Stephanie Shapiro Hakun
New York, NY
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Stephanie Shapiro Hakun

Stephanie S.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Group Choreography and Flash Mobs * Private Lessons * Group Dance Classes *
Dance Lessons for Private Parties & Dance Events * Body Movement
Wedding Dance Choreographer: First Dance * Father/Daughter * Mother/Son
Dance Styles: Lindy Hop * Charleston (20's & Modern) * Salsa (on 1 & on 2) * West Coast Swing * Hustle * Balboa Collegiate Shag * Ballroom: Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, American Tango

About Stephanie S.

Hi, there! My name is Stephanie and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2008 and have loved helping my students move, feel good about what they are learning, and accomplishing their goals they set forth.

I am currently available to teach lessons at your home, virtually via zoom or via rental studio. I'm a personable and energetic person and my teaching style is creative, fun and serious. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

I received my training in partner dancing at several dance studios since May of 2000 and prior to that studied movement and dance at the University of Georgia & a Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in Psychology (12/1992) and at AADA/NY (1993).

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Clive
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Empathetic. Supportive. Effective

Posted May 20, 2021
Bill C.
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Stephanie is an absolute pleasure to learn from. She is kind and competent and will very quickly have you at a level where you can comfortably dance on your own.

She is a genuinely nice person and takes the time to learn the way that you learn so that she can teach you in a manner best suited to the way you learn. I had so much fun in my first few lessons with Stephanie leading up to a trip where I wanted to be able to do some swing dancing with friends. On the first day I briefly outlined my objectives with her and over the next handful of lessons we achieved them all. I am so happy to I decided to move forward with Stephanie and look forward to being her student for a long time!

Posted Apr 20, 2021
Erika
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Stephanie is amazing. She is so sweet and patient and I highly recommend her and her class. She is very talented and knowledgeable for the advanced dancer and she also explains and demonstrates the dance steps in an easy to understand way for complete beginners like myself.

Posted Apr 2, 2021
Aaron
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Phenomenal teacher!!! Very patient, kind, and thoughtful...really helped me understand how to become a better dancer. Superb!

Posted Feb 25, 2021
Warren
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I consider myself very fortunate that I met Stephanie some years ago. As we started working together my skills started to improve. I have long realized it takes me more time to develop than other students. After working with Stephanie, eventually I was able to start social dancing. Eventually, we also worked together on performance classes with other students. These were all wonderful experiences for me. Stephanie is very dedicated and passionate about dance. She is very attentive to detail. I highly recommend Stephanie!

Posted Feb 24, 2021
annabelle J.
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I have known Stephanie for a few years now and she is a great teacher and dancer. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, I would really recommend taking lessons with her. She will push you to do your best and make you a great dancer!

Posted Feb 24, 2021
Jean
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I had so much fun preparing a mother-son dance with Stephanie for a wedding reception that my husband and I signed up for a series just for fun. Stephanie is an excellent instructor.

Posted Feb 24, 2021

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Experience

Dance Instructor & head of wedding program
Mar 2020 - Present

Exclusively Dance Studio

Lindy Hop classes will start up in April 2021 (classes were cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic). I hope to have two workshops a month: a Swing Crash Course (no partner needed); and a Wedding Workshop for those couples getting married or those who are preparing to attend a wedding (covering 3 main dance styles). I will also have availability for private lessons.

Dance & Movement Instructor and Choreographer
May 2008 - Present

Private business

Sole Proprietor of all while working for several different studios in the New York City, Stamford, CT and Hawthorne, NY.

Dance Instructor
May 2012 - Jun 2020

You Should Be Dancing Dance Studio

Dance Instructor and Wedding Choreographer

Dance Instructor
May 2008 - May 2012

Sandra Cameron Dance Center

Dance Instructor, Wedding Choreographer

Education

Acting
Feb 1993 - Sep 1993

Academy of Dramatic Arts NY

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Sep 1987 - Dec 1992

University of Georgia

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Hebrew

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Honors in Silver Medal Exams
Jun 2010

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

Honors in Bronze in Medal Exams
Jun 2010

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

Honors in Bronze Medal Exams
Jun 2009

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)
Jun 2009

Honors in Bronze & Silver Medal Exams

Honors in Bronze and Silver in Medal Exams
Jun 2008

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

Honors in Bronze Medal Exams
Jun 2008

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

Affiliations

SAG-AFTRA
Feb 2000
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