Imani Gaston

Imani G.

Silver Spring, MD

About Imani G.

Imani teaches: Females 10 to 70
Males 10 to 35
Teaching since: June 2008
Last sign in: More than two months

Overview

Hello!
My name is Imani and I am a professional dancer, having danced with Taurus broadhurst Dance company, Bebe Miller, and Dayton Contemporary Dance company's Crystal Perkins. I have recently received my BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University after studying at Duke Ellington School for the Arts and CityDance Conservatory.

I have also trained at BalletMet, Jones Haywood Dance School, University of California Los Angeles,under the tutelage of Irene Tassadembo and others in Burkina Faso, and under the tutelage of Kaustavi Sarkar. I am trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern Dance (Horton technique), Contemporary and Odissi (Classical Indian). I have completed my Mancha Pravesh in Odissi Dance.

I have taught to people of all ages (3-60) internationally. Some of the places I have taught are : CityDance, Columbus Refugee and Immigration Services, King Arts Complex, The Phillips School, The Highwood Theatre, and Wuhan University (Wuhan, China).

I was Captain of (and competed Internationally with) OSU Nashaa ( The Ohio State University's Co-Ed Bollywood Dance team).

I am so excited to teach new students, and I hope you'll be one of them!

Photos and Videos

Taken during my Mancha Pravesh

Education

Bachelors of Fine Arts, Dance

Aug 2010 - Aug 2015
The Ohio State University

Dance - High School Diploma

Aug 2007 - May 2010
Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Languages Spoken

english

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

BollyX Instructor

Dec 2015
BollyX

Type of Fitness Program
Cardio / Dance
Length of Class
45-50 minutes
Calorie Burn
500-800 calories per session

BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world. Its 50-minute cardio workout cycles between higher and lower-intensity dance sequences to get you moving, sweating, and motivated all at the same time. At the very core of a BollyX workout is the inspiration it draws from the music and dance of Bollywood, the film industry of India. We embody the infectious energy, expression and movement of Bollywood and aim to expand the reach of fitness to more people worldwide.

Our fitness curriculum has been created by world-class choreographers and certified fitness professionals to ensure a safe and powerful total body dance workout for all. The BollyX fitness program and instructor training is endorsed by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) as an approved provider for continuing education units/credits (CEUs/CECs). BollyX utilizes interval training techniques; the unique workout not only tones your entire body but also burns serious calories – participants have recorded a calorie burn of 500-800 calories per session. No prior dance experience is required – just a positive attitude and the desire to unleash your inner swagger!

BollyX pushes the world of fitness forward to a new kind of experience. Because getting you in the best shape of your life is one thing, but giving you the platform to feel like a Bollywood star simultaneously is a whole other ball game.

Awards

3rd Place

Apr 2015
Korean Culture Show

3rd Place

Apr 2015
Aag Ki Raat 2015

Peoples Choice Award

Jan 2015
Womens Glee Club Showcase

1st Place

Jan 2015
Buckeyes For A Better World- Multi Cultural Showcase

1st place

Jan 2014
Women Glee Club Showcase
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2 Reviews on Imani G.

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TeArra Feb 24, 2016
Ballet · In studio
Verified Student
Very focused and determined to help me reach my goals. Great first lesson and there definitely will be more.
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Michael G. Nov 4, 2015
Ballet · In studio
Verified Student
I have been taking ballet lessons with Imani for the past month, and I could not be happier with the instruction that she has given me. Her attention to detail is incredible, and she is always 100% committed to perfecting my technique. She is genuinely interested in helping her students, and she even creates detailed lesson plans specific to her students. She is very personable and introduces new ballet movements and terminology in a fun and encouraging way. Also, my flexibility has greatly improved within only one month as a result of her effective conditioning that she incorporates into her lessons. I highly recommend Imani as a dance teacher! - Lauren Gold
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