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About Joshua M.

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**Joshua is currently performing in the Broadway company of Les Miserables so is only teaching in person in NY and online via Skype or FaceTime.**

As an actor, Joshua graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Judith Blazer’s 2005/2007 company of the Artist’s Crossing.
Performance credits include roles in The Trojan Women, Godspell, Burn This, Comedy of Errors, Children of Eden, Othello, Show Boat, Sunday in the Park with George, The Chosen, Sweeney Todd..., The Laramie Project, and Les Miserables to name a few.
As a director, Joshua directed three sold out productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in NC and DC, received rave reviews for his work with Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s), and just completed production for a series on the making of Oklahoma!. Other
sporadic credits include Duets for the DC Fringe Festival, a number of independent films and countless readings, workshops and concerts as well as the Washington, DC premiere of Madhuri Shekar’s, In Love and Warcraft.
Joshua has worked as a Musical Director for many shows within the NY/NJ/DC tri-state area and coaches a handful of select students. The musical play, Definition of a Housewife, conceived and written by himself and Jeffery Self had a workshop production in the summer of 2006 at Columbia University.
Most recently he appeared in Arena Stage’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, Signature Theatre’s production of Soon and is currently in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables. He is also attached to a new musical (A House of Glass) about Tennessee Williams in which Joshua will be playing the prolific writer.
Joshua was the founding Artistic Director of No Rules Theatre Company for 6 years and sits on the board of the Artists Crossing in NY, NY.

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I believe that all singing comes from the same place, technically (Opera, Musical Theatre, Pop, etc.). I work more on building a strong foundation from which everything else comes. That includes breath, placement and the stripping away of bad vocal habits that inhibit us from making healthy productive sounds. A strong foundation does usually mean having a stronger sense of your "legit" voice because it takes more work to involve your palate and breath which makes Musical Theatre/Pop seem like a piece of cake. I like to work with dedicated students who are open to challenging themselves and exploring other schools of thought in order to take themselves to the next level.

I have a strong background in musical theatre but believe that it all comes from the same place. Good technique is good technique which stems from more of a "classical" background. Bel canto, if you will. It's like dancing. Dancers who study ballet are much better dancers than those who don't because they have a strong foundation from which to work.

With my actors, I start from building a foundation of a sense of truth which is inherent in all of us. We talk through/explore a number of "approaches", in order to find the individuals process. From there, we begin work on how to approach text (actions, objectives, targets, meanings, etc.)

*** Studio Equipment ***
A space for lessons with a large library of music/plays. An upright piano.

*** Specialties ***
I only work on a flex schedule with my students, so when booking lessons- rather than selecting a specific day and time for lessons, we schedule each lesson from week to week as we go. I have lots of open hours for teaching, though they are not reflected on my calendar, as my schedule tends to fluctuate.
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Mia N. June 15, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Love Joshua, very personable, great instructor.
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Matthew S. August 7, 2015
· Film Acting · In studio
Joshua is an incredible instructor with an amazing talent. His ability to get to know you, as an individual and cater his expertise to make his students better is unparalleled. I would recommend Joshua to anyone who would give me the time. Truly, an amazing person and instructor.
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Logan C. July 27, 2015
· Broadway Singing · In studio
He is very detailed in getting to know what makes you what you are and where you come from. There is an established unconditional comfortability and confidence that he brings when talking to about your history and future goals, and unquestionable intrigue of interest that helps him figure out what it is you want out of a lesson, critique, or and experience.
Overall he is very involved in actually helping you developed yourself and your craft towards what ever direction you wish to take it. Highly recommend one of his lessons and experience as a mentor
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Joshua M.

Joshua M.

Astoria, NY 11102
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About Zachary B.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Dear Students and Parents:

My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich my immediate community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject
we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!

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Zachary B.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy.

Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief.

Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!

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Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.

I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.

Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.

I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.

My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
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Susan Y. September 14, 2015
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Zachary is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient and really understands what he student want and need. Highly recommend him for a teacher
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wynoka J. August 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable patient encouraging and kind! I learned some new things that help! Looking forward to next lesson!
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Draaco A. May 19, 2015
· Singing · In home
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
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Zachary B.

