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About Serena E.

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Issaquah, WA

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Hello! My name is Serena!

Music shapes my life and has made me the person I am today. My experience in training in opera, musical theatre, jazz, and pop has expanded my musical skills and knowledge. Not only have I been trained in performance, but I have also studied music history, music theory, conducting, movement training, ballet, Alexander Technique, acting, yoga, stage craft, improvisation, other languages, diction and the International Phonetic Alphabet, voice science and anatomy, and vocal pedagogy. I have completed my Bachelor of Music in Operatic Vocal Performance from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of the legendary Carol Vaness. I have also studied with acclaimed teachers and coaches around the world including Dr. Kari Ragan and Maestro Dean Williamson.

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onderfully packed with performance for Seattle Opera. I just closed out a 78 performance run of CINDERELLA IN SPAIN where I sang the role of CINDERELLA and was even on the poster! I also performed the roles for the Seattle Opera preview performances of GRETEL in HANSEL UND GRETEL, VIOLETTA in LA TRAVIATA, KATYA in KATYA KABANOVA, and QUEEN OF THE NIGHT in MAGIC FLUTE. I made my Seattle Opera debut singing ALITSA and RACCOON in their touring production of "OUR EARTH", as well as performing on the mainstage in many productions. My upcoming performances include singing in the Seattle Opera kick off to the season SUMMERFEST in July; and OLYMPIA in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN with Pacific Northwest Opera. My other roles include ALKANDRE in PENELOPE with Vespertine Opera in Seattle, WA; FRASQUITA in CARMEN with OperaBend in Bend, Oregon and Pacific Northwest Opera; and SUSANNA in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with the Seattle Opera Guild. I also made my international debut in December 2014 singing GRETEL in HANSEL UND GRETEL with Opera Mariposa in Vancouver, BC. I have also been the featured soloist as "Christine" in Ten Grand's Phantom of the Opera at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA, and many lead roles in both opera and musical theatre: such as Semele (Semele), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Countess Ceprano and Gilda (Rigoletto), Blondchen (Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail), Maria (West Side Story), La Fee (Cendrillon), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Cathy (The Last 5 Years), Rosina (Barber of Seville), and more! I have also been part of jazz ensembles, and won the Battle of the Bands at Indiana University with a rock group! I am proud to have won the Seattle Opera Guild/Opera Plus Young Artist Scholarship Award for the 2015/2016 season, the Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, First Place in the National Classical Singers Competition, the C.M. Gerber Scholarship, Music Dean's Scholarship, Music Faculty Award, First Place at Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competitions, First Place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Competitions, and many more!

Teaching brings me such joy! To share the love of music and to educate the musicians of tomorrow is both gratifying and inspiring. I have been teaching since 2005 and provide a fun and focused learning experience where there are no "wrong" questions, and everybody's unique voice is celebrated! Many of my students have gone on to study music in college, and have landed lead roles in musical theatre, choir solos, All State and All Northwest choirs, and won awards in Classical competitions.

In my spare time, I like to hike, eat good food, and spend time with family and friends!

*** Lesson Details ***
My studio provides musical knowledge through private lessons including healthy vocal technique, basic understanding of music theory, and basic piano skills. I encourage a fun and focused environment. Come ready to learn, and let's make music!

A typical lesson will include vocalises that detail proper technique, some ear training work, some music theory training, and will be followed by repertoire. During this time, students will learn how to produce clear and authentic diction (English and other languages), breath management, phrase shaping, smooth transitions between higher and lower pitches, stylistic ornamentation, as well as dramatic involvement of the piece.

Students will learn the importance of the foundations of breath support, and how to create a healthy sound for any genre while keeping the unique qualities of their own voice-- no cookie-cutter singers here! Students will also learn how to read music, practice effectively, perform authentically, and take care of their delicate instrument for a lifetime of singing!

