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About Dunia S.

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About Dunia
I have a background in classical, jazz and popular music. I have played flute for over 20 years in every context, from orchestra to marching band to CBGB. I have performed with vocal ensembles of every size and in every style.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons focus on range and stability. My style is very casual and I am happy to work on details. I enjoy helping students develop their own sound, rather than imposing a dogma on them. I like to bring everyone into their full voice, no matter what the instrument.

If my posted hours don't suit you, please send me an email. I can be flexible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Percussion, Recording Equipment and mics.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano, Percussion, Recording Equipment and mics.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in punk, reggae and ska, but am also fluent in ja
zz, classical and rock.
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Craig M. November 25, 2013
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Dunia is great!!!

Dunia is great! I was very nervous and she made me feel so comfortable and at ease. I look forward to continuing with her in the future!!! :)
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Dunia S.

Silver Spring, MD 20901
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About Nicole C.

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Waldorf, MD

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About Nicole
As a voice teacher and voice coach, I strive to help the student get to where they want to be vocally. For me, singing is something that brings me joy and I hope to be able to share that with you.

It took me a while to realize how much music and singing means to me. While studying something entirely different at the University of Maryland, I began studying voice and realized that it was something that I had a gift for. I fell in love with singing art songs, jazz, and opera arias. And while studying at the University of Maryland, I had the opportunity to work as a voice teacher/ section leader with the women's section of a choir, numerous opportunities to work as a soloist and in a few jazz clubs. I was also involved in dance performances and acted as a dance tutor.

Later, when I was invited to sing in Denver I had the opportun
ity to sing in Little Shop of Horrors and to sing with a women's choir. While studying at the University of Colorado Boulder I began to come into my own and started to let my large sound free. (Which for me was a process. Getting your voice where you want it and to where it is capable is work. But, it is fun work and you're always happy when you have these great moments where you get to where you were hoping you could and that your teacher said you would go at some point.) It was there, at CU Boulder that I got the opportunity to start singing in operas. While in Boulder I sang in The Magic Flute, Sarah McKinnon and as a soloist or recitalist.

Also, while there I worked as an actress in a theater company called the Interactive Theater Project for three years. I thought that by getting involved in that that I would be able to act more effectively while singing. It was fun just doing something where you're just working with the spoken word. I had a wonderful time with them and learned a lot about character work and what it takes to connect to the words in an effective way.

In the past few years, I have been a soloist and recitalist in the Washington, DC area and have sung opera in Pennsylvania with Center Stage Opera. Last year, I sang with Center Stage Opera in the role of Bertha. I had the opportunity to sing and to act at the Kennedy Center a few years ago. Also during that time, I
sang in Aleko, the Die Zauberflöte as the Queen of the Night, Serena in Porgy and Bess, and
sang in Ragtime and sang the role of the Wardrobe in Beauty and the Beast.

I am currently working as a soloist, a children's choir director, a chorus member, the director of a recital series, a cantor, and I'm writing monologues and small plays to be performed. I was working as a co-executive producer/casting director for a show that is on Amazon Prime as well. I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring.

*** Lesson Details ***
If you're a beginner, I will help you to understand what you need to get through the vocal line with breath and intonation. We will begin by doing vocal exercises and learn a lot about breathing for singing. I want to help you to make more beautiful tones. I will also slowly begin teaching you how to read sheet music and to help you be a more effective listener when it comes to music. I can also help you to become a better communicator as a singer.

For acting, I will help you to learn how to develop characters and bring the writer's words to life. We will begin by seeing what sort of subjects or genres interest you and what you are doing with those words now, and how you can delve deeper into making the world of the characters something more flushed out.

For beginning piano: I will teach you to learn how the piano is set up, teaching you to read sheet music, beginning theory and to play songs. Something beyond nursery rhymes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Inside my home studio, I have music, a music stand, chairs, WiFi, a computer, a laptop, a keyboard, a microphone, a metronome, a microphone, an amp/large speaker, and a sofa.

*** Specialties ***
For voice, I would say that my focus is on classical voice. I also sing jazz, gospel and musical theater. For acting, I have done both improvisational and regular scripted plays.

I have taught students with special needs, and as someone with a twin sister with special needs, I am open to teaching students with special needs.
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Gladys I. May 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My 3 granddaughters ages 5,6,8 had a group lesson with Ms. Nicole. They thoroughly enjoyed the session, have practiced since coming home, and look forward to their next 4 lessons with her,
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Charli J. April 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
This was our 1st lesson. Nicole was very hands on, very attentive and adapted well to our 4 year old who was on the piano for the first time! We are looking forward to returning next week.
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Jordan March 3, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Had a nice time at class today
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Nicole C.

