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.
My History of Dance: I have many dance genres within my history of dance. For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my entire profile.
My Teaching Method: I assess each students' levels, knowledge and styles of learning, determine the best learning paths to incorporate into the lesson and bring a "natural movement" approach of training and education.
PLEASE NOTE: Any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.
My Teaching Philosophy: "Everyone is capable of dancing, playing an instrument, and understanding music & art performance; it is the desire, drive, determination, dedication and discipline instilled within a person and the guidance of the Method that will bring these abilities to light." - Ferlyn
I believe each and every person has a unique brand of movement, understanding of music, and learning style for any dance form or instrument. Whether it is hip hop, breaking, ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, dancing for a wedding, birthday, or flash mob, playing the piano, singing or even learning the
theory of music or dance, I make sure to bring out the best quality within your learning, expand that knowledge and encourage you to become your fullest potential as my student. I bring a different light to each lesson of dance, piano and/or music and bring your abilities to a level that is more knowledgeable, adequately refined, near to perfection and professional over time, and definitely enjoyable.
My Biography: I started at the age of 5 with the desire to perform and entertain. With the drive of a freestyle & street dancer, I emulated Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson as a few of my dance inspirations. I also grew up driven into the background of piano, having trained in various methods such as Alfred, Bastien, Faber, Carr-Glover & Glover, Thompson and Schuam, expanding my knowledge and range as a pianist of 25 years.
In Los Angeles, I was determined to make dance my professional career and earned my Baccalaureate in Dance at California State University, Los Angeles. I learned alongside notable and popular mentors and instructors, training in modern, hip hop, breaking, popping, locking, house, tap, jazz and ballet. I choreographed for weddings, birthdays, within multiple shows, as well as became an advanced member of Cal State LA Jazz Tap Corps and the campus' hip hop crew, Team Flight.
Under much dedication for my professional career, my experiences exponentially grew after college as the Dance Choreographer & Director for Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter High School's dance troupe, CATCH Kids, a troupe renowned for being featured on the Tyra Banks Show and catching the eyes of a few known performers such as Tommy The Clown, Debbie Allen, and Janet Jackson. I was a Dance Instructor in various studios such as the American Vive Dance Foundation, King's Dance Center, Expressions Dance and Movement Center, and Kruciaal Element's The Dancehouse. I worked with Kruciaal Element Dance Company as the previous Assistant Director and part of their freestyle dance crew, Stylematix, and performed in shows and events across San Diego County and Los Angeles County, including Monster Bash San Diego, Mardi Gras in The Gaslamp District, Dancescape, The Hot Spot Alhambra and The Moxie Showcase.
My current disciplines are focused and centered around Southern California as the CEO & Director of a Dance Company. I aim at providing a unique family of dancers and training musicians to be at their best. I am working on several upcoming pieces and providing a dance company that integrates dance community and dance industry knowledge, with a side of the 3 Heart-"Be3ts". Additionally, I have extensive knowledge and experience in Filipino traditional dance, ballroom, social and line dancing, as well as a background in stage management, set design, and vocal training. My personal goals are to continue to express my passions, develop my talents, and especially motivate others to find their own true inner self, dancer, choreographer, musician, performer, entertainer and/or artist.
*** Lesson Details *** DANCE LESSONS: In the Studio, we have an amazing speaker system, nice new wood laminate floors, and mirrors! All lessons are provided via movement.
I will provide a speaker system and the dance lessons for On-Site (Traveling) Lessons. It is necessary to provide at least an 8 foot by 8 foot clearance of space and concrete, wood, vinyl or laminate flooring. If space is away from an outlet, please provide an extension cord.
Dancer must have ready the following for class: - Towel - Water - Comfortable Clothing - Appropriate Shoes: ----For Tap Dance Classes: Hard-Soled Shoes are recommended for Concrete and Vinyl (outside) flooring. ----For Wood and Laminate flooring: Please make sure all screw-in taps (not bolted) are in the toe and heel of taps on Tap Shoes.
[Dance shoes and outfits are not included in cost of lessons; however, I will recommend places to buy these items.]
PIANO LESSONS: At the studio and instructor's site, we have a Full 88-Key Digital Piano for all piano lessons! I will provide the piano.
I WILL NOT have a digital piano provided for On-Site (Travel) Lessons. Please have an upright, grand or digital piano ready (76 keys or more is ok; a Full 88-key Keyboard or Piano is recommended).
For Advanced Piano Lessons: A Full 88-key Keyboard or Piano is necessary.
[Piano books, notebooks and supplementary materials are not included in cost of lessons; however, I will recommend places to buy these items.]
*** Specialties *** Dance: Hip Hop, Breaking, Popping, Locking, Whacking, House, Bebop Tap, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz and Ballet. Over 15 years of experience and training. Taught various dance genres officially since 2005.
Piano: Classical Pianist for over 25+ years. Taught Piano for over 10 years.
