Gina Bonati

Gina B.

Oakland, CA

About Gina B.

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Gina teaches: Ages 6 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: April 1975
Last sign in: 5 days ago


It's AUGUST of 2016!!!
I've just earned an MFA in Dance and Theater Studies from Mills College in Oakland, California. In 2 weeks, I begin a 2 year program in The Mills College Music Department and Center for Contemporary Music; in pursuit of my second MFA, this one in Music, specializing in Improvisation, instrument, Voice. That will add to my BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School, my MFA in Dance from MIlls and my other fancy pants pedigrees!! .

I graduated from Juilliard in dance and pursued modern dance and all sorts of theatre, dance/theater, music/theater, experimental, modern and classical theater, post modern and modern dance. I have taught children and grown ups for many years. I have a strong performing career and love the way teaching keeps me in a giving and learning place.

*** Lesson Details ***
With beginning students I am very laid back and patient and believe strongly that in the play of games and experiments technique will develop and manifest. As the student becomes more advanced I become more demanding as do the materials. As an acting teacher I have an advanced capacity to take students along all the way to professional and beyond. I am a member of the Actors Studio, the performing unions and studied since childhood at ACT and then all over the world including The National in London.
In Singing and Piano I can be valuable to the beginning level and will want to send them to another teacher as they progress beyond my ability.
In dance I have a wide knowledge and can teach several forms as well as history and materials. In Juilliard I specialized in historical dance of the French Court which is also known as pre-ballet. At present I am studying Tango and other ballroom forms and can teach the beginning levels as well as help choreograph for weddings or events. Of course I can also teach Ballet and many forms of Modern Dance.I adore teaching dance composition. To help a dance student make dances is very very fulfilling to me. I work with other media to inspire, using painting and painters, poetry, sound and dream, ideas and desires. All to contribute in making a dance.
In Visual Arts I can teach Abstract Painting, Installation and Performance Art. I have taught children and adults and have a way of bringing the body's expression into the act of making visual art that I and my students find very successful.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have supplies and space. Visual Art students need to contribute to materials by finding or purchasing whatever they like and adding to the mix. My students are welcome to use what I have here and I am always adding materials. Many people throw away materials that are perfectly good for art making so keep your eyes open and you'll find all kinds of good things. Visual Art students need to book a 2 hour minimum and I will lower the price if you just let me know you need it.

*** Travel Equipment ***
just a space to work in - we can create a work space out of any space.

*** Specialties ***
In dance I teach classical ballet principles for beginners or those who are returning and want to work carefully and privately. I teach from the tradition of Alfredo Corvino's principles of relationship to organic forms and structures for sound development. I studied with Mr Corvino for years and continue to study with Ernesta Corvino.
For acting I teach a combination of classical acting technique with American sense memory and relaxation skills. I am well versed in the teachings of Lee Strasberg and then spent time in London to 'fill in the cracks' of my training with analytical skills as well as the various european influences that the Royal National embrace.
I teach creative discovery in combination with classical devices so the student can discover their own artistry while learning actual classical devices for accomplishing specific goals.

Photos and Videos

a small collection of works, Thank you for watching.


Acting Teacher

Mar 2013 - Jun 2014
Urzua School of Performing Arts

This school is such a gem. I taught there for a few years before returning to graduate school. I taught children theater arts and acting skills. I also taught an adult acting class.

Music and Creative Dance Teacher for Children

Jan 1999 - Apr 2001
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

I taught several levels of age groups from 3-5 to 6-9 and then more middle school as a teacher sent to public and private schools in the Brooklyn area. I taught mostly a Carl Orff system combined with a curriculum the Conservatory used.


Jan 1999 - May 2000
Ballet Hispanico

Children's dance teacher 1999 - 2000


BFA; MFA - Dance, Theater, Music (voice)

Sep 2014 - May 2016
The Juilliard School; Mills College

Dance; Theater; Music

Aug 2014 - May 2016
The Juilliard School; Mills College


Sep 1981 - May 1985
The Juilliard School

BFA Dance, 1985

Sep 1981 - May 1985
The Juilliard School

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Ballet Teacher

Aug 2015
Corvino Ballet

August 8th, 2016, attended my second and what will be an annual, Teachers Seminar on The Corvino Approach to ballet. Alfredo Corvino taught at Juilliard (and was my teacher). His daughters Andra and Ernesta continue that legacy. Ernesta Corvino is my mentor as I learn more and more, The Corvino Approach.

