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About Daniel A.

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Hillside, IL
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About Daniel
In addition to teaching music, I have also worked as a special education assistant and wrestling/track coach at Lake Zurich Middle School South and an assistant Kung Fu/Tai Chi instructor at Green Mountain Arts in Logan Square, Chicago, Illinois. Jazz piano, Voice, and Composition are my main areas of expertise. However, I have also been recording, and playing guitar almost my entire life. I fully believe in music education not only for entertainment and personal enjoyment, but for many other means.
Beyond its capacity for being used as entertainment, music aids in learning, helps develop advanced motor skills, increases memory function, and many other purposes for a well rounded education. It is my goal to help educate the next generation in traditional music practices as well as incorporate new techniques that are relevant to our
current day and age.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson plans vary from person to person. I always make it a point to get to know the student's existing musical knowledge, goals, and background before I create a personalized lesson plan. All important concepts are covered as they are needed so students can understand theoretical concepts based upon actual application and usage. In short, I teach in a way that students can "dig in" right away and play, create, improvise, sing and/or compose freely and naturally. I always encourage students or parents to contact me with their goals, previous musical training, etc., and discuss what they really want out of lessons so they can get the most out of taking me on as an instructor.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic and Electric piano, Digital Recording Studio, Extensive library and teaching resources

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student
Has taught a minimum of 25 lessons and has received the highest
feedback rating from students.Jazz Piano, Composition, Choral
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Jackie L. January 10, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Daniel cancelled my son's first lesson with less than a one hour notice. He attended the second lesson, but again cancelled the third lesson with a 30 minute notice. He sent me a text message to notify me and I called him back and left a voicemail. 24 hours later and I still haven't gotten a call back. I want my money back. He has wasted my son's time. Poor professionalism.
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Nick November 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
Really enjoyed the first lesson. Daniel made it fun and im excited to learn more.
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Kristin S. April 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Daniel adapted throughout the course of the hour-long lesson to understand what I already knew and find appropriate ways to fill in the gaps of my knowledge. He also started me on the process of learning a new approach when looking at and learning to play new music pieces.
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About James W.

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Lebanon, TN

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About James
New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production
8. PR and Promotions Business
Background:
I worked for Eddie Van Halen for five years in the 1990's in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles and was instrumental in providing help with development of the Peavey Wolfgang and Wolfgang Special Guitar by providing feedback on the prototypes Eddie was designing at the time. I learned a lot from Eddie and his brother Alex about music and the music industry. (All you have to do is pay attention! ) I have played in bands from Hollywood to Toronto and back both as a singer songwriter and guitarist. I bring the Musicians Institute way to the table and get things up and ru
nning quickly. I help students get it under their fingers fast and get it right the first time.

I believe in sharing the happiness of making music with anyone who loves music and the guitar in particular. I do my very best to get you playing the songs you love in Pop, Rock, Jazz and Folk Music of your choice. Today's modern new guitars are easy to play and you will enjoy learning Guitar right away. That is how it should be.
When you study there is a basic understanding of Guitar to be learned that allows an ease of use for anyone for years to come. This will help you reach your goal and improve each week. My students learn to practice in a way that feels comfortable and makes sense. This takes all the stress out of learning and gives everyone something to smile about and look forward to each week.

The good feeling of playing along with friends and taking a solo is within every students grasp. I will show you the way there. And with a solid and straightforward approach to the theory as it applies directly to the guitar you will feel confident and unafraid of any music endeavor. We'll cover harmony and fingerboard theory and give you a road map of the guitar neck that makes it a pleasure to play. You learn the basics and much more than you thought possible retaining 90 percent of what you learn!

Having been a student myself I was deeply involved in music since age 12 and played in bands and duos for over 15 years . I can help you to be a well rounded player and performer with a smile, a laugh and a joy for music whether your in a band or a budding solo artist.

