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About Gregory

Just moved back home from Los Angeles for the past 21 years and looking for new students who want to really take that first step or take it to a whole other level! Join me!

The shortest and most direct methods to unveiling one's musical dreams.

Voice, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass Private & Group Coaching independently and with TakeLessons.com and worldwide via Skype. Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Pianist, Organist, Gospel Choral Director, Session Musician, Producer, Actor, Songwriter.

29 years experience eternally blessed to work with such artists & group members of The Supremes, Prince, P-Funk, Motown, Scott Weiland, Alice in Chains, Beck, The Black Crowes, Stylistics, Blue Magic, Anthony Janflone, Sr., Tom Petty, Sylvia Massy, David Tickle, The Travel Channel, Sigma Sound Studios-Phily, personal music instructor to: Rod Stewart'

s son, Casey Kasem's grandchildren, Don Gehman's (John Cougar, Pat Benetar..), Marko Babineau (Aerosmith/ G&R...) and vocal & music director for daughters of original for Earth Wind & Fire member & various black church choirs.

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Pop, Rock, R&B, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Music Theatre, Blues, Hard Rock, Gospel, Psychadelia, Acid Jazz, Metal, Country, Comedy, Free Jazz, Spoken Word...(everything other than serious classical music.)
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August 29, 2019
Annabelle J.
Super patient and very good with kids. Added on guitar lessons as I see us being long term students.
August 13, 2019
Cole S.
Gregory is a great teacher, he is so patient! He has a great way of getting through to the student. My son really enjoys going to piano. 🎹
May 14, 2019
Victoria B.
Gregory was great! Looking forward to the next lesson :0)

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About Sergey

Hello. My name is Sergey. I'm from Brooklyn, New York. I am a NASM certified personal trainer, i have been training and teaching over 10 years. I'm currently a professional powerlifter, but i also do body weight training, bodybuilding, strongman and weightlifting. I also breakdance even though i no longer do it professionally, i still teach it. I also do martial arts, nowadays mostly bag work and nun chucks training. i have a lot of experience and knowledge and have done a lot of different types of trainings over the years and have made a lot of progress, so i know the best way to train you. I don't judge so don't be shy, i'll work with you no matter in what shape you're at or what experience, we all start somewhere. it's all about consistency and dedication!
subjects that i offer: body weight training, weight loss circuit training, circ

uit training, bodybuilding, powerlifting, strength and conditioning, strongman, basic gymnastics (cartwheels, handstands, splits, hand balancing, muscle ups), Stretching sessions, breakdance lessons, gaming training sessions (PS4 only)
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September 24, 2017
Heather C.
Wow Sergey is really great at this! My daughter just turned 5 and is still practicing her headstands against the wall hours later. Sergey's advice to have her 'help' me practice MY stretching is a double win and making her more willing to do her pushups and splits too. We are really looking forward to the next class already. Thank you so much for all the advice and feeback post class too, Sergey!
September 9, 2015
kaylee
my dad said that i could only do gymnastics if there was one in stamford and i guess that there is you sound likea really good teacher and itlooks likeother people like you so im going to tell my dad about you and see if i can do it
July 14, 2015
Sarah Newton
It was a great lesson and Sergey speant way more time with me than what he needed to. He is very knowledgable about exercise and very flexible.

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About Christian

I am a working actor from Chicago as well as a member of SAG/AFTRA since 2009. Since graduating from Illinois State University in 2003, I hit the ground running and worked with Chicago Dance Crash for 3 years as a company member. I solidified my theater acting muscles for 4 years before moving to LA in 2007 and worked on 2 films, Heist and Ingles Ya in addition to national commercials for Soapnet, Gaterade and Pepsi, just to name a few. My most recent film, Markham Tactical premiered on August 6th in Chicago and will be debuting on the festival circuit in 2016. I also made my TV show debut in 2010 on Chicago Code. I followed that up with appearances on Mob Doctor, Crisis, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Empire and Chicago Med. My theater work has included stops at Steppenwolf Theater, The Goodman Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Timeline Theater,

Lifeline Theater, Illinois Theater Center.
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October 20, 2019
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August 27, 2017
Michael
I enjoyed my session with Christian. He is fair and knowledgeable
August 20, 2017
Amy
Very knowledgable teacher! Christian is patient with me as a beginner and has a great teaching method whereby he never tells you exactly how to perform a piece, as that is not what acting is about.

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About Ingrid

Ingrid is a dedicated voice, piano musicianship, recording and live performance teacher for those who want to expand their musical knowledge, recording techniques, develop their own singing-artist style and performance skills. Students have had great success and fun learning numerous music genres while expanding their vocal range, resonance, ear training, confidence and musicianship skills as well as how to prepare for a career in music.

