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Review by Kendal
"Kendal was. Try happy with Jessie.... I think it will be a great fit!
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Brandon Lawrence
"No matter your skill level, Stephanie makes any goal feel achievable within a reasonable period of time. Each lesson is filled with an abundant amount of
energy. Additionally, she has a natural talent of breaking down complex moves into easy-to-follow steps."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Kendra
"I have known Connie since I first started acting almost 8 years ago. I have been in productions for which she was the director, writer, producer, and/or a
follow actor. Many of the productions have involved children.
Connie is a true treasure to the DMV entertainment community. She is knowledgeable, professional, and personable. Even with the youngest children, she has a wonderful ability to bring out their best performances through her warm and gentle methods. She builds strong bonds with her actors and students. These bonds allow her to adjust her methods to meet each person needs, which helps her actors and students to learn and to feel confident in their abilities.
It truly is a pleasure to work with Connie. I always try to become a part of any production on which she is working because I know the quality will be fantastic and the experience will be amazing. Plus, I know it will simply be a lot of fun!"
Winchester, VA teacher:
Review by Aarav
"John is an amazing Instructor. He`s very talented & kind person. He knows in and out of acting. Really impressed with him. My son learnt acting lesson wit
h him & improved a lot. He wants more and more lessons from him. Anyone who`s looking acting lesson for kids or adult, John is the best and John is great with kids. Appreciate Take lessons for providing very nice teacher to us. Thank You !!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Jordan
"Da-Rell and I hit it off right away. In less than a day we already had a dance lesson planned, and we got right to it. Da-Rell has groove and is the numbe
r one recommended hip-hop dance trainer from the Take Lessons company. We went over moon walking, sliding / gliding, and other modern hip-hop moves. Da-Rell also helped film the dance moves on camera so I could keep the video as a study guide. Thank you Da-Rell!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Annie
"I am the artistic director of Gotta Van Pro. take celebrates solo artists and having be a fan of Christine for many years as an improv actor and comedienn
e,We challenged her to create a solo improv piece with the four wall up and create a story with a few suggestions if she needed it left on the stageFor our Sarasolo festival. She was brilliant. We had her do an encore performance in our festival. We had Christine teach her master class workshop on improv for humor health, as I would call it... and I am still using her techniques with my students. Thank you Christine for your insight and kindness and humor and guidance. I would take any class with you and would recommend students to you in a heart beat!"
As a voice teacher and voice coach I strive to help the student get to where they want to be vocally. For me singing is something that brings me joy and I hope to be able to share that with you.
It took me a while to realize how much music and singing means to me. While studying something entirely different at the University of Maryland, I began studying voice and realized that it was something that I had a gift for. I fell in love with singing art songs, jazz and opera arias. And while studying at the University of Maryland, I had the opportunity to work as a voice teacher/ section le
ader with the women's section of a choir, numerous opportunities to work as a soloist and in a few jazz clubs. I was also involved in dance performances and acted as a dance tutor.
Later, when I was invited to sing in Denver I had the opportunity to sing in Little Shop of Horrors and to sing with a women's choir. While studying at the University of Colorado Boulder I began to come into my own and started to let my large sound free. (Which for me was a process. Getting your voice where you want it and to where it is capable is work. But, it is fun work and you're always happy when you have these great moments where you get to where you were hoping you could and that your teacher said you would go at some point.) It was there, at CU Boulder that I got the opportunity to start singing in operas. While in Boulder I sang in The Magic Flute, Sarah McKinnon and as a soloist or recitalist.
Also, while there I worked as an actress in a theater company called the Interactive Theater Project for three years. I thought that by getting involved in that that I would be able to act more effectively while singing. It was fun just doing something where you're just working with the spoken word. I had a wonderful time with them and learned a lot about character work and what it takes to connect to the words in an effective way.
In the past few years, I have been a soloist and recitalist in the Washington,DC area and has sang opera in Pennsylvania with Center Stage Opera. Last year, I sang with Center Stage Opera in the role of Bertha. I had the opportunity to sing and to act at the Kennedy Center a few years ago. Also during that time, I sang in Aleko, the Die Zauberflöte as the Queen of the Night, Serena in Porgy and Bess, and sang in Ragtime and sang the role of the Wardrobe in Beauty and the Beast.
I am currently working as a soloist, a children's choir director, a chorus member and preparing for a recital and auditions in October. I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring.
