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Review by Marisa
"Kind and organized, we love going to Walid for coaching and his classes in New York. My daughter booked a commercial after coaching with Walid too."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lee
"Julia is enjoying her acting lessons with Marie-France. She has learned some valuable techniques in a short time. Julia looks forward to her next lesson a
nd plans to continue her lessons with Marie-France."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jeff
"All I have to say is this guy knows his stuff , glad I picked him as my instructor"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Philip
"I have been coached by acting instructors since I was a little kid and I've never worked with someone who had more understanding of the acting craft than
David Tom. I've never seen an acting coach simplistically break down technique for me to understand the way David did. I am so greatful he has shared his knowledge that must have taken years to master with me."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jacob
"I do not speak lightly when I say that no one could ask for a teacher more knowledgeable, friendly, and dedicated to their students than Aaron Farenback-B
rateman. I put "Acting" as the subject above, but in truth, Aaron has taught me so much more. We met at a summer camp, French Woods, two years ago. He directed me in a production of Inherit the Wind, while simultaneously teaching me and several other kids in an Improvisation Troupe. Through both, he showed discipline and above all else a commitment to learning, making sure that his cast and troupe were growing from their experiences.
This past summer, I had the opportunity to work with him once more, this time in a musical, 9 to 5, while again being taught by him in Improv Troupe. As I had grown as an actor in the past year, I expected to have a different dynamic with him as my director. Not only did he recognize my growth and adjusted his teaching style accordingly, he pushed me further and further, never letting me settle until I reached my full potential. The same occurred with Improv Troupe; because so many of the members this year were the same as last year, he was able to build upon his teachings, and give us more complex exercises to test our skills and help us grow as improvisers.
Of course, I consider Aaron more than just a teacher: I consider him a friend as well. He is always more than willing to set aside personal time to talk and joke around once the work has been completed. Some of my fondest memories of Aaron are chatting after rehearsal, asking him for advice, or just having a laugh. This past summer I even got to coach several monologues with him privately, and I personally believe that I approach some pieces completely differently now because of his training. Aaron stops at nothing to foster growth in his students, while still fostering friendships with them. If I were to describe him in one word, it would be this: non-stop. He has an unstoppable drive that makes him one of the best acting, improv, and comedy teachers I've ever had. I can give no higher recommendation."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Joseph
"Bill is an excellent and knowledgable teacher, provides practical and effective exercises to get the most of your voice. Every lesson has been enjoyable a
nd productive, highly recommended"
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Cleo
"My daughter has been taking ballet lessons with Melinda for over a year now, and she absolutely adores her! Melinda is very knowledgable and I can see th
e improvement after every lesson. She truly is one of the best!!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by McKenzie
"Ms. Corey is a wonderful teacher and a great director. She is flexible, knowledgable, and will not hesitate to challenge you and push you to be your best."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Rom
"Just took a class with Stephanie and it was incredible! What a joy to work with, she will make you feel completely comfortable and by the end of the lesso
n I felt a new confidence in my acting ability. Stephanie will give you those "aha" moments we get when we are really learning from the 1st lesson. Highly recommended!"
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Contemporary dance. Youve probably seen it on famous dance television shows like So You Think You Can Dance or Dancing with the Stars, but do you actually know what contemporary dance is? With roots in several different styles of dance, like ballet, hip hop, and modern dance, contemporary dance emerged in the mid-1900s and quickly became one of the most popular dance styles in the Western world. If you are interested in any kind of dance, studying contemporary dance for beginners is a great wa …
Contemporary Dance for Beginners: What Do You Need to Know?
Contemporary dance. Youve probably seen it on famous dance television shows like So You Think You Can Dance or Dancing with the Stars, but do you actually know what contemporary dance is? With roots in several different styles of dance, like ballet, hip hop, and modern dance, contemporary dance emerged in the mid-1900s and quickly became one of the most popular dance styles in the Western world. If you are interested in any kind of dance, studying contemporary dance for beginners is a great wa
Acting 101: What Can I Expect at My First Acting Lesson?
Gearing up for your first acting lesson? Here, teacher Matthew H. explains what to expect at your first lesson, including some of the acting exercises you'll likely do, and more...
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Acting Industry Tips: What They Don't Tell You On the Set
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Being on a film, TV, or commercial set for the first time is exciting and wonderful and VERY confusing. And, worse, everyone will assume you know what to do and when to do it. Here are five acting industry tips to help you look and feel like a pro!
How to Become an Actor: Why, How, and Where to Network
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Being a professional actor is no easy task, but making sure you are at the right place at the right time in front of the right people will definitely increase your odds of getting noticed in the entertainment industry! Here's my advice on how to become an actor through successful networ
Careers in Acting: On Stage and Behind the Scenes
Directors, flymen, producers, actors, and even box office staff there are so many options available to those who have a passion for the performing arts industry. All careers in acting for stage are linked by one thing: a shared love and appreciation for creating live theater.
Because of the associated pressures, and long and surprisingly unsociable hours related to the industry, many people who maintain careers in acting do so because they love what they do. Sequins dont sew themselves on du
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