Gina Bonati
New York, NY
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Gina Bonati

Gina B.

New York, NY
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
How to move around like a hungry for space dancer. My teachers used to tell me to Eat Up Space. We will learn how to make our own dances. Vocabulary and Improv, Dynamic, Structure and Form. Finding what it means to write a story or poem with your body's movement, the space it is inhabiting and of course, idea.

About Gina B.

New Post as of Sunday March 22nd, New York City!!!

I am available online nonstop to accommodate all time zones.
We are all in this together.
I am happy to bring my rates down to help you in this time. Just ask and let me know what is good for you.

Be strong, be creative, be beautiful and caring. Be clear, Stay open to what your healthy heart is telling YOU.

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I am in New York City and accepting new students as well as reconnecting with anyone who wants to return.
I have two graduate degrees: one in Music and the other in Dance and Theater studies.
My undergraduate degree is from The Juilliard School, in Dance.

I've 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 the capacity to take students along all the way to professional and beyond. I'm a member of the Actors Studio, the performing unions and have studied since childhood at ACT and then all over the world including The National in London.

For Dance, I have a wide knowledge and can teach several forms as well as history and materials. I also teach Ballet and many forms of Modern Dance. I adore teaching dance composition. To help a dance student make their own dances is very fulfilling. I also teach choreography or composition.
One of the aspects of dance composition that has recently captivated me is the composing of sound and music for the dance that is also being made. Using software, we can explore electroacoustic as well as language and text collage as sound score for your dance. It is super fun!!!

For the Visual Arts I teach Abstract Painting as well as Installation and Performance Art.
*** 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.

My fees: I start at a higher fee and after you've been a regular student we can lower the fee for you if you need.

*** 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.


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15 Reviews
Cristina R.
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Gina is so knowledgeable in so many areas of dance- technique, expressiveness, somatics, book recommendations, energy work. She is a rare gem of a teacher. Someone who goes way beyond a typical dance class. She has so much experience to draw from. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

Posted Feb 9, 2021
Belinda and Daniella
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Very good first lesson. It was a sound, thorough evaluation, along with a positive, encouraging exchange of ideas and detailed technique work between my child and Ms Gina. Ms Gina gets down to work quickly and kindly. Her depth of knowledge is impressive and refreshing. Amazing lady! Thank you!

Posted Feb 3, 2021
Tina R.
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Gina is a fantastic teacher. She has an eclectic taste in music which I love. She breaks down steps easily and is very encouraging. She also has many creative and expressive ideas like dancing to lines of poetry to get the body moving. Thank you Gina for the great lessons I will certainly be continuing!

Posted Nov 26, 2020
Tina R.
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Gina's a fantastic teacher. She is encouraging and gets the whole body moving. I am really enjoying her lessons so far.

Posted Nov 19, 2020
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Great first lesson with Gina!

I love how she works with me and I feel like I can relax into learning because of her personality. I don’t feel pressured or anxious which is really helpful. She’s very attentive and considerate, which I seriously appreciate. I feel like I’m already learning a lot and I look forward to our next lesson!

Posted Aug 5, 2020
Silke D.
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Gina was amazing and created the perfect atmosphere for us to get comfortable dancing and learning!
Highly recommend working with her!

Posted Mar 17, 2019
Sarah Z.
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Gina is the best.

Posted Dec 9, 2018
Cynthia F.
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Great! I look forward to the next class.

Posted Jul 30, 2017
Anaya P.
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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.

Posted May 19, 2016
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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!

Posted May 19, 2016
Miya P.
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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!

Posted Aug 9, 2015
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Excellent introductory lesson. Established a good relationship with the Triplets. Made everything fun and friendly.

Posted May 18, 2015
Monica P.

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!

Posted Apr 17, 2014
Talia S.

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.

Posted Dec 2, 2013
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Posted Sep 12, 2021

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Graduate Student Teacher
Aug 2014 - May 2018

Mills College

Taught Principles of Acting to Undergraduates in the Theater department under the mentorship of Victor Talmadge. In 2017, added teaching the Undergraduate Class of Music Improvisation Ensemble under the mentorship of Fred Frith. Taught Dance throughout and mentored Dancers, Actors and Musicians; still do!!.

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

BFA Dance, 1985
Sep 1981 - May 1985

The Juilliard School

Sep 1981 - May 1985

The Juilliard School



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.


Academic Achievement Award
Apr 2018

Mills College

Scholarship, Teaching Assistantship Award
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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