While Skype is a marvelous tool that has revolutionized the world of teaching, nothing can replicate natural acoustics. In-studio lessons are suggested for a clearer and more personable lesson.
**Skype lessons are reserved for long distance students only**

STUDIO ABSENCE and CANCELLATION POLICIES:
Regularly scheduled and attended lessons are the best way to see positive changes in your voice! The smooth running of the Studio Schedule helps make that happen. Therefore, missing lessons is discouraged and make up lessons/cancellations are not given in the Studio unless:
- I have had a performance or rehearsal that conflicts with our lesson time and cannot have the lesson as scheduled. If this occurs, I will inform you of the event as soon as possible and give you the option of a make up lesson or cancelling the lesson.
- Notices of foreseen cancellations (family vacations, religious holidays, school functions, special occasions etc.) are eligible for rescheduling or cancellation if given before the first lesson of the month.
- Of course, life can throw us for a loop! Illness, emergencies, and unforeseen events may possibly be given make ups or cancellations and will be determined at the Studio's discretion. (In the matter of illness: standard procedure is that if the student can attend work/school, they should come to their lesson. A cold can easily be worked around. If the voice is affected (for singing students), Studio time can still be used to work on ear training, music theory, music history, etc.)

All other absences will result in the lesson being marked as "missed". A hard copy of the Studio Policies and further details will be given to the student at the first lesson. Please feel free to ask any questions or clarifications.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons take place in a designated area of my home. The room includes seating for parents to observe lessons as well as a weighted keyboard (88 keys), music stand, desk, and materials. No pets. Lots of street parking is available. Shopping and coffee/food located within walking distance.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties: Classical/Opera
Other styles and genres: Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, and Rock.
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Chuck June 17, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
My daughter has been taking lessons from Serena for more than two years. We are very happy with her and plan to continue. Training is for classical opera and focus is on basic technique.
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Alaka June 17, 2017
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Serena has taught me so much about music and performing. She's a wonderful teacher and friend, and she is very professional; there is no one I'd rather be learning music from!
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Narcisa K. January 20, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
10 stars! She's very strict but in a good way. Keeps the students motivated! Recommend!
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About Corbin A.

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Philadelphia, PA

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About Corbin
I am an actor, singing actor and teaching artist based out of Philadelphia, PA. With over 20 years of experience in the field. I've helped thousands of students improve their vocal and performance capabilities whether as an actor, singing actor, or public speaker.

Current and past clients include The Walnut Street Theatre, Philly ASAP, Philly Senior Stage, The Minuetto Music Festival, and The Continuo Arts Foundation.

Come and study with me in a safe, professional environment here in my home studio, online, or in the comfort of your very own home.

I carry full liability insurance for your peace of mind.

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Integrated performance training is the key. My particular skill set places me firmly in between the worlds of both music and drama.

There's a great deal of shared knowledge, technique and performanc
e aesthetic in the space where music and drama intersect.

I utilize training techniques from these two interrelated worlds as well as the world of speech communication with all of my students resulting in a more dynamic and solid performance.

I provide a safe, professional environment in which to learn. My current students range in age from 10 to 96 years old. I tailor my instruction to your individual needs and learning style.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Video Camera, Monitor, Sound System, Audio Recording Capability, Microphones, Music Stands, Mirror.

On street parking available in historic block of the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students provide Piano or Keyboard, CD player and a mirror. I will provide music, staff paper for notes and practice exercises as well as recording equipment for feedback purposes.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Music Theatre, German Lied, American and Italian Art Song, French Melodie.

Acting-Stanislavski Method, Bertolt Brecht's Epic Theatre, Audition and Monologue Coaching, TV/Film Acting.

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IsaiahB October 11, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Excellent experience. Going back for more lessons. Highly Recommended!!!
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Jiyoung September 27, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
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Ekaterina June 13, 2017
· Speaking Voice · Online
I had my doubts at first of taking a class online, because I am not an easy student, my body awareness is not very good, but Corbin is such a great teacher and he knows very well what he is doing, so I was pleasantly surprised with the results. He is patient, encouraging and to the point. Highly recommended.
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About Michael W.