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Most students want to play the Guitar to play their favorite songs and I'm the same way. Music is something we carry with us in our hearts and minds. Students will learn what they wish to learn and work at a pace that is comfortable to them. Whether you are a student, “weekend warrior” or a parent whose child has expressed an interest in Guitar anyone can learn all there is to know about Harmony and Theory for the Guitar and how to play their favorite songs.

We cover theory in an easy and straightforward no nonsense way in the first half of each lesson and then apply it to the song you wish to learn. This creates an atmosphere where you understand and feel at home with the Guitar. You get an understanding right away and because it is immediately fun it allows you to feel comfortable at any level. Music is fun, and songs are the creative expression of what we feel. Combining theory and the freedom to play and sing songs allows us to express ourselves through music. 
After 6 months students will have a solid foundation in theory, and a road map of the guitar fretboard enabling them to advance to an intermediate level if they are ready to do so. Students will know enough that music as it relates to the Guitar, which is the world’s most popular instrument in contemporary music, is not a mystery but is a welcome friend. And they will be able to play songs by popular artists and advance at a pace that is satisfying and enjoyable.
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Student Comments:
What Students Are Saying About ~ James Teaching Style

“James’ patience, knowledge and under-standing made learning guitar fun. I like the lessons. He cares.”
--Rebecca L., guitar
student, Venice Beach, CA 2003

“James taught me to
play pop and rock, and
introduced me to
fingerstyle guitar. I love it!”
--Joseph E., guitar student, Vancouver, BC 2006

“I studied guitar privately with James in 2010. His style of teaching helped me to get
past my blocks. He opened new doors for me. Thanks!”
--Daniel S., guitar
student, Los Angeles, CA 2010
""James is a trustworthy man, great with answering back right away. Always ready to help with new members. I would definitely recommend him." ~ PJ Stover of PJ Stover Voices; Independent Film & Recording voice-over artist
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What James spouse says about working on songwriting with him:

"James is my husband for over 10 years now. Over the years, I have seen James give guidance and counsel to many hopeful musicians of all ages, and inspire others about how music influences and benefits our lives. I would highly recommend James to anyone who wants to learn guitar, voice, music theory, and acting. James is a great talent, and study with him would benefit anyone with the sincere desire to grow as an artist. When we married, I had fallen in love with James’ conversational style, and his vast knowledge of music. When I heard him play guitar, I knew that I wanted to write songs with him, and we released our first album, in 2012 on iTunes."

Regards,
Keri W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ovation Glen Campbell Artist Acoustic Electric Guitar, Ovation Pacemaker 12 string Guitar, Ibanez PF 5 Acoustic Electric Guitar, Fender Telecaster 6 string Electric Guitar. Korg Mini Pandora III Amplifier/Studio EFX, Toshiba Laptop Satelite Pro with PreSonus Studio One Artist Software, PreSonusUSB Audiobox, HD7 Studio Monitor Headphones, M7 Condenser Mic, PreSonus Studio Producer software with SoundCloud integration, iBook G4 with Garageband 3 and iLife Studio. Godin Summit CT Electric Guitar is the guitar I now endorse exclusively !

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lesson Plans, Godin Summit CT Guitar, Fender and Ovation Guitars, Tuner, Android Smartphone and apps, iPads, Korg Mini Pandora Amp, Toshiba Satelite Pro Laptop. Android LG Smartphone with Tuners, Voice Recorder, and Metronome and Chord Reference Guide, and Guitar Tuner, iPod Touch Pro Studio.

