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.
Come take a body positive, fun, and eclectic dance class. Every shape and size welcome. Classes are tailored specifically for each student's individual wants and needs. This is a beginning or intermediate level class so no experience needed. Just come and dance it out. Do you have a specific style or technique you'd like to learn? Do you have a favorite song you'd like to learn a dance to? Lets Dance.
Meet your dance instructor. I have my bachelors degree from Chapman University in Theatre & Dance. My training includes Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Folk Dance, Dance History, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Improv, and Kinesiology, among other dance-related subjects.
I grew up in a small Illinois town. Lessons were few and far between, so I would copy dancing off of movies and videos in order to perform at local dances, or for other community events. As a youth, I took country line dancing classes. Always drawn to anything involving dance and movement, I auditioned and performed with a Disney Showcase Troupe. By high school, I was choreographing for the Show Choir, as well as, performing in theatrical productions, including the musical “The Wizard of Oz”.
Before graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in Theatre & Danc
e from Chapman University in Orange, California, I continued my study of many dance styles & techniques such as: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Dunham Technique, yoga/stretch, Dance Business & History. From 1996-2001 I performed a variety of dancing and singing roles in showcases and events such as “American Celebration” and “The Story of Rock n’ Roll”. While studying at Chapman, I accepted a position as historian, and eventually, vice president of the performing arts society (PASC).
When I wasn’t onstage, I could be found backstage working lights, sound, costuming, or stage management. I searched out other educational opportunities at Cypress College and the Taggart International School where I studied West African dance and Russian Ballet Technique. After performing a liturgical dance performance for my graduation ceremony, I toured the United States and a portion of Canada, researching dance around the world. This eventually led me to Jacmel, Haiti, where I studied cultural and social dances of the local people. After that I took up Bellydance and studied folk dancing in Chicago, Illinois.
Since 2001, I have taught classes for all ages from infants to adults. I have also studied child development and have a special love for bringing an adoration of the arts to the youngest artists in our communities. It is imperative that all my teachings highlight body positivity and the belief that everyone can dance. A life-long learner and dance aficionado, I continue my dance studies in Ballroom, Baroque Dance, and Scottish Country Dance. My influences include Isadora Duncan, Katherine Dunham, Sean Greene & Misty Copeland. I love being a part of the DA Dance Family.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided in these dance lessons is in no way intended as a substitute for receiving medical advice. The purpose of these dance lessons is to provide information and education. The instructor shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information, suggestions or exercises given and/or performed in these dance lessons. The instructor is not a medicinal authority and is not qualified to diagnose or prescribe any therapy. Please consult your physician.
My little just started dancing because her big sister dances. She is a shy one but warmed up to Miss Chrystie and loves tapping with her. She plays music that she loves and is helping her learn how to tap dance in a fun way!
April 5, 2019
Chrystie is so amazing! She's honest, fun, and dedicated to the kids!
The worst nightmare for a student is to be ridiculous when try to dance, well I believe that a good teacher is the one that can help you to change the way of how you see your self in the mirror! I know that I can let you change your confidence in your movement, your feeling for the music and make you enjoy music and step with your heart, not just with your mind! I have done this kind of process so many times on so many students already that's why I know that is possible and that's why this can make my dance lesson unique!
My name is Rosaria, I'm from Italy and I'm a Professional ballroom dance teacher. I beginning ballroom dance since I was 7 years old! I competed all over Europe and for the last 5 years I compete a lot in USA!i I teach single person, couple, groups from beginners lever to very advanced level! The best part of my job is when people prove them self that they can dance and day by day they became more excited to were them dance shoes and start to enjoy the music and to feel them body! As a dance teacher all what I want to see is people happy when they dance! Are you ready to risk being happy dancing? yes? Let's do it!!!
The dances that I teach are: Waltz, Tango, Fox Trot, V. Waltz, Quick Step, Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive, Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Swing, Bachata.
I am a competitive ballroom pro/am student and I’ve been dancing and competing for years. I had the privilege of studying ballroom dance with Rosaria. She is one of the most talented and beautiful dancers I have ever seen. What makes her an outstanding teacher, however, is her ability to teach. She knows what needs to be done step by step. Whether it’s basic technique, or styling, or even choreography, Rosaria was able to help me improve each time. She works tirelessly at finding different ways to explain the techniques she is teaching. I learned and enjoyed my dancing more with her than with any other ballroom teacher. Ever. Her professionalism, her dedication, and her artistry are one of a kind.