PLEASE NOTE: For a more accurate look into my experience and resume, please refer to my profile. Also, any advanced, duet, group, weddings, birthdays, or any special occasion will differ than the usual lesson rate.
Rob A. June 5, 2015
In home Verified Student
Excellent teacher, willing to meet my personal goals
Lesly P. June 2, 2015
Tap Dance ·
In studio Verified Student
Ferlyn is professional and accomplished yet she condescends to me as a novice iin such a patient, warm and kind way. I never realized how much i could learn. I had the idea that i would suffer under the tutelage of a harsh dance taskmaster that you learn about in movies and books. NOT SO; i look forward to my class which is such a pleasure!
Dena H. May 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
Ferlyn is a great teacher! She interacts well with my daughter and knows when to recognize growth and areas of improvement. My daughter and Ferlyn get along very well which is always comforting!
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.
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.
Students are raving about their Dance instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Zuzana
"Michelle is great! Very helpful, makes you feel at ease, and obviously an awesome dancer."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Mary
"He is very professional yet he was able to make a good connection with my daughter. Recognized my daughter's needs and addressed them. Recommend!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Brian
"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."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Emily
"Lisa did a great job scheduling the class and securing
space and with being flexible overall. She was great to work with!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lisa
"Lisa is terrific..she makes you feel relaxed and convinces you that you can actually dance..
She is alot of fun and made our wedding dance fabulous!!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Eric
"Chase is a terrific teacher! He breaks down the moves for you, making them much easier to learn, and he really customizes each lesson to match your abilit
y. I have made tremendous progress thanks to Chase!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Michael
"Sarah is very professional and a joy to be taught be her. She is always on time and gets to know her students so she can help prepare a lesson. She teache
s different techniques and makes them easy to understand."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Liz
"Brooklynn was a great instructor. Patient and precise. I am looking forward to my next class with her and would encourage anyone thinking about dance inst
ruction to engage a session with Brooklynn."
Ventura, CA teacher:
Review by Jesse
"Stephanie is a well rounded, energetic and kind dance teacher that can work with anyone - trust me, I was really bad at dancing before I started. Through
our lessons she has taught me not only how to dance various styles (salsa, hip-hop, modern, ballroom and hopefully many more to come!) but she has also taught me how to transition that knowledge into my everyday life.
I can't say enough about Stephanie and how amazing she is as a teacher and person. Whether your brand new to dance and trying to learn a few moves or your an experienced dancer, Steph can help you expand your dancing skills."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Recent Dance Articles from the Blog
Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro,
check out the Dance articles on our blog.
Interested in learning how to dance? Whether you think you were born with a natural ability to "bust a move" or you're just tapping into the world of dance, you might be surprised by how helpful some how-to dance videos available online can be. Although they can't quite replace the guidance of a skilled instructor, they definitely have the ability to inspire newbies and professionals alike! With the convenience of online dance videos, you can get started learning or refining virtually every type …
Where to Find the Best How-to Dance Videos Online
Interested in learning how to dance? Whether you think you were born with a natural ability to "bust a move" or you're just tapping into the world of dance, you might be surprised by how helpful some how-to dance videos available online can be. Although they can't quite replace the guidance of a skilled instructor, they definitely have the ability to inspire newbies and professionals alike! With the convenience of online dance videos, you can get started learning or refining virtually every type
Introduction to Belly Dancing Styles: How to Find the Right Classes For You
If youre itching to learn belly dancing, you may be wondering where to start. Here, teacher Morwenna A. explains the differences in belly dancing styles:
What is belly dancing? This article will help cut through the hype. You will be able to make an intelligent choice of classes to take.
To begin, you may be wondering what constitutes belly dance. I believe it falls in three main categories, like a coin with two sides and a rim:
Side 1: This might be a dancer that dances in a restaurant or
Intro to Ballroom Dance Steps & Posture | 3 Steps to Know
Learning how to properly dance ballroom style and perfect the moves requires a good bit of time and practice. However, you may be surprised at just how far you can get by learning a few basic ballroom dance steps. With this guide, you will learn the basic steps of ballroom dancing and find yourself out on the dance floor before you know it!
Ballroom Dance Posture
Before your feet can start learning these ballroom dance steps, it's important that you first learn the proper posture your body m
Which Type of Dance is For You?
As technology brings the world's cultures together and choreographers continue to push the creative envelope, there are more types of dance classes than ever before. Don't let all these options overwhelm you, but don't limit yourself to stereotypes either! There are many different types of dance, but the fundamentals are often very similar. Read on to learn about each genre, and find out if any seem compatible with your personality and interests.
Graceful, precise, and gentle: if th
4 Fundamental Tap Dance Steps for Beginners
Good dancers can make even the most complicated, strenuous techniques look effortless and fluid. If you've ever watched an experienced dancer perform a tap routine, you probably watched in disbelief as their feet turned into a blur of movement that seemed to move independently from the rest of their body. Sometimes the sound effects are even more impressive; when done well, tap dance is a musical art form that creates its own rhythm.
Do you want to train your own feet to create this unique mixt