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Allenhurst, NJ

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About Olivia
I love to create. The way I'm most comfortable creating is through writing; whether it's a song, a short story, a poem or a script. Writing has always been the bass line in my life; the heartbeat.

Music and film are both passions of mine. I graduated from Berklee College of Music where I studied Songwriting and Music Therapy. I was pushed to my absolute limits lyrically and musically within these majors, and I am so grateful for it now that I'm on my own creative journey.

I have a great deal of experience, but I am also still learning. I think it is very important as a teacher to always be learning, especially through their students. Teaching these lessons is, of course, about progress and advancement - but also about enjoyment, confidence building and positive encouragement.
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Liz N. December 6, 2013
· Singing ·
Awesome

Finding Olivia was no coincidence.My 11 year old daughter is so psyched when she has her lessons!
It is in Liv's home,just a 10 minute ride from where we live,it's warm,safe,and filled with talent.
The passion of music is everywhere you look,Daphne and Olivia are
Ike old souls that just jive together perfectly.
Daphne has gained confidence,a mentor,and a ton of fun,
I thought Daphne was on a short lived path,as kids often jump from one idea to the next,but I believe singing is something she will definitely peruse.
I am so pleased with Take Lessons and especially Olivia.
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Melissa H. December 5, 2013
· Guitar ·
Wonderful!

She is very patient, organized, and makes things fun. She cares very much about what I personally want out of the lessons, and makes steady progress at a very natural pace.
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Olivia D.

Olivia D.

Allenhurst, NJ 07711
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$30 / 30-min

About Stephen H.

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New York, NY

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Want to belt like Beyonce? Broadway dreams? Act in Movies? Need help taking your sales presentations to the next level?

Hi, I'm Stephen.

I'm a vocal trainer, acting coach, consultant, and songwriting teacher. My specialty is pop/rock, on camera, live presentations/sales, and helping songwriters find their voice, both lyrically and sonically.

Tap Into Your Artistry (TIYA) is the ultimate gym for singing, acting, and songwriting.

Discover the fastest and most efficient way to build, strengthen, and condition your voice. Simple, safe, systematic vocal exercises that embrace a Zen like approach with an athletic mentality.

I'm also an AEA and SAG-AFTRA actor and ASCAP songwriter and producer. If you want to learn more about acting in movies, performing on Broadway, writing your own songs, and developing show-biz career str
ategy, I help TIYA members every day achieve their artistic dreams.

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I have been singing since I was 3, anything and everything from Michael Jackson to Elvis Presley to Luciano Pavarotti. Originally from Colorado, I studied music/theatre, as well as vocal pedagogy at The University of Colorado at Boulder, where I graduated with highest honors. I made my Broadway debut in "The Phantom of the Opera" at age 24. I also performed in "Chess in concert" as a featured rock tenor soloist at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway with Josh Groban. I have understudied and performed lead roles in the first AEA National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Whistle Down the Wind." Regionally, I have played many lead roles all over the United States in productions including "Les Miserables," "Miss Saigon," "The Wild Party," and "She Loves Me."

As an ASCAP recording artist, currently I am working in the studio with a full production team on my first pop/rock album. I also often sing on demos for producers and write songs for other artists in many different genres.

As a TV/Film actor, most recently I was on set with Marvel's Luke Cage on Netflix, and I played the lead role of (Abraham) Lincoln in the digital series pilot, "These Honored Dead." I also have played lead roles in 4 SAG-AFTRA short films, as well as the comedic lead in a SAG-AFTRA Web-series pilot, "Bodega Nights." I was called back for producers as a Series Regular for "The Knick," an episodic series produced and directed by Steven Soderbergh on Cinemax.

My audition prep will help you master your sides for any playing space; Broadway plays/musicals and especially on camera.

TIYA clients include (aspiring) Broadway performers, Film and TV actors, singer-songwriters, news anchors, dancers, comedians, CEO's all over the world, as well as karaoke enthusiasts, and songwriting hobbyists.

My TIYA members have performed on television in Smash, Glee, and venues around NYC ranging from The Underground, Le Poisson Rouge, Drom, Cornelia Street Cafe, Arlene’s Grocery, to the Broadway productions of Ghost, Sister Act, Evita, Wicked, West Side Story, South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera, and Rent to name a few.

*** Lesson Details ***
We will always work on whatever you want.

For Singing, as a vocal technician/trainer I am like going to the gym for your voice. My exercises are safe, simple, and most importantly, I teach you how to practice correctly.

For ACTing, we can explore both the foundation itself with monologues and scenes, as well as the tricks of the trade mastering the camera frame and how to create memorable auditions for TV/Film.

For Songwriting, we can explore the fundamentals of both lyrics and music, as well as catchy hooks, production, and song structure.

You may use my time however you wish (Voice, Acting, Songwriting, or Artistic/Career guidance).

