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Review by John
"Stephanie is awesome. We learned in pieces and she made it easy."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Cma
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Kayle
"Incredibly friendly and good at helping people feel comfortable and confident, and has the technique and ability and awareness of how to explain and teach
said ability very well. Highly recommended."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sophia
"Ferlyn was awesome with my daughter who had never taken ballet lessons but is a gymnast......even though my daughter had quite a workout, she was excited
for her next lesson.....my daughter is rather shy and I feel made a great connection with her.....Thanks Ferlyn!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Jennie
"Vandi was patient with our teenaged daughter who needed help for a school play audition. Our daughter got the female lead and we don't think she would ha
ve without the confidence and skills provided by Vandi. We are signing up for more lessons now that has the part!"
Indianapolis, IN teacher:
Review by Mike Tsao
"Tanisha is impressive. She focused quickly on my goal of developing a more sustainable speaking voice and gave me a set of practical exercises, tips, read
ing material, and video material for continuing to improve my delivery even after our lesson package had ended. She tailored her instruction to my specific needs and blended her advice with humor and empathy. I felt comfortable working with her. She even got me to sing once or twice. You'll be really happy with your voice instruction from her. Thank you, Tanisha!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Page
"Alex was my Movement and Voice/Speech instructor in my graduate programme. I had done my undergrad in acting overseas and then moved to LA to complete my
MFA in Acting. In my undergrad programme, I absolutely detested every Tuesday and Friday when we had Movement and Voice...but all that changed when Alex became my teacher for these subjects. Suddenly these were my favourite subjects. She made me actually look forward to going to class at 9am. I looked forward to what I was going to learn next from her.
She was so attentive to ALL her students, no matter your level. She always found time to work with you in whatever you were struggling with. She really truly cared about us. It was unlike anything I'd experienced with any other teacher I'd have ever. At one point, I was victim to some intimidation from another student in my class. Alex was the first person I confided in and she guided me through what I should do and how I should handle it, she was completely there for me, even allowing me to call her past 10pm to calm me down after one particularly bad encounter with said student.
Her lessons are prepared, structured and completely engaging. Somehow she is able to detect exactly what you personally need to work on and makes sure you are offered the most appropriate advice that best suits your personal needs. I can't even quite express how much I have learnt from her in the short four months that she was my teacher. She has exposed me to so many different techniques and exercises which, through her guidance, afforded me the opportunity to choose what worked for me.
If there is one thing that you cannot deny about Alex, she genuinely cares about her students, sometime to the detriment of her own life. She is an extraordinary teacher and an even more exceptional woman.
As cliche as this is, she inspires me to not only be a better actor, but to just be a better person."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jane
"Connie knows how to put a student immediately at ease. Lessons are fun, interesting, and informative. The depth of her knowledge and experience is amazing
! I'm so happy I found her!"
Winchester, VA teacher:
Review by Robert
"OMG. Where to start. How about the beginning. I am new at acting and I'm getting a lot of opportunities for TV as well as feature film. I needed help, lik
e now. I reached out to Michael and he responded right away. Michael is amazingly talented and educated. His skills and experiences are exactly what I needed. He has helped me so much. Thank you , Thank you so much."
Growing up in Denver, I had a huge desire for singing and performing. By age 14, I was taking weekly singing & piano lessons, was acting constantly in local productions-many times getting the lead role. Some of the productions I acted in: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Camelot, Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), How to Succeed in Business (Smitty), Carousel, Oklahoma, Les Miserables, and Oliver (Nancy.) I received a 4-year scholarship to the Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA. at the University of the Pacific. Upon graduation, I entered graduate school at the University of North Texas to con
tinue my singing and piano studies, along with music theory, history, and musical video production. Upon graduating UNT, I was chosen among 200 performing arts majors to be the featured soloist at the UNT commencement ceremonies. This led to an offer to tour Italy with the Rome Festival Orchestra. For the next two summers I performed in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Rome and Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic.