Massage and Health Sciences

Jul 1993
The Swedish Institute of Health Sciences

From 1992 -1993, I studied various modalities of health sciences and bodywork from The Swedish Institute in NYC. I specialized in Swedish Massage, in Zero-Balancing and in other modalities for bodywork. I also earned a State License in Massage from New York State in 1993. I no longer work as a therapist, choosing instead to focus on fine art and performing arts. I specialized in bodywork for pregnant women and spent a great amount of time in Hospitals and Birthing centers attending births. It was a most rewarding experience.



May 2016
Mills College, The Center for Contemporary Music and The Mills Music Department

The Silver Award for Narrative Feature Film 'Student Oscar'

May 2009
The Academy of Motion Pictures


Actors Studio

Apr 2003

The Actors Studio was formed in 1947 in New York City to provide a place where professional actors could work together between jobs, or during long runs to continue to develop their craft and to experiment with new forms in creative theatre work. In 1967 the Actors Studio opened its only branch in West Hollywood, California. Membership provides a place for theatre artists to advance their craft and talents. For more than sixty years The Actors Studio has lived a very rich artistic existence and will endure as long as talent needs a home.

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Oct 2001

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

Actors' Equity Association

Oct 1987

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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6 Reviews on Gina B.

Anaya P. May 19, 2016
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Gina is great! My 14 year old daughter loved her. She helped her work on several techniques and scenes in preparation for an audition. I would definitely recommend her for various levels of experience.
She loves the craft and it shows in her teaching. Shes tough but so loving and enthusiastic.
Mitul May 19, 2016
Acting · In studio
I have had the opportunity to learn acting with Gina and it has been great so far. When I signed up for the lessons, I signed up with Gina because of her credentials as I never had an encounter with her. From my first class itself she has taught me a lot about acting specially stage acting and that too with great enthusiasm. I now feel like pursuing it further. She is quite knowledgeable specially in her field and every moment that you are in the class with her, you are learning something new. I would highly recommend her, doesn't matter if you are just getting into the field or trying to set your advanced level stage, her talents will teach you something new that would take you to the next level. I hope you can take advantage of learning from a Great Artist like Gina.
P.S. She is a great Dancer and a great Musician.

Good Luck!
Miya P. Aug 9, 2015
Dance · In home
Verified Student
Gina is amazingly dedicated, both to the material she teaches and to her students. She's knowledgeable and encouraging. I engaged her to teach ballet to me and a friend who was trying to use dance to work through some body issues. Gina navigated a tricky situation - two students at different levels, one with psychological barriers - beautifully, and we both learned loads. Definitely get her to teach you things!
Triplets May 18, 2015
Acting · In home
Verified Student
Excellent introductory lesson. Established a good relationship with the Triplets. Made everything fun and friendly.
Monica P. Apr 17, 2014
Verified Student
Beyond expectations

From our first phone call, Gina became invested in my dance journey. From modern dance, to ballet and contemporary, Gina has guided me into a new world of performance and dance. Outside of our scheduled lessons, we are loosely collaborating on a creative project - something I thought was years away until I met Gina. She taught me tactical dance fundamentals while also helping me navigate the dance and theater scene in NYC. (with which she is very connected) The best thing for me was her flexibility with the learning process. She encourages everyone to make their own journey, never forcing too much structure but always being reliable. I look forward to continuing this journey. Thank you!
Talia S. Dec 2, 2013
Verified Student
Gina provides a safe, constructive, playful, supportive, and judgement-free environment to explore and improve in.

I have been taking singing lessons with Gina for several months now. I have always been extremely self conscious of my voice but it's something I've always wanted to conquer. Gina has done a really nice job providing a safe, constructive, playful, supportive, and judgement-free environment to explore and improve in. I always appreciate how flexible she is with scheduling, as my hours are sometimes hard to predict. I really look forward to our time together. It's very therapeutic.
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