Most vocal sessions will usually be a combination of strengthening/ conditioning exercises, and then exploring/performing a song.

Most ACTing sessions will be theatre monologues, TV/Film sides and/or On camera auditioning craft.

Career consultations usually include how to get an agent, headshots, branding, and marketing to align your artistic dreams with a strategy for success.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha PSR 950 61-key arranger keyboard
Sony Handycam DCR-SR 100
Fovitec Studio PRO - 5' x 6.5' Gray/Blue screen
MacBook Pro 13-inch: 2.4GHz
with Retina display
Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar
Bose Wave Music System
iPhone 6S plus

*** Specialties ***
SINGING, ACTING, SONGWRITING, CONSULTING

The TIYA vocal training method is uniquely my own as it combines both Bel Canto and Speech Level Singing. Emphasis is on developing a relaxed, released, authentic vocal timbre to sing in any style. Concepts explored include: Coordination, Registration, and Intonation. Chest, Head, Edge, and Pharyngel registration, 2 instruments in 1, posture, breath management, vocal cord adduction, trigger phrases, ring, consistency, and more. 
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Krista November 30, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Super helpful!
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Krista November 30, 2017
· Public Speaking · In studio
Really helps the learning process with concise teaching abilities (e.g. Personal associations)
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Tiffany November 28, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Stephen H.

Stephen H.

New York, NY 10024
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About Alida M.

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New York, NY

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About Alida
Serious dance student inquiries only! (I do not teach flash mob or wedding choreography.)
Recently returned from An American In Paris National Tour, BA from UCLA in Musical Theatre, professional ballet dancer, and musical theatre dancer/singer/actor, over 16 years teaching ballet, and jazz. High level training for students of all ages.
Lessons will start with a solid warm-up, and will continue on with what you and I decide needs the most attention. Each lesson is custom tailored to your needs to help you get the most value for your time. We can also film you if you need to make a demo of yourself for a reel, or school application.

*** Specialties ***
Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Jazz Technique, Turns, Leaps, Conditioning, anatomically correct placement of the body.
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Erica B. January 20, 2016
· Ballet · In studio
Alida was fantastic! She made me feel completely comfortable and took everything step by step. She focused on strengthening my weaknesses by showing me new stretches and techniques every lesson. Alida truly is an amazing teacher. Even though I've only worked with her for five days, Alida has made my technique and main focus. It was the best and I plan (and hope) to work with her again and again!
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Samantha November 28, 2015
· Theatrical Dance · In studio
Alida is one of the best, most caring dance teachers I've ever had. In just a few short lessons she taught me to really believe in myself, boosted my confidence and taught me technique and important combinations for important upcoming auditions. She is very patient and really catered to my needs. She doesn't ever waste any time and I always leave a lesson feeling good and really feeling like I'm getting my moneys worth. Very thankful I found her and would recommend anyone take lessons with her.
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Min F. January 22, 2014
· Jazz Dancing ·
I rate her tops.

Alida is a very good teacher. Never once did she come late. She has great manners and great teaching techniques. She breaks down steps n make them easier to learn so I do not get frustrated and bored. Since I'm someone who never danced jazz before she was exactly what I needed. she quickly grasped what I could or could not do n was most patient. I rate her tops.
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Alida M.

Alida M.

New York, NY 10001
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$100 / 60-min

About Tiffany H.

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Indianapolis, IN
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Tiffany Jaide H.- Writer, Director, Actress and Producer ( HighSi Films ), Private Acting Coach, and MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SURVIVOR
Tiffany has been acting for over fifteen years and wrote and directed her first production at age fifteen. While in Indiana she not only performed in community theatres but also at Indiana Repertory theatre at a young age. After training and performing with Asante Children's Theatre, Pike Performing Prevention Troupe, Indiana Repertory theatre, Footlite Theatre Company, and doing many upon many plays and musicals and even films she decided off to New York she would go. Ms Tiffany studied at American Musical and Dramatic Academy where she further trained in Acting, Theatre History, Shakespeare, Television and film and even Stage Combat. Some of her regional stage credits include: Measure for Measure, Romeo and
Juliet, Civil Wrongs, Macbeth, King John, Our Town, Zora Tales.

Film, TV, Theater Actor/ Director
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Felecia January 22, 2016
· Acting · In home
Tiffany is very skilled and proficient at her profession. She is also exceptional at being able to translate and communicate those core competencies and techniques to her students in such a manner that there are specific exercises identified to encourage them to learn, practice and refine their developing skills and talent. My nephew's dramatic presentation has grown significantly during his time of being coached and trained by Tiffany. I would recommend Tiffany, without reservation, as an instructor to anyone who is serious about advancing his or her acting skills.
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Elizabeth December 17, 2015
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don't know her yet but, i know she is going to be COOL!!!.
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Tiffany H.

Tiffany H.