*** Lesson Details *** My students progress VERY quickly! As a teacher, I can easily identify my students’ strengths and weaknesses, and plan an individualized study course. I will instill a solid set of production skills that will easily serve ANY style of music you choose (from rock to opera.) I will make for you a personalized recording for you to practice with daily. We will also work on songs you LOVE! My students will have performance opportunities every 3 months. I will prepare you for college entrance auditions, TV contests, and television appearances. My students make extraordinary progress-I want you to become one of them!
*** Studio Equipment *** 10x15 dedicated music room, piano, lovely mountain view, mirrors, microphone and sound equipment available for students. The parents of students are welcome to stay in the room with the students, if they choose.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a piano and I will purchase the method book I want the student to use but I do require reimbursement for books and shipping if required. Student provides notebooks and pens.
*** Specialties *** Seth Riggs, Popular vocal technique "Singing For The Stars" John W. Schaum for piano
Jake G. October 11, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Great first lesson!
Sienna L. October 6, 2016
In home Verified Student
Amber is amazing! My daughter has absolutely loved working with her!!!
Makayla August 12, 2016
In home Verified Student
My daughter just had her first violin lesson with Amber, who was so patient & encouraging! Looking forward to our next one and seeing the progress she makes.
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 (Dance) and University of Utah (BFA- Theatre), Teresa has gone on to craft a dense and eclectic resume on both coasts and internationally as an Actress and as a Dancer/Choreographer (classical & contemporary works, Argentine Tango, musical theatre). Teresa’s film credits include screen time with acad
emy award winning actor, Sean Penn in “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” leading roles in independent film gems such as “Life at Bay”, “The Hideout”, and “Seven Fallen Objects.”, and stars in nationally running commercials for Dyson Vacuums and Animal Planet. Her vast theatre credit highlights include “Tango Fever”(TeatroLaTea, NYC), “Buried Child” (Aaron Davis Hall, NYC); ”Objectivity”(FischHouseThtr, SF), ”Scheme of Things”(El Portal Thtr, LosAngeles), ”Light in the Shadow”(The Complex, Los Angeles). Prior to returning to New York in the Spring of 2012, Teresa dedicated her dance career to a tango dance partnership in Warsaw where she performed, toured, taught, and also stepped in as a dance consultant to the 2011 winners of the Polish edition of "Dancing With The Stars." After her time abroad,Teresa taught/choreographed/performed full time in NYC until 2015. She is now based in her homestate of Colorado. Frequently she is a guest judge for Dance Competitions across the country. In addition, Teresa has launched a series of specialized dance programs (“Slippers to Heels: Ballet Technique & Tango Stylization”), Choreographic and Acting intensives, and specialized workshops for professional/pre-professional dancers. She is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.
Gail April 2, 2016
As an older person who never had ballet lesson, this could have been a very intimidating experience but Teresa was very patient and thoughtful about her instruction. She really wanted to be certain I understood the terms, technique and overall format of ballet. A great experience! I look forward to my next lesson!
Lisa April 1, 2016
She made me feel right at home, talked through every step in the sewing process, gave me pointers without taking over built my confidence while guiding me along the way
MacKenzie March 31, 2016
Online Verified Student
Teresa did an amazing job! She quickly figured out how best to work together even over Skype! Amazing!!!
Hello. I am a Colorado State and New York State-certified drama teacher. I moved to Denver recently, and I am looking for students that want to learn stage and/or film acting and audition preparation.
I attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and received my B.A. in Theatre and Psychology. I earned my Master's degree in Educational Theatre from New York University in New York, New York.
I am a nurturing and high-energy teacher, and I understand different students learn differently. Shy students, you will feel comfortable, I promise!
I have worked as a professional actor in th
e theater as well as film. I am a member of the Screen Actors Guild. I have an artistic resume that I am happy to share upon request.
I love teaching acting to students that want to learn. I teach all aspects of performing: stage acting, film acting, scene study, audition preparation, voice work, etc.
I am very excited to teach in Denver!
Ellie October 16, 2016
In home Verified Student
Dana is great! She has established great rapport with my daughter and provides insight and advice while also coaching her with her acting skills. She is also helpful to us in acquiring what we need to pursue things on our agenda.
mark September 15, 2016
Dana did a great job of instilling confidence and teaching techniques my daughter could use for her audition. Thanks Dana!!