*** Specialties ***
Songs in the following styles: Pop, Rock and Modern Country Music. Also Composition Analysis while learning the song.
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Steve H. November 2, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
Just had my first lesson. I have never played a musical instrument or have any musical training. James made me feel comfortable right away. I thought I made a very good start. Feeling like I will really enjoy this and am confident I will pick this up faster than I thought.
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Mel October 7, 2018
· Singing · In home
James is very kind and mellow enough to make the most insecure person feel confidant and energetic enough to be motivating and fun!!!! Warm natured.... and his wife is so pretty!!! I could never sing infront of anyone but he made me feel so natural the first day!!! He is not pushy and does not make you feel rushed or nervous! If you are shy and know nothing about music this is the man to schedule with! Cool cat!!!! Ty James!!!! Can’t wait for more!
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Sarah B. July 6, 2018
· Acting · In home
James is a great teacher. He showed me a lot on my first day
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About Richard G.

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Las Vegas, NV
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I can't wait to work with you! I am passionate about the subjects I teach, and find nothing can compare to seeing a student "get it", so they may too enjoy the passion that comes from learning and doing something they love.

Everything I teach I've learned most completely by doing as a Professional, and find great reward in sharing my experience and knowledge with my students.

When the "aha" light goes on, it's truly a wonderful moment for me, and encourages me to drive my students to build towards more of those moments as students, and then ultimately, for themselves as they learn to grow for themselves.
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Frankie L. October 27, 2016
· Photography · In studio
Hi Richard!

Thanks again for your time and info yesterday. I will email you soon, and we will figure out when we should meet for our next class.

Have a great day!

Frankie
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Rodney September 23, 2015
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Great very informative
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About Tim L.

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Casselberry, FL
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Greetings! My name is Tim and I can't wait to get you started on the awesome journey of visual arts! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students with the basics of creative problem-solving, understanding different workflows, and how to achieve their desired results. I went to Full Sail University and earned a degree in Digital Arts & Design in 2016. I'm just your friendly neighborhood art guy who has a passion for teaching. I also understand that no two students are the same, so I catered to the individual needs of my students. Stay inspired, be creative, and I look forward to our journey ahead!
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Lynnette January 17, 2019
· Photography · Online
Just had my first lesson with Tim! He is a great teacher and I have learned a lot already. His easy going fun style is so nice. I am looking forward to my next lesson.
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Tomeka October 16, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Tim is very patience and taught me a lot during our first lesson. I left feeling confident and I'm excited to learn more from him.
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Chris D. June 1, 2017
· Illustration · Online
Tim is an excellent instructor! You can really tell he has a passion for both art and people. He's very approachable and you can ask him for feedback and tips at anytime. I would highly recommend taking any of his courses if you are hoping to increase your knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator or are looking to have a better understanding at creating your own illustrations.
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About Jessica M.

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New York, NY

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I am a visual artist who has been exhibiting my artwork across the US since 2009 and teaching since 2006. I got my BA from Vassar College, and a Masters in Education through the NYC Teaching Fellows program. I am deeply passionate about drawing and love to share this passion with others. I believe that art isn't for the talented few but for the passionate many and what counts most of all is that you're having fun!

My drawings tend to celebrate the beautiful and surprising in the mundane. I have worked in a variety of media but my preferred material is good old-fashioned pencil on paper. I have had solo and group exhibitions, my work has been published in print and online, one of my drawings is on the cover of a philosophy book, I have exhibited at several art fairs, and I have won many fellowships, grants, and artist residencies.

Our drawing lessons will begin with learning to use the most basic materials: charcoal, erasers, pencil and paper. We will spend a lot of time learning the art of looking because above all, drawing is about observation and translating what you see.
You will begin to notice improvements in your skills after the first class!