Nicole C.

Waldorf, MD 20603
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About Aleksis B.

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Germantown, MD
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About Aleksis
My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.

My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed with legends like Miles Davis.

I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

I have been teaching music pr
ofessionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.

Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!

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Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)

*** Specialties ***
With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.

With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.

For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.

For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.
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Yueh July 6, 2018
· Singing · In home
He is very flexible and addresses the vital points and marks.
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Jennifer June 4, 2018
· Drum · In home
Our lesson was amazing. I was really pleased at how he led the instruction and how patient and wonderful he was. It went perfect and my son had so much fun!
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Aron T. October 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Excellent first lesson. Discussed long term goals, then spent the remaining time with finger exercises, chord practice, and then we worked on a new song. Aleksis was very patient and he made a great effort to focus on what what most important to me. Exceeded expectations
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Aleksis B.

Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD 20876
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About Valyncia V.

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About Valyncia
I believe everyone has the ability to sing … some better than others, of course, -- but regardless, I believe every voice can make a beautiful sound. I believe learning to sing requires team work: with the proper instruction and learning tools from me, the instructor, and with the dedication (practice, practice, practice) from you, the student, a well-rounded singer can emerge. If you can hear the proper note, I can help your vocal instrument play to its fullest abilities.

I began singing when I was five years old in church. I continued singing exclusively inspirational music until I was a teenager. At that time, in addition to the second soprano part I sang in a five-part harmony a Capella (without instrumental accompaniment) Gospel group, I also sang in a few bands (Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and Rock). My undergraduate studies we
re completed at the American University, where I majored in Communications (B.A.), and minored in Music, voice being my instrument. During my undergraduate studies, I was recruited and performed as the lead female vocalist for a Rock band that a few fellow music students had formed. While in college, I was trained in classical voice, piano, music theory, musical theater performance, and vocal pedagogy (vocal training). My vocal pedagogy studies credentialed me to become a professional vocal instructor. I began teaching voice after I earned my degree, and have been teaching private voice lessons for over ten years.

Most of my present expertise in teaching voice grew from my vocal pedagogy studies, my teaching experience which has developed over time, my own personal vocal dedication, and my training and understanding of various genres of vocal performance. My present singing career is as an inspirational singer; my vocal students encompass various genres in which I have experience, including: Inspirational, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, as well as various degrees of popular music.

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I have coached many of my students to prepare for auditions: auditions to be accepted into performing arts schools, parts in musicals and plays, joining a band or vocal ensemble, as well as auditions for televised singing shows, such as "The Voice," "Sunday's Best," "American Idol" and "The X Factor."

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students by using the tried and true techniques I have found to be successful, and allow the student to be my guide as to which direction to take with his or her vocal training. Whether the student is a novice, a professional, or somewhere in between, each student, after obtaining the basic singing knowledge and techniques, will have a vocal training schedule geared to his or her individual needs and development. Lessons are for the most part very casual in nature, and the student’s dedication (practice, practice, practice) will dictate whether or not the lessons become stricter. A few months into the vocal instruction, students will be given the opportunity to learn more about reading music and sight singing, if he or she so chooses, as well as vocal performance techniques for singing in front of an audience. Within one year, dedicated students may also have the opportunity to show off what they have learned, and perform in front of an audience at a recital with other vocal students. Please note that my preference is to work with teens age 13 through adults of any age. I believe that younger voices need more time to develop and stand to be damaged if too much stress is put on them too soon. However, exceptions for children under 13 may be made for gifted young singers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio- entry room of home, baby grand piano, seating area, dry erase board, mirrors
Music Studio- one recording studio, seating area, classroom

*** Travel Equipment ***
If needed, I provide a portable piano keyboard, microphone with amplifier, paper handouts of lessons, etc. The student needs to have paper to take notes and a writing instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Most of my voice lesson experience has been with adults, and contemporary popular and inspirational music.
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Jonathan December 29, 2017
· Singing · In home
She’s very knowledgeable and patient with help you achieve your goals.
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mildred July 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I really enjoy taking lesson with Valyncia, she is so
kind and very knowledgeable. I enjoy talking to her each visit. She is very patience with you and will work with you until you get it. I really enjoy spending my time with her on saturdays.
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Spencer April 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Got these lessons for my wife; excellent teacher and excellent improvement in my wife's singing ability
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Valyncia V.