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Winter Haven, FL

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I have been teaching for 41 years and opened 14 music schools. Ages 3-96. Taught and performed
in Michigan, Arizona, and Florida.

*** Lesson Details ***
Everyone has the ability to learn. Do not let someone tell you different. It is either the wrong
teacher or wrong method for you if you are having difficulty. It is never the student.
I use many combined methods to fit the individual student according to their skill level, desires and overcoming any difficulties.

In addition to piano, I also teach keyboard, organ, improve, stand-up comedy, recording, voice, guitar, harmonica, public speaking, children's etiquette and ballroom dance ( won grand nationals in tango ).

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to have an instrument at home.

*** Specialties ***
Each students course is custom designed to ther needs and goal
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Tommy October 5, 2017
· Ballroom Dance · In home
Off to a great start, very patient, I can't wait for my next lesson! Thank you!
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Jennifer L. June 22, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
He is very professional and a great teacher. Michael is very entertaining and makes learning fun. My daughter really liked him and is excited about her lessons.
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Rebecca C. October 12, 2015
· Piano · In home
I've only had a few lessons with Michael, but have enjoyed what and how he has taught me so far. He has been flexible with some changes to our schedule and he is on time.
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About Anita H.

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I have a BA in Theatre from the University of Tulsa. I have been teaching Acting, Competitive Speech, Creative Writing, Slam Poetry, Stage Makeup, Scenic Painting, and Technical Theatre since 2007 to both private students and to students in the Public School System. I have been the Performing Arts Coordinator & Stage Makeup Teacher in Jenks for the last four years. I was Drama Teacher, Competitive Speech Coach and Technical Director at Central Fine & Performing Arts Magnet in Tulsa, OK for six years before that. I served on many Committees during my tenure there such as the Magnet Advisory Committee, Tulsa Public School's Fine Arts Committee, and the Diversity Event Planning Committee. I developed a Technical Theatre Crew at Central where students were instrumental in all aspects of design, stage management, and crew over seventy-five
shows in a five year period. I proudly led my students to obtaining the 1st Place OSSAA Regional Technical Crew Award for the school year 2009-2010.

I have coached many State Qualifiers in Speech and Debate Competitions as well as Rotary Club Competitions, Jack & Jill Foundations Competitions, Omega Psi Competitions, Louder Than a Bomb Slam Poetry Contest, and Tulsa County's "I Have a Dream" Speech Competition.

I have had the pleasure to work with students with disabilities and have seen great results in performance with students having Asperger's Syndrome.

I am also an Inspirational Speaker, Standup Comedian and Actress. I enjoy performing at churches for a variety of functions and acting at local Theatres and for film.

In addition, my husband and I teach Line Dance Classes through Jenks Community Education. We also teach Line Dance as private lessons, Team Building Sessions and Wedding Dance preparation.

I also am a Lighting Designer. I have designed the lights for productions such as Actors Company of Tulsa€™s The Visit, the University of Tulsa's "The Cripple of Inishmann" and "Nunsense," Memorial High School's production of "Little Shop of Horrors" as well as the lighting and sets for Jenks High School's performances of "A Midsummer Nights Dream," Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz and Central's performances of "Jekyll & Hyde the Musical" and the Opera "Dido & Aeneas" just to name a few.

Over the years I have been very involved in my community. I have been an Adjunct Instructor at Tulsa Community College where I co-teach Line Dance with my husband. I also assist with the children and youth at my church and volunteer for various charitable functions each year.
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Anita H.

Anita H.

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About Stephanie B.

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Keaau, HI

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NEWS as of 7/21/17 My new book, 'Disability & Theater: A Practical Manual for Inclusion in the Arts' is now sale at Amazon. A book on acting and auditioning is to follow!