I look forward to drawing with you.
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Nicholas November 29, 2018
· Drawing · Online
Jessica is a great teacher. She has spent much time with me, teaching and helping me complete my art portfolio. I highly recommend Jessica if you want to improve your drawing skills!!
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Vasilisa November 12, 2018
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I’m enjoying Jessica’s lessons so much. I began to draw much more often and this is the first time I’m not afraid to show my pictures to people. She always make safe atmosphere for your creativity. I’m really happy to draw now and all thanks for Jessica.
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Francesca October 20, 2018
· Drawing · In home
Jessica is simply outstanding!!! She got right to the heart of what my children needed to work on to improve their drawing, and she was able to work with a range of abilities, attention spans, etc. Within minutes she was able to draw out the tentative artist in each of her three young students (ages 9-11), and you could see the difference in confidence in just one lesson!! She is smart, fun, flexible--you really could not find a better instructor!!!
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About Patrick H.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Hello, my name is Patrick Harrington, aka Harringtoon, I work professionally as a live caricaturist in both traditional and digital formats including animated! In my studio work, I have a wide range of styles and projects and expertise in traditional and digital applications. I do not subscribe to a one fits all methodology for any students but rather consider each individual's talents and goals.
I like to help students find their own unique styles and voices – And above all have fun while doing it!
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Patrick H.

Philadelphia, PA 19154
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$75 / 30-min

About Jennifer W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Hello! I'm Jen and I've been a professional, photojournalistic-style wedding photographer for the past 11 years. I bring a lot of passion to my work, and I love teaching and mentoring photographers one-one-one at all different experience levels. Before I was a photographer, I taught undergraduate Sociology and have always loved teaching. I'm excited at the opportunity to teach something I'm so passionate about again!
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Jen G. September 7, 2018
· Photography · In studio
I liked Jennifer a lot. She is patient, friendly and a good instructor. While she was not familiar with my camera she was able to learn it quickly. I just wish she had brought visual references to illustrate what she was teaching me. I believe she will for our second class.
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Aaron July 1, 2018
· Photography · In home
Jen is simply fantastic. A few months ago, I hired her for private lessons to help break through some technical and artistic barriers in my photography. Essentially, I was getting inconsistent results and wasn't able to translate the observations about the good shots into techniques for learning from them and leveraging them in the future.

From the beginning, Jen was focused on my objectives and concerns, and was able to tailor a curriculum to focus on those aspects. She reviewed my existing work with a great mix of enthusiasm and constructive analysis, and the small amount of apprehension I had about having a professional critique my shots evaporated pretty quickly. Jen is very personable and clearly on your side, which makes the feedback cycle easy and light. With her help, we were able to break down some of the things I liked about my own photography, but wasn't making full or considered use of. We also identified a number of ways in which I could improve bringing my own style into more of the process, both behind the camera and in editing choices.

In the field, there's a lot of good dialogue about how to approach a given scene, how to efficiently explore it for non-obvious opportunities, and how to convey a sense of story (one of my particular weaknesses). As one would expect, she has solid technical skills and is able to quickly troubleshoot tricky lighting situations and make suggestions about how to approach exposure/DoF/focal length to align with the intended mood. The feedback is always friendly and typically very pragmatic. I've already found the number of shots making it past the initial cull increasing, at a time when I'm also becoming more critical about what makes for a good shot.

Overall, Jen's guidance has had a sizable impact to my photography in a relatively short time. One of the best parts about making it past some of those persistent stumbling blocks is how much more enjoyable my time behind the camera has become. Would definitely recommend her to anyone seeking to improve their own photography, or move into the world of professional photography.
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Brenda June 30, 2018
· Photography · In studio
I’ve had multiple opportunities to learn about wedding photography from Jen and every experience has been so positive and helpful. Not only does she help me with technical aspects of shooting but also provides me with any random tip or trick that might make shooting easier. Jen has so much knowledge when it comes to photography and she’s really an amazing teacher. It’s clear that she loves what she does and that she really enjoys teaching! I also want to add that she’s just a great person to be around as well. She’s awesome to just chat and hangout with. It’s always felt so relaxed and comfortable. I highly recommend learning from Jen at any opportunity. She truly is awesome!
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About Man C.