*** Lesson Details *** If you're a beginner, I will help you to understand what you need to get through the vocal line with breath and intonation. We will begin by doing vocal exercises and learn a lot about breathing for singing. I want to help you to make more beautiful tones. I will also slowly begin teaching you how to read sheet music and to help you be a more effective listener when it comes to music. I can also help you to become a better communicator as a singer.
For acting, I will help you to learn how to develop characters and bring the writer's words to life. We will begin by seeing what sort of subjects or genres interest you and what you are doing with those words now, and how you can delve deeper into making the world of the characters something more flushed out.
*** Studio Equipment *** Inside my home studio I have: music, a music stand, chairs, WiFi, a computer, a laptop, a keyboard, a microphone, a metronome, a microphone, an amp/large speaker, and a sofa.
*** Specialties *** For voice I would say that my focus is on classical voice. I also sing jazz, gospel and musical theater. For acting I have done both improvisational and regular scripted plays.
I have not taught students with special needs, but as someone with a twin sister with special needs, I am open to teaching students with special needs.
Olivia W. September 25, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Nicole is thorough with her instruction, friendly, and goal oriented. She is interested in truly developing her students.
Jessica Marson Tucker September 13, 2016
In home Verified Student
Nicole was very patient and understanding with my beginners voice. She was never critical, and she made me feel good about working with her to improve myself.
Olivia B. August 8, 2016
In studio Verified Student
We were very impressed with Nicole's knowledge and experiences. We liked how she took notes, and was able to assess my daughters strengths and weaknesses. She supplied us with printouts and an email with various exercises and songs to practice.
We would recommend Nicole C. to anyone and everyone.
Jackson Coaching Studio Welcome to the Jackson Coaching Studio! It pleases me to welcome you as a valued student. My job as your instructor/coach is to ensure that my students get the best knowledge and skills. I teach the following lessons:* Voice lessons * English * Spanish * Public Speaking * Piano for beginners and revisiting...
I advocate a dynamic variety of approaches to your learning styles and trends. My interest is in the study of voice production; functionality, style/approach, health, and stage presence and as a result, my students are empowered with useful to
ols to reach their goals, confront and overcome common oppositions.
I am a PROCESS teacher. Everything in life is a process. Therefore, as a PROCESS teacher, I believe in beginning every first lesson with all of the information (I plan to teach) as a preview. Immediately (upon the next lesson) followed by my teaching methods:
My teaching methods fall into these four categories: (D.A.D.E.) • Discovery- Gathering relevant and resourceful information of voice functionality. • Application- Putting technical skills to use and knowledge of when to use them. • Development- Process learning- Changes cause/effects and as a result, progress, production, and promise. “Trust the process.” • Execute- To bring forth, carry out, and perform!
Process teaching and learning is a specific teaching style that not only empowers the students to feel confident about their craft, it also gives the students useful skills that can be applied to REAL "time-life" scenarios. This reinforcement confirms that the students have indeed learned what they've hired me for and more.
By signing up for voice lessons with Jackson, you will become a V.I.P. member. What is a VIP member? V.I.P. members have the inside opportunities to learn “singer secrets!” (Vowels, Interpretations and Pept-talk). • Vowels- Two different approaches: Spoken and Sung • Interpretation- A stylistic approach that best explains or makes sense of. Your explanation for your creativeness. • P.E.P.T.-Talk (Details in your lesson)
Note: 1. The most important thing for singers/musicians/language students is that they train their ears. Why? Because 90% of what you'll learn is by what you recall from hearing/listening. 2. ENVIRONMENT- is key to your learning. It's important for you to surround yourself around the very things that you're learning.
Once you sign up, you’ll receive a questionnaire. The information you provide is vital because it shapes and designs your learning curriculum.
Bio: From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Born October 15th, 1974) is an American singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Notable instruments are the piano and percussion. Jackson is one of Washington, DC’s prominent male vocalists. His voice is recognized as; beautiful light lyrical-pure tone, fine diction, long phrasing and an extended high range. He is also known for his work within the concert/recital repertoires around the Washington, DC Metropolitan areas and performances with the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Virginia, Jeff Dokken, conductor.
