Chicago, IL Tap Dance Lessons
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Interested in dance lessons? Carolyn began working professionally at 8 years old and has since appeared on stage, in national commercials, recorded voiceovers, and booked principal roles in both film and television. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the Boston Conservatory, where she majored in musical theater with an emphasis in directing. With years of extensive dance training, she's had the opportunity to perform the original Broadway choreography in several major productions she has been a part of, her favorite being the tap spectacular "42nd Street." As an award winning choreographer, her pieces have been recognized nationally at dance competitions across the country.
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I am a teacher of 13 years and I love what I do!
Tap is a fun style of dance that combines percussive footwork and rhythmic choreography for a great workout. My tap lessons include a warm up, technical training, across the floor, choreography, and improvisation. We begin with the basics while focusing on correct technique to build a solid foundation and style. From there we continue to build skills by adding more advanced patterns, intricate footwork, challenging techniques, and choreography. From classical roots to more contemporary adaptations, tap offers exciting dance training to people of every age and skill level.
Book Tap lessons if you're looking to:
-Strengthen and tone your legs, core, backside, and more
-Increase stamina and endurance
-Understand how to count music and find a beat
-Understand musicality, tempo, and timing
-Find and maintain rhythm with and without music
-Improve your dancing to music
I am a teacher, choreographer, and professional dancer with 14 years of teaching and industry experience both nationally and abroad. I am a versatile artist and educator with a background in numerous styles of dance, modeling, acting, fitness, theater, circus, and character performance. I have been in music videos, commercials, films, and on TV, and have worked with companies like Reebok, Disney, American Idol, Fox, NBC, Heineken, Universal and more. I have traveled the world teaching and performing and I am committed to sharing my knowledge with my students to help them reach their fullest p
I have worked with preschoolers through adults of all ages ranging in all levels, including beginners! My lessons are engaging, creative, beneficial, and a super great time! I enjoy helping my students reach their goals and beyond while having fun along the way. My favorite part about teaching is seeing students improve in ability and more importantly, confidence, and knowing that I was able to be a part of their process.
Lessons and offerings:
-Strength and conditioning
-Stretching and Flexibility training
-Nutrition and wellness
-Hip hop/urban dance
-Jazz funk dance
-Musical theater dance
and much more!
Have a question about lessons? Just ask! (:
My lessons focus on inspiring creativity, encouraging self-confidence, and cultivating personal achievement in everyone I work with. I am outgoing, friendly, fun, and I love to teach!
1) Online: via TakeLessons Classroom
2) In Studio: 2 locations *addt'l. rental fee req'd-please inquire for more info.
3) Your location
Semi-private and group lessons available *Please inquire for more info!
I look forward to helping you grow!
I have appeared on Parks and Recreation, The Disney Channel's So Random, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, Fox Atomic’s The Comebacks, TruTV's Fake Off, and The Dance Network's Steady Mobbin’, and commercials for Tresemme, eHarmony, El Jimador, and HTV Network, amongst others. I have been in music videos for Cody Simpson, Bassnectar, Claude VonStroke and Bruno Furlan, Beats Antique, Lafa Taylor, Nash Overstreet, Japanese icon Namie Amuro, Ray Quinn from Britain’s Idol, and more.
I have danced in Michelle Obama's “Let’s Move Burbank” Campaign, The Giffoni Film Festival, The Probowl, The Orange County Film Festival, KROQ Radio, Coachella Music Festival, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The American Cancer Society, Bettis Richardson on his international tour, and popular rock band Lifehouse.
I am a former member of Unity LA, under the direction of Dancing with the Stars Emmy Winner, Tessandra Chavez, as well as the non-profit dance company, MusEffect- dedicated to raising awareness of social issues through performance. I have collaborated with distinguished circus troupes such as The Lucent Dossier Experience, Zen Arts, Cirque Berzerk, and others, with whom I continue to perform internationally.
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Do you love to dance? I am very passionate about dance and it has been my main form of expression almost my whole life! I am here to help you reach your goals and make you feel comfortable. If its to refine your technique or if you have never done a two step in your life, I am here for you! It is important that we work together to find the balance that works by combining my professional teaching skills with your passion to learn. I am very experienced with all ages and skill levels teaching: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Point, African, Jumps& Tricks, Hip Hop (various styles, plus trending dances), Contemporary, Latin Fusion, Musical Theater, and Acting. I want all of my students to build confidence and reach their full potential. Private and group lessons available.
