This lesson will consist of a warm-up and dance combination that focuses on the dynamics within hip hop movement. Each lesson will consist of a different routine to a new song. The student will be highly encouraged to be creative and showcase their individuality within phrases. By the end of these lessons students will improve their rhythm, musicality and overall hip hop dancing abilities.
Briana has enjoyed teaching since she was a teaching assistant at Detroit Windsor Dance Academy, her high school dance studio. Since then she has taught students within Washington DC Public Schools, the University of Michigan Recreation Center, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Morton Street Dance Center, District Dance Arts, as well as many other studios and non-profit organizations. Teaching allows her to express herself, pass on her knowledge and experiences and inspire students to develop their technique, creativity, individuality and showmanship.
There is never a dull moment in Briana’s classes! Her specific classes and lesson plans are catered to specific age groups from Pre-K to adults. They consist of engaging movement activities, warm-up, and complex movement combinations. She is an energetic and patient teacher who seriously
takes into account the needs and skill level of the student in preparing her lesson plans and material.
Briana’s use of dance vocabulary and physical demonstrations allow her to teach the material accurately and effectively. Her positive attitude and constant words of encouragement keep students motivated and engaged in the lesson. Students will increase their knowledge and physical vocabulary of the movement style and leave each lesson a better dancer, performer and person.
She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance and Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan in May of 2013 and has had a wide range of professional experience. She has worked with and performed works by modern dance choreographers such as Lindsey Merchant, Melissa Beck, Germaul Barnes, Jessica Fogel, Christopher Huggins, Shen Wei and Dianne McIntyre. She was artistic director of a chapter of the international hip-hop dance company Dance2XS International.
Briana was a full-time company member with StepAfrika!, a professional stepping company in Washington, DC from 2013-2015 and currently, she is working with CityDance resident artist S.J. Ewing & Dancers. Briana has had the privilege of performing at DC's City Rhythms Festival, Catholic Universities Hartke Theater, the Hill Center, the VelocityDC Festival, the Guantanomo Bay Naval Base as well as others. Recently she was invited to perform a modern dance solo in Dance Place’s 2014 New Releases Choreographers Showcase and Joy of Motions 2014 Dance Project Concert. Most recently, she served as the assistant choreographer on the American Theater’s Company’s production of The Project(s) in Chicago, IL, rated 4 stars by the Chicago Tribune. Most recently, she collaborated with Hard Soles Dance Company on a new piece titled “Re:set”, combining contemporary dance and body percussion, for the 2016 March on Washington Film Festival in honor of the 70th anniversary of the integration of the NFL and was chosen as Dance Place's 2016 New Releases Commission Recipient in support her new work to be premiered the summer of 2017.
Briana encourages students to bring writing materials to each lesson to take notes for any learned vocabulary and each lesson will follow with a recorded video of the movement for the students to refer to until the next lesson.
I'm extremely new to ballet and dance in general (for reference I'm 16). Briana was very patient and an amazing teacher! Very friendly and welcoming while still being very professional. It's great to get the exact corrections I need without feeling bad about it and yet still work on it until proper. Very happy and pleased!
October 15, 2017
My daughter had a great first session. She identified my daughters areas of weakness and began immediately to help improve them. Looking forward to our next session.
July 29, 2017
I am already worried that if I tell people how amazing Briana is that she will get too booked up for me :) She is a great instructor with a huge heart. Loved it.
Experienced dancer of 17 years and 3 years of teaching expierence. With me, we will focus on the importance of stretching, strength, technique, and choreography. Perfect for all levels and all ages! My goal is for all of my students to feel happy and comfortable with themselves and strive to keep pushing themselves to be better and reach their personal goals every day!
I am a dancer and performer of 17 years and have 3 years of teaching experience. Styles included are ballet, lyrical/contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip hop.
I was born and raised in upstate New York dancing at competitive studios where I have had all of my technique and performance training. After moving to college in 2015, I decided to begin sharing my dance knowledge and inspiring all students.
