Tap: All levels all Ages: Emphasis on Broadway type of tap dancing.
Modern: Ages 12 and up. Some ballet experience recommended or to be take in conjunction with ballet. I have experience with Graham, Cunningham, Release and Horton Techniques. I also have extensive knowledge of Contact Improvisation and partnering.
I have been dancing for over 14 years, with an emphasis in ballet and modern dance, but I also know tap, jazz and swing. I enjoy math tutoring because math has so much more beauty to it than people think.
jerry H. May 3, 2014
Ballet Verified Student
Excellent teacher for a beginner
As a beginner adult in ballet, Melanie did an excellent job of teaching me the basics of ballet. I would definitely recommend her for any adult wishing to learn ballet.
Roberta P. April 24, 2014
Jazz Dancing Verified Student
Melanie is a great teacher with a very sweet personality
Students can expect a teacher who customizes a lesson to their ability and desire. I take pride in recognizing the learning curve of my students and give them a lesson that makes them feel accomplished in their growth.
As a dancer my training has been in several genre's of dance including, salsa, cha cha cha, bachata, samba, ballet, jazz, street styles, burlesque, contemporary, hip hop and ballroom.
I am certified through Alma Latina Dance Co. which is the top Latin Dance Company in the world and 4 time World Champions. I have competed in the World Latin Cup and have been featured in commercials as well as International tours and large concert performances.
My focus is on blending strong technique with smooth style. I want my dancers to move with ease and confidence, while enjoying the music.
uction offered for both men and women as well as children for regular lessons or choreography for weddings, parties, recitals and competitions.
I will cover musicality,timing, full body technique, body movement, styling, as well as drills and stretching.
I will have you dancing with confidence at a pace that is comfortable for YOU!! I am a master at breaking things down!!
Teaching experience: 20 years Teaching goals: Depends on student goals Teaching style: Depends on student's needs
Jaami W.V., originally from Washington State, has been dancing for over 25 years, beginning with jazz and ballet. She began studying hip hop at the age of 14, and soon organized a school dance team at her high school. After she graduated, she joined AmeriCorps National Service and founded an after school hip hop dance program for teens, to help address the rising teen crime rate. She then moved to San Diego specifically to dance in the San Diego State University dance program. Wanting to dance more, she began teaching hip hop at local gyms and dance studios throughout San Diego. In 2002, she f
ounded Kruciaal Element Hip Hop Dance Company where she directs, choreographs, and organizes numerous performances in San Diego and Los Angeles County including events like Monster Bash and Mardi Gras, sponsored by the Gaslamp Association. Kruciaal Element Dance Company is now parent company to the following businesses: Kruciaal Element Amateur and Foundation Teams, Groove Basics, Visual Stimulus Events, Dancers Who Donate, Jade Dance Competition, Bite Dance Company, KiK Cabaret Company, KE Casting, StyleMatix Crew, Nucleus Youth Hip Hop, The Dancehouse, and Catalyst Dance Ensemble. She has danced with Fusion Force Dance Company, Urban FX Dance Company, and Funkanometry San Diego. She has been represented by Dorothy Day Otis Dance Agency and Bloc Agency. Mrs. W. has a Bachelor degree in both Fine Arts and Dance from San Diego State University, and her Masters of Arts in Dance from California State University Long Beach. She is also certified in Level I Pilates Mat Training and will undergo Level II next. She has performed with vocal artists Anisha Nicole, La Rain, Jason Brown, Tawny Heath, Juice, whose hit song was featured on the soundtrack for the motion picture Stomp the Yard, and Abrina, who has a new song with recording artist Mims. Mrs. W's TV credits include Fox 5 News, Channel 6 News, KUSI News, NBC News, San Diego “Rock N' Roll Marathon,” “Salute to Teachers,” “San Diego Living,” and “LA Special.” Mrs. W. was also a featured dancer at “Kel and Friends Afterschool Summer Jam,” “Pandamonium Dance” for DreamWorks’ movie Kung Fu Panda, and has judged events such as the Poway High School Air Band Competition, FilAmFest, Armageddon Dance Battle, and Art Official Dance Competition.
Mrs. W. has been teaching for over 18 years; some of her teaching includes: Coronado School of the Arts, Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego Tech Center, Mesa Community College, and Southwestern Community College, Los Willows Resort, The Neutral Zone and Scriber Lake High School in Washington State through AmeriCorps National Service, Culture Shock Dance Center, University of San Diego, San Diego Dance Center, Boogiezone at Focus Dance Center, Malashock Dance School, Pasadena Dance Festival, Jean Isaac’s San Diego Dance Center, Lakeside Farms Elementary, Being Fit Fitness Centers, 4 Women Only Fitness Center, K.Y.D.S Inc., Frog’s Club One, Mind Body & Soul Dance Studio, Pure Fitness, Montessori Shir Hashirim Preschool, A Time to Dance Dance Studio, Pacific Arts Dance Studio, Heartlight Aerobics, LA Fitness Center, 24 Hour Fitness Center, Escondido Recreation Department, UTC Ice Town, Lil’ Arts, Cheek 2 Cheek, Champion Ballroom, Ballet Center West, Rubio’s Dance Studio, Royal Dance Academy, Step by Step Dance Studio, Academy of Performing Arts, Dance Consultant for Actresses, Private Lessons, Weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, Birthday Parties, including Quinceñeras (Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz and Salsa), Versant Venture, Aztec Recreation Center at San Diego State University, San Pasqual Academy, All Star Gymnastics, and Camp Get Away. Her current classes at Southwestern College include Jazz and Hip Hop Dance every Tuesday and Thursday. She also runs her own dance studio in downtown San Diego, The Dancehouse.