I was a competitive dancer for 10 years at a national award winning studio in Mesa, Arizona- Club Dance Studio. I specialize in contemporary, lyrical, beginning ballet, turns, technique and condition/strength classes. If you are a beginner and want to learn foundational technique or if you are more advanced and want to perfect your skills, I can help you! I work best with children 8 and under or beginners ages 12 and under. Send me a message so we can start our first lesson!
Hi! I'm from Chandler, Arizona but right now I'm living in Tucson as I go to school at University of Arizona to earn a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I love teaching not only academics but dance as well! I have been a dancer for 10 years and started off probably where you are right now. I began in recreational jazz classes at Club Dance Studio in Mesa, Arizona. I went on to join their performance and pom team and eventually their competitive, nationwide known company. I've taken classes in all forms of dance including hip hop, acro/tumbling, musical theatre and ballroom but my favorite styles to dance and teach are contemporary, lyrical and jazz. I specialize in teaching foundational technique to beginning or young dancers who are just starting their dance career. My contemporary and lyrical classes are supported by fu
ndamental ballet technique. I also teach basic jazz technique classes. If you take a class with me, you can expect a lot of conditioning and technique in order to strengthen your knowledge, flexibility, and strength as a dancer. I am open to doing choreography as well or combo class by request. I can also help with technique and turns or acrobatics. Dance has always been a passion of mine. The dance studio is always where I felt the most comfortable. You can expect that in a lesson from me as well. I think it is most important to enjoy dance without the worry of competitiveness or perfection. Dance is an art and everyone expresses themselves differently. I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your dance technique!
I will teach you find your creativity in self-expression. I specialize in hip hop and freestyle for all levels and all ages. Dancing shouldn’t fell like hard work but like fun. Come learn with me and break out of that shell become confident in the movement that is released from your body.
I’m Dy’Mond ( pronounced Dy’Mond), I have had a love for dance since I was 8 years old. I specialize in hip hop and freestyle and love the art of dance as you are able to create various movements and express yourself. Any form of music or beat that I hear it’s just a natural instinct to move, whether it’s tapping my feet or bopping my head.
I have danced competitively since 2009 and have been teaching since 2012. I believe that everyone has an inner dancer within and it just takes time, motivation, and dedication to get it out. I’m very patient and work at the pace of the student. Whether you want to learn basic rhythm, technique, or latest dance moves I got you. I also enjoy choreographing for retirement parties, weddings, birthdays, and other special events. Come train with me and I’ll have you feeling confident on the dance floor at
the next special event, club, dance class/team, auditions, whatever it is that you desire. I’m here to guide you!
Everyone is uniquely different with special goals, ways of learning, and ideas in mind. I find pride in quickly learning what each of my students are looking for and leading the way to their own personal victories, no matter how big or small! I teach a number of styles including, but not limited to, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip Hop/Street Jazz/Jazz Funk, Turns, Leaps & Jumps and more. Although I possess over 10 years of teaching experience, I find myself learning something new with nearly every student I encounter. Every student is a new opportunity for me to inspire AND be inspired.
The general structure of my classes are similar. Thorough warm up, which would include exercises, drills and foundational practices from the Ballet, Modern and Jazz genres, stretching, strengthening and conditioning sequences and finally execution of concepts directly related to the style I might be teaching sum them up well. In the end, my goal is for my students to leave feeling ...
I am a Multi-Award Winning Dancer, Teacher & Choreographer with a passion for advancing the dance art form as a whole!!!
I perform, teach and choreograph numerous styles and subjects in dance including, but not limited to,
- Ballet (Vaganova) - Hip Hop/Street Jazz/ Jazz Funk - Jazz - Modern (Horton) - Contemporary - Lyrical - Classic & Contemporary Partnering - Improvisation - Creative Movement - Choreography 101 and more!
I received my BFA in Dance Theatre Performance from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI where I have tried to contribute to the overall condition of the dance community. During my time there, I trained with many renowned dance instructors and choreographers from all over the country. Among many awards and forms of recognition, I have received scholarships from outstanding programs such as Complexions
Contemporary Ballet, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and Point Park University. These opportunities and others positioned me to work with artists such as Brian McKnight, Jodeci and, Jazz Artist, Jonathan Butler to name a few. Over the past 10 years, I've had the pleasure of dancing, teaching and choreographing for numerous competitive, pre-professional & professional dance companies throughout Michigan and surrounding states.