Although splitting my time between NY and Hawaii I still promise to my acting students you WILL book work. I will teach you the nuts and bolts of it all and then help you book bigger and better jobs as we work. You will have some homework as you must work hard to join this industry!

NYC teacher now teaching online and internationally, director, producer - Founder of Nicu's Spoon Theater Company. Have taught audition classes, techniques, dialect and accent coaching, acting classes, etc. for 15 years in NYC and 8 in LA.

Have also taught literally ANY dialect and can teach it to you too. Also can work with you remove an accent. Worked with kids and adults on
preparing an audition that works for you! Have extensive experience working with disabled and special needs artists.

Policies: a minimum of 12 hours needed for cancelling a lesson, charge of one hour lesson for making an acting reel or a voice over reel.
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Kylin G. September 6, 2017
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Denise M. September 4, 2017
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Stephanie has helped me make progress in no time. I've been able to give presentations feeling confident while my audience adapted quickly to my accent. She's a pro and I always look forward to my classes.
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About Michael L.

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Lakeland, FL

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Michael L has been a working actor in Theatre, Film and Television since 1998. Since graduating cum laude from George Washington University he has dedicated himself to teaching and practicing the craft of acting. Michael was a classical acting fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington,DC under the artistic direction of Michael Kahn. There he honed his classical acting skills and earned his equity card later becoming an affiliated teaching artist with the theatre. He has performed there as well as many of the country's finest regional theaters including: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geva Theatre Center, Washington Shakespeare Company and most recently Actor's Playhouse in Coral Gables. Michael has appeared on television in numerous commercials and the Fox Network's dr
ama "Past Life" and has acted in many independent films. While in DC he was the Drama teacher at Fillmore Arts Center, a public magnet school for the performing arts, teaching children from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Michael is currently acting in Nickelodeon's new series "I Am Frankie" debuting this fall. He enjoys teaching both adults and young people as well as caring for his own spirited child.
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Elena B. February 14, 2017
· Method Acting · In home
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Jessica January 21, 2017
· Voice Acting · In home
Fantastic.

Breathing, Voice, Acting, the whole thing.

Michael will give you exercises, tips, tricks and ideas to excel to the next level with your voice.
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John W. December 8, 2016
· Speaking Voice · Online
Michael is very friendly and makes learning easy. He is very practical in his materials and subject. He is not a sales man that is trying to make you buy subscriptions or materials. I would recommend Michal if you are interested in improving your speaking voice.
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About Lea M.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Having completed my MFA in Acting from UCLA this past June, I am highly dedicated to the craft of acting both for the stage and for the camera. I recently wrapped my first big project with Francis Ford Coppola, and I'm eager to share what I've learned. I also hold a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice from Boston University, so I am open to lessons that involve both singing and acting. I was born in Burbank and raised in Sherman Oaks, so not only do I know my way around town, but I know how to manage the traffic to get to your home on time. Looking forward to meeting you!
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Thomas September 20, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In home
Lea is a fantastic coach, it's hard to find someone with the right mix of formal training and real world experience, but she has it. Even after just a couple of sessions my confidence is through the roof and I feel ready to walk into that next audition. Thanks Lea!
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About Ernie G.

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Ernie, a prolific international actor, studied Theater with an international faculty at the University of Toronto. His first featured television role was a series regular on The High Life, produced by David Letterman for HBO, before landing major roles on ABC's Two of a Kind and It's Like, You Know. He has been featured on many notable series such as Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural, Psych, Bones, The Mentalist, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Monk, and a long list of comedies including Two and a Half Men, Friends, My Name Is Earl, Weeds, as well as wildly popular kids programs and films such as ANT Farm, Hannah Montana, Good Luck Charlie, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and It Takes Two.

