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 the Method 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.
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.
*** Lesson Details ***
At the instructor's In-Studio site, we have an amazing speaker system, nice new wood laminate floors, and soon we will be installing mirrors! This studio will be fully ready in August 2016!
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 space and concrete, wood, vinyl or laminate flooring.
If space is away from an outlet, please provide an extension cord.
Dancer must have ready the following for class:
- 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.]
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 necessary.
[Piano books, notebooks and supplementary materials are not included in cost of lessons; however, I will recommend places to buy these items.]
*** 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 25+ years.
Taught Piano for over 10 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.
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
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
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
The Groovaloos, Bradley Shooz Rapier, Lock N Keeley, B-Girl Peppa, B-Boy Crazy Legs, Poppin Pete
Marion Scott, Allegra Snyder Fuller, Nahyr Galaz Ruiz, Mariah Salas, Melissa Gallegos-Lenz
Jazz: Kings Dance Center, Jaami Waali-Villalobos, Veronica Velasco
Fil-Am Assoc. of Kings County, Inc., Self Taught
Fil-Am Assoc. of Kings County, Inc.
Line & Two-Step:
Incahoots, San Diego
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!
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.
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.
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:
Choreographed a waltz for the couple's wedding reception. We rehearsed twice a week for about a month prior to their wedding reception.
Played traditional wedding music for their church wedding ceremony.
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