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About Serena E.

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Issaquah, WA

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Hello! My name is Serena!

Music shapes my life and has made me the person I am today. My experience in training in opera, musical theatre, jazz, and pop has expanded my musical skills and knowledge. Not only have I been trained in performance, but I have also studied music history, music theory, conducting, movement training, ballet, Alexander Technique, acting, yoga, stage craft, improvisation, other languages, diction and the International Phonetic Alphabet, voice science and anatomy, and vocal pedagogy. I have completed my Bachelor of Music in Operatic Vocal Performance from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of the legendary Carol Vaness. I have also studied with acclaimed teachers and coaches around the world including Dr. Kari Ragan and Maestro Dean Williamson.

This year has been w
onderfully packed with performance for Seattle Opera. I just closed out a 78 performance run of CINDERELLA IN SPAIN where I sang the role of CINDERELLA and was even on the poster! I also performed the roles for the Seattle Opera preview performances of GRETEL in HANSEL UND GRETEL, VIOLETTA in LA TRAVIATA, KATYA in KATYA KABANOVA, and QUEEN OF THE NIGHT in MAGIC FLUTE. I made my Seattle Opera debut singing ALITSA and RACCOON in their touring production of "OUR EARTH", as well as performing on the mainstage in many productions. My upcoming performances include singing in the Seattle Opera kick off to the season SUMMERFEST in July; and OLYMPIA in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN with Pacific Northwest Opera. My other roles include ALKANDRE in PENELOPE with Vespertine Opera in Seattle, WA; FRASQUITA in CARMEN with OperaBend in Bend, Oregon and Pacific Northwest Opera; and SUSANNA in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with the Seattle Opera Guild. I also made my international debut in December 2014 singing GRETEL in HANSEL UND GRETEL with Opera Mariposa in Vancouver, BC. I have also been the featured soloist as "Christine" in Ten Grand's Phantom of the Opera at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA, and many lead roles in both opera and musical theatre: such as Semele (Semele), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Countess Ceprano and Gilda (Rigoletto), Blondchen (Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail), Maria (West Side Story), La Fee (Cendrillon), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Cathy (The Last 5 Years), Rosina (Barber of Seville), and more! I have also been part of jazz ensembles, and won the Battle of the Bands at Indiana University with a rock group! I am proud to have won the Seattle Opera Guild/Opera Plus Young Artist Scholarship Award for the 2015/2016 season, the Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, First Place in the National Classical Singers Competition, the C.M. Gerber Scholarship, Music Dean's Scholarship, Music Faculty Award, First Place at Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competitions, First Place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Competitions, and many more!

Teaching brings me such joy! To share the love of music and to educate the musicians of tomorrow is both gratifying and inspiring. I have been teaching since 2005 and provide a fun and focused learning experience where there are no "wrong" questions, and everybody's unique voice is celebrated! Many of my students have gone on to study music in college, and have landed lead roles in musical theatre, choir solos, All State and All Northwest choirs, and won awards in Classical competitions.

In my spare time, I like to hike, eat good food, and spend time with family and friends!

*** Lesson Details ***
My studio provides musical knowledge through private lessons including healthy vocal technique, basic understanding of music theory, and basic piano skills. I encourage a fun and focused environment. Come ready to learn, and let's make music!

A typical lesson will include vocalises that detail proper technique, some ear training work, some music theory training, and will be followed by repertoire. During this time, students will learn how to produce clear and authentic diction (English and other languages), breath management, phrase shaping, smooth transitions between higher and lower pitches, stylistic ornamentation, as well as dramatic involvement of the piece.

Students will learn the importance of the foundations of breath support, and how to create a healthy sound for any genre while keeping the unique qualities of their own voice-- no cookie-cutter singers here! Students will also learn how to read music, practice effectively, perform authentically, and take care of their delicate instrument for a lifetime of singing!