I have been dedicated to the empowerment of artists and the enhancement of our community and that passion fuels me daily. With that in mind, I created both a dance and production company to work towards those goals. In 2018, I received the high honor of becoming a Gilda Award Recipient with the Kresge Foundation for all of my endeavors. It was an amazing thing to be recognized by such an organization as well as fellow artists throughout my community.
Since then, I have continued to inspire particularly the youth. I have taken on a position as Co-Director at a multi-award winning, internationally-ranked dance facility where I am able to cultivate the future of dance everyday. I continue to dance, teach and choreograph throughout the state and plan to create growth within myself so that I can help others do the same.
I love your choreo so much! You bring out the best in everyone especially ME 😉. Your turns, leaps and jumps are sooo beautiful. I always look forward to you coming to do new pieces or master classes at my studio. Hope to see you soon
May 22, 2019
Mr. Brandyn is the ABSOLUTE BEST!!!! He is an amazing dancer and pushes all of his students to be the best we can be. He's hard on us yet he understands each of our differences and encourages us to embrace them. When I take class with him, I mentally prepare myself to push my limits and seek results because I know that if I dont, I would be doing myself a disservice and futhermore, HE WILL lol. Mr. B has inspired me to become a professional dancer because I've never seen someone love anything as much as he loves dance. I want to experience a love that great. His passion for the art form oozes from him and I feel lucky to have him as a teacher!!!!
I’ve been teaching beginner /intermediate hip hop/ Streetstyle classes for 5 years. All ages welcome. Lessons are customized to each student depending on your goals and needs.
I’m a professional dancer and choreographer from Germany. I trained both in Europe and in the US for about 10 years and have been teaching for over 5 years mostly in Hip Hop and Streetstyles but I also teach Heels classes.
I got the chance to be in different music videos and recently my work as a choreographer got showcased in a theatre in NYC!
I’m a classical trained dancer who has developed into the world of modern dance and dance fitness so I can sculpt the class to fit individual needs! And I’m happy to work with anyone, having close to 10 years of experience teaching small children to adults! I’m happy to see you happy and learning and excited to get going!
Being a dance teacher is a passion in my life, and moving around the world has given me the chance to learn about learning in so many different places! With these experiences and my years, I feel confident I can help you learn anything you want to in the world of movement! I’m classical trained and have worked in the worlds of ballet, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and many more! I’m excited to help you on this journey and get you feeling confident and most importantly, having fun!
"Awesome instructor, Jordan made me feel comfortable, and I’m pretty much incapable of dancing - I leaned a bunch of cool stuff in just the first lesson. I
’m excited to continue learning."
"One of my best private’s ever, Tom is so loving, detailed & super fine leader instructor & beautiful soul❤️looking forward to more private’s with him"
"Patient, kind, encouraging, made me feel at ease and not embarrassed about my terrible dancing."
"Mr. Brandyn is the ABSOLUTE BEST!!!! He is an amazing dancer and pushes all of his students to be the best we can be. He's hard on us yet he understands e
ach of our differences and encourages us to embrace them. When I take class with him, I mentally prepare myself to push my limits and seek results because I know that if I dont, I would be doing myself a disservice and futhermore, HE WILL lol. Mr. B has inspired me to become a professional dancer because I've never seen someone love anything as much as he loves dance. I want to experience a love that great. His passion for the art form oozes from him and I feel lucky to have him as a teacher!!!!
Love you Mr. B 💞💖💗"
"Excellent teacher! Great motivator, patient and kind!"
"Ra, is not only very patient with her students, but is also interested in making sure your goals are being met. Before we got together for rehearsal she a
sked me what I wanted to accomplish so we could structure the class around that. She has a great sense of humor so she will make you feel comfortable when taking her class!"
"Briana is just what I have needed. She is taking me into new areas to challenge me just as I need, to grow and develop, and become more confident as a dan
For almost a century, swing dancing has attracted enthusiastic, carefree, and highly musical people from all walks of life. If you love its unrestrained movements and nostalgic charm, here are five interesting facts to know before you hit the dance floor.
1. Swing dance goes by many names
Swing belongs to the jazz school of dance, but the term doesn't apply to one single technique. There are several distinct swing styles, and they each developed alongside shifting musical and cultural trends …