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About Nancy R.

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Irvington, NY
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About Nancy
I believe in the extraordinary power of music to communicate, to inspire and, often, to heal. That belief inspires all my work.

My goal is to help you find the power to express express through singing your unique self. It doesn't matter whether your voice is professional quality or whether it's even "good" in the conventional sense. It's YOUR voice. It has its own sound and characteristics, its own particular beauty, and the world needs to hear you!

Whether you want to be a professional or audition for your school musical, NYSSMA, All-State chorus, college and conservatory, or whether you just want to have fun and hit those high notes in the shower, I would love to help you.

I'm a classically trained leading soprano who has had the great good fortune to sing masterpieces with such companies as the Caramoor Music Festival, Glim
merglass Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. I also have undergraduate and master's degrees from Brown University and the Manhattan School of Music.

But don't let the fact that I'm an "opera singer" give you the wrong idea. Yes, strict classical training gives me in-depth understanding of how the human voice works, but I love and teach music of all genres. My students include professional opera singers, yes, but also rock and Broadway-style singers, college and conservatory students, teenagers singing in their school musicals, doing All-State chorus, or preparing for NYSSMA, as well as adults who are taking voice for the love of singing, the fun of the challenge and so they can join their local chorus or sound great on karaoke night.

Above all, the most important qualities I offer as a teacher are the simple human ones: understanding, patience, imagination, kindness, enthusiasm, respectfulness and absolute commitment to helping you meet your vocal goals.

*** Lesson Details ***

I tailor my lessons to each singer's particular interests, goals and challenges. Some students thrive with a highly technical approach; some thrive in a less formal, more supportive environment; most singers do best with an approach that mixes the two. The important thing to know is that you will receive lessons that are specifically tailored to you. There's no single template.

*** Specialties ***

For advanced classical singers I have a great depth of experience and wide knowledge of oratorio, opera, German lied and French, English and American art songs. I also have a specialized background in "performance practice" baroque and classical vocal ornamentation.

For all singers, I am also a superb acting coach!
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Angela C. September 28, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Nancy is great to work with. She really engages our daughter. Our 10 year old is always happy after her lesson. Nancy also is a clear communicator both with parents and our daughter, so we always know what is going on, and how things are working.
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kevyn October 16, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In home
she is very nice
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Fred June 18, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Spent a lot of time going over my musical background and getting to know me in general. Made an assessment of my vocal ability, potential strengths and weaknesses that seemed accurate to me. Proposed a lesson plan to develop my singing that seemed reasonable and practical given my goals.
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Nancy R.

Nancy R.

Irvington, NY 10533
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About April S.

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Bronx, NY
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About April
I'm a 'classically trained' voice teacher who specializes in the biology of singing: JAZZ, R&B, POP, and GOSPEL. I have performance arts training and experience and have
a liberal arts degree from Columbia University/Master of Fine Arts Education from City College of NY.
I perform as a Jazz Vocalist at various night spots, concert halls, and social events. As a Voice Coach, I have the good fortune to share my vocal skills while working with this organization.
Singing is the joy I share as a performer and as a teacher. Anyone can sing, and do it on a superior level. It takes desire and the willingness to practice the skills necessary until the goal is achieved.

To produce great sounds when singing it is essential to adopt beneficial singing habits in order to produce sounds that are more relaxed and healthy.
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ts will learn Basic Components of Singing:
Pitch, Rhythm, Breath Control and Diction

Students will learn vital techniques to create a connected voice blending head, chest, and diaphragm. Students will learn warm-up exercises that strengthen vocal cords and loosen the muscles needed to produce a professional sound and the importance of singing exercises to achieve this objective.

Students will learn how to avoid the most common singing mistakes that prevent singers from producing a clean and professional vocal tone.
For the purpose of voice projection, students will learn to use the diaphragm, the muscles beneath the ribcage;
how to use emotions, enunciation, and clarity.
Students will learn to sing a favorite song with the focus on elements of singing.
Each lesson to begin with a brief review of previous.
*** Studio Equipment ***
CD Burner/SURE Microphone/Charts in various keys/Speaker System/Pitch Pipe/Recorder/keyboard/Metronome/Video Camera
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Charenelle July 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Wonderful teacher who is very invested in making sure that you understand the techniques and concepts of HOW to sing. Lovely woman. I highly recommend her!
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Thornton June 23, 2017
· Singing · In home
Looking forward to the next lesson, Ms. April is great at what she does and very knowledgeable in teaching...can't wait until next Friday.
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Seryi May 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
April is amazing! Made me feel welcomed and comfortable right away and proceeded to share a wealth of knowledge in just the first lesson. I feel empowered and honored to be working with her and am looking forward to my next 9+ lessons.
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April S.