Jackson credits himself as a Pop Inspirational singer. “Music to touch, move, and inspire.”- Jackson C. Jackson has experience working with youth and adults in churches, and privately. He has taught music and accompanied the production "KIDS" at the Kelsie Collie Children's Musical Experience. His music education studies hail from; University of the District of Columbia,- Washington, DC, Oberlin Conservatory under Richard Miller,- Oberlin, OH, and Shenandoah University Conservatory under Dr. Kathryn Green,- Winchester, VA with an emphasis in Voice Pedagogy (CCM) Contemporary Commercial Music. His professional music career began (Spring 2009) in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Jackson is fortunate to have had a career built on “word of mouth” via his fans and supporters. Often, he is called upon to sing for; weddings, funerals, private parties, churches, recitals etc. Words and phrases that best describe Jackson's vocal performances are: (G.R.I.P.) Graceful, Refreshing, Inspiring, and Powerful.
*** Specialties *** Pop, Inspirational, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues (R&B), Classical, Contemporary Jazz, some musical theater.
"Trust the process! Everything in life began and ends with a process."- B. Jackson Caesar
Languages: (English & Spanish) My interest in the Hispanic language, its apparatus, style/approach, and culture as it pertains to the ever growing population and bilingualism around the Americas. My desire is to engage the students in the discovery and appreciation of the lingual- romantic tongues.
Spanish: Countries visited; Mexico and Peru. I can guarantee that within a few months you'll feel confident and sure that you're conversation- ready to Speak Spanish. Therefore, if you're preparing a trip to a Spanish speaking country, you’ll find Peruvian Castellano pronunciation straightforward and as good as any other, with few of the dropped letters or peculiarities found in some other countries.
English (As a second language) I enjoy helping other’s learn the complexities of the English language. English is indeed a hard tongue to grasp however; it’s not difficult once you understand its secrets. (Phonetic learning)
Acting Coach: I advocate a dynamic variety of approaches to your learning styles and trends. My interest is in the study of voice production; functionality, style/approach, health, and stage presence and as a result, my students are empowered with useful tools to reach their goals, confront and overcome common oppositions.
Andy De January 10, 2017
Music Performance ·
In studio Verified Student
Jackson is talented and patient, and really makes you feel like this is doable no matter what your skill or ability.
Kindra January 9, 2017
In home Verified Student
My daughter is taking the lessons and she is so happy with Jackson. I don't think we could have picked a better teacher. Just with that one lesson, she's excited about the homework he's given her and looking forward to working with him in the future. Thanks C. Jackson
Delante D. January 5, 2017
Jackson was my first piano/voice instructor and the only one I'll ever use. His innovative methods of teaching piano and voice are great for anyone to learn, no matter your skill level! Jackson's lessons took me further over the course of a few months than I would have gotten on my own in years. By far the best piano and voice teacher the DMV has to offer!
Briana has enjoyed teaching since she was a teaching assistant at Detroit Windsor Dance Academy, her high school dance studio. Since then she has taught students within Washington DC Public Schools, the University of Michigan Recreation Center, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Morton Street Dance Center, District Dance Arts, as well as many other studios and non-profit organizations. Teaching allows her to express herself, pass on her knowledge and experiences and inspire students to develop their technique, creativity, individuality and showmanship.
There is never a dull moment in Briana’
s classes! Her specific classes and lesson plans are catered to specific age groups from Pre-K to adults. They consist of engaging movement activities, warm-up, and complex movement combinations. She is an energetic and patient teacher who seriously takes into account the needs and skill level of the student in preparing her lesson plans and material.
Briana’s use of dance vocabulary and physical demonstrations allow her to teach the material accurately and effectively. Her positive attitude and constant words of encouragement keep students motivated and engaged in the lesson. Students will increase their knowledge and physical vocabulary of the movement style and leave each lesson a better dancer, performer and person.
She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance and Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan in May of 2013 and has had a wide range of professional experience. She has worked with and performed works by modern dance choreographers such as Lindsey Merchant, Melissa Beck, Germaul Barnes, Jessica Fogel, Christopher Huggins, Shen Wei and Dianne McIntyre. She was artistic director of a chapter of the international hip-hop dance company Dance2XS International.
