Ferlyn Fonseca
San Diego, CA
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Ferlyn Fonseca

Ferlyn F.

San Diego, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My History of Piano:
I have been teaching piano for 15 years. My 25 years of training is mostly through private lessons and passed down generational methods taught through my mentor, Joann Maybe.

My Teaching Method:
I assess each students' levels, knowledge and styles of learning, determine the best learning paths to incorporate into the lesson and bring a "natural movement" approach of training and education.

With my method, this is to provide a collaborative & supportive environment as well as actively develop a person's life, culture and well-being. I strive to take a step further and deeper within the mind of the person who is learning dance and find one's "True Inner Dancer."

My Teaching Credits:
Private Piano Lessons

My Training Credits:
Private Piano Lessons - Joann Maybe

My Trained Methods:

PLEASE NOTE: For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.

About Ferlyn F.

My Teaching Philosophy:
"Everyone is capable of dancing, playing an instrument, and understanding music & art performance; it is the desire, drive, determination, dedication and discipline instilled within a person and the guidance of my company's methodology that will bring these abilities to light." - Ferlyn

I believe each and every person has a unique brand of movement, understanding of music, and learning style for any dance form or instrument. Whether it is hip hop, breaking, ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, dancing for a wedding, birthday, or flash mob, playing the piano, singing or even learning the theory of music or dance, I make sure to bring out the best quality within your learning, expand that knowledge and encourage you to become your fullest potential as my student. I bring a different light to each lesson of dance, piano and/or music and bring your abilities to a level that is more knowledgeable, adequately refined, near to perfection and professional over time, and definitely enjoyable.

My Biography:
I started at the age of 5 with the desire to perform and entertain. With the drive of a freestyle & street dancer, I emulated Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson as a few of my dance inspirations. I also grew up driven into the background of piano, having trained in various methods such as Alfred, Bastien, Faber, Carr-Glover & Glover, Thompson and Schuam, expanding my knowledge and range as a pianist of 25 years.

In Los Angeles, I was determined to make dance my professional career and earned my Baccalaureate in Dance at California State University, Los Angeles. I learned alongside notable and popular mentors and instructors, training in modern, hip hop, breaking, popping, locking, house, tap, jazz and ballet. I choreographed for weddings, birthdays, within multiple shows, as well as became an advanced member of Cal State LA Jazz Tap Corps and the campus' hip hop crew, Team Flight.

Under much dedication for my professional career, my experiences exponentially grew after college as the Dance Choreographer & Director for Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter High School's dance troupe, CATCH Kids, a troupe renowned for being featured on the Tyra Banks Show and catching the eyes of a few known performers such as Tommy The Clown, Debbie Allen, and Janet Jackson. I was a Dance Instructor in various studios such as the American Vive Dance Foundation, King's Dance Center, Expressions Dance and Movement Center, and Kruciaal Element's The Dancehouse. I worked with Kruciaal Element Dance Company as the previous Assistant Director and part of their freestyle dance crew, Stylematix, and performed in shows and events across San Diego County and Los Angeles County, including Monster Bash San Diego, Mardi Gras in The Gaslamp District, Dancescape, The Hot Spot Alhambra and The Moxie Showcase.

My current disciplines are focused and centered around Southern California as the CEO & Director of a Dance Company. I aim at providing a unique family of dancers and training musicians to be at their best. I am working on several upcoming pieces and providing a dance company that integrates dance community and dance industry knowledge, with a side of the 3 Heart-"Be3ts". Additionally, I have extensive knowledge and experience in Filipino traditional dance, ballroom, social and line dancing, as well as a background in stage management, set design, and vocal training. My personal goals are to continue to express my passions, develop my talents, and especially motivate others to find their own true inner self, dancer, choreographer, musician, performer, entertainer and/or artist.

For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.

*** Lesson Details ***
At the instructor's HQ site, we have an amazing speaker system, wood laminate floors, and surrounding mirrors!
All lessons are provided via movement.

