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An hour lesson just flies by and I’ve learned so much...I’m so excited to return to France and to use all that I’ve learned!
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Teresa V.

7 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $95
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaches students 10 and up
  • Awarded 2013 HOLA Award - Contributing Choreography from Hispanic Organization for Latin Actors
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Teresa V.

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Film and TV Acting. Learn on-camera techniques. Script analysis.

About Teresa

Teresa Anne V., originally from Boulder, Colorado, has taken her career from coast to coast, and abroad. She began her stage career as a classical ballerina, training and performing with such notable companies as The Joffrey Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy (D

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Sarah
Teresa is a very knowledgeable and talented teacher! I have learned so many new techniques with sewing and clothing design thanks to her! She is very patient, kind, and dedicated to making sure her students acquire the skills they need to be successful. She thoroughly explains the projects we are working on as well as gives a clear demonstration on any project we are working on. Her in home studio is beautiful! It is quiet, clean, and organized. I truly enjoy my visits there! I’m very lucky that I found Teresa through Take Lessons and I’m so thankful to have her as my sewing guru!
Paige L.
Theresa was amazing is all I can say. My daughter needed a choreographed ballet program in three days and she pulled it together and made extra time to fit her in so she could perfect it. I should say my daughter has not done ballet since the start of the pandemic. I am so thankful for her.
Alec S.
Teresa is an incredibly knowledgeable and considerate teacher! We took ten Salsa lessons with her, coming in with no dancing experience and leaving feeling comfortable and confident showing off a myriad of awesome moves! We would highly recommend her!
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Dr. Ollie L. J.

10 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $100
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaches students 5 to 75
  • Awarded NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar from National Communication Associations
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Dr. Ollie L. J.

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As a communication professor, my mission is to inspire and develop students' unique gifts. I have exceptional experiences performing, producing, directing, and writing screen and stage plays. Enjoy fun, interactive, and applicable teaching techniques that will motivate the best you!

About Dr. Ollie L.

Ollie L. Jefferson, Ph.D. is a professor, producer, playwright, publisher, and president/founder of Timeless Visual Works (TVW). She initiated TVW while serving in production for a nationally syndicated talk show, reality show, and television commercials. She is a native Southern Californian who st

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Simmone B.
I really enjoyed my lesson with Dr. Jefferson today! She gave me valuable information to help me get started and apply for upcoming lessons. I selected my monologue 🤩 and I'm ABSOLUTELY excited for our next session!
Linda
It was my daughter's first contact with professional acting.
She has been talking about being an actress for quite a while now, so we decided to let her take a few lessons to see if she likes it.
Ollie was really comprehensive of our needs and made us see the big picture of that world... just what we needed, to start walking into that direction on the right path.
My daughter had a wonderful time with Ollie.
Kristyl N.
I booked 4 acting sessions with Ms. Ollie for my daughter. Ms. Ollie did a phenomenal job starting from scratch, coaching my daughter for her up coming audition. My daughter had no acting experience, she was shy, and soft spoken but in just 4 short days, Ms. Ollie turned her into a confident, outspoken young actress. My daughter nailed her audition thanks to Ollie!! I will highly recommend her as your acting coach.
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Joe M.

9 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Master of Music from California State University of Long Beach
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Joe M.

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Samba is iconic of Brazil's music and culture.
If you've ever had an inclination to learn to participate in that musical vein now's your chance!

About Joe

I am a professional percussionist and drum instructor based out of the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. I teach both studio and outcall lessons to all ages, covering drumset, steel pan, hand drumming, orchestral percussion, music theory, and piano. Additionally, I am a leader in the samba

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Calla
Joe seems to be a patient and thorough teacher. Happy to start lessons
Riley
My son enjoys his lessons with Joe very much. He’s an encouraging teacher.
Olin
My son loves his drum lessons. Being eight, he naturally has an excess amount of energy and a tendency to chat but Joe has a way of engaging him and keeps him learning. Very positive and supportive as well.
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Ellysa R.

25 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $110
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Theater with Emphasis on Voice from Interlochen Arts Academy
  • Teaching since 2012
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Ellysa R.