While Skype is a marvelous tool that has revolutionized the world of teaching, nothing can replicate natural acoustics. In-studio lessons are suggested for a clearer and more personable lesson.
**Skype lessons are reserved for long distance students only**

STUDIO ABSENCE and CANCELLATION POLICIES:
Regularly scheduled and attended lessons are the best way to see positive changes in your voice! The smooth running of the Studio Schedule helps make that happen. Therefore, missing lessons is discouraged and make up lessons/cancellations are not given in the Studio unless:
- I have had a performance or rehearsal that conflicts with our lesson time and cannot have the lesson as scheduled. If this occurs, I will inform you of the event as soon as possible and give you the option of a make up lesson or cancelling the lesson.
- Notices of foreseen cancellations (family vacations, religious holidays, school functions, special occasions etc.) are eligible for rescheduling or cancellation if given before the first lesson of the month.
- Of course, life can throw us for a loop! Illness, emergencies, and unforeseen events may possibly be given make ups or cancellations and will be determined at the Studio's discretion. (In the matter of illness: standard procedure is that if the student can attend work/school, they should come to their lesson. A cold can easily be worked around. If the voice is affected (for singing students), Studio time can still be used to work on ear training, music theory, music history, etc.)

All other absences will result in the lesson being marked as "missed". A hard copy of the Studio Policies and further details will be given to the student at the first lesson. Please feel free to ask any questions or clarifications.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons take place in a designated area of my home. The room includes seating for parents to observe lessons as well as a weighted keyboard (88 keys), music stand, desk, and materials. No pets. Lots of street parking is available. Shopping and coffee/food located within walking distance.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties: Classical/Opera
Other styles and genres: Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, and Rock.
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Chuck June 17, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
My daughter has been taking lessons from Serena for more than two years. We are very happy with her and plan to continue. Training is for classical opera and focus is on basic technique.
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Alaka June 17, 2017
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Serena has taught me so much about music and performing. She's a wonderful teacher and friend, and she is very professional; there is no one I'd rather be learning music from!
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Narcisa K. January 20, 2016
· Opera Voice · In studio
10 stars! She's very strict but in a good way. Keeps the students motivated! Recommend!
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About Bridget H.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I have been a professional voice, music theory and piano teacher for the last ten years, and have loved every minute of it. I am originally from Canada, and went to the University of Windsor to study vocal performance. I was given an opportunity to the study principals of classical singing and musical theater. From there, I began to work as a featured classical soloist and choral singer throughout Canada. I came to New York to continue my studies, and earned a Master of Music degree in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music.

I believe that singing lessons should be a lot of fun. With good technique, my students and I can team up to accomplish anything from singing classical songs and even some opera arias to popular songs and musical theater. It is my goal to help you discover your own personal voice, and build confidence
in your individual gifts. My students have gone on to study voice in college and university, perform in musical theater, sing in rock bands, children and adult choirs and even win a competition or two. I love hearing my students perform, and feel that an opportunity to sing in front of others builds confidence and ability. I take pride in arranging recitals for my students who would like this opportunity.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons with always begin with warm ups and technique. We'll also focus on an important principal topic, such as breath and support, vowel placement or expression. We'll use some exercises that I have already, or perhaps a new one just for your needs (once I get to know your voice) to help you achieve our goals. We'll then work on 1-2 songs. You'll probably have picked one, and I may have picked one. The concept that we worked on in our technique session will be applied directly to the songs you are working on. You can learn so many different things in each song, we may practice your songs, using a different goal in several different lessons.
All of my students get a chance to perform in occasional "vocal class" settings, where you can sing your favorite songs for one another, in a fun, laid back environment. All students are welcome to participate in an annual recital for their family and friends too! Piano lessons are designed to suit your needs. We can work on the basics for classical playing, read chords, jazz improv and more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have my own music studio set up in my apartment. On teaching days, my living room can be a comfortable waiting room for parents/guardians. You are all most welcome to relax, have a cup of tea or coffee and listen to our lessons. I do ask that you do not sit inside the studio (at least not after the first lesson) as this can be distracting for your child. My studio is equipped with a music stand, upright piano, work sheets for theory, pencils and crayons. I also have a full Broadway and classical music library that students can borrow from, CD/DVD's that can be borrowed, and a New Grove Reference set.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring some music, until we assess the student's needs, then they may buy some books, while I provide the rest. I bring theory worksheets, stickers, pencils etc. If a student would like to sing/play a particular song (Broadway/pop etc) I may have it in my music library.If I do not, the student will need to purchase the music they would like to sing. The student would need a keyboard/piano in their home should I travel. I have a piano in my home.

