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Gerri G.

Sherman Oaks, CA

After studying dance for years and then travelling professionally with Broadway musicals, my lessons can be focused on jazz, tap, hip-hop, Fosse-style, theatre dance, or even ballet technique, but always in a fun, safe environment.(students choice of style!) I always begin with a warm-up to loosen up those muscles, continue with technique and end with a rountine to practice and improve upon!

About Gerri

My musical theater career has taken me around the globe from Japan, to the Caribbean as well as numerous cities in the U.S. and Europe! A New York City native, I graduated James Madison University's renowned vocal music program, and began work in theatre, playing such roles as Z.’s Favorite in The national tour of “The Will Roger’s Follies, Sandy in “Grease,” and Velma Von Tussle in “Hairspray” regionally, to name a few. I then went on to tour the world with a cabaret show opening for legends such as Nell Carter and Neil Sedaka, and it has been a fantastic journey so far!

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eer, I have had the opportunity to sing most genres of music from gospel to pop and have a passion for encouraging students in their talents, singing the styles of music they love! I believe we are all so very unique, and there is a reason we are drawn to certain types of music over others, so let's work on what we love!

As an actor I also have a strong background in improv comedy, having studied at "The Groundlings," and "The Second City." I then performed professionally with an improv ensemble in NYC called "The Grownups Playground" and can teach a myriad of improv comedy games, selected from my vast experience and cater the games to the students abilities. I believe developing your gifts should be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
My personality is definitely laid back creating a fun atmosphere for lessons. That said, I believe the real fun begins when we cultivate our talents and get opportunities to sing our hearts out!

Lessons usually begin with loosening everything up, as relaxation is imperative to avoiding strain on the voice. Getting loose can be fun and a chance to act silly! Next we move onto learning proper breathing techniques, and practicing exercises that will develop the muscles necessary to produce the most sound while protecting the voice from damage. From there we study ways to warm up the vocal chords. The voice is a muscle and I have found the expression, "Use it or you lose it!" to hold true. Therefore, warming up is just as important as warming up your legs to run track!

The rest of our lesson I like to focus on music selections. We usually watch examples of artists performing the student's choice of music, and then begin either learning the song, or improving a song already learned. Down the road, when songs are performance ready, we will learn proper microphone technique, and try out our songs on mic! Get ready to belt it out!

For acting lessons, I always begin with a few improv warm-ups, and from there move on to the student's choice of monolgue, scene-study or my favorite more improv comedy games!

Lastly, I believe strongly in positivity and creating a comfortable environment for lessons. Sometimes life wears us down, so c'mon in for an uplifting inspiring, encouraging lesson. If this sounds like the type of voice lesson you are looking for, I would love to meet you, and help you reach for your dreams!

*** Specialties ***
Vocally, I specialize in pop, musical theatre, standards, and jazz, all of which I have performed and taught professionally. Acting wise, I am an experienced improviser, and have much experience teaching improv based on philosophies learned at "The Second City."
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Vivienne V. October 30, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Great instructor

Gerri is a great teacher as she brings out the best efforts in our daughter (who often approaches new ideas/people/activities with trepidation). She helps our daughter understand her lessons in a very clear and absorbable fashion. We highly recommend her.
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Gerri G.

Gerri G.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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$40 / 30-min
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Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA

9 styles - hip hop, jazz, African, Afro-Carribean, tap, salsa, modern, burlesque, pole

About Tanya

I have taught all ages, K-12 as well as adults into their 80's.
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Valentina Q. July 2, 2016
Hip Hop Dance · In home
Verified Student
She is very good we love hear
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Eric S. July 29, 2015
In home
Verified Student
Tanya has a special gift for teaching dance. She really understands all of the elements that go into a properly executed dance move, and more importantly, she really knows how to explain those elements in an approachable manner. I will definitely be purchasing additional lessons with Tanya.
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Toka M. June 13, 2014
Verified Student
I wish I could've kept going with you but I have money circumstances.
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Tanya A.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Lindsay B.

Sherman Oaks, CA

My goals are to work on their coordination and flexibility along with proper ballet technique. All classes will be tailored to each student accordingly.

About Lindsay

Hey there! My name is Lindsay. I truly enjoy teaching everything in the realm of physical activity. I grew up dancing at Mark Spivaks Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. I played soccer. I swam. My lifestyle at a young age has reflected in my work as an adult. Nowadays I love yoga, hiking, running, art, and being a big sister! If I have one goal in my professional life it would be to inspire active living in todays youth. I look forward to meeting you and reaching the finish line- whatever that may be!
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Douglas Price February 29, 2016
Flexibility Training · In studio
Verified Student
Lindsay is a remarkable teacher/trainer. She helped me to be flexible and feel at peace with my body. I'm now able to touch my toes, and it feels great. If you want to feel comfortable and get big improvement than Lindsay is a great pick for you. You won't regret it.
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Crystal H. January 19, 2016
Dance · In studio
Verified Student
Lindsey is awesome, the best instructor I've worked with thus far, truly a pleasure. I am already seeing processing after 3 months of lessons and would not change a thing! I would highly recommend her to everyone who has a passion to learn dance.
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Crystal H. October 19, 2015
Dance · In studio
Verified Student
Lindsay is Awesome and very patient with me,I'm a beginner and she made me feel comfortable in what I was doing. I can't wait for our next class,I highly recommend her.
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Lindsay B.

Lindsay B.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Desiree S.

North Hollywood, CA

Enjoy classes that stem from Ballet, Modern Contemporary, Lyrical, and/or Jazz. We can create a fusion class or we can focus on a specific technique: your pick.

About Desiree

I am most happy when I am creating. Dance is my first choice of escape! Working and performing with dance companies, teaching dance classes, and directing screendance projects is my primary focus. Screendance is a way for me to express my creative eye through photography, dance, design, choreography, film, performance, and editing in one craft. Whether I am dancing or exercising in a more traditional manner I am always finding unique experiences and getting adventurous. Ask me about collaborating on a project and learning more about dance and fitness!
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Priyanka May 12, 2016
Contemporary Dance · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher! Is patient an flexible
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Shalonda S. April 21, 2016
Ballet · In studio
Verified Student
Desiree is a great ballet instructor who is gentle and patient. I enjoy her as a teacher for she brings a calmness to the atmosphere that makes learning easy.
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Kristin M. March 20, 2016
Dance · In studio
Verified Student
Desiree is wonderful! She has great energy and patience, and she's receptive to feedback about how the lesson is going, as well as how to modify it for my needs going forward. This was just my first lesson, but I'm really looking forward to future ones and having Desiree help me improve my form & skills. :)
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Desiree S.

North Hollywood, CA 91602
(7)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Marie-France L.

Woodland Hills, CA

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About Marie-France

Hi, there! My name is Marie-France and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1996 and have loved helping my students accomplish their goals. I danced with the American Ballet Theatre for 11 years among my 16 years professional dance career. Please view additional info at www.TheLADC.com
I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

I also teach classical piano and I specialize in beginners. I also have intermediate level students.

I have also been teaching French privately for 20 years and as a volunteer at Woodland Hills Elementary School.
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Marie-France L.

Marie-France L.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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$68 / 30-min

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