For his role as Larry opposite Jason Priestley on the long-running critically acclaimed series Call Me Fitz, Ernie received a Gemini Award (
Canadian Emmy) for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and has received multiple nominations for Outstanding Actor at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

Ernie has adapted his skills and experience to become one of the most sought after personal acting coaches in the Los Angeles area. He has been the head acting instructor for teens and adults at The Film Set Studio in Claremont, California, and has instructed actors from around the world in acting camps at The University of La Verne and Claremont McKenna College. He addresses each actor's needs individually, gently encouraging them to embrace their artistry.
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Eric September 15, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
So I'm fairly new to the acting scene. I decided to try out some classes at The Film Set in Claremont. Upon meeting Ernie, I was a bit intimidated and out of my comfort zone. There were people there that were REALLY good and I thought I could never compare. Ernie has a way of adjusting to your personality to get you to dive into things at a rate in which you are comfortable with. He has the ability to point out your strengths and improve them, exponentially. Not only is he great at his craft, or stellar in his ways of teaching; he truly is just an all around great guy. His vibe, energy and demeanor make him very pleasant to be around. It's almost like i would pay him just to be my friend. if you are shopping for an instructor, try this guy out. You won't be disappointed and if you are, then acting's probably not for you.
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Lizeth L. September 13, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Teaching the craft of acting is something Ernie has mastered. Learning from him has been a great. As a first time actress Ernie welcomed me with warmth. He understands how nervous first time actors can be but, with grace he knows how to calm those nerves down and help you reach your best acting potential. Ernie has helped me learn my acting strengths and weaknesses. His coaching and feedback is very precise. Pointing out small cues to improve your acting and guiding you on ways to better the character. His coaching pushes you to discover many sides of the scene and helps you better understand the scrip, which only makes you a better actor. Thanks to Ernie my passion for acting has only become more realistic as I pursue my career. For anyone looking for serious coaching and looking to make acting their career I would highly recommend Ernie.
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Omunique September 13, 2017
· Acting · In studio
No matter your previous acting experience Ernie will work with you and help you understand the business of acting. Ernie is easy to talk to, he gives good criticism on ways I can improve (i.e Vocally, or my physical presence or facial expressions).He pays attention and can see what you're capable of even if you're hiding it. After every class I am more confident in my acting because I have such an amazing teacher.
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Ernie G.

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About Brandi Z.

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Brandi is a Native of Opelousas and has been involved in the Dance Industry for over three decades.  She is the daughter of Sharon Beadle Smith and the late James F. Smith, and a 1990 Dance Graduate of Sharon Beadle Smith School of Dance.  She is currently the Director of Dance Education and Head Choreographer at her studio, Elite Academy of Dance.  She is “Certified by Test to Teach” through the Louisiana Association of Dance Masters and Dance Masters of America.  Brandi has toured the Country with Dance Olympus as a V.I.P., having had the opportunity to study one on one and assist some of the Nation’s Top Choreographers such as Mia Michaels of “So You Think You Can Dance”, Frank Hatchett of the Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and Jo Rowan of Oklahoma City University.  She moved on to become Summer Tour Director of Dance Olympus
out of New York, as well as Regional Director for International Dance Challenge, out of Boca Raton, Florida.  Brandi attended Oklahoma City University where she was a Dance Performance Major and Member of the American Spirit Dance Company.  Many of her former students can be seen on Reality TV Shows, College Dance Teams, and the motion picture “Pitch Perfect”.  Some have also moved on to be a member of the Southern University’s Dancing Dolls, ULL Ragin’ Jazz, ULL Monroe’s Hawkline, New Orleans Saintsations, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.  One of her student’s has even had the opportunity to dance on stage with Madonna for the Superbowl.  Brandi’s students have won numerous awards on Regional and National Levels and were also chosen to work with Nationally Acclaimed Recording Artist, Gail Moore.  She has choreographed Ballet Scholarship Auditions for Louisiana Association of Dance Masters, Dance Teams, Opelousas Little Theatre, and has instructed Master Classes and Choreography for other studios throughout the state of Louisiana.  Brandi’s passion and love for dance, along with her extensive knowledge and training has made her a wonderful teacher who loves sharing and teaching the Art of Dance.
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