Her choreography includes works for Kruciaal Element, San Diego Civic Dance Association, Candy Inc., X-Force Dance Company, Coronado School of the Arts, Los Willows Resort, Fall and Spring concerts for Mesa and Southwestern Community College, A Fundamental Change Musical, Generation F, and for vocal artists such as Abrina, who opened up for Bow Wow, Paul Wall, and Lil’ Rob, La Rain, Jacqueline Grace, Tawny Heath, who opened for Sean Kingston and Baby Bash, and Jason Brown, who performed with Stevie Wonder and John Legend. Aside from dancing, Mrs. W. has over 10 years experience in social services where she has worked with youths from 2-18, adults with both physical and developmental disabilities, and seniors. Mrs. W. is incredibly grateful for her wonderfully unique family and friends who have always loved and supported her; they have taught her optimism and laughter. Her belief and faith in God has allowed her to stay focused on her purpose in life: “inspire.” She hopes to spread her love for God, life, and dance to as many people as she can!
Shawna July 13, 2015
Hip Hop Dance ·
What can I say about Jaami... well... she is just AMAZING!!! I love her free spirit, her love toward dance, her smile, enthusiasm, her values as a person, and her love for animals. This was only the first time I took a dance class, so I did not have much experience. However, I love hip hop dance. I read a couple reviews about Jaami's dance companies so I was both excited and nervous to try. BUT, the style in which Jaami teaches makes hip hop very easy to learn. Step by step. I felt that she really wanted me to learn and was really focused on helping me. Thank you Jaami for sharing your love for hip hop with me! Look forward to dancing with you again.
I noticed a lot of teachers use songs that are very Hood, Buck, and Ratchet. Very few teachers bridge the gap to introduce the sexier side of Hip Hop and R&B. I hope to teach you moves that are more fluid and flow with the song. I intend to help you recognize the different instruments/lyrics of a song, and not rely entirely on an 8 count.
a.k.a. StyListiK SmurF
I have been in the dance community for the past year. We are a very positive community and are about uplifting and encouraging, instead of pointing out flaws. As long as you are trying your best and giving your all, that's all I ask in a student. Dance is not about who is the best, but interpreting a song based on how you feel it. Dance is suppose to be fun and inspiring!
I specialize in the R&B side of Hip Hop. You should expect to dance to songs by artists such as Usher, Marques Houston, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, etc.
Strengthen your technique or learn a fun new skill. Build long lean muscle and explore your favorite music.
I began my dance training in Oregon, where I grew up, then moved to Los Angeles to attend college and try my hand in the Hollywood dance scene. I worked throughout LA and Riverside counties before coming to San Diego to enjoy the relaxed way of life. San Diego introduced me to circus arts and I fell in love right away. I have been teaching dance for over 15 years for all ages and all skill levels. I am proficient in performance and therapeutic movement. I love to teach jazz, ballet, modern, aerial silks, fire spinning and yoga. Whether you are looking to improve your technique or polish
a performance piece I would love to help you have fun and let your creativity out!
Nuria Noceda June 12, 2015
Flexibility Training ·
In studio Verified Student
I have just taken my first lesson with miss Victoria, she was wonderful. Since she studied dance in LA she is very knowledgeable and suits the class perfectly to my needs. Also she is very careful to teach you the proper techniques to prevent injuries and is very professional.
I am taking the lessons because I want to improve my flexibility in ice-skating. I have had several trainers and coaches and I always have a hard time with someone I feel absolutely comfortable.
I really enjoy the class and I just purchased more classes with her! i would definitely recommend her! she will kick your ass but you will feel and see the results if you put the time!
Beatrice F. May 23, 2015
Healthy Cooking ·
In home Verified Student
Thank you so much for teaching me and girlfriends how to make gluten free healthy meals for our family. You did an Amazing Job!! She is very knowledgable about healthy cooking and gave us lots of tips and tricks to use for busy moms on the go.
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sessions. I was very anxious at first- not knowing what to expect, but she made me feel comfortable and confident very quickly. Her choreography is challenging but very doable. She is very intricate and precise with her movement- emphasizing cleanliness which is key to preforming or learning a tap dance... or any dance for that matter. Her compassion and tenacity also motivate me to never give up, no matter how hard it gets. Ms. Karin is also super fun! I'd highly recommend her to anyone looking for a very respectful, trained, professional dance teacher."
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I am a single father who was trying to find my 3 y/o son some beginner guitar lessons, but when I joked out loud
about dance lessons he jumped all over it and that was it. Ms Karin was great from the beginning! Not only did my son learn how to tap from Ms Karin, but she brought out this enthusiam in him that he shows for very few things. Her passion for dance was obvious as she taught my son and its this passion that makes me think Ms Karin can teach anyone."
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studied Israeli Folk Dance, Classical Ballet Technique with Pointe and Modern dance. Miss Penny has been a faithful and dedicated dance teacher to the Charlotte N.C Dance Co. and to the students there. Driving four hours each week from South Carolina to North Carolina. Miss Penny has not only taught me dance Technique, but also to interact with the other dancers .Miss Penny has a way of teaching no matter what your age is or where you are to develop your ability as a dancer to achieve your goals. As Dancer I have been dancing for forty five years and in all my years of Dancing Miss Penny has been the best teacher that I have had and have learned the most from. Angelica G. Hannah"
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