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Emily D.
Los Angeles, California
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Take private lessons from a professional ballerina- beginner to advanced welcome!
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Beginner, Intermediate
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Experienced ballet teacher and professional ballet dancer of 5 years! I specializing in the beginner/intermediate into advanced students. All ages welcome! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Dancers will be building a strong foundation of ballet positions, technique/steps, musicality, ballet history and more. One of my favorite aspects of being a professional ballet dancer is sharing my knowledge with younger dancers! I absolutely love working one on one with students to give them the attention they deserve while working through their goals. I am patient and will meet the dancer where ever they are! I love seeing improvement and growth in dancers. I give encouragement along the way when steps or combinations present themselves as challenging. I am 100% invested in the dancer I am teaching and make sure they are getting the best possible training. Let's get started!
About Emily D.

I am a professional ballet dancer and certified yoga teacher. I am a former Soloist from San Diego Ballet and have also danced Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York City, Japan and Denmark. I hold a BFA in dance & Pedagogy from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the direction of Susan Jaffe. I had the privileges of dancing many lead roles in the states and internationally! I completed my Yoga Teacher Training Certification in San Diego, CA. As a professional dancer currently in Los Angeles, I know how important it is to have one on one training. I have a strong passion for teaching students and sharing my knowledge of ballet to the future generations! Being able to meet a dancer where they are and build technique at their pace instead of in a large class setting, is extremely important to me. I teach mainly in the ABT Curriculum and RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) technique. I believe it is important to be well rounded in not just the technique and history of ballet, but as a teacher also support a healthy mind and body connection, so dancers feel their best with confidence as they grow! Yoga has made such a positive impact on my professional dance career. I am an advocate of self care and believe yoga is a way to not just strengthen areas of dancer's bodies they may be weak in, ( ie working in parallel instead of turn out) but ease anxiety and stress! Yoga brings you into the moment and focuses on the "now". As dancers we get caught up with the work of the future that we miss how much self growth comes from being present. I emphasize strength, flexibility, and mindfulness into my classes. I value the connections that are built through dance and am fully invested in student success!

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Emily D.
Los Angeles, California
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Take private lessons from a professional ballerina- beginner to advanced welcome!
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
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Experienced ballet teacher and professional ballet dancer of 5 years! I specializing in the beginner/intermediate into advanced students. All ages welcome! Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Dancers will be building a strong foundation of ballet positions, technique/steps, musicality, ballet history and more. One of my favorite aspects of being a professional ballet dancer is sharing my knowledge with younger dancers! I absolutely love working one on one with students to give them the attention they deserve while working through their goals. I am patient and will meet the dancer where ever they are! I love seeing improvement and growth in dancers. I give encouragement along the way when steps or combinations present themselves as challenging. I am 100% invested in the dancer I am teaching and make sure they are getting the best possible training. Let's get started!
About Emily D.

I am a professional ballet dancer and certified yoga teacher. I am a former Soloist from San Diego Ballet and have also danced Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York City, Japan and Denmark. I hold a BFA in dance & Pedagogy from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the direction of Susan Jaffe. I had the privileges of dancing many lead roles in the states and internationally! I completed my Yoga Teacher Training Certification in San Diego, CA. As a professional dancer currently in Los Angeles, I know how important it is to have one on one training. I have a strong passion for teaching students and sharing my knowledge of ballet to the future generations! Being able to meet a dancer where they are and build technique at their pace instead of in a large class setting, is extremely important to me. I teach mainly in the ABT Curriculum and RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) technique. I believe it is important to be well rounded in not just the technique and history of ballet, but as a teacher also support a healthy mind and body connection, so dancers feel their best with confidence as they grow! Yoga has made such a positive impact on my professional dance career. I am an advocate of self care and believe yoga is a way to not just strengthen areas of dancer's bodies they may be weak in, ( ie working in parallel instead of turn out) but ease anxiety and stress! Yoga brings you into the moment and focuses on the "now". As dancers we get caught up with the work of the future that we miss how much self growth comes from being present. I emphasize strength, flexibility, and mindfulness into my classes. I value the connections that are built through dance and am fully invested in student success!

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Emily is the best!! She is a wonderful dancer and a fabulous teacher. You will love her!

Posted Sep 30, 2021
Teacher's Studio

Emily is wonderful! She is so kind, and so talented. She is a great inspiration to learn from, and she explains things so well. She really knows what she is talking about, and she makes you feel confident, and determined. I highly recommend her to anyone and everyone, from any level!

Posted Sep 29, 2021
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Such a great experience with Emily. She explains everything really well. Her encouragement and enthusiasm gives me the confidence to believe in myself as a dancer!

Posted Sep 21, 2021
Ballet & Yoga Teacher
Aug 2017 - Jul 2020
Touch of Class
I was a ballet teacher at touch of class for 3 and a half years! I taught group classes, privates and pointe.
Guest Artist
Jun 2017 - Dec 2020
Dance Theater of Pennsylvania
I was a guest artist in The Nutcracker and a Mid Summer Night's Dream with this wonderful ballet School.
Soloist Ballet Dancer
Sep 2016 - May 2020
San Diego Ballet
I worked at San Diego Ballet as a professional dancer for 4 years! I had the privilege of being promoted to Soloist and have danced multiple lead roles with the company.
Guest Faculty
Jun 2016 - Dec 2020
Dance Theater of Pennsylvania
I set choreography, taught ballet/pointe and yoga while a guest faculty member at this wonderful school.
BFA in Dance & Pedagogy
Aug 2012 - May 2016
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Yoga Certified
Jul 2017
Mosaic Yoga San Diego
Gaynor Minden Scholar Awardee
May 2015
Susan Jaffe

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