Richelle Claiborne

Richelle C.

Charlottesville, VA

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Richelle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 16+

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"Spoken word is one of those hard-to-please genres, being a relatively small niche compared to others like rock and pop. It's not often that one has their head turned by performance poetry, as keeping a listener's attention, much less inspiring the general public without something accessible and instant, is a challenge in itself. Enter Richelle Claiborne. Performing live, this gutsy woman delivers her R-rated poetry with conviction, humor and passion, conversing well with the groovy backup music that enhances the spirit of her work. Addressing current issues and embracing pop-culture, off-the-cuff musings, her poetry, while sometimes borderline-graphic and surprisingly honest, definitely will leave an imprint in your memory."
~ CD Baby

I hate to talk about myself (unless it's in a poem!!!), but I'd love to hear about you. Let me help you elevate your craft!

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Sociology & Africana Studies
Sep 1989 - May 1994
Rutgers, The State University of NJ


Sep 1998

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Singing for peace

Chap book reading in NYC


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Tiff Oct 30, 2017
Spoken Word · In home

Working with Richelle is such a joy. Not only is she talented, but her wit, timing and honest feedback make her an excellent instructor. She meets you where you’re at and challenges you to reach even further as a performer. I’d definitely recommend her services!

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