Accokeek, MD 20607
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About Meagan D.

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Hello, my name is Meagan D., and I recently moved to the Washington, DC area from Michigan. I attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. I got my Bachelor's of Science Degree, and a Michigan's Provisional Teacher's Certificate. My major was Mathematics Teaching and Elementary Education. I have taught students from 2 years old to college students. I am certified to teach Kindergarten through 5th grade all subjects, 6th through 8th grade math, or Kindergarten through 8th grade all subjects self contained. I teacher assisted in Michigan with 5th grade, and started working at their after school program with 5th and 6th grade. I student taught Kindergarten in Michigan. I taught 5th grade in Tanzania, and student taught 4th grade in Mexico. This past year, I taught 4th grade math, reading, language arts, science, and religion.
I also taught 3rd grade religion as well as dance after school. I would love to teach you!
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· Gymnastics · In studio
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Meagan D.

Bethesda, MD 20814
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About Ollie L. J.

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Professor of Communication & Theater with incredible experiences performing, producing, directing, and writing stage plays performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Publick Playhouse, THEARC Theater, National Children's Museum and over 60 different stages annually. She is the President/Owner and Founder of Timeless Visual Works - the inspirational film, theater, and publishing company. She leads with Christian faith-based principles and extensive knowledge as well as experience training aspiring and professional performers.
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Linda September 9, 2016
· Acting · In studio
It was my daughter's first contact with professional acting.
She has been talking about being an actress for quite a while now, so we decided to let her take a few lessons to see if she likes it.
Ollie was really comprehensive of our needs and made us see the big picture of that world... just what we needed, to start walking into that direction on the right path.
My daughter had a wonderful time with Ollie.
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Kristyl N. March 3, 2016
· Acting · In studio
I booked 4 acting sessions with Ms. Ollie for my daughter. Ms. Ollie did a phenomenal job starting from scratch, coaching my daughter for her up coming audition. My daughter had no acting experience, she was shy, and soft spoken but in just 4 short days, Ms. Ollie turned her into a confident, outspoken young actress. My daughter nailed her audition thanks to Ollie!! I will highly recommend her as your acting coach.
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Leana T. January 13, 2016
· Film and TV Acting · Online
Great person to work with! Cheerful. Listens to what you have to say. Ready to help you improve.
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Ollie L. J.

Silver Spring, MD 20910
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About Robert E.

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I have taught acting for over 30 years based in the Meisner Technique, and I write and direct my own plays and films. I have years of experience as an actor, jazz saxophone player, singer and poet, as well as a philosophy degree, which I bring to my understanding of acting. I use this rich background to focus on the creativity, intelligence and improvisational abilities of each student in their acting process. I know what it takes to walk into any acting situation ready to play the role. My goal is to create actors who enjoy their work and can act skillfully in film, theater, tv and auditions. I emphasize character work in the program, an important and often neglected part of the acting process. I have cast my advanced students in my original projects in the DC area, and most recently directed my original play, "The Big A: Scenes fro
m a Vanishing Landscape" for the 2014 DC Fringe Festival. I have directed two films: "Adams Morgan: The Movie," which premiered at the Avalon Theater in 2010 and was selected and shown as part of the East of the River Festival in DC; and a short film from my original screenplay titled "Crazy" which is currently in the editing phase. My student Mack Leamon is currently appearing in the Arena Stage production of "Raisin in the Sun" and I am very proud of his accomplishment!
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James B. April 26, 2018
· Acting · Online
My 9 year old is beginning his acting training and is working well with Robert. Robert had been helpful with guiding us on what is needed to prepare him for auditions and improve his abilities. We are very pleased so far!
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Noah R. March 17, 2018
· Child Acting · In home
Great first class lots of fun
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Janora February 6, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · In studio
Robert was awesome to work with. His home studio is spacious, comfortable and well lit. He also had the video and playback equipment to effectively tape and review all of our work together. He gave great direction, was extremely patient, knowledgable and fun. I highly recommend Robert for any of your tv/film acting needs.
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Robert E.

Washington, DC 20008
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About Kathryn B.

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High-Energy Vocalist with an in-depth knowledge of music theory and a knack for inspiring students. Thorough musical training has included instruction in the Yamaha Music Education System and private lessons under Peggy McNulty and Dr. Lucy Owen Hoyt, as well as numerous master classes including those of Ann Baltz, Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown and renowned opera singers Marietta Simpson, Sharon Christman, and Rolando Sanz.

