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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
(1)
starting at
$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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Ma'Laija A. February 8, 2017
Hip Hop Dance · In home
Verified Student
Tanya is really creative with her dance moves and makes my lessons lots of fun. She is awesome. I am always excited when it's time for my dance lesson. She is AMAZING with what she does! She is funny, creative and smart. I thoroughly enjoy myself in class and more importantly, I love the progress and growth I see in my dance skill/ability.
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Lee S. December 17, 2016
Tap Dance · In studio
Verified Student
Learning new steps every week
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Tom October 3, 2016
Hip Hop Dance · In home
Verified Student
I had a great time working with Tanya. She is engaging and creative, and her instruction was easy to follow. I am very much looking forward to my next lesson. I would highly recommend her to anyone new to and looking for instruction in dance.
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Tanya A.

Tanya A.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
(6)
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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Kelly December 2, 2016
Ballet · Online
Verified Student
Really enjoyed our first session! Lindsay is so sweet and the session was fun!
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Cassandra October 26, 2016
Yoga · In studio
Verified Student
loved my first yoga class. Lindsay was a wonderful teacher!!!!
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Stephanie September 6, 2016
Yoga · Online
Verified Student
Lindsay is awesome. Doing class online is great when you are busy and can't get to a live class.
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Lindsay B.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jose C.

Los Angeles, CA

Let's have fun dancing! Ill make you the best dancer you can be. You can choose from Jazz, Jazz Funk, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap to Flamenco. My experience dancing for pop artists on TV and European tours made understand every step on the entertainment industry. I teach from beginners to Professional Levels. **Prices Include Studio Fees**

About Jose

Hello talents,

My name is Jose and I'm from Spain, Europe. I've been a professional ballet dancer with more than 10 years of experience and I'm very looking forward to inspire YOU. I am an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has succesfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. I've trained with the most inspiring teachers, worldknown, and danced all around the planet in theaters like the Royal Opera House in London, the Opera House in Sidney, The SemperOper Ballet in Germany, etc. During my years as a dancer I've per
formed all the classical repertoire as Swan Lake, Don Quixot, Giselle, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, etc. in many different roles. Ask me if there's anything else you will like to know, my students say "I'm an open book". I also prepared students for the Youth American Grand Prix placing top 3 position and being invited to NYC Finals. I'm looking forward to meet you and start our journey together.
Many thanks for reading,
JC
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Sarah M. May 24, 2016
Ballet · Online
Verified Student
I have only had one lesson so far. He is very expensive but for good reason. He teaches in a way no ballet instructor ever has before for me. He sees the body and understands it. He can tell by looking at you what you are having problems with. He is very helpful and can pull exercises off the top of his head that can help with whatever you are struggling in. It is a great investment to your career to take lessons with him.
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kiki April 12, 2016
In home
Verified Student
Fabulous!
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Isabelle D. April 9, 2016
Ballet · In studio
Verified Student
Jose has a very impressive background, and is a true professional. He is so easy to work with, and really cares about his students. Five star instructor!!
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Jose C.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
(8)
starting at
$100 / 60-min
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Brian H.

North Hills, CA

Beginners can expect going over fundamentals like basic steps and groove. Intermediate and Advanced students can expect to learn choreography and dance concepts.

About Brian

I'm a professional dancer in LA with background in hip hop, breaking, capoeira, and jazz. I've worked professionally in the dance industry for 13 years and have been teaching dance for 14 years.
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Brian H.

Brian H.

North Hills, CA 91343
starting at
$60 / 30-min

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