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As an actress of 19 years, I love teaching my students the art of telling a story. I started my training in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts program, following on to Interlochen Arts Academy and eventually private training in Los Angeles. I have credits in regional theater, television (Netflix's Dear White People, The CW's Worst Birthday Ever, TruTV's Adam Ruins Everything), countless national commercials, and more. Together, we will explore several different methods including Meisner, Stanislavsky, Boleslavsky, imagining, and more, to create your own unique method. I can't wait to start this journey with you. In your first few lessons, we'll assess your goals, learn how to break down a script, and choose an acting method to start with. As we go on, we will build a repetoire of monologues and scenes for you to use, develop career trajectory targets, and develop your own personal approach to the art of storytelling. I can't wait to start this journey with you!

About Ellysa

Hello! My name is Ellysa and I am so excited to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have loved helping my students realize their potential, gain confidence, and find their own voice. I have been trained in the LAMDA system, as well as attending Interlochen Arts Academy conse

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Ashley
Ellysa is great! She works with your skill level and particular interests and is knowledgable on many instruments, tools, and techniques. She's also very friendly and helpful!
Madeline
She was very in depth, knowledgeable, and also very friendly! I’m excited to continue my lessons :)
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Jessica A.

13 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Dance from The Boston Conservatory
  • Teaches students 3 and up
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Jessica A.

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I have been teaching dance professionally for the past ten years and I have had a career in musical theatre for the past twelve years. I specialize in Tap, Theatre Dance, and Ballet. All ages and all levels are welcome! Each lesson is customized and catered to the students' specific needs. I am full of energy and passion and want my students to learn while also having fun. Let's dance!

About Jessica

I am a professional dancer who has been working in the industry for the past fifteen years. I have worked around the country performing in many different musicals. Some of my favorite theatre credits include Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd Street, and The Will Rogers Follies! I graduated

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Gianna J.
If you are looking to get back into ballet I would highly recommend Jessica. She is truly outstanding and skilled in knowing how to safely strengthen and build back ballet skills. She is patient, listens and works with each individual students needs. I can't say enough about how she is transforming me into a dancer and I am not a young person. If you want to dance, Jessica will not disappoint, she will raise the bar and push you to new heights. I study 3 to 4 days per week and I highly recommend this dance instructor. Zoom works great!
Gianna J.
Thanks Jessica, you are giving me so much confidence! I appreciate your help!
Rachel
Jessica is one of the most passionate educators I know. Having trained intensely in ballet growing up, she understands the importance of hard work and discipline in the dance studio. She holds her students up to the highest of standards while creating an incredibly positive, fun, and safe environment to work in. She has worked with a wide range of ages and adjusts quickly to whatever the needs of the students are. She is nurturing and sensitive and is able to handle any challenging situation with grace and poise. As a highly trained dancer and actress, she has a great wealth of knowledge to pass on to her students. She loves theater and dance and her joy shines through her work. Her passion is contagious and her students can’t help but soak it up like a sponge. As an employee, she is easy to work with, collaborative, timely, responsible and trustworthy. Jessica goes over and beyond her job expectations and her classrooms are always buzzing with excitement and sweat! I can’t recommend Jessica highly enough!!!
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Zach B.

19 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks English, Italian
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded Winner, Grand Jury Prize — Director/Writer from SENE Film Festival
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Zach B.

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As a professional screenwriter, I use my experience writing numerous award-winning screenplays and selling scripts to production companies in order to help you start with the most important step in screenwriting— finding a great story idea.

From there, join me as we work through foundations of the craft — including structure, theme, character, plot, voice, format, and process — with applicable lessons and practical one-on-one mentorship that can actually help get your scripts produced.

About Zach

My work as an acting coach speaks for itself. Just in the past few months alone, actors I work with have booked their first jobs as a recurring guest star in a primetime television series, a lead in a Lifetime movie, and a role on an upcoming Netflix drama series. This is in addition to working act

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Emma B.
Wonderful session, my daughter really enjoyed it. Highly, highly recommend!
Dakota
Zach is a good teacher and makes every part of acting fun! I enjoy his teaching methods.
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Average Cost of Performing Arts Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute performing arts lessons is $81. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $300 per hour.
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$48 average
45 min
$64 average
60 min
$81 average

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