I am a Senior Vocal Music Education student at James Madison University! I specialize in teaching beginning voice and piano, and tutoring in music theory and ear training for students looking to explore their musical abilities.
I also offer culinary lessons in baking and desserts, perfect for any occasion!.
With all lessons, expect a fun, positive and supportive environment!

I am available to start less
ons beginning in early May, and my schedule at the moment is very flexible.
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Jack May 22, 2018
· Piano · In home
Kathryn did a great job working with my special needs son. She figured him out in minutes and they had a great session.
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Wesley D. May 15, 2018
· Singing · Online
Kathryn is a beautiful singer and a sensitive teacher. I could not recommend her enough to anyone who is looking to improve their singing voice!
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Salman Basim April 19, 2018
· Singing · Online
Great Kathryn is so talented and funny
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Kathryn B.

Mc Lean, VA 22102
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About Gregory W.

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Affiliated Teaching Artist with the Shakespeare Theatre Company (Approaching Shakespeare, Introduction to Acting, Shakespeare Scene Study, Acting for Adults, Investigating Romeo and Juliet, Investigating Twelfth Night, Investigating Hamlet, Investigating A Midsummer Night’s Dream, etc); Head of Acting for the Overtures Program at Signature Theatre; Guest Lecturer for the High School Theatre Department with Summer Arts Institute at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in NYC (In partnership with Theatre for a New Audience), Acting Intensive at Bendheim Performing Arts Center, Panel Lecturer at National Student Leadership Conference in New York; Acting Instructor for City Hearts and Much Ado About Shakespeare in Los Angeles; Private Acting Coach for more than twenty years in New York, California and Washington DC.
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Harrison July 14, 2018
· Child Acting · In studio
Gregory is a fantastic acting coach and all around awesome person. Our son (age 11) has been working with him and has learned such great techniques that he can take with him to every audition. Greg doesn't stick to one teaching method, he adapts to what our son needs and uses language that is helpful for him. We have seen significant improvement in our son's abilities in just a few lessons with Greg. Highly recommend!!
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Leslie May 4, 2018
· Shakespearean Acting · In studio
Took my first performance class with Gregory (after decades away), a Hamlet Scene Study. Class was a nice size (14 people), diverse in age and previous experience, several of them were returning to Gregory's class for a second time, and it was just fantastic. Several of the folks had done some professional work, some were plotting an escape from a current non-theatre career into acting, quite a few were active participants in community theatre here in DC, and some were just passionate about The Bard, reading and analyzing the text,and deepening their understanding of the work. I marveled at how well he addressed all his students, meeting them at their level, whatever that was. He created a very welcoming environment, lots of humor, lots of physicality, open-mindedness, and it was just fascinating to see each scene study pairing, no matter what their level, improve their performance of the scene after some direction and creative input from Gregory, as well as the other students. Highly recommend. I plan to take his class again as soon as convenient, and maybe other classes as well.
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Connie April 24, 2018
· Theater Acting · In studio
Gregory Wooddell is a phenomenal acting teacher and coach. I have taken many classes with him, and I have also had private lessons from him. He works with everyone at whatever level they are at, and he makes excellent, insightful, and understandable suggestions to improve the acting. And there is always a very noticeable improvement. Gregory is fair, patient, and always encouraging. He creates a safe and fun environment for students.
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Gregory W.

Washington, DC 20003
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Hello Future Students,

My Name is Manuela and I was born in Panama City in Central America. I came to the United States when I was 15 Years of age and I studied under Stanislav Issaev the Method of the Vaganova School of Ballet. I have been dancing ever since in different companies.. I was a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Panama, The National Ballet of Cuba and Columbia City Ballet in Columbia SC. I have been teaching part time since 10 years ago. I started teaching full time 3 years ago when I had my first son. I still dance and do some guesting appearances. I would love to teach and direct you so you can meet your ballet goals.

Sincerely,
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Manu N.

Washington, DC 20016
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Dancing for Beginners: What Can I Expect at My First Lesson?
Ready to give a "dancing for beginners" class a shot? Here, teacher Liz T. shares what to expect, and how to set yourself up for success...   So you've signed up for your first dance class - excellent! Whether you are pursuing ballet, jazz, tap, modern, ballroom, salsa, or Zumba, here are some things to expect at your first lesson and tips to help you succeed in your dance training! Decide Between Private Lessons or Group Lessons Some dance classes, such as ballet, jazz, and tap

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