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!!
Ronnie Fang August 13, 2015
Latin Ballroom Dance ·
In studio Verified Student
Kassaundra is a great instructor. Very knowledgable in Salsa and was very patient with me during our session. She also catered the session to my specific needs, which I really appreciated.
For local San Diegans - there is no one more traveled than Joel. His experience with so many different dance communities is what sets his classes & dances apart. Know that the material you learn can be utilized anywhere you go dancing in the world. He is 100% committed to Swing Era dancing and shares the rich history of the dances in every class he teaches specially the Hang Ten Hopper program.
Joel P. began his swing dance career in the summer of 1998 on a date in Chicago. He learned very quickly from countless workshops and non-stop dancing and brought his skills to Cleveland, OH.
oel taught swing full-time out in Cleveland, OH for 4 years (1999-2002) and started Get Hep Swing, LTD. He co-created the very first All Balboa Weekend with Valerie Salstrom (June 2001). He moved to San Diego in 2002, started productions and taught all over the world with Alison Scola. Joel continues to travel the globe sharing his love of Swing dancing teaching with many amazing partners.
Joel has a high quality, energetic approach to the dance that makes every lesson with him and any partner a blast. As a regular teacher at major events all over the world, his down to earth, enthusiastic attitude is contagious. He has taught all over the US (32 states and counting) as well as Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Caledonia, Scotland and Sweden. In 2011, Joel was inducted into the Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame.
He has a full knowledge of various styles from years of study that he shares in his instruction of Balboa, Lindy, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Jazz Movement, and Pre-Swing dances (Texas Tommy, One Step, etc)
To 'preserve' a dance, you must understand the technique and characteristic fundamentals of that dance. For a dance to 'evolve', you must be open to everyone adding creative elements to that dance. Joel encourages students to study and be open to “differences” so that they can make the dance their own.
He embodies these qualities in his instruction and dancing while remembering the true reason we dance - for fun!
*** Lesson Details *** Any level of dancer welcome - especially beginners!
We can focus on any of the individual Swing Era genres or work on a bit of each.
wedding dance? No problem, let's pick a great song and get you on the way to looking fantastic for your first dance
Impress that girl or guy? Again, no problem - Joel's down to earth teaching style will have you moving after just one lesson to get them out on the floor after that, it's up to you to Practice, Practice, Practice at any of our many dances in town.
*** Specialties *** Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Balboa, Blues, Collegiate Shag, St Louis Shag, Aerials, Vernacular Jazz Movement, Choreography, Wedding Dances
Magda Y. July 2, 2015
Swing Dancing ·
In studio Verified Student
Joel is the bomb :-) He rocks his classes with clear guidance and gusto!
I now can dance and enjoy a smoother connection and flow thanks to him.
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.
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We learned a wedding dance from Kelly and coming from a guy with two left feet, she did an awesome job guiding us t
hrough and teaching us cool choreography to make us look good! Kelly is extremely professional and takes her time understanding what you want to accomplish and teaches at a great pace where you learn while continuing to move forward. Each lesson progressed very nicely while we learned in her home studio. It was a very comfortable space and we nailed down exactly what we were aiming to do. We learned three types of dance: ballroom, tap, and a swing/bollywood hybrid. Kelly guided us through each and made sure we were comfortable and happy in the end. She even cut the three songs together for us! I would highly recommend Kelly as she has a warm heart, great attitude, and is a wonderful teacher!"
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"Gina is amazingly dedicated, both to the material she teaches and to her students. She's knowledgeable and encouraging. I engaged her to teach ballet to m
e and a friend who was trying to use dance to work through some body issues. Gina navigated a tricky situation - two students at different levels, one with psychological barriers - beautifully, and we both learned loads. Definitely get her to teach you things!"
New York, NY teacher:
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"Excellent teacher; amazing dancer. My daughter has really enjoyed working with him."
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"Was very happy with the lessons Laid back, relaxed environment in which I didn't even realize I was learning until the 3rd week when it just dawned on me
how far I had come. Would highly recommend!!"
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"We used Ebony this Spring to get my two daughters (ages 10 and 13) an extra boost of instruction prior to their dance recitals.
Ebony is extremely tale
nted and knowledgable about all styles of dance. She was able to recognize each of my girl's weaknesses and focused heavily on improving those areas.
She is organized, punctual and extremely nice!
I would definitely recommend her as a dance instructor."
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Review by lisa
"My wife and I always wait until the last minute to do something. We're natural procrastinators but not natural dancers. We hired Lisa two weeks before ou
r wedding to choreograph and teach us a first dance. After only three lessons we had a first dance that everyone loved. It was original and she created a dance that utilized and highlighted our best capabilities. Also Lisa makes you feel very comfortable and confident even when you're starting out with two left feet.
Fabe and Shirley"
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Review by Carl
"I was looking to learn to salsa and got lucky with whitney. By far the best teacher I could ask for. She was excited to teach me, patient with me and real
ly built my confidence when I thought I wasnt getting it. Im a guy and it was nice she was able to show me how to lead even though she was a women, who usually follows. Very understanding with my schedule and a great price as well. I appreciate the take home challenge she gave me as well. I practice every chance I get. Im looking forward to taking more and more lessons and learning more from this wonderful lady."
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