Zachary B.

Brooklyn, NY 11205
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About Mariana W.

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Astoria, NY

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About Mariana
Hello! After earning my Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Voice from Hunter College in 2011, I have been working successfully as a singer, voice coach, and academic tutor. As a singer, over the past 8 years I have performed at professional theaters across the country, including Off-Broadway and at the world-renown Carnegie Hall. I specialize in musical theatre, but have a thorough classical technique, as well as strong pop/rock/belt training.

My teaching style is highly energetic, and engages the development of the student's self-esteem and enjoyment, but is also focused on a foundational technique and strong work-ethic. I am extraordinarily proud of the accomplishments many of my students have made, from achieving principal parts in their school productions, to even getting cast in Broadway shows. I am determined to help every on
e of my students reach their greatest potentials.

As a tutor, my approach is no different. Trained in the highly specialized and effective Lindamood-Bell programs, I have an intuitive grasp of children's needs and levels. I teach decoding, math, and reading comprehension, and nurture students' self-esteem and independence in their learning.

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I give lessons in 30, 45, and 60 minute increments. Each lesson will be personalized to the specific needs of the student.
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Cornel D. June 4, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
We practiced the new cadence for example of the deceptive cadence, the plagal cadence, and the phrygian. we learnt the basic root progression. a standard method of connecting triads with roots a fifth apart is to hold the common tone in the same voice and move all the other parts to the closest possible chord number. We learn about mediant triads s well.some ways using cadence that I can expand my harmonization practice is in general, when tempted to part write or analyze a chord in common-practice music as iii (in major), give the context further thought. i imagine with this knowledge it ill help me to compose a better harmonize song.
We practice together the scale degrees that are designated by Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3...), chor ds are similarly designated by Roman numerals (I, II, III). For example, in the key of C major the notes are C,D,E,F,G,A,B and we have designated them as 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. However, when we consider the triad chords in the key of C we have Cmaj, Dm, Em, Fmaj, Gmaj, Am, Bdim. These are designated I,II,III,IV,V,VI,VII. When speaking about these chords, for instance in the key of C major, we would call Gmaj the five chord, Dm the two chord,

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Cornel May 16, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
The easiest way to find an interval's name is to first, count all the pitch names present, including the notes themselves (ignore sharps and flats at this point). Then, find out (had it been missing a flat or sharp) what type of interval it would be, depending on whether it is perfect (a 1,4,5,8) or major (2,6,7). If there are no sharps or flats, you are done. If there are, figure out if the flat or sharp decreases or increases the distance between the two pitches. If it increases the distance, the interval is augmented. If it decreases the distance, and the interval would otherwise be perfect, it is diminished. If it decreases the distance and the interval would otherwise be major, it is min that is what I learnt
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Kristina September 10, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Mariana was great! Very professional and able to explain the techniques in a very clear way. When I began, I was very nervous and self-conscious. She was patient and kind and never made me feel embarrassed!

She really knows her stuff and technique. I'd been to a few voice teachers before and they were great singers, but they didn't seem to have to really KNOW the techniques behind singing. Mariana clearly is a wonderful singer and has great training in what she does.
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Mariana W.

Mariana W.

Astoria, NY 11105
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About Charly W.

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About Charly
I'm a professional dancer and I have trained in a variety of dance techniques since the age of six. Throughout my dance career I have become aware of the importance of cross-training for optimal conditioning of the body for the purpose of injury prevention.

I'm a certified Pilates instructor and I have more than seven years of experience as a Private Fitness Consultant, customizing my workout to the specific needs, goals and abilities of each individual client.
I created Pilates Fitness Fusion, which integrates elements from my years of dance, as well as from Yoga, Zena Rommett’s Floor Barre, Feldenkrais, Pilates and Gyrokinesis. I also draw from the fluid forms of Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Alexander Technique. The result is an incredibly diverse and specialized fitness program.

Pilates Fitness Fusion will help you to strengthen and scu
lpt your whole body, shed excess weight and address postural imbalances, so that you can be
FIT, HEALTHY and PAIN FREE!