Bronx, NY 10451
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$40 / 30-min

About Nicholas M.

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New York, NY
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About Nicholas
I have been an actor for more the 35 years having worked Off-Broadway and Regionally.

I've taught acting for 18 years privately as well as at Brooklyn College, St Frances College, Marymount Manhattan College, and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

"Nicholas is patient, insightful, friendly, and gets
results. After working with Nicholas, I felt great
about my auditions, got two callbacks, and landed
a touring job.
I would recommend him to any actor."

*Jonathan M.
Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Millbrook Playhouse

I am the Producing Artistic Director of the Hudson Warehouse and have been since its inception in 2004. Known as "The Other Free Shakespeare in the Park," we produce free classical theater in Riverside Park during the summer months and we hav
e an indoor season during the winter months as well.

"Mr. M has been my director, coach and
mentor in productions and the classroom. His patience,
insight and his passion excites students, and makes
them feel safe and supported enough to take risks."

*Joseph H.
Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey
Pearl Theater Company
York Theater Company
Hudson Warehouse

*** Teaching Methods ***
I foster a safe, relaxed and engaging environment to explore truthful human behavior on stage.

The objective is 'the truth' to which end there is no one technique. Actors are encouraged to find their own tools and to draw from elements of different practices to discover a technique that works best for them as individuals.

I studied the methods of Constantin Stanislavski for acting with Sergei Pomerov of the Moscow Circus Theater. I am classically trained as well.

I work primarily as a guide to help navigate the way and to interpret ‘the signs.' I teach the lesson in the moment and address the challenges of both the beginner and the experienced actor.

***Classical Work***
My basic approach to classical work focuses primarily on the connection of the breath with the feeling on the word.

This is the foundation on which you can then build. From the ‘words’ to the ‘thoughts’ to entire ‘passages’ of text, as you work and explore, the richness of the playwright’s words comes to life. Your own unique emotional life is allowed to come through the text and you are able to fully embody the role.

*** Teaching Levels and Focuses ***
*Beginning Actors
-Work With Classical Text.
-Vocal Work.
-"Moment to Moment" Work.
-"Sense Memory" Work.

*Experienced Actors
-In depth Classical Text Analysis.
-Connecting to the Text.
-Audition Technique
-Monologue Coaching
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Philip November 4, 2018
· Shakespearean Acting · In studio
I have learned so much with Nicholas. I feel like I'm always walking out of our lessons with my mind blown! We've been working on Shakespearean acting which I am now thoroughly enjoying. I now have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the lines than which I have learned in school. I would highly recommend his coachings to any actor!
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Jaydi R. July 5, 2018
· Method Acting · Online
Nicholas is a great coach and knows how to push me to get me to where I need to go. Highly recommended as an acting coach!
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Raymond G May 30, 2018
· Acting · In studio
I’ve been taking lessons with Nicholas for about a month now and learned a lot in so little time I strongly and highly recommend Nicholas he gives you the confidence and skills you need to be an actor and takes his kraft seriously
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Nicholas M.

Nicholas M.

New York, NY 10025
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About Elena D.

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Bayside, NY
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About Elena
BIO: Elena started her musical studies at age 4, singing with the "New York City Opera Children Chorus". She studied at Manhattan School of Music. She studied in Hunter College and Queens College of the City University of New York and the Bejar Conservatory in Salamanca, Spain. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout Europe as a soloist. She had sung Mimi in La Boheme, High Priestess in Aida, Ines in Il Trovatore, in addition to singing other operas including Othello, Carmen, Mephistopheles, The Magic Flute, L'Italiana in Algeri, Le Nozze di Figaro. She has participated in the Master Classes of Alfredo Kraus and Monserrat Caballé and David Jones. She is currently under the vocal direction of David Jones who is the foremost voice teacher pedagogue. Ms. Diaz- Acosta has also directed summer performing arts pro
grams and high school and college preparation workshops throughout the New York and New Jersey areas.
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James October 23, 2018
· Singing · In studio
It was a great experience
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Talitha May 2, 2018
· Broadway Singing · Online
I have been literally to 4 youtube teachers and though I have nothing bad to say about any of them, i know that I need a long term teacher that I can see myself growing with as a singer. Our personalities just meshed. She knows how to make one feel comfortable. She is very encouraging to students with zero self confidence like me. I think I have found the teacher I’ve been looking for in Elena! i’m excited to see what she can do to transform my voice. Her resume as well as her reviews( students spoke highly of her character) are what stood out for me out of thousands of teachers online! It is also important that I love to listen to my teacher’s voice and i love her voice😊
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Deborah V. April 5, 2018
· Singing · Online
Elena was great! She helped me start new ways to sing. I have sung for years, but these news ideas had immediate results!😊
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Elena D.

