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About Amy C.

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About Amy
I have been a voice, acting, and teacher of creative arts for over 25 years. My background includes ten years of classical training with Maestro Julio Berrocal, as well as vocal training through the Feldekrais approach with Marcy Lindhiemer. In acting I have studied with renowned Stanislavsky scholar Sonia Moore and Master acting teacher of the Strasberg Method, Marcia Haufrecht. I received a B.A. For comparative literature and creative writing at the State University of New York at Purchase and I am currently studying for a masters in social work at Walden University.
I believe, within all of us, Is the ability to express something distinctive and original. I work to help the student discover their individual and unique voice, weather it be through singing, acting or writing. I share with my students tools to gain the ability and con
fidence to achieve their goals. I empathize deeply with the challenges students may face when pursuing a life in the creative and performing arts, having worked professionally in those arena's for most of my adult life. I believe, it is the teachers job to respect each students individual process of learning.
My students have gone on to become recording artists, Broadway performers, movie actors, blues and cabaret artists and published writers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice
I am an empathetic teacher, sensitive to the students individual process of learning. My singing lessons usually start with breathing and relaxation exercises. Vocal exercise come next, then when the student is fully warmed up, we will begin to work on songs. It is important that the student be part of the process of picking material since the more they personally respond to the material the more apt they are to be engaged in their lessons and the more quickly they will learn. After three to six months they will understand the fundamentals of breathing and relaxation and its importance to proper vocal training. They will have begun the process of extending their range and will understand the principles of performance in song.
Acting
As an acting teacher and coach, I tailor my classes to the needs of each student. I utilize improvisatory and sensory techniques to help unleash spontaneity. I also encourage the students to use their personal experiences as a way to access a full range of emotions. I enjoy working with the student on script analysis, so as to discover the underlying motivations of the character the student is working on.
Creative and Lyric Writing
I use prompts as a way to get the student writing. Often, I will ask the student to write for stretches of time without editing themselves. It is important to unleash imagination before beginning the process of editing. Many times it is the unexpected that is the must compelling.

*** Studio Equipment ***
home- 10 minutes away from Manhattan with piano, seating for parents
-practice studio seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a piano, cd/mp3 player and an large library of songbooks to work from. The student should bring sheet music of songs they want to work on and a recording device.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching how to sing rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, and blues without hurting the voice as well as method acting instruction.
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Kathleen A. Brennan October 9, 2017
· Improv Acting · In studio
Amy is very professional and knowledgable as well as focused. Her manner of working is positive and informative. I am enjoying working with her.
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Julie September 13, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Amy is a truly incredible teacher and person. All of her students love her and those I've referred have thanked me profusely for the introduction. My daughter has studied voice with Amy for a number of years and after just the first lesson, the improvement in her technique and confidence was remarkable. Amy can bring out the best in anyone's voice. She is encouraging and nurturing and provides the safe and positive relationship anyone would want to have with their teacher.
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Kumiko March 16, 2017
· Jazz Voice · In studio
Amy is amazing singer and great teacher. I can't find anyone else who suggests right direction about singing. Singing from the Source.Now, I live in Japan and still singing. No matter how far from U.S., I always sing with the mind that Amy's saying ”Singing from the Sourse. I love Amy!
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Amy C.

Amy C.

Weehawken, NJ 07086
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$40 / 30-min

About Laura K.

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New York, NY
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Music is definitely the universal language, and there isn't a genre I don't love; it's important to me that that aspect be brought to lessons, as well! From humble New Jersey beginnings to an opera career, I've seen the power of what music can do!

Whether it's opera, musical theater, folk, rock, or just public speaking, anything YOU love to do, I would love to teach you! Having taught all ages and levels, from first graders to adults, from someone who's never sung a note in his or her life to semi-professionals, I cater my lessons to what YOU as a student need and are interested in.

Lessons shouldn't be a chore - I like to foster an environment you look forward to being a part of! I also think that music, like any sport, is hard work, and takes seriously practice; even hobbies take concentration and application! I understand and can
work with many schedules and work loads, but I expect my students to put at least half the effort into their lessons that I do!
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Megan October 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Laura is a great teacher! Her lessons are fun and super helpful. Would definitely recommend.
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Mimi October 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Laura is a wonderful voice instructor! You can tell that she is very knowledgeable about music and voice overall. She makes my lessons very fun, but also informative at the same time. They are not just technical lessons about how to sing. Laura incorporates different teaching styles to accommodate her students' way of learning, and also works with you on the style of music you prefer. The only thing I hope for more of out of my lessons is to have more time singing, but I am a beginner and Laura makes sure you strengthen your foundations first in order to support your voice!
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Annika October 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Laura is absolutely fantastic! She will work with you on your singing voice from the ground up. As someone coming in with a bit of singing experience already, it is SO GREAT to revisit the basics, and to work with someone who is so invested in helping you find the healthiest version of your voice. I am looking forward to taking more lessons with her!
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Laura K.

Laura K.