I have performed at many venues, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Six Flags, Disney World, Disney Land, and many more! I was also a competitive dancer for nine years. Lastly, I have begun expanding my knowledge and choreography by choreographing the Mrs. North Carolina International pageant for the past three years.
Within my classes, students will expect an emphasis on stretching, strength, technique, and choreography. I aspire
to inspire students to be the very best version of themselves and express their feelings through movement.
I strive to help students reach their personal goals and am excited for this journey!
Dance lessons with me are extremely unique because dance is something ive been mastering for over 10 years its a huge passion of mine. I am extremely focused on my students im patient cause learning something new is challenging. Its not just work work work i make it fun. I tend to each student with care and patience. Learning how to dance is such a freeing feeling and its very stimulating. Its unique with me because it comes from a place of passion and love. So the vibes are always full of love and excitement! I offer one on one teachings as well so i can fully focus on areas someone may be having difficulty with i take everything step by step.
I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 but have been dancing professionally since i was 12 year's old, and am currently available to teach lessons at [your home, my studio, and online]. I have helped students progress from beginner to advanced, I also work with special needs children and adults I always feel a huge amount of transparency and consideration for each student of mine, I ensure and instill recognition and positive feedback in every lesson.
I received my training at [Eisenhower Middle School, Laurel Boys & Girls Club and Maryland School of The Arts ] where I received a degree in [Dance Instructor]. As an expert in my field, I look forward to helping new students achieve their goals. My teaching style is fun, challenging , and full of uniquely crafted techniques that will leave you feeling accomplished at the end o
f every lesson. If you are ready to experience the most fun filled unique dance teachings I am the choice for you. Learning is fun and exciting especially learning any area of dance it allows you to see parts of yourself you didnt know existed. That's where I come in, my classes are full of love and passion for this craft. So view my packages and let's dance!
It was a real pleasure to do a Month long bachata classes with Kimmy. It was a worthwhile time investment. Kimmy is very passionate about dancing and teaching. I am grateful for the new dance skills and confidence she helped me gain!
December 2, 2018
I'm not naturally coordinated in dancing much less for paired dancing, for that reason I was apprehensive and anxious about bachata dance lessons with kimmy. At the end of the first lesson I left feeling having learnt new moves and confident about using them. Kimmy is skilled and knowledgeable about teaching dance because the pace is not rushed, she provides appropriate cues and thoughtful commendations!
December 1, 2018
I highly recommend Kimmy! She is a great teacher; she was patient, understanding, and comes prepared. I completed my first dance sessions with Kimmy and came out with a better understanding of how to dance. She instills confidence with her teaching and cares that her student gets the most out of every class.
Do you want to build your confidence? Command the attention on any dance floor? Prepare for an audition? Or simply brush up on some dance moves? I am the girl for you.
I have over 10 years of dancing under my belt, six of those years I've spent being a professional dancer. You may see me in: Apple's iPad 2 Commercial, So You Think You Can Dance Season 14, ShowTime at The Apollo, Volkswagen Car Show, America's Got Talent, Chris Brown Brown's "Party Video", etc.
I previously taught a class every Friday at City Dance in San Francisco. There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing a student thrive & knowing that I contributed to their growth in skill, confidence & overall presence when you walk into a room brings me so much joy & I can't wait to work with you!
I bet your probably a little flustered trying to decide who you want to learn Hip-Hop from, trust me I get it. Hopefully, I can make your job a little easier.
My name is Deja I have been a professional dancer for 6 years. I attended the "San Francisco School of The Arts" where I studied Modern, Contemporary & Ballet but my true passion is Hip-Hop. I dabbled in break dancing for a couple years. Majority of my career I've spent choreographing & improving my ability to retain & execute choreography. You can catch me in: So You Think You Can Dance Season 14, Apple IPad 2 Commercial, America's Got Talent, Chris Brown's "Party" Music Video, Volkswagen Car Show (Shanghai, China)
I am here to boost your growing process & help you blossom into the "You" you've always dreamed of becoming. Dance builds your confidence, keeps y
ou in great shape & personally it changed my life for the better...hopefully it can do the same for you.
