I am a full-time professional dancer who has performed nationally and internationally including the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, DC's City Rhythms Festival, the VelocityDC Festival, as well as others. In my dance lessons, students will strengthen their technique, creativity, individuality and showmanship through a warm-up, movement activities, and challenging movement combinations. Students will increase their knowledge and physical vocabulary and leave each lesson a better dancer, performer and person. In the midst of learning students will also be required to have fun! I am able to teach ballet, modern, jazz, step and gumboot dancing.
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.
PROFESSIONAL ASSESSMENT BASED ON SKILL LEVEL, TONS OF FUN, ENERGETIC, CREATIVE, MOVEMENT, BUILDS CONFIDENCE, STAMINA, STRENGTH, FLEXIBILITY, COORDINATION, BALANCE, TONE, AND FIT FOR LIFE!
First off, Thank you for your consideration in being your future Dance Instructor. We are going to have a blast! My name is Crystal: professional dance instructor, choreographer, and performer for over 20+ years. I'm so in love with dance, as it is my passion and natural talent that I love sharing with people all over the world. Full of patience, dependable, and very consistent, although I can be spontaneous in my dance choreography. Punctuality is top priority, as we both will agree to respect each others time. Progress is my number one goal, as I share all the benefits of dance with you and motivate you to your greatest potentials. "Team work makes the Dream work", that's one motto that I embrace, in hopes that you would also, as we partner on this exciting journey of expanding our abilities, as well as, living a healthy and more
fulfilling lifestyle. I look forward to meeting you and J.ust U. M.ove! See you soon...(Thumbs Up!)
Crystal was awesome. Learned a lot about dance and was able to be on point with my performance.
June 8, 2019
Crystal is awesome! She has such high energy and is really passionate about what she does. Love working with her!
May 7, 2019
Crystal is an amazing Dance Instructor. She worked and taught my daughter a great dance routine that she won first place in. She is full of energy and made our experience with her amazing. We are looking forward to working with her on our future projects.
You will learn beginner movements inspired by yoga and modern dance techniques. We can use this as movement therapy as well. I want you to feel and love your bodies at the end of it.
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, and I am consistently learning what new techniques work for myself too. I teach singing, acting and other subjects too, check them out!
Dance classes through CLC Dance are engaging and individualized for each student. I assess my student's abilities, and cater the dance class to their level and preferences. I push my students to be their best, and engage them through movement and choreography. I choreographed and taught full length musicals, first dances for weddings, bridal party dances, recitals, and much more.
My goals are for my student's to have fun, and develop basic, intermediate, and advanced dance technique, in the styles of Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, and Musical Theater. All classes are individualized based upon the student's abilities, and interests.
Couples: Ultimately, my heart is in teaching couples to reconnect. I use dancing together to instill respect, value, graciousness and even intimacy. It will strengthen and deepen one's relationship and understanding of one another.
Singles: I also specialize helping others learn the confidence, beauty and exhilaration that so many yearn to feel on the dance floor. Whether you're looking to lose some weight, be a more assertive person, or express yourself..; dance is the perfect tool.
Hello! I've been teaching Ballroom and social dancing for the last 5 years - all ages, couples/singles, etc. I can teach you basics or improve what you already know and take you further in just a lesson or two.
I really love to teach and find so much fulfillment in helping others find the joy and confidence in dance that SO many have found. It doesn't matter what ability you have, promise! I've helped students lose weight, gain self-confidence, express themselves, strengthen their relationships, and find happiness and an energy for life again.
Please try it out at least once! It can change everything.
- Social - Ballroom - Wedding - Event/Party - Vacation
Couples: Whether it's a date night, getting ready for a vacation or your wedding day; I specialize in bringing together the connection and chemistry that make up ea
ch unique couple. I use dancing together to instill respect, value, graciousness and even intimacy. It will strengthen and deepen one's relationship and understanding of one another.. All while having FUN in each others arms!
Singles: I also specialize helping singles learn the confidence, beauty and exhilaration that so many yearn to feel on the dance floor. Whether you're looking to lose some weight, be a more assertive person, or express yourself.. dance is the perfect tool.