A native New Yorker, Ingrid has been involved in entertainment all of her life. As a child, on bi-lingual Sesame Street to a successful Hispanic jingle career, to veteran of over 25 years on the New York music scene, internationally as Elli & The Boys Jazz Quintet, and as a 2009, Latin Grammy Nominee for Volvo La Navidad.

Ingrid has managed, booked, and/or performed with an impressive collection o

f artists; Negroni's Trio, Nicole Henry, Elizabeth Caballero, Nestor Torres, Henry Jimenez, Celia Cruz, Carlos Ponce, Tito Nieves, Johnny Ventura, Camilo Sextos, Claudia Acuna, Jerry Barnes, Katreese Barnes, Gap Band, Motor Head, Matt Bianco, Chaka Kahn, Roberta Flack, and Bradford Marsalis to name a few.
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June 24, 2019
Jessina A.
Great teacher. Highly recommend.
April 24, 2019
Janet C.
First lesson. Even better than I hoped!!
March 25, 2019
Ben T.
First lesson with her went really. I learned a lot about voice acting and myself. Thank you for making it a good experience Ingrid.

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Hey there! I'm passionate about the arts and I think you'll really enjoy taking lessons! I have over 17 years of performing experience and 5 years of teaching experience. As a spunky three-year-old, I would sing and dance to my dad's piano accompaniment at home. In my childhood, I would perform with my family at church functions. I had my first solo in a choir concert at school when I was 12. And since then, I have continued to perform solos at various athletic events, graduations, restaurants, and in competitions. I enjoy songwriting and recording covers of songs from a variety of music genres—including Pop, Christian, Adult Contemporary, R&B, Jazz, and Country. 

Some of the neat opportunities I have had as a performer include: winning the top 10 in a national vocal competition in 2015, where I was featured as a soloist on artist Jenn

y Phillips’ studio album; winning 2nd place at the American Idol Experience competition at Disney World in 2014; playing “Eve” in the musical Children of Eden, at BYU-Idaho in 2010, and "Sister Mary Robert" in the musical Sister Act, through community theatre in Montana in 2018. I had a callback film audition two years ago for the role of "Beth," in an adaptation of Little Women, but instead had the fun experience of being an extra, as well as playing the lead actress's double. I submitted my original song, "Believe," written for the movie, in a competition the movie producers held--and made the top 10. Also, in 2012, I was able to be an extra in a music video starring Alex Boyé and Carmen Rassmussen--and in 2017, I was a musical theatre judge for a high school regional drama competition in Utah.

I'm currently in my fourth year of teaching music part-time at a K-8th grade school in Montana, which involves directing the Christmas musicals each year.

​As a teacher, I will tailor my lessons around you, at your own pace, and will do my best to meet your individual needs as a student and performer. I am loving, creative, and meticulous--and great with children! We're going to have so much fun and I look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for the arts with you!
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August 7, 2017
Wendy
I loved how friendly and personable that Clarissa was. Her passion for the arts was evident as she taught. The techniques and tips she shared were very informative and helpful. She had me do various exercises and activities that made it an overall enjoyable experience. I highly recommend Clarissa as a teacher!

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About Jennifer

If conventional approaches to improving your speaking voice aren't working for you, I can help. A teacher since 1999, I draw on a wide range of experiences and techniques. I can work with you to create an easy, enjoyable plan.I've worked with children, high school/college students, professional actors, educators, broadcasters, singers, dancers, executives, students with special needs, senior citizens, immigrants, ESL students, and refugees. I employ Lessac, Berry, Linklater, and Skinner voice and body work in addition to my own teaching methods. I am based in the beautiful mountains of Southwestern Virginia. I'm happy to answer your questions and help you grow in vocal power, skill, and confidence!

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September 25, 2019
Margaret M K.
Jennifer has identified several ways that I use my voice inefficiently (my description - she is much kinder in her choice of words). My homework is concrete and substantive enough so that I can experience a different way of speaking. One example is what to do with my tongue when I say specific words. I think this could make a real difference for me.
July 24, 2019
Dmitry
I enjoyed my conversation with Jennifer. She taught me some useful exercises that help to cope with my stress. Look forward to the next lessons with Jennifer. Thank you!
February 22, 2018
Robyn
Jen is great! Knowledgable and kind.