I can help you with: Learning & Creating Choreography. Preparing for an audition. Nailing that trick. Or simply catching the rhythm to any song.
Deja had her first lesson with my daughter today. Deja was great. Right on time; worked with my daughter literally through the last minute of her lesson. I could hear Deja giving direction and instruction, and she was very encouraging and supportive. My daughter really liked her, and is excited about the process. (whew!). Great job!
December 11, 2018
I learned from Deja! 10 out of 10! She helped me become sharp in some movements and more feminine in others, the perfect blend! I witnessed her work with children too, she is great with people of all ages! Even when she couldn't do them all, she still helped me learn how to land my tricks! I love her! Thank you Deja!
I teach Zouk and Locking internationally, certified by world class masters and originators. Why take a class from me? *I will care for the result more than your money. *I've been teaching my entire life, whether it's how to operate machinery to how to dance properly. It's my passion. *I've had over 1,000 hours of training (mostly private programs, also including teacher training and special workshops).
What do you get when you take a class with me? *Emphasis on technique that makes you FEEL good, and not only look good. *Special exercises for technique and conditioning, specifically for that style of dance. *Creating a training program according to your goals and needs. *No overload of information that will leave you baffled and confused - you will be able to execute what you learned.
I've been dancing professionally for 3 years, specializing in Locking and Zouk. I teach Zouk and Locking internationally, certified by world class masters and originators.
I've had over 400 hours of training (mostly private programs, also including teacher training and special workshops) in Zouk, mostly in Rio, and I perform and teach regularly with SMDC (Shani Mayer Dance Company) in L.A and out of it. I've had over 100 hours of training in Locking, including a certification program with Shabba-Doo, of the original Lockers. Lastly, Over 500 hours of training in Urban styles (hip hop, house, dancehall, popping etc.) in private settings and in groups.
Why take a class from me? I will care for the result more than your money. I've been teaching my entire life, whether it's how to operate machinery to how to dance properly. It's m
What do you get when you take a class with me? Emphasis on technique that makes you FEEL good, and not only look good. Special exercises for technique and conditioning, specifically for Zouk and Locking. Creating a training program according to your goals and needs. No overload of information that will leave you baffled and confused - you will be able to execute what you learned.
I took a lesson with Tom. I really wanted to try him out because of all the great reviews he has, it definitely didn't fall short of my expectations. He was attentive, friendly, not judgelmental and a master of his craft. Thank you for all your tips.
March 27, 2019
It came to me again - that feeling that I could do anything. I know that's an exaggeration, but feelings of personal accomplishment lend a lot to taking future risks. Our dance team was under Tom's tutelage for four hours broken into two sessions and I was changed. He had persistence yet patience. He somehow gave everything enough attention, but kept us moving forward to use our time together the most wisely. He adapted to our unique and unusual dynamic and group personality, adopting our language while he taught us his.
My private lesson with him was special too. I remember feeling a bit vulnerable and self conscious in the first few minutes, wondering how we would connect on how to help me. I was put at ease as he listened to my thoughts, partnered with me in a quick exploratory dance, took the reins, and led me through an educational sixty minutes. I liked the way he made the specifics he was conveying accessible through brief relatable personal examples. I've had many people speak to me about frame, but the way he approached it and me was the way that has me doing better (I think!) I found Tom to be incredibly professional, personable, respectful and helpful.
I would certainly benefit from more time in his care.
March 9, 2019
Tom has a way of teaching that is easily understandable and make sense almost right away all the time. And this is awesome because I have no dance experience. He is just an all-around nice guy that is fun and knows what to say so that the lesson clicks for you he knows how to make you get it.
I have earned my degree in Dance Performance by studying Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Choreography, etc. As a person who has been insecure about my body, I was able to accomplish believing in myself and working on my creativity. I want to spread confidence to those who believe in themselves and want to grow through dance as a career or even if it is just for fun.