I will provide a speaker system and the dance lessons for On-Site (Traveling) Lessons.
It is necessary to provide at least an 8 foot by 8 foot clearance of open space and a floor of concrete, wood, vinyl or laminate flooring.
If open space is away from an outlet, please provide an extension cord.

Dancer must have ready the following for class:
- Towel
- Water
- Comfortable Clothing
- Appropriate Shoes:
----For Tap Dance Classes: Hard-Soled Shoes are recommended for Concrete and Vinyl (outside) flooring.
----For Wood and Laminate flooring: Please make sure all screw-in taps (not bolted) are in the toe and heel of taps on Tap Shoes.

[Dance shoes and outfits are not included in cost of lessons; however, I will recommend places to buy these items.]

For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.

At the instructor's In-Studio site, we have a Full 88-Key Digital Piano, Upright Piano and Baby Grand Piano for all piano lessons!
I will provide the piano.

I WILL NOT have a digital piano provided for On-Site (Travel) Lessons. Please have an upright, grand or digital piano ready (76 keys or more is ok; a Full 88-key Keyboard or Piano is recommended).

For Advanced Piano Lessons: A Full 88-key Keyboard or Piano is required.

[Piano books, notebooks and supplementary materials are not included in cost of lessons; however, I will recommend places to buy these items.]

For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.

*** Specialties ***
Hip Hop, Breaking, Popping, Locking, Whacking, House, Bebop Tap, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz and Ballet.
Over 15 years of experience and training.
Taught various dance genres officially since 2005.

Classical Pianist for over 30 years.
Taught Piano for over 15 years.

For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.


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17 Reviews
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Ferlyn has excellent skills in teaching dance. My daughter has improved her dance techniques in 3 classes. We highly recommend her to everyone that needs dance instructor.

Posted Apr 22, 2018
Dominique N.
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Given all of the positive reviews, I am refraining from giving Ferlyn only one star. I am sure she is relatively competent as a teacher. The unfortunate aspect for which she is receiving such a poor review is a significant lack of professionalism.
I arranged piano lessons with Ferlyn for my mother.
Her first lesson (for which I was present) was fine.
I then found out that at their second lesson, Ferlyn showed up very sick. This was quite concerning, especially given my mother’s age. Ferlyn definitely should have canceled that second lesson and not showed up so sick.
Then, only two hours (!) before my mother’s scheduled third lesson, I receive a text message from Ferlyn stating the following:
“Hi Dominique, wanted to let you and your mom that piano lessons will be cancelled today because it is my Birthday! I will see her next week. :)”
This was incredible. This was a cancellation only two hours prior, not due to some emergency or even due to her illness which should have caused a cancelation the week before! This was because it was her birthday. Something that would have been understandable, were she to have let us know well in advance. I am sure she knew in advance when her birthday is.
This does not reflect on TakeLessons, as I have had great experiences with other teachers.
But this degree of inconsiderateness, first with regard to the illness and then with regard to the manner of cancellation, is appalling.

Posted Apr 12, 2018
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Meets you at your dance level and you move forward from there. Excellent attitude and knowledgeable instructor. Professional and thorough.

Posted Apr 11, 2018
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Ferlyn was patient, accessible, friendly, and fun. I really loved her music selection, too.

Posted Feb 1, 2017
Maile J.
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We are just starting. My granddaughter has some catching up to do because she is starting at 8 years, and she enjoyed her first lesson with Fergie very much. Fergie seemed to know just how much to teach her to make her best start.

Posted Nov 23, 2016
S N.
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Great Teacher with lots of patience.

Posted Nov 1, 2016
Grace B.
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Patient, kind, encouraging, made me feel at ease and not embarrassed about my terrible dancing.

Posted Apr 22, 2016
Kiyanna M.
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Great Experiance. My daughter loved it.

Posted Apr 18, 2016
Sophia B.
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Ferlyn was awesome with my daughter who had never taken ballet lessons but is a gymnast......even though my daughter had quite a workout, she was excited for her next lesson.....my daughter is rather shy and I feel made a great connection with her.....Thanks Ferlyn!