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Philadelphia, PA

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Visual Artist, Fine Artist, Painter

Manhei is an emerging artist who has been active with art since he was little. He began his interest in art at Evergreen studio, Hong Kong, and continues his education in art throughout High school at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and receives his Bachelor at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His works are experimental and a mix between his formal trainings and artistic expression. Manhei is also an art instructor who shares what he has learnt in his trainings.

Education and Certificate
•Bachelor of Fine Arts & Certificate (2018)
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, PA
•High School Diploma (2013)
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA), San Francisco, CA

Continuing Education
•Palette Project Mentorship Program with Daniel Keys (2018),
Scott
sdale Artist School, Scottsdale, AZ
• Vincent Desiderio Painting Workshop (2015),
PAFA, Philadelphia, PA
•Ken Kewley Workshop (2016),
PAFA, Philadelphia, PA
•Drawing and Painting Concentrate Program with professional artists (2012), Beijing, China
•Hunter Points Shipyard Public Art Youth Program (2011),
San Francisco, CA
•Evergreen Art Studio (2000-2012), Hong Kong, China

Selected Exhibitions
•Annual Student Exhibition (2018)
PAFA, Philadelphia, PA
•PAFA Northwest pop up show (2017), Philadelphia, PA
•Annual Student Exhibition (2016)
PAFA, Philadelphia, PA
•PAFA summer show (2016),
Philadelphia, PA
•National Congressional Arts Gold Medal Exhibition (2013),
US Capitol, Washington DC
•Senior Visual Art Show (2013),
SOTA, San Francisco, CA
•Young Artist show (2011),
De young Museum, San Francisco, CA
•SFO art show (2011),
SFO, San Francisco, CA

Awards and Honors
•Merit Scholarship (2013-2018)
•Academy Scholarship (2013-2018)
•National Congressional Award. California 12th district 1st place (2013),
Washington, DC
•Artistic excellence in Visual Art Department (2013),
San Francisco, CA
•Robert Squeri Fine Art Award (2013),
San Francisco, CA

Teaching Experience
2015-Present
•Self –employed oil painting and drawing teacher
Introduce students to the following:
1.Alla Prima painting methods
2.Explore expression of the materiality of the mediums
Students age ranges from 12 to 70 including following:
1.Parkinson patient who has problem controlling the brush
2.Doctor who seeks a habit
3.Grade 9 children who seeks a habit
4.Engineer who wish to advance his drawing skill
5.Chefs who wishes to express his ideas more clearly
2012-2013
•Teaching Assistant at Internship Program of the Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings From the Mauritshuis Show, De young Museum, San Francisco, CA
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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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About Jessica H.

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Lansdale, PA
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As a professional fine artist with artworks in private collections around the world, I pride myself in offering you only my best. I'm an artist with 20 years experience in oil and acrylic painting, a degree in Arts and Education, and many years in giving private lessons in various subjects.

I like to make sure that you feel comfortable in our lessons, learning at your own pace and feel supported with lesson structure and take home notes to solidify your newfound skills.

I provide hands-on experience with the paintbrush, palette knife, pencil and tools. You'll gain practical knowledge, useful tips and tricks, art theory, real advice from a professional and personalized feedback.

Whether you're brand new or an experienced painter looking to branch out, I am here to help you learn and fall in love with art.
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Jessica H.

Lansdale, PA 19446
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$42 / 30-min

About Sasha D.

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Philadelphia, PA
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Hello! My name is Sasha and I look forward to being your art teacher. I studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a degree in painting, but I would consider myself more of a draftsman who loves science and architecture (this does not mean that I do not love or teach painting!)

In my experience with art, I will insist that art is not to be made simply for art's sake. Art is a vehicle and a very diverse one at that. Art should be made for fun, but it can also be used for exploration, emotional well-being, and deepened understanding of our world and ourselves.

I work with every student at their level of skill and interest. If you are not sure where to start, I am happy to create lesson plans for you.

I encourage any questions you may have! I look forward to working with you!
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Sasha D.

Philadelphia, PA 19122
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$134 / 90-min

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