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In order to improve each student’s overall conditioning, an equal focus is put on upper and lower body strength, flexibility, body alignment and balance.
My private sessions, as well as my group classes include key exercises of Pilates, Yoga and other strengthening and stretching techniques, which allows for a well-rounded and diverse training program.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Thera Bands, Exercise Ball, Pilates Ring, Pilates Mat

*** Specialties ***
Pilates Mat, working with clients of all ages
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PS159 S. June 8, 2017
· Yoga · In studio
Charly came to my school and she was excellent. She was so positive and full of spirit
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Anna Grassini January 22, 2016
· Stretching · In home
So excited to work with someone who is willing to help me get better while understanding my limitations and without judging me. It was one of the best exercise experiences I have ever had!
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Linda December 13, 2015
· Pilates · In home
Charly is the best!

After giving birth to two children, it is not easy to get back in shape and I honestly think, that it would have not been possible if it weren't for Charly.

She is very sensitive to the health issues one faces and knows exactly what to do and what not to do. At the same time she gently pushes you enough to actually make the big difference. I am now back to the way I was before having the kids - just that now I am even little stronger.

But it is not just the strength and shape of your body, but Charly will also help you adjust for any imbalances in your body.

I was very sad when I moved from Brooklyn and was not able to take her class anymore, but I am still doing a lot from our routine, that helps me stay fit.

She is wonderful!
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Charly W.

Charly W.

New York, NY 10003
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About Sasha C.

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Kenilworth, NJ
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Hey, Sasha speaking! I would be thrilled to share my passion for dance with you. I am trained in various styles including ballroom, ballet, bellydance, hip hop and aerial arts (aerial silk, hoop and pole). I have been teaching different subjects for 6 years with a focus in instructing ballroom for the last 4 years. I believe dance is a healing and liberating art and would love to help you find your flow. Not only is dance fun, but it will come in handy at parties and events, and is a great way to socialize. I am experienced with both kids ages 4 and up as well as adults, so please feel free to contact me, and we can begin an awesome journey.

I am now offering online group classes in various subjects as well. Subjects include Zumba, Bellydance, and Hip hop with more coming soon. Classes run weekday mornings and some weekends.
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Crishna S. November 5, 2017
· Dance · In home
Sasha is an expert teacher. Puts you at ease. Her techniques are effective. I am very impressed and happy to be her student. Thanks
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Susan July 31, 2017
· Belly Dancing · In home
Great supportive teacher!
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Kevin H. April 12, 2017
· Dance · In studio
I'm a beginner and she was very patient and made the lessons fun.
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Sasha C.

Sasha C.

Kenilworth, NJ 07033
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Queens Village, NY
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Hi! My name is Jessica. I'm a 27 years old student at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC and I've been a dance teacher for 10 years. I have experience teaching in all areas of dance including Ballet, Street Jazz, Hip-hop, Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata. I started in different after school programs with kids, grew my business branching out choreographing sweet sixteens, and then with adult private classes in the comfort of your own home. I now do weddings as well as festivals, talent shows, and much more you may catch some of my work on DancewithJess.com
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Jessica S.

Jessica S.

Forest Hills, NY 11375
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$30 / 30-min

About Janice K.

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New York, NY

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Janice is a 200-hr RYT through Pure Yoga in NYC and has over 10 years of yoga training and experience. She first took a Bikram yoga class to supplement her ballet training and soon realized her yoga practice was going to be much more. She found the meditation exercises that helped her into challenging poses were just as empowering and effective in conquering the challenges of everyday life.

Janice honors the integrity of traditional yoga teachings while making them practical in today's world. Her class is centered around the vinyasa technique of breath and fluidity between poses. She teaches yoga for inner peace, strength, joy, a quiet mind, and the highest self.

Before teaching yoga, Janice worked as a technology investment analyst at a hedge fund, as well as a professional Broadway and ballet dancer.
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Triana December 28, 2016
· Yoga · In home
Janice is one of the best! Her extensive dance background along with her yoga studies make her such a well rounded teacher. Her class was a perfect balance of strength and stretching and her adjustments to my form were very much appreciated. In my short time taking with her I've already noticed big changes in my body and I'm excited to continue my studies with her. Janice is a lovely person, true professional, and has the patience to work with people at all levels. I'm very thankful to have found her and highly recommend her to all!
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Janice K.