New York, NY 10033
(14)
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$30 / 30-min

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
(3)
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$100 / 60-min

About Olga K.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Olga
I was dancing and competing in Ballroom dances for many years and i learned that dancing can be very fun and help you to relax. Or it could be very complicated if you decide to reach certain level. But no matter how old you are and what experience you had, it's possible to become a dancer and enjoy it alone or with a partner every minute of your life. And trust me, from the moment you will be able to do first steps of rumba/waltz or any other dances- you won't stop!
Just tell me your goals and we will try to achieve them.
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mark March 3, 2017
· Ballroom Dance · In studio
she is a patient and a natural teacher. olga adjusts to your skill level and learning curve. was a very good experience.
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GG December 1, 2016
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Olga, is the finest teacher I have come to meet.. she is
full of talent and grace.... comes well prepared...
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I would highly recommend her
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John November 13, 2016
· Dance · In home
Olga taught us an amazing first wedding dance that she also choreographed for us. She combined Rumba and Foxtrot elements – with leans, dips and even a lift – into one unique dance that impressed (and definitely surprised) our friends and family at the reception. Neither of us had ever done any formal dancing before, but Olga got us to a proficient level in a very short time. Besides being a talented teacher, Olga is also very funny, as well as kind, and will make you feel at ease as you begin to dance, no matter your skill or comfort level. Highly recommended!
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Olga K.

Olga K.

New York, NY 10019
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$85 / 45-min

About Thomas H.

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New York, NY

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I received my BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College and am currently studying to receive my MFA in Acting from The Actor's Studio Drama School at Pace University. I have worked in film, tv and theatre and hope to spread what I have learned in school and professionally.
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Thomas H.

Thomas H.

New York, NY 10033
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$20 / 30-min
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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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$100 / 60-min

About Eric B.

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Astoria, NY
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About Eric
Eric is a working magician based in New York. He has worked at several magic shops, and performed for thousands of people from all walks of life. He spent the summer of 2015 teaching magic at French Woods festival for the Arts, and will be returning for the summer of 2016. Eric truly has a passion for magic, and loves nothing more that a student who truly wants to learn.
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Ben Z February 25, 2016
· Magic · In studio
Wow! Eric provided an incredible experience for my 13 year old daughter. Not only did he keep her interested and entertained the whole time with his in depth instruction, but he left her wanting more! We can't wait until our next session with him. 10/10 would recommend.
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Rajon Lynch February 25, 2016
· Magic · In studio
Eric knows everything about magic inside and out. He taught my kids to actually be entertaining and they came out of their shell and now they do magic everywhere we go. He really has a way with kids.
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Evan February 19, 2016
· Magic · In studio
Last Summer, I worked alongside Eric at French Woods Festival, and not only did Eric make my time more fun, but I also learned new magic techniques that I had never seen before. As well as being an informative teacher, Eric really knew how to engage kids into what he was doing. One memorable experience I had was, when I hopped into a classroom to see what was going on, and one of Eric's students was giving a hilarious invisible deck routine about politics. Having been at French Woods for so long, I have seen many magic teachers come and go, and I can confidently say that Eric is one of the best teachers and performers I have ever seen.
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Eric B.

Eric B.

Astoria, NY 11105
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$70 / 60-min

About Julia O.

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New York, NY

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Hi! My name is Julia and I am a teacher and coach who graduated from The Juilliard School as well as The Maggie Flanagan Studio. I have been teaching since 2003 and coach students in middle school and up. I specialize in working with kids and young adults and their auditions for schools as well as professional auditions. I have a fun approach while also helping my students reach their goals in their work.
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Emma K. May 5, 2017
· Acting · Online
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Autumn January 20, 2017
· Acting · Online
Julia was my college audition coach to get into acting school, and I am confident that she is the reason I got into the schools I did. I met with her on Skype once a week for about a year/year and half. She coached me on all of my monologues and even gave me acting coaching on songs. She helped me find almost all of my monologues, and was particularly helpful in coaching me on scansion and Shakespeare! Not only did she do all of this, but going through the college audition process herself and being trained at Juilliard, she prepared me for what to expect before I went in to my first audition. She is an absolutely wonderful teacher and would highly recommend her to anyone going through this experience. I am now a Sophomore Acting Major at Syracuse University which was ranked the number 8 acting school in the world this year. I also got into drama schools in Europe. Thank you Julia!! <3
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Andrew January 13, 2017
· Acting · In studio
I am a working professional actor in NYC, have been for years. Mostly theater, but I want to do more television. Julia coached me on my audition for a one-day guest star role on The Good Wife, and I booked the job! She is fantastic--very practical and knowledgable, but also very affirming and enthusiastic. She helped me have the confidence to go into the audition room and do my best without the usual self-sabotage. I highly recommend Julia as a coach!
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Julia O.

Julia O.

New York, NY 10034
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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.

Traci F.

New York, NY 10023
(6)
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$60 / 30-min

About Gigi G.

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New York, NY
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About Gigi
All ages are welcome. I am an experienced musician and alumna of Berklee College of Music & NYU (Master's degree). I give singing, piano, music theory and composition lessons.

-All levels are welcome
-Contemporary/ Jazz singing
-Classical piano
-Music Theory, Jazz Harmony, Counterpoint, Classical Harmony
-Composition
-Arranging, Orchestration
-Logic Pro, Sibelius, Pro Tools
-Ear Training
-Prep for ABRSM Exams
-Prep for college-bound musicians
-Music Theory Placement Exam
-Music History Placement Exam

Looking forward to working with you!
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Gigi G.

Gigi G.

New York, NY 10029
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$100 / 45-min

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