Deirdre Towers

Deirdre T.

New York, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I love words, the concepts behind grammar, the art of communication. As a journalist, I have enjoyed writing about dance and film, as well as writing proposals, and film festival programs, radio scripts, and interviews.
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Deirdre teaches



Deirdre delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7 to 70

Teaching since:
September 1974

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 the Film Society of Lincoln Center. I have been published in over 15 publications. As a dancer/choreographer, I perform with my partner, flamenco & classical guitarist Paul Jared Newman.


Nov 2014 - Present
The Dance Enthusiast

Writer for this exciting web magazine. Read this week's story -

Apr 2012 - Present
Noon Films

Our documentary LA CHANA will have its NYC Premiere on April 11, 7pm at Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center. It has won 4 Festival Audience Awards in Hungary, Netherlands, Italy, and Spain, as well as Premio Feroz (Spanish Golden Globes) and Gaudi Awards. It was nominated for the 2017 European Film Awards. It also won Chopin's Nose Award at Poland's Docs Against Gravity Film Festival.

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Sep 1992 - Present
Alegrias Productions

Pregones Theatre will present Deirdre Towers (castanets and dance), Paul Jared Newman (guitarist), Nelson Ojeda (pianist), and Brian Ford (violinist) on March 25, 2018 in a free program of Spanish music and dance. This same program will also be 2 churches and Port Authority.

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Nov 1991 - May 2016
Healing Arts Initiative

Spanish Dance/Flamenco solo program, performed with tape music or with my composer/guitarist Paul Jared Newman, until HAI closed its doors in May, 2016.

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

I produced the internationally touring Dance on Camera Festival, co-produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, edited the bimonthly journal, and managed DFA's many programs.


Sep 1979 - May 1981
New York University
Sep 1969 - May 1973
Hamilton College
Music & Dance
Jan 1972 - Jun 1972
World Learning


French & Spanish
Limited Proficiency


Audience Award for LA CHANA
Nov 2016
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam & Voce Dell inchieste


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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Photos & Videos

Deirdre teaching Paul, a student courtesy of

Photo by Deirdre T.

Summer, 2015 in Plum Island Sound

An improvisation with cellist Ashley Bathgate and guitarist Paul Jared Newman, who teaches guitar through Take Lessons
LA CHANA Trailer
Photo by Deirdre T.


4 Reviews

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Heike B. Jan 7, 2018
Piano · In studio

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!!

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danila L. Sep 30, 2016
Dance · In home

Excellent person and good teacher

Peter B. Aug 4, 2016
English · In studio


Vanessa H. Feb 28, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very sweet and patient with kids

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