I have been teaching Piano for 20 years now. I have taught students from age 2 1/2 - Adult. I was self-taught when I was a kid and begun taking formal lessons as a very young adult in my early twenties. I graduated from CSULB with my BA in Music with a concentration on Voice. As a Music major, you spend a lot of time at the Piano. I became a member of MTAC in 2004 and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota in 1998. I have a great passion for Music and a bigger passion for the Piano and sharing the wonders of how beautiful the Piano really is.
*** Lesson Details *** In my opinion, piano is the hardest instrument to learn, but the most rewarding. If you can play piano you can pretty much play any instrument. I believe that a piano lesson should be fun. I'm a strict teacher with a smile and a giggle. I push my students to greatness while helping t
hem love the piano through the good times and the bad. I'm a very encouraging but honest teacher. I compliment when warranted and I assess incorrect performances in an honest, but encouraging manner. I always let a student know that, though their performance was not their best, they can and will improve. It's always only a matter of time. I use the Schaum and Nevin series depending on the student's personality. I teach Classical and Pop Music. It's important for a student to learn the Classics and gain the ability to play things they like. I find the happy balance between the two. I teach Beginning to Intermediate levels. I also like to incorporate Music theory into the lessons because understanding the mechanics of Music helps make playing and creating Music much easier to accomplish. A typical lesson will start off with a hand drill warm up. We then will move on to the lesson book and repertoire. Theory will be assigned as homework. I look it over at the beginning of the lesson and discuss it and answer any questions in the last five minutes of class. Baby lessons go as followed: 15 mins. of play time and 15 mins of Music theory. I like to keep structure in my lessons but sprinkle a little joy and laughter to keep the atmosphere light. It makes for a much more attentive Piano student.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have a Piano or Keyboard of some sort. I may provide music on occasion.
This class will focus on the basic movements and techniques of jazz dance involving ballet-based movement, and phrases at center and across the floor. Students will be encouraged to have lots of showmanship and creativity. This fun and energetic class will have you moving and smiling from beginning to end.
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.
class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well rounded dancer. Previous ballet technique is required. Class includes: warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. Each level will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
I have been dancing since the age of five and received most of my training in Washington, D.C. I have received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance. I have taught in the public school systems of Baltimore County and City, as well as Prince Georges County. I have also taught and choreographed for colleges and universities. My services include: private dance classes and choreography for schools, churches, weddings, parties, special events, corporate events, flash mobs etc..
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.
Born and raised on Long Island, 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. In her spare time, Carolyn has always loved working with people who have a passion for the arts. Whether it’s in a classroom, at a dance studio, or sitting at the piano, Carolyn has worn the many hats of acting coach, voice teacher, dance instructor, music theory tutor, piano teacher, and college audition coach to name a few. Getting cast in Broadway shows, winning first place in national dance competitions, receiving perfect scores on vocal/piano NYSSMA solos, and being accepted to
some of the most competitive college programs in the nation are just a few of her clients’ many accomplishments.
Today what's the first lesson for my two girls with Carolyn. All I can say but the lesson was absolutely amazing my girls came out extremely inspired with lots of exciting homework to do they couldn't wait to show me what they've learned and couldn't wait to start practicing Carolyn was everything we were hoping for and a lot more. I have no doubts that would have made the best choice who could possibly make. My girls can't wait for their next lesson.👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👏👏👏👏
March 13, 2019
Great first time tapping at 72, Carolyn was great
October 3, 2018
Carolyn was very helpful! I’m looking forward to our next session.
learn the basic positions and steps involved in Jazz Dance.
Meet your dance instructor. I have my bachelors degree from Chapman University in Theatre & Dance. My training includes Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Folk Dance, Dance History, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Improv, and Kinesiology, among other dance-related subjects.
I grew up in a small Illinois town. Lessons were few and far between, so I would copy dancing off of movies and videos in order to perform at local dances, or for other community events. As a youth, I took country line dancing classes. Always drawn to anything involving dance and movement, I auditioned and performed with a Disney Showcase Troupe. By high school, I was choreographing for the Show Choir, as well as, performing in theatrical productions, including the musical “The Wizard of Oz”.
Before graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in Theatre & Danc
e from Chapman University in Orange, California, I continued my study of many dance styles & techniques such as: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Dunham Technique, yoga/stretch, Dance Business & History. From 1996-2001 I performed a variety of dancing and singing roles in showcases and events such as “American Celebration” and “The Story of Rock n’ Roll”. While studying at Chapman, I accepted a position as historian, and eventually, vice president of the performing arts society (PASC).
When I wasn’t onstage, I could be found backstage working lights, sound, costuming, or stage management. I searched out other educational opportunities at Cypress College and the Taggart International School where I studied West African dance and Russian Ballet Technique. After performing a liturgical dance performance for my graduation ceremony, I toured the United States and a portion of Canada, researching dance around the world. This eventually led me to Jacmel, Haiti, where I studied cultural and social dances of the local people. After that I took up Bellydance and studied folk dancing in Chicago, Illinois.
Since 2001, I have taught classes for all ages from infants to adults. I have also studied child development and have a special love for bringing an adoration of the arts to the youngest artists in our communities. It is imperative that all my teachings highlight body positivity and the belief that everyone can dance. A life-long learner and dance aficionado, I continue my dance studies in Ballroom, Baroque Dance, and Scottish Country Dance. My influences include Isadora Duncan, Katherine Dunham, Sean Greene & Misty Copeland. I love being a part of the DA Dance Family.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided in these dance lessons is in no way intended as a substitute for receiving medical advice. The purpose of these dance lessons is to provide information and education. The instructor shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information, suggestions or exercises given and/or performed in these dance lessons. The instructor is not a medicinal authority and is not qualified to diagnose or prescribe any therapy. Please consult your physician.