*** Specialties ***
Classical singing, Musical Theater, Jazz, music for young children, pop singing, audition preparation, beginning music for adults.
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Sharon N. October 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
Bridget is very upbeat and cheerful. She makes you feel very comfortable and makes the lessons helpful and enjoyable.
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I have take several lessons with Bridget and find her to be beyond superb! Her teaching style is clear, comprehensive and has already begun to make its impact on my singing. She is encouraging and provides good constructive feedback that benefits her students. I am so happy that we connected and I hope this is the beginning of a long learning relationship.
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Bridget is excellent! I'm learning a tremendous amount from her. Bridget has a very pleasant and patient manner as a teacher. She gets right to issue needing attention. I leave each lesson with very practical exercises to work on before seeing her again.
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About Olga K.

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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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Olga, is the finest teacher I have come to meet.. she is
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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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About Zach R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I have been teaching trumpet, music theory, jazz harmony, jazz piano, and music composition to students of all ages since late 2008. I work very well with young, beginning students as well, and can teach all levels.

I am a touring trumpet player currently working with SAINT MOTEL, and have experiences performing and touring all over the world. In addition to excellent musical education, I apply lessons I have learned from travel that I find truly help as an educational supplement.

Working at UCLA for my degree in music performance has taught me what it takes to be a good teacher, and I am patient, understanding, and believe there's no greater feeling than watching my students flourish. I like to take the time to get to know my students, and plan lessons around their individual needs, rather than plug them into a system set in ston
e. I have a routine I do, that I will start students with, but am very open to modification based on student needs/desires.

I perform jazz professionally in Los Angeles, and have spent time touring in playing in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Macedonia, Canada, and have performed or led groups internationally at the Umbria Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Tuscia Jazz Festival, the Angel City Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. You can hear my original compositions and playing on bandcamp or soundcloud.
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Cara October 8, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
My 9 yr old son has learned so much in only 3 lessons with Zach. We had planned on doing 1 lesson a week but immediately my son wanted more. He is very new to playing an instrument so we were just eager for him to play something that resembled a note but we’ve been super surprised to hear him already playing recognizable beginner songs.
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FA March 13, 2016
· Piano · In home
Perfect. My daughter is so happy. This teacher is very nice. He teaches very well.
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ali January 26, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
Prompt. Courteous. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Thrilled to have found him and eager for more lessons.
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About Tyler A.

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North Hollywood, CA
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I have my BFA in Acting from Elon University and have been studying at Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop since Jan. 2016.

While at Elon I worked as a teacher's assistant for two years where I specialized in and began instructing the Meisner technique.

Duties as a teacher's assistant: coaching in-class work (repetitions, activities, monologues, and scenes), providing private coaching for students with whatever they needed assistance in, grading and reviewing students.

While at Elon University I also trained in Stanislavsky, Acting for the Camera, Shakespeare, Improv, and Voice (Skinner technique, Fitzmaurice) and Movement (Laban and Alexander techniques, BMC [Body-Mind Centering], and Yoga).

I've studied abroad in Arezzo, Italy, where I studied Commedia dell'Arte and Physical Theatre, and I've also studied under actress Marilyn
McIntyre at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles.
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About Gabriel B.