New York, NY 10018
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About Traci F.

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New York, NY

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Traci lives in New York City and currently dances with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, New Chamber Ballet, and Cello Pointe. Recent projects have included guesting with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens; dancing Merce Cunningham's Inventions, Locale, and Fractions; and in Masks of a Woman by Kristin Draucker. She has performed classical and neoclassical ballets with Neglia Ballet in Buffalo, NY. Originally from Utah, Traci graduated from Brigham Young University with her BA in Dance and minor in Mathematics.

Traci teaches ballet and pointe at The School at Steps, and has guest taught around the United States in Utah, California, Nevada, New Jersey, and Montana. 

Traci also co-founded a ballet workout method in 2016 designed to tone the legs, core, arms, and back while teaching the fundamentals of a ballet barre
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Michael July 25, 2017
· Ballet · In studio
Traci is a fantastic teacher because she is a fantastic dancer. She knows how to guide you whether you are overcoming an injury or trying to take your dancing to the next level. Traci takes ballet seriously but with lots of humor and grace!
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Kristin May 1, 2017
· Ballet · In studio
I reached out to Traci to brush up on my ballet technique when I was preparing for an audition. She is a wonderful teacher! Her corrections are always specific and very helpful. Working with her has really boosted my technique and made me feel more confident walking into dance calls.
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Christin April 23, 2017
· Ballet · In studio
Traci is an eloquent and experienced teacher with a wide variety of ability levels. She is fair and balanced in the classroom and keeps the atmosphere fun while expecting the most of her students.

As a Director of a company and school, I have seen many guest teachers come and go - Traci is a phenomenal teacher.
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Traci F.

New York, NY 10023
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New York, NY
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I am an actress, coach, director and industry professional.
My background in Theatre, Film and TV stems from Europe, where I have been trained at: Hockerill Anglo European College ( majored in Theatrical Studies), The London Academy of Dramatic Arts in Physical Theatre and Cambridge University Theatre Summer Program in Classical Work and Musical Theatre. I am also classically trained and certified, with distinction by The London College of Music. I am a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Institute and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Conservatory in NYC. My field of study is Voice and Speech, Movement and Physicality, Script Analysis, Character work, Scene Study and Private Coaching/Directing and Audition preparation.

I have several years of experience working as a private coach to top actors in the industry ( from all walks of life) as wel
l as providing workshops in English for children ages 5 and up in Europe, Asia and NYC. I have worked on several Musical Theatre productions with children in effort to introduce a Theatre department in those schools.
When working with children my main focus is unlocking creativity through play and imagination.
When working with adults I tend to watch for tensions, bad habits and ways to free up the body and mind in order to let creativity flow through in work and ultimately in private life as well.
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Ian October 2, 2017
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
It's a breath if fresh air to work with a coach that focuses on the truth and life of the character, the technical aspects of the work, and keeping in mind my vocal quality. I think she offers me a unique approach, that pulls from not just one particular school of thought. She's incredibly patient, and challenges me to keep digging deeper until I hit a choice that really resonates and fuels me to the point that feels real and strong. She works very hard to make sure my finished product looks spotless and is a vital asset to my success and I will be sure to use her on every project I book. Thousands of recommendation to this superb coach
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Lorna P. October 2, 2017
· Acting · Online
I needed help preparing for several auditions. Ms Luiza helped me find my confidence. Forever thankful!
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Luiza C.

New York, NY 10017
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My name is Angely, I am a Fashion Designer & Dancer. I was born in Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is a Spanish-speaking caribbean island. My family and I moved to New York when I was 5 years old.

In New York I studied Fashion Design (11+yrs) , Dance (7+ yrs) , Spanish, Japanese and French. My current Hobbies are Dance, Capoeira, Designing my own apparel, Yoga, Taking care of my plants and Travel.

I love to travel. I've been to Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Canada and of course Dominican Republic.
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Angely D.

Angely D.

New York, NY 10040
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