My little just started dancing because her big sister dances. She is a shy one but warmed up to Miss Chrystie and loves tapping with her. She plays music that she loves and is helping her learn how to tap dance in a fun way!
April 5, 2019
Chrystie is so amazing! She's honest, fun, and dedicated to the kids!
I am a teacher of twelve years and I love what I do!
My jazz lessons may consist of warm up, stretch, technique, progressions, choreography, and improvisation. We will condition, build strength and flexibility, coordination and confidence.
My main goal is that my students have fun in addition to benefitting from our lesson. All my classes are personalized to suit my students' goals, progression, and timeline.
Learn to move and improve, gain confidence, get in shape, and have fun doing so! Whether you are a beginner or just looking to refine your existing process and skills, I'm here to help you reach your goals!--It's what I do, and I love it (=
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: -Dance fitness -Barre/Cardio Barre -Strength and conditioning -Stretching and Flexibility training -Personal training -Nutrition and wellness -Jazz dance -Hip hop/urban dance -Jazz funk dance -Burlesque dance -Contemporary dance -Lyrical dance -Tap dance -Ballet dance -Musical theater dance -Character development -Acting -Improv -Choreography -Wedding dance -Modeling 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!
Lesson locations: 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!
(Bio Continued) 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.
My passion for teaching began at the age of 13 and I have continued to train students all across the country for the past 17 years now. I train students to add the sparkle of performance quality and passion on top of their skill. I train them to not just be great performers but to also embody lots of professionalism.
Growing up in Atlanta, I trained extensively at Dance Makers of Atlanta and Dekalb School of the Arts in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, modern, hip hop and musical theatre dance. After gradating from high school, I continued my training on a collegiate level at Point Park University where I earned a BFA degree in Dance. Immediately after graduating from college, I booked my first national tour “Bring it On: the Musical” which led me to my Broadway Debut after completing the national tour. Since my debut and introduction into the professional theatre community, I have had the honor of being a part such acclaimed shows such as Hamilton:
Shonica is a passionate artist from Atlanta, GA. While Growing up in Atlanta, Shonica attended DanceMakers of Atlanta and Dekalb School of the Arts. She continued her training on a collegiate level at Point Park University where she received a BFA in Dance. Upon graduating from college, Shonica toured and made her Broadway debut with the high flying cast of Bring It On: The Musical.
Throughout the past 9 years, Shonica has had the privilege and honor of being a part of other critically acclaimed shows such as Hamilton: An American Musical (The Bullet; Broadway), CATS (Rumpleteazer; Broadway Revival), Cinderella (Broadway), “Memphis” (Felicia; CFRT), “Sister Act” (Deloris Van Cartier; MT Wichita), Matilda (1st National Tour), Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope (So Little Time Soloist; City Center), Piece of my Heart, and American Dance Machi
ne (Sweet GA Brown; Joyce Theatre). Shonica has also began to spread her wings into the film and Television industry, making her guest star debut this year in NBC’s Manifest. You can also catch her in guest starring in The First Purge and twirling away in Ted 2. Spring of 2019, you can catch her on the FX Series “Fosse/Verdon”.
Shonica is extremely grateful for the journey thus far and is looking forward to whatever God has in store for her future. The best is yet to come! Jeremiah 29:11
I enjoy teaching with a respect of a beginner. That means any age can be taught if they are humble no matter what the level of dancer. I love to share the love of dance in my soul. I’m the kind of dancer that makes the music dance. The music is the biggest teacher along with your own body. If you slow down you’ll feel the waves.
"I have taken dance from Jordan for many years now. She is my favorite teacher and I have learned so much from her! I look forward to continuing my studi
es with her. She is wonderful!"
"Amazing! Knows how to push you, but not brake you. Loved working with her for years, I even followed her to a different studio."
"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
"I love her! She’s an amazing dancer and teacher. She gives great advice to help you during your time of learning and is very patient. My first session wit
h her was great and would love to do it again."
"Great first class! High energy, friendly instructor with attention to detail. I fully expect to see lots of growth in my daughter's dancing with Brianna
"Jordan is the best!!!"
"Natalya is knowledgeable, a clear instructor, and connects well with her students. Wonderful experience!"
"Jazz and Ballet, foundational work. Jordan is awesome with young children. She kept it fun and challenging and utilized every minute."
"When my daughter wanted private dancing lessons to help her prepare for her drill team audition and told me she had found an instructor online via a websi
te I'd never heard of, I was pretty dubious at first. However, the previous instructor I had lined up fell through and we were facing time constraints, so I had little choice but to give Roman a shot.
And boy were we glad we did! Roman impressed me from the very beginning. He was friendly, down to earth and had a very charming sense of humor. Not only that, but he's an excellent dancer with a lot of experience in "the real world" who knows what he's doing.
Roman was very patient with my daughter, listening to her concerns and addressing them while adding his own recommendations and expertise as to what she needed to know and work on further. Along the way, he made sure to point out the proper technique that the judges would look for. He was very thorough in drilling down to the specifics and making sure she did every move correctly, but teaching her in such a way that made it fun.
Thanks to Roman, my daughter feels much more confident and prepared heading into her auditions. We really liked Roman a lot and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to increase their skills in dance."