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La Crescenta, CA

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Two-Time Broadway Award Winning Actor/Singer Gabriel Burrafato has performed starring roles on Broadway, Las Vegas and International stages around the world. Known as the “Trilingual, Triple Threat”, this powerhouse of a performer has also appeared in hit shows like ABC’s “Switched at Birth”, CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, Nickelodeon and many other Principle leading roles in Feature Films and Television. His televised PBS concert “Live from the Venetian in Las Vegas”, has aired in over 350 PBS stations across North America. Most recently, Gabriel starred in his award winning portrayal of Dean Martin in the hottest show on the Las Vegas Strip called “Vegas! The Show” at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

Gabriel has studied voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and began his career as an Apprentice Actor at the prestigious Shaw
Festival of Canada. He made his Broadway debut in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams, under the direction of 2-time Academy Award winning composer A.R. Rahman. He also starred as Lancelot in the Broadway National Tour of Camelot and Magaldi in the Broadway National tour of Evita (Harold Prince Revival). Gabriel had the distinguished honor of originating the role of the elf archer Legolas in the $30 Million Dollar, world premier production of The Lord of The Rings, directed by Tony award winning director Matthew Warchus.
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Viviana R. September 3, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Gabriel's technique of teaching is great! After each session, i feel I am improving my English speaking.

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Amir August 26, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Gabriel has developed an effective accent reduction method. In addition, he creates a friendly and comfortable atmosphere for his students. Gabriel's skill is one of a kind.
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Olivia July 15, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
Gabriel is an incredible accent teacher. He has his own technique and all I can say is that it REALLY works. I tried other accent coachs before him and always felt some part of the work wasn't fully done. I felt like they were only showing me what I should be doing. That is not the case with Gabriel. He is detail oriented he has a superman ear, he is very good at explaining what is the mistake you are making and how you can correct it, giving precise exercises and techniques to fix it. I have people asking me if I moved to the States when I was 5 when in reality I moved here less than a year ago :) Can't beat that! A part from his professionalism, he is kind, funny, flexible. I totally recommend him!
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About Laura Leighe S.

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Santa Monica, CA

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International Billboard hit singer/ songwriter - Laura L.'s hit single "Boys Just Wanna Have Fun" hit #5 on the UK Music Week Pop/ Dance Charts, and #27 on the US Billboard Dance charts in the same week!

Laura Leighe is also a finalist in the 2017 Unsigned Only International Music & Songwriting Competition, with 2 of her songs making the top 12 of their genres out of 6,000 submitted.

For 11 years, Laura has been a private vocal instructor in Los Angeles, OKC, and Skype. Certified in the "Singing with Ease" (Seth Riggs S.L.S) method and teaches from the perspective of someone who's voice and life has been changed, strengthened, and brought to it’s full healthiness, range, and ability through the holy grail of techniques. Degree in Vocal Music Edu. from Oklahoma University.

As a piano instructor and songwriter, she has devel
oped a simple system of teaching music theory and chording to her clients, which is ideal for vocalists and songwriters to learn to accompany themselves, as well as for the beginner or intermediate pianist to learn a combination of traditional sight-reading and reading / composing chords on their own. Laura and her husband, Trent own and operate a Recording Studio & Writing Room in Santa Monica, CA.
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Lee Roy K. August 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
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Julianna S. May 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Laura is super friendly and helpful! She is an amazing teacher & very accommodating. I definitely recommend her! I've been taking piano lessons with her for a little over a month & can see my skills improving!
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Aspen June 20, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I have been one of Laura's students for many years and she is honestly the best teacher a student could have! She is very knowledgable about all aspects of piano, voice, and performing techniques and is very qualified to be a teacher. She is so down to earth and cares about all of her students. I was very shy growing up, but she helped my confidence grow and encouraged me every lesson we had. She even offered me performing opportunities to gain more experience and feel more comfortable on stage. She is beyond talented and is a great role model to all young musicians. I am beyond thankful to have worked with her for so many years and have nothing but good things to say about her!
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About Amber W.

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I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.
I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.
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Tyrese P. November 3, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Amber is nice. I can tell she has a lot of knowledge and i can tell she cares for her students.She is very easy to approach with questions or concerns. I cant wait for my next lesson
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Kitty December 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
So far, so good !!
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· Violin · In studio
Amber is really patient with a new student. I'm glad to be her student.
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About Justin G.