With 20 years of dance experience of training and performing, I enjoy working with the beginner- advanced dancer. I specialize in Ballet,Ballet choreography (Variations), Contemporary, and Hip Hop/ Street Jazz. I also have many years of experience with Pilates and Conditioning, and believe our body should be trained safely while we enjoy the gift of dance! Let's get started!
I am a professional dancer, instructor, and choreographer. I have trained for 20 years and have had wonderful opportunities to perform and travel with various dance companies.
I have experience teaching and choreographing Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, and Conditioning for dancers. I am passionate about movement and am always looking to further my knowledge so that I may share it with others.
I believe dance is within all of us from birth, we just need to fine-tune it! I look forward to working with you and sharing my love for dance.
I have over 15 years experience of Hip Hop and African Dance. I was chosen to dance in Janet Jackson's Escapade video and I also have done commercials doing Hip Hop and African dance. I was chosen to be the principal dancer in the dance commercials I was recently in. Dance is a great form of expression that brings joy to the dancer and audience. I would love to teach you to learn Hip Hop and African dance as it is a fun & joyous expression of dance.
I have danced over 15 years doing Hip Hop and African dance. I auditioned and was chosen to be in Janet Jackson's Escapade video as background dancer. I have been chosen to be in commercials as the principal dancer doing Hip hop and African dance. Dance is a great expression of joy, I love Hip hop and African dance because it is a dance that you can do at a party or at home. I would like to teach you to dance to your favorite Hip Hop songs and African drumbeats in my dance class.
I have been dancing since I was 8. I specialize in modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, reggae, latin. Dancing is a passion of mine and I would like to share my passion with you.
Good day! I am excited to meet you and share with you my passion for dancing and stretching. Dance is a great form of exercise, it is a great way to keep you in shape without going to the gym 🙂. It is another way to destress when we need a pick me up 🙂.
"Deja had her first lesson with my daughter today. Deja was great. Right on time; worked with my daughter literally through the last minute of her lesson
. I could hear Deja giving direction and instruction, and she was very encouraging and supportive. My daughter really liked her, and is excited about the process. (whew!). Great job!"
"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 no
t change a thing! I would highly recommend her to everyone who has a passion to learn dance."
"Crystal was very patient and encouraging , she took her time until I was comfortable with the dance , she is very artisic , I would recommend anyone to ta
ke her class"
"I enjoyed every minute of our 3 classes together. Roman helped me become more comfortable with basic dance movements, which was my goal. He is personabl
e, thoughtful and a great dancer."
"I had a private lesson with Tom, recently, and it made me think about how much effort it takes to dance. Why does it feel like we are rushing into each st
ep and through each motion? Tom teaches a minimum effort philosophy by reinforcing key dance concepts to make the dance feel so good. He also teaches you to treat your partner like a loved one by taking care of them. How you hold your partner is just as important as the moves you. I'll be keeping these things in mind as I dance. Thanks Tom!"
"Natalya was incredibly patient with my daughter. My daughter requires special education and many teachers gave up easily or ignored her and focused on the
rest of the group. Natalya never gave up on my child and made her succeed and pushed her to her highest potential. I will be forever grateful for her passion and how she transmitted the same feelings to my daughter."
"My 12 y.o. daughter has been taking private lessons with Briana. My daughter has no prior experience but would like to join a group class some day and Bri
ana has been great coming up with an appropriate lesson plan and providing a foundation to start with so she will be comfortable joining a group class as well. Briana is very enthusiastic and my daughter has really enjoyed the classes. I can tell she has learned a lot & will benefit a great deal from these lessons. We definitely plan to continue the lessons and I highly recommend Briana to anyone seeking dance lessons."
"It was a real pleasure to do a Month long bachata classes with Kimmy. It was a worthwhile time investment. Kimmy is very passionate about dancing and teac
hing. I am grateful for the new dance skills and confidence she helped me gain!"
"Jared did a great job of encouraging and empowering."
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