New York, NY 10108
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$40 / 45-min

About Carolyn M.

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New York, NY

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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.
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David November 21, 2017
· Voice Acting · Online
Very grateful for all the things I learned with Carolyn! I couldn't have asked for a better chance to learn voice-acting. Would recommend for those wanting to break into the voice-over business!
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Karen August 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I need help holding my notes and other area
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Diana C. August 22, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Carolyn is very dedicated and detailed with her teaching and exercises. She cares so much! She is sure to hit every question and concern and skillfully notices areas of improvement. I came out with way more than I expected!
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Carolyn M.

Carolyn M.

New York, NY 10018
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About Sara P.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Sara
Hello! I'm Sara!

I started dancing at the age of 3. I am well versed in Ballet, Modern and Jazz. I attended Joffrey San Antonio (2004) and Paul Taylor New York (2010) intensives.

While in high school I taught Ballet, Jazz, Pre-Pointe and Pointe classes to dancers age 3-14.

In 2011 I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Pedagogy (which is the art or science of teaching).

Since moving to NYC 5 years ago I have been focused on performing with such dance companies as Exit 12 Dance Company (2011-2012) and Community Dance Project (2013-2014). While not dancing with specific companies I have choreographed and danced in two music videos.

I can't express my love for teaching enough! To know that I could help spark the passion of dance in a young person is extremely inspiring.

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lude your area and availability in your messages!

I would prefer to teach students with professional or aerobic goals. Social dancing is not one of my subjects.
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Celvia November 18, 2017
· Flexibility Training · In home
She is wonderful. Very professional.
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Sara May 7, 2017
· Ballet · In home
Awesome first lesson....
Sara is so calm and patient
Looking fwd for future lessons with her
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Julie April 2, 2017
· Ballet · In home
Great teacher~
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Sara P.

Brooklyn, NY 11237
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$15 / 30-min

About Kyla S.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Hi!

My name is Kyla and I am currently a working actress and substitute teacher. I am on a webseries that just won a pilot competition, I just wrapped a play and start rehearsals for another one in June, and I have done a number of other live shows, short films, and webseries. I have taught theater, I substitute teach, currently, and I have babysat and tutored. I am also an alumni of the University of Southern California (BA) - one of the top universities in the US with one of the best theater (and film) schools! I love teaching, especially the arts, and I love to help someone understand something better and to feel more confidently about a subject or skill. I am excited to meet you all and get started!

All The Best,

Kyla
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Britney April 16, 2017
· Acting · In home
Kyla really knows what she's doing. I regularly go to her for performance help and never fails to provide constructive criticism and great suggestions for character development and script analysis. She also superb at teaching audition techniques! You will definitely feel more comfortable on the stage or in an audition room when you have Kyla as a teacher!
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Cameron April 11, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Kyla's experience is through the roof! Such a joy working and learning with her. She always brings a smile to my face while pushing me passed what I think I can do.
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Dave April 10, 2017
· Acting · In home
Kyla and I did a play together and she she really helped me with finding my character and getting the most out of my scenes. Her advice and training really paid off, I would recommend anyone looking to build upon their acting chops to take lessons with her!
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Kyla S.

Brooklyn, NY 11213
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$25 / 30-min

About Sarita A.

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New York, NY

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I am a professional dancer and dance teacher based in NYC. I was born in Germany where I have been studying ballet since an early age, later moving to the Netherlands to study at the most renowned European school for Contemporary Dance, Codarts in Rotterdam. I continued my studies at the world famous Alvin Ailey School in NYC and upon completing the scholarship program joined Graham 2, the junior company of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Since then I have joined the Dardo Galletto Dance Company, ARIM Dance, Caterina Rago Dance Company and Alpha Omega Dance Company, being featured in soloist roles. Besides my work as contemporary/ modern dancer I am very passionate about Argentine Tango which I am dancing professionally as well.
Besides my work as artist, and being my own most demanding teacher, I have been teaching group and private cl
asses and enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience that I have gathered throughout my career and from the world class choreographers and teachers I got to work with. I believe that as long as you truly love and devote yourself to dance there are no limits and if young or old, professional or amateur I help my students discover and improve their potential and dancing skills in a motivating and challenging manner.
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Sarita A.

Sarita A.

New York, NY 10036
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$60 / 30-min

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Hey ya'll! I'm wrapping up my last year at The Juilliard School where I'm receiving my MFA in Acting! I've been training as an actor for over ten years and teaching privately for 6 I've got some very useful experience under my belt. Let's play together and get you filled with empathy, honesty and confidence! Can't wait!
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Calvin S.

Calvin S.

Brooklyn, NY 11216
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$34 / 30-min

About Tracy R.

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I guarantee there are important things i can teach you about being on the stage
and we will have a good time doing just that!!!
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Tracy R.

Tracy R.

New York, NY 10036
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$50 / 30-min

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