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New York, NY

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Justin Gallagher - Is a New York Based actor, director and photographer. Gallagher trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NY under TOP industry professionals and has directed various shows in Manhattan and outside of the city.

Theatrical credits include: Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2: Live on Stage! as an alternate for the teen ensemble (World Premiere/Fox Theatre/TOTS/Directed by Tony Nominee, Jeff Calhoun), BLOODY, BLOODY, ANDREW JACKSON (5th Floor Theatre Company/Dir. Marc Cornes) as Lyncoya Jackson. Film: MILLTOWN PRIDE (UNUSUAL FILMS/ Dir. Tim Rogers) and "FEELS SO MUCH BETTER TO LOVE" music video with Drew Seeley of Disney Channel's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL fame. TELEVISION: THE POINT OF DIVERGENCE (History & Sci-Fi Channels Spec-Pilot/Dir. Glen Trotiner). Other memorable performances include: McDONALD'S: THE GIFT T
ALENT SHOW (Vocal Finalist), THE GWINETT BRAVES GAME (National Anthem Vocalist), DANCING WITH THE STARS: FOR HOPE (Choreographer and Performer).

JUSTIN GALLAGHER's Directing Credits include- THE WIZARD OF OZ (Muny Version), ALICE IN WONDERLAND, SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL Jr., WILLY WONKA Jr., ANNIE Jr., THE WIZARD OF OZ (RSC Version). NY Directing Credits: COMFORT WOMAN (Midtown International Theatre Festival/Jewel Box Theatre, NYC), COMFORT WOMAN (The Secret Theatre/LIC, NY), BELLA NAPOLI (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), BELLA NAPOLI (The Secret Theatre, NYC), BELLA NAPOLI (Midtown International Theatre Festival/Jewel Box Theatre, NYC).

-**The American Musical and Dramatic Academy - NY Conservatory Program** 2011/2012. (Classes include: Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acting, Musical Theatre, Voice Production and Speech, Individual Voice, Sight Singing).

-Broadway Dance Center - Ballet & Tap training.

-Tap dance training under the guidance of Tony Winner, Ginny King (Original Lorraine in the Broadway cast of 42ND STREET).

-Regional Winner of the Georgia One Act Competition for "MIRRORS".

-I have seen over 30 BROADWAY Shows and have been Typed in for WICKED on Broadway and National Tours twice at auditions.
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Aziz September 1, 2017
· Musical Theater · In studio
Learn a lot of new stuff from Justin, very nice and professional instructor.
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Hi there! I'm a professional playwright, who started out as a theatre kid and never went back. I moved to New York to attend Columbia, and since then I've been living in the city and pursuing writing! In addition to playwriting, I also write for publications like Slate.com. I'm basically a book nerd who can't get enough of literature, history, cultural studies, and playing soccer (bet you didn't see that coming).

My favorite part of tutoring is developing a rapport with my students. If you have fun, I have fun; if you learn, I learn. For me, tutoring is not just about reciting dates or definitions, but about thoroughly understanding the material so that you can navigate it on your own. And maybe you'll even grow to love a former problem area - who knows!
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Learning how to properly dance ballroom style and perfect the moves requires a good bit of time and practice. However, you may be surprised at just how far you can get by learning a few basic ballroom dance steps. With this guide, you will learn the basic steps of ballroom dancing and find yourself out on the dance floor before you know it! Ballroom Dance Posture Before your feet can start learning these ballroom dance steps, it's important that you first learn the proper posture your body m
Super Cute Kids Re-Enact 2014 Oscar Nominated Films So You Don't Have To
Wow, the Oscars are coming up fast! The 2014 Academy Awards will air this Sunday, March 2. If  you haven't had time to catch all of this year's big pictures (or just haven't made your own viral re-enactments yet), let these amazing kids take care of business for you. My personal fave is the mini-Joaquin Phoenix in Her. Shout out to mom.me and Cinefix for this cool collaboration! All  you movie buffs out there can learn more about the grown-up actors nominated this year, follow our blog

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