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About Mayuko

Mayuko Shoka was born and raised in Gifu, Japan, where she started ballet training at Ballet studio K&M at age of 7 under Kazuko and Zlatko Mikulic. The main ballet style practiced was the Vaganova.
At the age of 17, she moved to England to attend The Arts Educational School. Here she mostly practiced RAD ballet method and Cecchetti ballet technique and she got a Cecchetti teaching certificate. She also had exposure to tap, jazz, contemporary and modern dance forms while she was there.
After a year, she moved to New York to continue her training at Joffrey Ballet School.At the age of 20, she was accepted to Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble under the director Arthur Mitchell, where she performed many principal roles in such as Joplin Dancers, New Bach, Concerto In F, South African Suite, Le Corsair, Nutcracker, and Glinka, among others. W

hile she was there, she toured all over the United States and overseas such as Bahamas and Jamaica.
After moving to Seattle she became certified Yoga teacher by CorePower Yoga.
While there, she taught Ballet and Yoga at Vam Studios School of Dance and took tap classes from Mark Mendonca to deepen the tap education.
She recently moved to LA and she is very excited to join TakeLessons to share her passion for ballet and all of the knowledge she learned in her career.
I believe that I am good at teaching young children, teenagers and also adults.
When I was dancing professionally I was so focused on the techniques that I forgot how fun is and how much I loved dancing. Then after my career, I was able to approach dance from a more relaxed and fun-driven perspective and it made me realize that everybody should be having fun dancing, especially if not dancing professionally. Also, when I started dancing as a kid, I didn’t have “the ballerina body” (e.g. not flexible enough, closed hips, no adequate feet) so ballet did not come natural for me. I always had to work so much harder than the other girls in the studio to achieve the same results. Thanks to my hard work, the shape of my legs changed completely after many years. This struggle, to get a better dancer, taught me how hard ballet could be and made me understand more about the details of techniques and the steps necessary to perfectionate them. I am happy to share all the knowledge accumulated over the years to allow my students to improve their skills while still having fun.
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November 27, 2018
Merab C.
Great, positive person, good instructor. I am excited to work with her.
September 17, 2018
Chris
I did yoga regularly with Mayuko when she lived in Seattle and it was an incredible experience. She's one of the best teachers I've ever had, just really sweet, fun, and knowledgeable. I knew very little about yoga, and I'm hardly fit or flexible, but I was able to learn so much from her!
September 14, 2018
Mi Young
We hired Ms. Mayuko to supplement my daughter’s rhythmic gymnastics training. Ms. Mayuko delivered rigorous ballet lessons in sequence to help build my daughter’s foundation in classical ballet, but to also improve her ability to accomplish a strict code of points for competition in rhythmic gymnastics. With Ms. Mayuko’s program, my daughter achieved her split leaps, extension, and turns in less than 6 months. My daughter was able to get the all-around gold title for her state and region, in large part to Ms. Mayuko’s training. She is strict and her lessons are rigorous, yet her genuine love for working with children is imminent and is what kept my daughter’s motivation for ballet and gym going. I recommend Ms. Mayuko to the highest degree.

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Hello I am the owner and CEO of my own publishing and entertainment company .I graduated Magna Cum Laude’ from Georgia State University with a communications degree. In addition, I studied for two years under a renowned playwright. I have over 20 years of acting, writing, and theatre experience. As a publisher, I have produced over 20 media projects including books and CD’s. I have written, produced and directed community and church productions. My first professional stage play, debuted August of 2017 to a sold out audience.

I displayed her acting talents in an Evening in Elegance at the Los Angeles Theatre and at Georgia State University’s production of “She”. I headlined in the poetic, dramatic presentation of "Visions Through Me". Dancers, actors, singers and poets accompanied me. In addition to stage plays I appeared on “The Res

ident”, “Lodge 49”, “Star”, “Greenleaf” and other television shows.
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I am the author of two poetic and dramatic reading books, a biography, two novels, and is currently working on the third instalment of the four-part series. To my credit are two poetic, spoken word albums.

I was a member of Roni's Backstreet Poetry and has appeared at the Comedy Store’s Cometri hosted by Roni Walters and TK Carter. She also appeared at Marla Gibb's Theatre, Universal City Walk, The African Market Place, West Angeles C.O.G.I.C. Kiononia and Coffee, several churches programs and California colleges; The Psalmist Hour in San Diego Ca, The Ontario Convention Center and the list goes on.

was featured at Borders Book Store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Ca. I was seen on the West Coast Apollo Television Show, L.A. Inside Out, and Atlanta Live! I was a guest on the 860 Love AM radio show Women of Standard three times.
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December 27, 2018
Prophet
I have had the awesome experience of working with Cynthia Valentine for over 15 years as a Spoken Word Artist, Poet and Recording Artist and she is both Professional and Organized. Recently I did my very first appearance as a theater actor in a stage play and her coaching, directing and production was top notice and working with her allowed me to be free to express my self as an actor. I highly recommend her.

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