Hello! I’m Ronesha Butler and I just graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with my Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance. (Spring 2019). I also just got back from a month trip in Tuscany, Italy dancing at the Accademia dell’Arte! I love dancing ballet, modern, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, majorette, praise dance, and some hip-hop. I would love to have more teaching experience and spread the knowledge that I have gained throughout the years for my love and passion of dance.
I have over 15 years experience of Hip Hop and African Dance. I was chosen to dance in Janet Jackson's Escapade video and I also have done commercials doing Hip Hop and African dance. I was chosen to be the principal dancer in the dance commercials I was recently in. Dance is a great form of expression that brings joy to the dancer and audience. I would love to teach you to learn Hip Hop and African dance as it is a fun & joyous expression of dance.
I have danced over 15 years doing Hip Hop and African dance. I auditioned and was chosen to be in Janet Jackson's Escapade video as background dancer. I have been chosen to be in commercials as the principal dancer doing Hip hop and African dance. Dance is a great expression of joy, I love Hip hop and African dance because it is a dance that you can do at a party or at home. I would like to teach you to dance to your favorite Hip Hop songs and African drumbeats in my dance class.
I got my start in dance at the age of three and was classically trained in a dance school as well as in my academic school. I had my first choreography project in high school and immediately fell in love with the ability to create a story through movement. For some extra training and exposure, I began to teach at a separate dance school in addition to my high school team and my dance school I had been competing with since first starting my career. While I’m college, although I did not major in dance, I joined a semi professional company that allowed me to continue my art along with my studies and used it as an avenue for expression and self exploration. After a 20 year career, I so look forward to giving you/your children the gift that has continued to give to me for so many years.
My love for dance grows far beyond my 20 years in the field, it has become apart of who I am and look forward to sharing that with you in a unique and exciting way! I am able to offer individualized and custom lessons that will tailor your experience to be one of a kind, ensuring you get the most out of your experience. Feel free to ask me about my exciting experiences including traveling all over the world for dance, as well as some of my experience teaching right here in my home state of North Carolina! Whether you’re 3 or 73, I’d love to teach you what the art of dance is all about.
"We had our first lesson this week which was amazing! My daughter was very excited after looking forward to her next lesson!"
"First lesson went very well! Can already tell that I'll be making major progress soon. Looking forward to the next lesson."
"Thank you Ms. G for your class today. Soralya has gained some sweet moves after today's lesson. Looking forward to the next one."
"Did not know what to expect for my first lesson. Sasha was both patient and fun. I had a blast!"
"Amazing Energy, fun and well structured classes! She makes you feel as if she is right their teaching you in person! I was able to pick up things very qui
ckly within my first lesson."
"He is sure to make the experience helpful and fun. He made me feel at ease and he was super patient and encouraging."
"Briana was a substitute instructor a few times this past fall at District Dance Arts. Her energy, upbeat and motivational personality, style and flavor we
re a huge hit with both our students and parents. She is highly professional and highly organized and her choreography and music selections are tasteful and age appropriate.
In addition to hip hop, Briana has also stepped in to sub for a beg./int. ballet and jazz class and the students absolutely loved her. She is versatile, friendly, relates well with students, and is highly recommended by District Dance Arts!"
"My friends and I hired Kenneth to choreograph a surprise 90's hip hop routine for a friend's wedding. When we first met him, he was very welcoming and ene
rgetic. Which made us beginners feel at ease. He incorporated the type of music and moves we wanted. He mixed the music and also made sure the choreography was in sync with the music. He's very patient and made sure we got the routine before moving onto the next steps. The fact there were 3 of us he had to teach, he was willing to work with each of our schedules. I *highly* recommend Kenneth as a choreographer. He has lots of passion for what he does and you can tell by the way he dances. We love our routine and we hope to make Kenneth proud when we finally dance at the wedding. Thank you for your patience in teaching us."
"Jared was a great instructor and was very patient since I was a beginner. Highly recommend! So much fun!"