Lets chat about what you want and how I can help!
I have judged for Star Bound Dance Competitions, taught lecture demonstrations at various k-12 schools around LA, performed for the Special Olympics, LA Lakers Half Time Show, Spaceship Launch Performance, Playboy Jazz Festival, Wallis Annenberg Center of Performing Arts, and Broadway Cares, worked with networks like FOX and BET, and have danced with various celebrities like Demi Lavato, Chris Brown, and Becky G.
My strive for positivity will help push you to your goals! I am very open and always wanting to learn so I will bring new things to the table constantly. Though, I am a firm believer in repetition and detailed practice. I have been highly disciplined throughout my years in the dance industry, and now combine my skills to create a diverse learning environment.
I can't stress enough how passionate I am about helping people! I plan to conduct a personal lesson that is designed for you. Working together we will create a plan that will exceed your expectations. We will create a comfortable, safe, creative, and diligent environment that is best for you! Small group classes are available as well!
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I have been teaching professionally for 25 years. I teach all genres of dance including tap, modern, jazz, pre-ballet, creative movement, improvisation and adapted dance for people with special needs. I have experience teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Lessons can be customized to your need and level.
I have been tap dancing almost as long as I've been able to walk!
(I love teaching beginners!)
Together, we will explore the basic tap steps and even put together short routines to your favorite songs!
My name is Emily and I am a Chicago-based freelance content writer and performing artist! I am excited to help you with one-on-one acting coaching, dance lessons, or essay tutoring!
Some lessons I offer:
- one on one acting coaching on audition monologues
- one on one acting technique for stage presence, vocal projection
- one on one or small group/partner scene coaching
- Kids Tap & Ballet Combo (one on one or small group)
- Kids Tap (one on one or small group)
- Teen/Adult Beginner Tap (one on one or small group)
- Essay edits for college applications, high school English, History, Lit classes (one on one, in person or online)
- Essay tutoring and planning (one on one, in person or online)
- General Homework Tutor & Time Management
- English Speaking Practice Partner (in person,
Let's work together to come up with the lesson plan that best suits you and what you want to learn!
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Dance culture has a tendency to be exclusive. But why? Everyone can dance, and everyone can learn to dance - we just need to know how our bodies are meant to move and what they are capable of doing! Dance is an art form whose pedagogy is passed down from teacher to teacher. As studies of biomechanics and kinesiology evolve, so should the approach to teaching dance. We know that not every “body” looks, moves or is built the same. With new developments in science, we can now teach dance with a more biomechanically safe method that allows the art form to be more accessible to all bodies. Not only will this allow accessibility to all dancers but also provides longevity to dancers.
I offer lessons that are designed to be achievable by any and every body - from non-dancers, to advanced dancers. The lessons are taught through a biomechanical approach that allows for accommodations and safe execution for all bodies and structural limitations while still staying true to the aesthetic of the ...
I have taught for companies such as Joel Hall Dancers & Center, Dance to Evolve, and Music House to name a few. With these companies, I have worked in both studio settings as well as in school and after-school programs. I have worked in Chicago Public Schools such as Drummond Montessori, Jackie Robinson Elementary, & Sabin Dual Language Elementary. Additionally, I have volunteered teaching dance in recreational centers such as the Bryant Center in Racine, WI. I was grateful to have the experience teaching fellow peers for a pedagogy practicum at Columbia College Chicago.
I teach ages 2 and up styles such as B
I work with all kinds of bodies to make sure that dance is achievable and safe for all. My instruction method is derived from a biomechanical approach to technique and movement that allows for accommodations and safe execution for all bodies and structural limitations.
A few of my goals as an instructor are to:
1. Teach dance technique in a safe and adaptable manner.
2. Create a safe and welcoming environment for people to pursue their passion for dance.
3. Promote an understanding of how the body moves and its capabilities in relation to dance.
Additional backing of my instruction comes from research done in the fields of Anatomy, Kinesiology, the biomechanics of dance, and personal experience. Some main sources used in this practice are driven by works by Erik Franklin, Margaret Wilson, and journals such as JDMS, and others on IADMS.
If you are unsure or have any questions, feel free to ask me any questions! My ultimate goal is to help you learn and enjoy movement and dancing!
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