Posted Feb 9, 2016
Noah E.
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Awesome, looking forward to more lessons.

Posted Oct 13, 2015
Rob A.
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Excellent teacher, willing to meet my personal goals

Posted Jun 5, 2015
Lesly P.
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Ferlyn is professional and accomplished yet she condescends to me as a novice iin such a patient, warm and kind way. I never realized how much i could learn. I had the idea that i would suffer under the tutelage of a harsh dance taskmaster that you learn about in movies and books. NOT SO; i look forward to my class which is such a pleasure!

Posted Jun 2, 2015
Dena H.
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Ferlyn is a great teacher! She interacts well with my daughter and knows when to recognize growth and areas of improvement. My daughter and Ferlyn get along very well which is always comforting!

Posted May 20, 2015
Jacci J.
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Great teacher. Jacci has progressed beyond our expectations these past 5 weeks. Highly recommend.

Posted May 8, 2015
Ksenya K.
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Thank you for being so patient and understanding with Ksenya. She gets distracted easily but you were able to keep her engaged and focused. And she absolutely loved you and the lesson, and that's what is most important to me.

Posted Apr 15, 2015
Jesse M.
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My 9 year old son has taken piano lessons with Ferlyn since September and she has been absolutely fantastic! He has gotten so much better since that time. Ferlyn is very good about rewarding and stern (not mean) when she needs to be. She has lots of patience. I've never seen her get frustrated or irritated with my son, which says a lot. Most of all my son really likes her!!!!

We are blessed to have two really great music teachers. Don't hesitate to signup for any of her lessons!

Posted Jan 29, 2015
Hanam D.
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I was able to book incredible dance lessons with Ferlyn at the last minute for my friends who needed dance lessons for their wedding. Here is what they had to say:

"We had a little over a week before our wedding and needed to figure out our first dance. We went to Ferlyn for dance lessons. In 5 sessions we had our first dance down! She helped us build confidence in our dance. She is extremely professional and helpful. She allowed us to change up some moves and suggested new moves that would improve our style. We learned a lot of new techniques with great insight. Our first dance went really well and we definitely recommend her!" - Dang & Niki

I've received glowing reviews from them about that experience ever since, and they'll be cherishing that memory forever. I will continue to recommend Ferlyn for my other friends from now on! She won't let you down!

Posted Sep 3, 2014

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Jun 2003 - Present

Various Studios and Dance Classes

3 Be3ts Dance Company San Diego, CA | Ferlyn F. John Robert Powers, San Diego San Diego, CA | Megan Tower Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter High School Crenshaw, CA | Pat Smith Kings Dance Center Hanford, CA | Katie Huegly Vive American Dance Studio Huntington Park, CA | Jose Sarmiento Community Hip Hop Dance Classes Lemoore, CA | Lemoore Parks and Rec. Center Fil-Am Kids Dance: Summer Sessions Lemoore, CA | Fil-Am Assoc. of Kings County, Inc. Cal State LA Housing: Hip Hop Master Class! Los Angeles, CA | CSU, Los Angeles: Housing

Company Member
Aug 1998 - Present

Various Dance Companies

3 Be3ts Dance Company San Diego, CA | Ferlyn F. Kruciaal Element Dance Company San Diego, CA | Jaami and Angel Waali-Villalobos Kings Dance Center: Instructors Company Hanford, CA | Katie Huegly CSU, Los Angeles: Jazz Tap Corps Los Angeles, CA | Ardie Bryant CSU, Los Angeles: Team Flight Dance Crew Los Angeles, CA | Grandison Madison IV Breakaholics Dance Crew Lemoore, CA | B-Boy Franz

