Deirdre Towers
New York, NY
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Deirdre Towers

Deirdre T.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Piano has been my source of great joy, relaxation and means to collaborate with other musicians, as a spur to dance, since I was 7.

About Deirdre T.

Languages have always fascinated me. Traveling a lot as a child, I studied French, German, and then Twi when I had a semester studying dance & music in Ghana. The other two constants have been piano and dance. Classical Spanish music is what originally hooked me on the piano and later the world of flamenco ensnared me. For 18 years, I produced the internationally touring Dance on Camera Festival, co-produced by Film at Lincoln Center. I have been published in over 15 publications and also enjoy editing.

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Mette
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We just met and it felt good talking to Deirdre.
She is openminded and listened to my wishes for the sessions. She also came up with some good creative ideas for the coming classes.

Posted May 4, 2020
Paolo G.
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She is a great professional and she loves to listen and help her students.
She helped me a lot with my english to find my first job in NYC!

Posted Feb 3, 2020
Andrew L.
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Instruction is tailored to students level of proficiency and is developmentally appropriate. Deirdre is a treasure!

Posted Nov 5, 2019
Pablo
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She is a great professional. I would recommend her to anyone interested in improving pronunciation and English fluency.

Posted May 29, 2019
April H.
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I am a beginner, so I was skeptical at first. She seems to be patient and kind and I have just started with her, so I will be able to give a better assessment after my 5 lessons.

Posted Sep 16, 2018
Magda B.
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Great!!!

Posted Jul 10, 2018
Heike B.
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Deirdre has this rare ability to be a very kind and gentle teacher who at the same time shows you clearly and thoroughly what you need in order to develop and improve your skills. It also helps to be learning in a beautiful bright space to which you look forward to coming back to. I was truly inspired after my lesson and couldn't wait to get home to try all the things she showed me - wonderful experience!!

Posted Jan 7, 2018
danila L.
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Excellent person and good teacher

Posted Sep 30, 2016
Peter B.
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Fantastic!

Posted Aug 4, 2016
Vanessa H.
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Very sweet and patient with kids

Posted Feb 28, 2016

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Experience

Producer/Editor
Sep 2016 - Present

Bell 8 Productions

Currently producing a compilation film tentatively called IN SEARCH OF A BALM.

Writer
Nov 2014 - Present

The Dance Enthusiast

Writer for this web magazine covering dance in NYC.

Producer/Outreach Director
Apr 2012 - Present

Noon Films

Our documentary LA CHANA about a flamenco prodigy who will perform in the Flamenco Festival 2020 at City Center will be shown at the Instituto Cervantes April 3, 6:30pm. It has won 15 awards, including The Grand Prix from the International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal, 5 Festival Audience Awards in Hungary, Netherlands, Italy, Croatia, and Spain, the Premio Feroz and Gaudi Awards. It was nominated for the 2017 European Film Awards, the Oscars of Europe.

Teaching Artist
Dec 2004 - Mar 2016

City Center

Teaching artist in NYC Public Schools during the annual Flamenco Festival at City Center, as well as residencies during the year.

Executive/Artistic Director
Jan 1994 - Feb 2012

Dance Films Association

DFA created the longest running dance film festival in 1971, the Dance on Camera Festival, which I co-produced with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and developed its internationally touring program,, edited the bimonthly journal, and managed its fiscal sponsorship and educational initiatives.

Education

Piano
Jan 2020 - Present

Flamenco Piano Institute

MA
Sep 1979 - May 1981

New York University

BA
Sep 1969 - May 1973

Hamilton College

Music & Dance
Jan 1972 - Jun 1972

World Learning

Languages

French & Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Grand Prix for the documentary LA CHANA
Mar 2019

Art FIFA - Festival Int'l des films sur l'Art

Audience Award for LA CHANA
Nov 2016

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Affiliations

Chamber Music Network, The
Mar 2010
ACMP — The Chamber Music Network is a non-profit organization that facilitates informal music-making by people of all ages and nationalities, from beginners to professionals. Founded as a non-profit organization in 1947, ACMP, originally the Amateur Chamber Music Players, was the idea of Leonard Strauss, an American businessman whose work frequently included travel. Tired of practicing alone in hotel rooms, he dreamed of a network of musicians who could contact each other for chamber music sessions while at home or “on the road.”

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