Briana was a full-time company member with StepAfrika!, a professional stepping company in Washington, DC from 2013-2015 and currently, she is working with CityDance resident artist S.J. Ewing & Dancers. Briana has had the privilege of performing at DC's City Rhythms Festival, Catholic Universities Hartke Theater, the Hill Center, the VelocityDC Festival, the Guantanomo Bay Naval Base as well as others. Recently she was invited to perform a modern dance solo in Dance Place’s 2014 New Releases Choreographers Showcase and Joy of Motions 2014 Dance Project Concert. Most recently, she served as the assistant choreographer on the American Theater’s Company’s production of The Project(s) in Chicago, IL, rated 4 stars by the Chicago Tribune. Most recently, she collaborated with Hard Soles Dance Company on a new piece titled “Re:set”, combining contemporary dance and body percussion, for the 2016 March on Washington Film Festival in honor of the 70th anniversary of the integration of the NFL and was chosen as Dance Place's 2016 New Releases Commission Recipient in support her new work to be premiered the summer of 2017.
Briana encourages students to bring writing materials to each lesson to take notes for any learned vocabulary and each lesson will follow with a recorded video of the movement for the students to refer to until the next lesson.
Maria December 15, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My 12 y.o. daughter has been taking private lessons with Briana. My daughter has no prior experience but would like to join a group class some day and Briana has been great coming up with an appropriate lesson plan and providing a foundation to start with so she will be comfortable joining a group class as well. Briana is very enthusiastic and my daughter has really enjoyed the classes. I can tell she has learned a lot & will benefit a great deal from these lessons. We definitely plan to continue the lessons and I highly recommend Briana to anyone seeking dance lessons.
Ebonee November 25, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I started taking private lessons after a long hiatus from ballet. Briana is an excellent teacher, patient, and knowledgeable. I've progressed faster than I would have if I had only taken group classes. Briana's teaching style is fun and inspiring. She takes the time to discover where you are in your dance training and tailors the lessons to your goals while maintaining authority as a professional. I recommend Briana for any adult dancers who want to improve their technique and want focused, individual training.
Matt September 6, 2016
Modern Dance ·
In studio Verified Student
Briana was a very enthusiastic teacher and had very interesting lesson plans. She strives for student improvement and always keeps class fun. I would definitely recommend her as a dance instructor!
Hi, there! My name is Tatiyana and I can't wait to dance with you! I've been teaching since 2005 and have loved helping my students transform into better dancers. I've been trained in ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop and contemporary dance for 20+ years. In my lessons I focus on improving technique, flexibility, strength, choreography, overall confidence when dancing and much more depending on your personal needs. No matter what level you are, I am excited to work with you in a productive and fun way! Whatever your dance needs are, I am here to help. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Don June 24, 2016
Dance Fitness ·
Tatiyana teaches a fun, unique, and dynamic Dance Fitness class. Her positive energy is contagious and will have you ready to sign up for the next session before the first one ends.
Nneka June 24, 2016
Contemporary Dance ·
I can't say enough about Miss Tatiyana! She is an outstanding instructor, and she works will with people of all ages. She is patient, professional, and well mannered, and she makes learning fun!
With over a decade of snatching microphones and captivating audiences, Tokia's (2Deep’s) resume reads like Who’s Who travel guide. From Cornell University to Ottawa University, American University to Penn State, United States to Australia, this German born-Alabama raised entertainer has spoken to crowds all over the globe. She’s opened for the late Gil Scott-Heron and performed for President Barack Obama’s first inaugural celebrations at the Washington National Cathedral. She welcomes a freshman class to American University annually and has spoken out against domestic violence on legislative f
loors in Maryland. She keeps busy hosting two monthly, sold out shows (ten years). Armed with a BFA & MFA she's more than equipped to speak her mind before a crowd & teach how you can do it too!
Courtney L. January 16, 2017
In studio Verified Student
Upon first meeting Tokia we all loved her! She has a remarkable personality and we are excited to continue working with her and to see what she can teach our daughter.
Ariannah January 8, 2017
In studio Verified Student
We have only had our first acting lesson and my daughter is 3. I can definitely say from the first interaction I had with Tokia by e-mail up to the end of the first lesson, I couldn't ask for anything more! My daughter has no previous experience in acting and is very shy. Tokia was able to capture moments of engagement with my daughter and got her to act out a few scenes!! I love Tokia so far and look forward to continue to work with her!!!
HanaLyn December 8, 2016
Spoken Word ·
I have known and worked with Tokia for almost a decade. She is a consummate performer who has forged a well-respected name for herself on the spoken word scene. She has an innate understanding of how to build a rapport with the audience at any venue. Her writing is insightful and deeply moving, and her performance is engaging. Aspiring writers and spoken word artists would certainly benefit from her guidance. Tokia is also extremely professional in how she conducts business and I am confident that no one studying with her would be disappointed in the quality of training she provides.
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