Bayside, NY 11360
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About Jennifer V.

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Bronx, NY
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Lehman College, Bachelors of Fine Arts, Graduate! I am a Musical Theatre Performer. I perform all the time and believe that warm-ups are a big importance when it comes to performing. Technique is something I have been studying for a while, as I am still understanding what techniques work for myself.
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Jeffrey November 17, 2017
· Singing · In home
Teacher came to my home, she was on-time. I love that she puts emphasis on warm-ups and techniques. She is very nice and understanding. Always reminding me to have fun while focusing.
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Dayhana November 17, 2017
· Singing · Online
She is very focused and nice. Has a good voice. Great teacher! I’m very nervous about singing, but as a beginner she made me feel so comfortable. I’m going to book more classes soon. She puts importance on technique.
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Celeste M. November 17, 2017
· Broadway Singing · Online
(I accidentally hit submit on the other review before it was done so it's continued from the other one) We did vocal warmups and I sang a couple songs. I'm looking forward to working with her more. :)
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Jennifer V.

Jennifer V.

Bronx, NY 10468
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$15 / 30-min
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About Michael C.

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Union, NJ

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If you are serious about magic, I will make sure you're able to perform to the best of your ability for your family and friends as well as strangers. I have been doing magic for over 25 years and I know there is no better feeling than to have a group of people dumbfounded asking you "how'd you do that?" and I want you to have that feeling.
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Michael C.

Michael C.

Union, NJ 07083
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$15 / 30-min

About Jessica A.

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New York, NY

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I am a professional dancer who has been working in the industry for the past twelve years. I have worked around the country performing in many different musicals. Some of my favorite theatre credits include Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd Street, and The Will Rogers Follies!
I graduated with a B.F.A. from The Boston Conservatory. I have been teaching dance professionally for the past seven years. I specialize in Tap, Ballet, and Theatre Dance. I teach all ages and cater to the specific needs of each student. I believe in positivity, encouragement, and share my passion of dance with all of my students. If you are a beginner wanting to learn a new skill, or a more advanced student wanting to hone your skills, come dance with me!
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Conrad October 31, 2018
· Theatrical Dance · In studio
Jessica is a awesome instructor. She’s great at establishing a balance of encouraging you while also trying to push you to better yourself as a dancer. I highly recommend working with her!
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Jess August 23, 2018
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Jessica is a superb teacher. Whether it is ballet, tap or jazz ,she uses her technique and knowledge to give the foundation a dancer needs. She also brings a joy of learning to her students through her passion as a teacher. With her vast knowledge of dance styles and working with all ages and levels, any child would be lucky to learn from Jessica, who is one of the best out there.
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Lani August 23, 2018
· Tap Dance · In studio
I had not taken a dance class in over 30 years so I was a little nervous about my first class back. Jessica immediately made me feel at ease - she was very clear and precise in explaining the basic steps and my confidence was restored! Her class is challenging yet a lot of fun! I would highly recommend her for children as well as adults.
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Jessica A.

Jessica A.

New York, NY 10025
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$100 / 45-min

About Zach E.

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As a current student enrolled at the Touro College of Education, I have taken a strong interest in pursuing a full-time teaching career.

For as long as I can recall, my curiosity to learn more propelled me to do my own research, so that I became informed enough to discuss such topics with my teachers throughout middle school, high school, and eventually college. Being able to speak candidly and intellectually with my teacher(s) brought me a feeling of accomplishment, satisfaction, and, of course, the desire to keep doing more. Keep doing more research. Keep bringing these lessons to light. Keep expressing my views. 

At an old enough age, I became responsible enough to supervise young children giving up my Sunday mornings to being a Hebrew school teacher’s assistant, or madrich, for five years taught me what it is like to work with child
ren in a classroom setting. 

In addition, I would spend my four summers at sleepaway camp as a bunk counselor supervising 10-15 campers at a time, to coaching lacrosse for boys and girls ages 7-17. Furthermore, these concepts of responsibility, leadership, and lesson planning have helped shape me into becoming the educator that I aspire to be.