Aug 1989 - Present

Various Studios and Dance Classes

Hip Hop: Hannah and Jasmine, Keone and Mari, Elm Pizzaro, Mike Song, Jillian Meyers, Culture Shock LA, April Rodriguez, Matt Steffania, Bryan Boogiemind East, Brandon Knowbody Greathouse, Sara Gonzales, Anthony Shaboobs Qureshi, Arthur Bell IV, Anjelica Albino, Kirk Acayan, Bernadette Ondevilla, Juan Ley Breakin/Poppin/Lockin: The Groovaloos, Bradley Shooz Rapier, Lock N Keeley, B-Girl Peppa, B-Boy Crazy Legs, Poppin Pete Modern: Marion Scott, Allegra Snyder Fuller, Nahyr Galaz Ruiz, Mariah Salas, Melissa Gallegos-Lenz, Hannah Frederick Jazz: Kings Dance Center, Jaami Waali-Villalobos, Veronica Velasco Ballroom/Latin Ballroom: Fil-Am Assoc. of Kings County, Inc., Self Taught Filipino: Fil-Am Assoc. of Kings County, Inc. Line & Two-Step: Incahoots, San Diego

Choreographer & Music Producer
May 2015 - Jun 2015

Stephanie & Bill Dow - Father-Daughter Dance at Stephanie's Wedding

Produced/remixed music and choreographed the Father-Daughter dance for Stephanie's wedding. Only within 7 Duet & Solo lessons were both of them able to do some groovy, exciting dance moves that brought energy to their audience!

Aug 2014 - Aug 2014

Dang and Niki Tran's Wedding

Assisted with their choreography and dance movement for the first dance for their wedding reception. We were able to coordinate and perfect their dance within 5 sessions.

Choreographer & Music Producer
Jul 2014 - Jul 2014

Bob & Justine Major - Father-Daughter Dance at Justine's Wedding

Choreographed as well as remixed/produced the music for their Father-Daughter Dance at Justine's wedding reception. Within three weeks, this lovely family duo (Bride and Father-of-the-Bride) were able to get some lively and hilarious moves on the dance floor.

Dance Choreographer & Director
Sep 2008 - Mar 2009

Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter High School (C.A.T.C.H.)

As part of their Dance Program, I was the Director for the Dance Department and taught for the C.A.T.C.H. Kids Dance Troupe. Dance Genres Taught: Bebop Tap Jazz Modern/Contemporary Hip Hop

May 2007 - Jun 2007

Wedding of Amy and Paul Butler

Choreographed a waltz for the couple's wedding reception. We rehearsed twice a week for about a month prior to their wedding reception.

Apr 2004 - Apr 2004

Wedding of Monica and Oscar Gomez

Played traditional wedding music for their church wedding ceremony.


Bachelor of Arts | Theatre Arts and Dance - Dance emphasis
Sep 2002 - Jun 2008

California State University, Los Angeles

Private Piano Lessons
Aug 1989 - Aug 2002

Private Piano Lessons - Joann Mabee

High School Diploma | General
Aug 1998 - Jun 2002

Lemoore High School

Opera Singing Lessons
Sep 1999 - May 2002

Private Singing Lessons - Nancy Lin


American Sign Language

Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Jazz/Bebop Tap - Level III
Jun 2005

Ardie Bryant's Jazz Tap Corps

Jazz/Bebop Tap - Level II
Mar 2004

Ardie Bryant's Jazz Tap Corps

Jazz/Bebop Tap - Level I
Dec 2003

Ardie Bryant's Jazz Tap Corps


Special Commendation for the Filipino Sun Festival - April 2014
Apr 2014

City of San Diego

2nd Place - Miss Phi Sigma Kappa Pageant: Talent Division
May 2006

Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity

1st Place - “Bust Out” Freestyle and Dance Competition
Apr 2006

CSU, Los Angeles - ASI, Inc.

1st Place - Talent Show at Cal State LA: Housing
May 2005

CSU, Los Angeles - Housing

2nd Place - It’s Showtime: The Apollo Talent Show
Mar 2005

CSU, Los Angeles, ASI, Inc.

1st Place as Charity Bowl Queen: Talent Division
Apr 2004

Sigma Nu Fraternity

1st Place at Autumn Splash - Talent Competition
Sep 2002

CSU, Los Angeles - ASI, Inc.


Music Teachers National Association
Dec 2014
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Mar 2014
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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