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 my own 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. PLEASE NOTE: 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 *** DANCE LESSONS: At the instructor's HQ site, in San Diego, 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 in San Diego and Riverside area. 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.] PLEASE NOTE: 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. PIANO LESSONS: At the instructor's HQ site, in San Diego, 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 in San Diego and Riverside areas. 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.] PLEASE NOTE: 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 *** Dance: 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. Piano: Classical Pianist for over 30 years. Taught Piano for over 15 years. PLEASE NOTE: 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.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2005
Bachelor of Arts | Theatre Arts and Dance - Dance emphasis
Teaches ages 5+
Speaks English, English, Spanish, American Sign Language, French,
Has background check
Really patient and encouraging! I'm a beginner when it comes to dance / choreo but she was still very supportive and positive. You'll have a lot of fun taking a lesson with her!
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.
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.