Ella August 14, 2015
Dana does an excellent job of tailoring instruction to specifically address my daughter's needs. She looks for opportunities to include my daughter in activities that she personally works on, and goes above and beyond to help her prepare to meet the goals my daughter has set. She is reliable and follows through with all things she says she's going to do!
Featured in PBS' Great Performances: Live From Lincoln Center telecast of New York City Opera's "The Magic Flute"; the Spoleto Festival's Italian telecast of "The Girl of the Golden West", directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Bruce Beresford; the UC Davis Symphony's film of "Duke Bluebeard's Castle"; the American premiere of Garcia's "Requiem" at Carnegie Hall; Scotland's Edinburgh Festival production of "The Consul," cast and directed by the composer, Gian Carlo Menotti; and, in NPR broadcasts of 15 of his 30 roles with San Francisco Opera; bass Gregory Stapp has performed with 100+ American a
rts groups including the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and China. He graduated from Loretto Heights College and the Academy of Vocal Arts; was appointed to the San Francisco Opera/Affiliate Artists–Opera Program; received one of SFO's inaugural Adler Fellowships; and, won prizes from the Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Opera, Sullivan Musical Foundation and National Institute for Music Theatre. He was vocal music director of "My Fair Lady" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" for Cherry Creek High School; taught Conducting and directed the Jazz Choir at Loretto Heights College; taught Voice at Indiana University; and, taught Conducting, Voice, Music History, Opera Workshop, Film Music History at Notre Dame de Namur University, where he also directed and conducted Opera Scenes programs and conducted "The Marriage of Figaro."
He's also taught voice privately for 40 years and his students have found joy and success. Gregory teaches regularly in Aurora, CO and Monument, CO, serving the communities and surrounding environs of metropolitan Denver and Colorado Springs.
Madison Benton August 29, 2016
Broadway Singing ·
Gregory has been more than fantastic, I have never felt more connected with music and my own voice than ever before. He helped me understand the little structures I can do with my voice and stage acting to help me excel in the future.
Madison benton November 17, 2015
Audition Prep ·
In studio Verified Student
Fantastic first lesson. He really took the time to get to know me and where I want to go with my skills.
Sharon October 14, 2015
Greg is the best instructor I have ever experienced. I appreciated his honesty and encouragement during our lessons. I am an older student so my goal was how to improve my technique and keep my voice healthy. I will always be grateful for his time and patience and sharing his wonderful talents and wisdom with me.
I am a lifelong student of many subjects. My approach to teaching is one of patience and enthusiasm. I do my best to understand the student's learning style and teach accordingly. I have been a professional actor, model, and singer for 10 years. I specialize in on-camera acting for TV commercials, industrial video, and host. Most of the modeling I've done is commercial print and live promotional modeling. I've taught acting to kids ages 6-17 for the past year, including on-camera auditioning, stage directions, script analysis, and business skills (headshot/resume, finding an agent, industry
terms, etc.). My singing experience includes pop, musical theatre, and jazz. I've coached students who believed they were hopeless, and they were pleased to discover their gifts and see growth! I am a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and have taught for 3 years, both group classes and privately. I minored in French in college and tutored beginning French. My motto: Never stop learning!
Natalie September 12, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Stacey from the very beginning was bright eyed, attentive, present and matched my enthusiasm exactly. I had a wonderful first lesson and cannot wait for next week!
Monika July 2, 2016
Stacey is incredible! I have been in love with the arts ever since I was little but was always too shy to put myself out there and study music and theater. Stacey really helped me reach out of my comfort zone and pushed me to become the best actress I can be. I felt very comfortable in all of our lessons and she is one of the only people in my life who encourages me to pursue my dreams. Every hour we spent together I learned more about the world of acting and how to audition for roles and find an agent. I highly recommend her!
Christine T. June 17, 2016
In studio Verified Student
She's amazing! I feel she truly cares about my voice and wants to help my journey as a singer and performer. She explains things so well, it makes singing and music in general easier to understand from a technical perspective. She's also auch a kind person, easy to connect with, so I feel very comfortable singing in front of her! I HIGHLY recommend Stacy!
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