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Gina B.
New York, New York
Internalize the precepts of method acting with an award-winning teacher
See Acting. I am a member of the Actors Studio and understand the precepts from their origin. write to me with specific questions and I will be pleased to enter into a dialogue. I have very strong opinions on the methods and find it often misunderstood. I am a very good teacher of the Tension-Relaxation in the Chair work as well as the Sense Memory work. I have the original list of Sense Memory exercises passed down from Lee Strasberg to the two women who I spent years studying with. This is very important work and I believe in it and understand it.
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. _________________________ Old post: 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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BFA; MFA - Dance, Theater, Music (voice)

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Gina is a phenomenal, creative, warm teacher. Our 11 y/o daughter has learned so much (technical & playful) and has requested to continue with Gina. She has a golden touch. Don’t hesitate to book with her!

Posted Aug 2, 2022

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. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

Posted Feb 10, 2021

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 4, 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
Sep 1981 - May 1985
The Juilliard School
BFA Dance, 1985
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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Instructor details
Method Acting
Teaches 10+ subjects. Different subject may have different prices.