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Dance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a full-time professional dancer who has performed nationally and internationally including the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, DC's City Rhythms Festival, the VelocityDC Festival, as well as others. In my dance lessons, students will strengthen their technique, creativity, individuality and showmanship through a warm-up, movement activities, and challenging movement combinations. Students will increase their knowledge and physical vocabulary and leave each lesson a better dancer, performer and person. In the midst of learning students will also be required to have fun! I am able to teach ballet, modern, jazz, step and gumboot dancing.
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Briana passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Briana delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
June 2008

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.

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Experience

Teaching Artist
Mar 2016 - Present
Salsa with Silvia

Teaching Artist
Jul 2015 - Present
CityDance

Performer
Aug 2014 - Present
S.J. Ewing & Dancers

Performer & Teaching Artist
Aug 2013 - Jun 2015
StepAfrika!

Education

Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance
Sep 2008 - May 2013
University of Michigan

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

30 Hour Advancing Youth Development Training
Sep 2016
DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation

Adult, Child, Infant CPR & AED Training
Sep 2016
American Healthcare Academy

Awards

Dance Place's 2016 New Releases Commission Recipient
May 2016
Dance Place

Affiliations

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Apr 2011

The membership of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. includes 125,000+ college-educated, dynamic, community service driven, diverse and professional women. The benefits of membership include opportunities for professional development, personal development, and sisterhood. Our members are active in their respective communities and hold dear the ideals of Service, Scholarship, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood.

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Photos & Videos

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Dancing in the District, a mini documentary, allows the public to meet dancers and develop a stronger understanding of their art form.
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15 Reviews

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Maria Dec 15, 2016
Dance · In studio

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.

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Ebonee Nov 25, 2016
Ballet · In studio

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.

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Matt Sep 6, 2016
Modern Dance · In studio

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!

Olivia W. Aug 26, 2016
Jazz Dancing · In studio

Great first class! High energy, friendly instructor with attention to detail. I fully expect to see lots of growth in my daughter's dancing with Brianna's instruction!

Taylor G. Jul 24, 2016
Hip Hop Dance · In studio

Briana is absolutely amazing. She worked really well with my 9 year old to help her improve her skills. We are looking forward to the next lesson.

Mickey M. Jul 20, 2016
Hip Hop Dance · In studio

My wife and I had a great experience with Briana. I am not a dancer and she made me feel very comfortable. My wife and I learned a lot and would definitely recommend her.

Keisha P. Jul 3, 2016
Dance Choreography · In studio

My daughter was extremely pleased and excited about the dance choreography lessons that she received from Briana. Briana was very professional yet she made my daughter feel confident and relaxed. She is the best, and we would definitely recommend her in a heartbeat! <3

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Jackie S. Jun 26, 2016
Hip Hop Dance · In studio

We had such a great time with Briana! I surprised my boyfriend with a Hip Hop dance class for our anniversary and Briana made the afternoon so much fun. I am not a dancer (at all) and she was able to get me out of my shell and moving to the music in no time.

Our appointment was a 60min session and we both felt that was a perfect amount of time for us. Briana also included a warm up and cool down which both of us appreciated.

Briana, was also very flexible in terms of appointment time, song choice, and choreography. If there was a move that wasn't feeling quite right or a step we couldn't master she would change up the steps or patiently walk us through the movement again.

We had such a good time we will be booking with her again soon!

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David Jun 16, 2016
Dance · In studio

Briana is just what I have needed. She is taking me into new areas to challenge me just as I need, to grow and develop, and become more confident as a dancer. Thank you, Briana!

Cait Aug 24, 2015
Choreography · In studio

Brianna was amazing. In just five lessons, she taught my fiance and I a 3:30 minute choreographed dance to three different songs. She was patient and had great ideas and listened when we had suggestions. She was great at convenient scheduling and following up with us. She was always early, and her energy and excitement was great. I would highly recommend taking lessons with Brianna!

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Shanelle S. Aug 19, 2015
Ballet · In studio

I hired Briana for ballet lessons for my daughter. She is fantastic!

Brian M. Jun 15, 2015
Dance Choreography · In studio

I have had the opportunity to teach with Briana on several occasions. Not only is she a joy to be around but she is extremely professional. Briana is classically trained and continues to grow in the arts. I highly recommend Briana for creating choreography and teaching class. I give her two thumbs up!!!

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Melissa R. May 19, 2015
Hip Hop Dance · In studio

I am currently taking private dance lessons with Briana and it's been a great experience. Never having danced before, I wanted private instruction to learn to move with music and to get a great cardio workout. Briana delivers on both accounts. She lets me choose the music, teaches me to dance with it, and I work up a great sweat! My goal is confidence when dancing to music and we are exploring different genres for our sessions.

Briana makes every class enjoyable, she is flexible with my crazy schedule, and it's easy to see that she loves what she does. I feel comfortable learning from her as she provides great feedback and suggestions. I hope to continue to dance with her! :-)

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Jakari S. Mar 1, 2015
Dance · In studio

I have taught classes alongside Briana, observed her as an instructor, and taken class from her in a few different styles. Briana is a spark of energy that keeps students engaged and excited during the learning process. She is passionate about dance and this shines through in her teaching as much as it does in her performance.

Equaling her enthusiasm, her creativity is incredibly enriching to her class experience. She is both creative and thoughtful in the design of her class plan and structure, and also intelligent in making adaptations "on-the-fly" to ensure all students are getting the most benefit from their time in class. And these qualities are consistent whether the students are age 5 or 65...literally!

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Cristine D. Jan 20, 2015
Hip Hop Dance · In studio

Briana was a substitute instructor a few times this past fall at District Dance Arts. Her energy, upbeat and motivational personality, style and flavor were a huge hit with both our students and parents. She is highly professional and highly organized and her choreography and music selections are tasteful and age appropriate.

In addition to hip hop, Briana has also stepped in to sub for a beg./int. ballet and jazz class and the students absolutely loved her. She is versatile, friendly, relates well with students, and is highly recommended by District Dance Arts!

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