As a young professional, pursuing my passion for education has become paramount. Since graduating from high school, I have taken advantage of every opportunity to hone such skills. My drive and determination to pursue my passion for education are steadfast. To have the ability to shape young minds through meaningful yet exciting lessons in my very own classroom space is a responsibility and a privilege I will never take lightly.  

Furthermore, the knowledge I have gained through various jobs and internships have only further reaffirmed my passion for teaching young minds. As a result, I have garnered a sense of dedication and appreciation while working in such an environment. Therefore, I believe that my creative insight and strong work ethic could be of great benefit.
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Zach E.

Zach E.

New York, NY 10025
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$50 / 30-min

About Emily C.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I've been teaching fitness and movement for over 4 years. I love helping people learn to trust their body, expand their comfort zone, and have a great time.

I first started teaching Taekwondo, and later became hooked on tricks and acrobatics. I love the challenge and thrill, and most of all I love achieving what once looked impossible to me. I now teach acroyoga, yoga, and pole.

I love what I do and I'd love to share any of this with you! This could be a great fit if you're looking for a new challenge, bored with the gym, looking to build trust and connection with a partner, or just want some party tricks.
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Sarah November 3, 2018
· Acrobatics · In studio
Emily's encouraging teaching style leaves me feeling self-assured and positive. She's helped me with everything from handstands to pole tricks to acroyoga. She's given me the confidence to try new things and it's helped me foster a growth mindset, both in fitness and other parts of my life. I highly recommend this instructor!
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Carly November 1, 2018
· · In studio
Emily's instruction was intuitive and thorough. She is a patient teacher who flies AND bases with equal strength.
She taught myself and my (same size) partner a sequence that we had been too hesitant to attempt for a while. By the end of our 75 minutes we both felt confident enough to fly and base it & did so multiple times with greater success than we could have hoped for. I highly recommend hiring Emily. We'll definitely be learning with her again soon.
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Emily C.

Emily C.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
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$167 / 60-min

About Patricia A.

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New York, NY

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There is this idea that some people are born with rhythm and born knowing how to dance, and some aren’t. There is also the misconception that memorizing choreography is learning how to dance. Patricia believes that dance is a form of expression that can help people from all backgrounds not only work out but also find their own style in motion.

As a kid, Patricia always had a passion for dance but her father who raised both her brother and her alone couldn’t afford to pay for dance lessons. She did not know where or how to begin, so she watched and imitated her brother pop locking, waving, and (as she would say) “his attempts to break dance” every chance I had. Patricia was around 10 years old when she saw her brother practicing in their living-room where there was a mirror that covered up an entire wall. Her brother would repeatedly pl
ay the song practicing his dance to which amazed Patricia how cool and unnatural his moves were.

When Patricia went off to middle school, her desire to dance was still there. Her passion for hip-hop, pop lock, and freestyle dance were still in her, even though she was terrible at it at the time. Around that time you tube became about, so she started watching great dancers pop locking, breakdancing and bone breaking, to any song. Her other big inspiration was Michael Jackson, especially his Billie Jean performance, you know the one where he introduces the moonwalk for the first time and on top of that dancing alone on stage without any background dancers. Although my brother made fun of me when he caught me trying to do the wave and pop, she kept practicing and practicing. She watched herself improve little by little until her wave and pop were on point.

Looking back on my story She realized she was never good at dancing until she started practicing and watching myself in the mirror. “Anyone can dance, it’s all about looking deep inside. - Patty
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Yuliya November 7, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · In home
Patricia did a fun and energetic hip-hop class at my company event. I enjoyed it so much I asked her to organize a hip hop routine for my 9 y.o. daughter's birthday party. Patricia worked with me to prepare a song and a routine suitable for kids' level and interest, and was extremely nice and attentive to details. She was great with the kids. Everyone loved the party, and I got a lot of compliments. My daughter said it was the best birthday ever!
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Halima November 4, 2018
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Sorry l live in Philadelphia any lessons here
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Sumi H. November 1, 2018
· Hip Hop Dance · In studio
I took Patricia's Beginner's Hip Hop class and it was so much fun! She clearly explained the foundational dance moves, and incorporated them in ways that it would be easy for us to learn. She also tried to address individual needs as much as possible. I went from being self conscious to getting more comfortable and having fun!
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Patricia A.

Patricia A.

New York, NY 10018
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