and Forces of Nature.

Victorius is also an arts in education teacher and has taught for EM Techniques, Arts to Grow and the Lucia Marthas Academy, in the styles ballet, hip hop, jazz, Tap, Afro-Caribbean and contemporary. He joined the Teaching Artist Roster of AIley’s Arts in Education and Community Programs in 2016
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Junie February 9, 2017
· Dance ·
It's truly a pleasure to work with Victorius! Between his wonderful down to earth vibe and the sincere passion he his for his craft you can't go wrong. He's professional, versatile and talented. His name is a reflection of his character. If you have the opportunity to train with Victorious you'll have the pleasure of learning from someone who genuinely cares about your progress and wont let you down.
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Kathy February 9, 2017
· Dance · In studio
Loveeee his work! , Dancing with Victor you can really tell he loves what he is doing and gives his all to teach his students and trust me when he teaches i guarantee you'll will learn and love the work he does & efffort/passion he puts into his work!
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Victorius R.

Victorius R.

Brooklyn, NY 11233
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$50 / 30-min

About Janice K.

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New York, NY

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Janice is a 200-hr RYT through Pure Yoga in NYC and has over 10 years of yoga training and experience. She first took a Bikram yoga class to supplement her ballet training and soon realized her yoga practice was going to be much more. She found the meditation exercises that helped her into challenging poses were just as empowering and effective in conquering the challenges of everyday life.

Janice honors the integrity of traditional yoga teachings while making them practical in today's world. Her class is centered around the vinyasa technique of breath and fluidity between poses. She teaches yoga for inner peace, strength, joy, a quiet mind, and the highest self.

Before teaching yoga, Janice worked as a technology investment analyst at a hedge fund, as well as a professional Broadway and ballet dancer.
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Triana December 28, 2016
· Yoga · In home
Janice is one of the best! Her extensive dance background along with her yoga studies make her such a well rounded teacher. Her class was a perfect balance of strength and stretching and her adjustments to my form were very much appreciated. In my short time taking with her I've already noticed big changes in my body and I'm excited to continue my studies with her. Janice is a lovely person, true professional, and has the patience to work with people at all levels. I'm very thankful to have found her and highly recommend her to all!
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Janice K.

Janice K.

New York, NY 10018
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$90 / 30-min

About Julia O.

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New York, NY

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Hi! My name is Julia and I am a teacher and coach who graduated from The Juilliard School as well as The Maggie Flanagan Studio. I have been teaching since 2003 and coach students in middle school and up. I specialize in working with kids and young adults and their auditions for schools as well as professional auditions. I have a fun approach while also helping my students reach their goals in their work.
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Emma K. May 5, 2017
· Acting · Online
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Autumn January 20, 2017
· Acting · Online
Julia was my college audition coach to get into acting school, and I am confident that she is the reason I got into the schools I did. I met with her on Skype once a week for about a year/year and half. She coached me on all of my monologues and even gave me acting coaching on songs. She helped me find almost all of my monologues, and was particularly helpful in coaching me on scansion and Shakespeare! Not only did she do all of this, but going through the college audition process herself and being trained at Juilliard, she prepared me for what to expect before I went in to my first audition. She is an absolutely wonderful teacher and would highly recommend her to anyone going through this experience. I am now a Sophomore Acting Major at Syracuse University which was ranked the number 8 acting school in the world this year. I also got into drama schools in Europe. Thank you Julia!! <3
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Andrew January 13, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I am a working professional actor in NYC, have been for years. Mostly theater, but I want to do more television. Julia coached me on my audition for a one-day guest star role on The Good Wife, and I booked the job! She is fantastic--very practical and knowledgable, but also very affirming and enthusiastic. She helped me have the confidence to go into the audition room and do my best without the usual self-sabotage. I highly recommend Julia as a coach!
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Julia O.

Julia O.

New York, NY 10034
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Kimberly S.

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Astoria, NY

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About Kimberly
If you cannot find an available time on my calendar that fits your schedule, please click the "ask Kimberly a question" button above with days and times that work for you.

I am a trained actress in my late 20's. I have experience coaching many professional working actors. I have worked on audition sides for TV (Law & Order, Narcos, Disney, etc), independent films, big budget studio films, web series, off broadway plays, off off broadway plays, monologues, and anything in between with my students! I teach both comedic & dramatic acting and stand up comedy.

I have been trained by exceptional teachers in the following: Linklater (voice), Williamson (movement), film/tv & theater, script analysis, theater & film history, cold reading, monologue, stand-up comedy, etc. I have also been mentored by the legendary standup comedian Rick Crom.


I can also work with the actor on the business aspect of acting, which is very important to your acting career: how can I get the best headshot?, what things should I be doing everyday to reach my acting goals (some may not even be acting!)?, how do I get in front of this specific casting director?, what events/workshops should I be attending?, etc. We can go over all that plus how to get through personal blocks, fear-related patterns, and other things that may be holding you back from being the best artist you can be!

I believe training is so important to a working actor & comedian so congrats on taking the first step towards a successful, exciting career! I can't wait to share my love of acting and comedy with you!

I have a self tape set-up with a backdrop, professional lighting & tripod. I am happy to be your reader & coach as we film your audition, scene or stand up set. We can use this as a tool to improve or film a self tape audition. We can also chose your best take together.
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Elisha F. November 19, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · Online
Kimberly was an amazing teacher, very fun to work with!! 😊
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Sage May 22, 2017
· Acting · Online
Great lesson, learned so much today.
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Sage M. May 22, 2017
· Acting · Online
loved the first lesson.. She is so good
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Kimberly S.

Astoria, NY 11102
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$30 / 30-min

About Justin G.

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New York, NY

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Justin Gallagher - Is a New York Based actor, director and photographer. Gallagher trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NY under TOP industry professionals and has directed various shows in Manhattan and outside of the city.

Theatrical credits include: Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2: Live on Stage! as an alternate for the teen ensemble (World Premiere/Fox Theatre/TOTS/Directed by Tony Nominee, Jeff Calhoun), BLOODY, BLOODY, ANDREW JACKSON (5th Floor Theatre Company/Dir. Marc Cornes) as Lyncoya Jackson. Film: MILLTOWN PRIDE (UNUSUAL FILMS/ Dir. Tim Rogers) and "FEELS SO MUCH BETTER TO LOVE" music video with Drew Seeley of Disney Channel's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL fame. TELEVISION: THE POINT OF DIVERGENCE (History & Sci-Fi Channels Spec-Pilot/Dir. Glen Trotiner). Other memorable performances include: McDONALD'S: THE GIFT T
ALENT SHOW (Vocal Finalist), THE GWINETT BRAVES GAME (National Anthem Vocalist), DANCING WITH THE STARS: FOR HOPE (Choreographer and Performer).

JUSTIN GALLAGHER's Directing Credits include- THE WIZARD OF OZ (Muny Version), ALICE IN WONDERLAND, SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL Jr., WILLY WONKA Jr., ANNIE Jr., THE WIZARD OF OZ (RSC Version). NY Directing Credits: COMFORT WOMAN (Midtown International Theatre Festival/Jewel Box Theatre, NYC), COMFORT WOMAN (The Secret Theatre/LIC, NY), BELLA NAPOLI (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), BELLA NAPOLI (The Secret Theatre, NYC), BELLA NAPOLI (Midtown International Theatre Festival/Jewel Box Theatre, NYC).

-**The American Musical and Dramatic Academy - NY Conservatory Program** 2011/2012. (Classes include: Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acting, Musical Theatre, Voice Production and Speech, Individual Voice, Sight Singing).

-Broadway Dance Center - Ballet & Tap training.

-Tap dance training under the guidance of Tony Winner, Ginny King (Original Lorraine in the Broadway cast of 42ND STREET).

-Regional Winner of the Georgia One Act Competition for "MIRRORS".

-I have seen over 30 BROADWAY Shows and have been Typed in for WICKED on Broadway and National Tours twice at auditions.
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Aziz September 1, 2017
· Musical Theater · In studio
Learn a lot of new stuff from Justin, very nice and professional instructor.
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Justin G.

New York, NY 10018
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