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Daniel Lee Tran Dancesport
5.0
from 77 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 130 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Yixuan L.
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Dan reached out to me and offered wedding dance private lessons. He had a very thoughtful list of questions asking beforehand in better preparing himself for the first lesson (which is awesomely free!!). I decided on him since he left me with great impression of customizing to my need & being extremely accommodating. I had fun taking lessons with him. Dan is very patient (and an amazing dancer) to students, and gives very clear instruction especially considering I am just a beginner. I feel comfortable having him as my teacher and will consider hiring him again for future ballroom private lessons! Highly recommended if you are looking for an instructor who can tailor to what you need & offer great instructions!

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Erin Parsley Dance
5.0
from 40 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ali M.
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Erin is amazing! I wanted to up my dancing game, and I searched the internet to find someone to help me do that. After reaching out to Erin through Thumbtack, she responded back very quickly and answered all of my questions well. Halfway into the first session, I knew I made an excellent choice for Erin to be my dance instructor. She’s friendly, has a great sense of humor, is articulate, is fun... and this gal seriously knows how to dance and how to teach it. I felt immmediately comfortable with Erin, which is super important when you’re learning how to do some new moves! I happily purchased a package of 6 classes with her - and now after finishing 4 of them, I’m sure I’ll continue with more lessons with her after that. Learning to dance with Erin is an excellent choice. Highly recommended!

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Dance With Carolyn
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sean K.
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These two wonderful people is like being taught to dance by your best friend. They both have the ability like any good coach to watch what you're doing and correct your style in a way that's relaxed and fun. They both have group classes that are spectacular. The day after you go to one of their classes you can definitely feel the difference in your dance right away. It's like they've given you something that cannot be taken away. You own it now and you can use it every time you're on the dance floor. I've taken lessons from many dance instructors in the Bay Area but both of these great instructors have unique ability to convey complicated styling and dance patterns in a relaxed and fun way. Basically you leave their class sweaty and tired but invigorated.

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David Williams Music
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eric N.
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I've been taking guitar and singing lessons with David for a few months, and I've got to say I've had a really great time learning from him! David is an incredibly friendly and knowledgeable teacher who clearly cares about his students and their goals, and better still has played and performed with the artists that I like best. It took me a while to find a teacher who was willing to teach me the music I wanted to play instead of starting with their core competence, so it was really refreshing that within a month or two with plenty of practice I was able to learn one of my favorite songs (Three Rounds and a Sound by Blind Pilot, if you're curious), and a little longer to start singing it, which I was really stoked about. He has been great about breaking things down when the piece we're working on is too challenging. David has also pushed me to pursue my goal of creating music, helping along the way to create melodies and lyrics. I have to say, it takes a great teacher to get me to sing and to share lyrics with them (do you know how embarrassing that can be?). I could go on, but suffice it to say, David is a great teacher, and I'm really glad I started taking lessons with him.

Donna Stoering
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine H.
Verified review

Over the years I have received instruction from Donna through piano lessons and participation in various choirs she has conducted. I am impressed with her knowledge, expertise, kindness, and patience. I am especially thankful for the way I have been instructed to sing so that I do not harm my voice....and in the piano instruction that includes education in the instrument - its history and how it works - and arm and hand technique when playing.

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  • 1 year in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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My family has started lessons with Juan Carlos, and we're happy we found him. He's a patient teacher who structures lessons based on each student's progression and skill set. He also teaches the "right" way, i.e. fundamentals, thereby setting up students for success. It also helps that he's a nice guy and is extremely responsive with scheduling etc.

Desiree May Productions
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Robert G.
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I was nervous about beginning dance lessons, but after a few lessons with Desiree I feel comfortable and confident dancing with anyone. Desiree is professional and very enthusiastic, and she made our lessons really fun! I had a great experience with her and recommend it to everyone!

  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Olivier C.
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Jessica is an excellent dancing tutor, I have a lot of fun with her tutoring session. She has taught me the moving techniques and basic dancing skills. I really enjoy to work with her, I can't wait to start another dancing tutoring sessions with her again. Awesome experience and she will teach you alot if you continue to take lessons with her. You are just great teacher, Jessica!

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Latin Connection Dance
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lindsey S.
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We went to Ruth to prepare for our wedding dance. She was great to work with and really knows her stuff. She helped us choose a dance that perfectly fit our music. After several lessons and, unfortunately, not enough time practicing, we are very confident about our dance that we'll be doing this Saturday on our wedding day. The whole process was really fun and was actually a very constructive process for us. Ruth is great!

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Sharda Dance Academy
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Henna P.
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We took dance lessons from Alpa for our first dance at our wedding reception. She choreographed the whole thing and even asked us for our input and offered to let us change things based on comfort and preference. She did a great job though and me being the control freak that I am, I'm surprised that I didn't have a single change request! Let me stress that neither one of us are dancers and I was very worried about doing the dance in front of so many of our friends and family. But Alpa was so patient with us and made us feel so comfortable. We feel like we've known her for years yet we just met her a couple weeks ago! We learned the dance in two lessons and we will be back for our final lesson next week just to practice in front of her with my 25 lb lehenga and heels. If you need dance lessons of any kind, she is your girl! Thank you, Alpa! We are so thrilled that you will be a part of our big day in such a big way.

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Liz Hodge Voice Studio
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

I have really enjoyed working with Liz this past year. The techniques that she teaches not only elevate your singing skills, but also improve overall vocal quality and performance. Liz is great about addressing all aspects of the vocal experience, and still making it fun to learn and improve!

Elizabeth Patterson, Soprano
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Justin D.
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I’ve been singing now for just over 20 years, working with different instructors from my high school chorus teachers, to my voice instructor in college to vocal lessons by CD. NONE have been able to get the best out of me like Liz has. Her understanding of how different voices work is the greatest strength every vocal instructor should strive for. In just two sessions with her, I feel and hear a vast improvement in how my voice sounded before her and after her. So to anyone who’s looking for an instructor who works with YOU and not someone who teaches the same lessons to everyone they work with, Liz Patterson is the one you want to work with!

  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine R.
Verified review

Emily is wonderful. She helped me so much in just two lessons as I was preparing for a performance. Not only does she have great technical knowledge - she also has a warm, supportive, and therapeutic presence, which helps with gaining confidence and reducing nerves. :) I'd recommend her to anyone!

Tropical Hideout
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa N.
Verified review

Chris is a really good musician and teacher. Some musicians are so good they forget what it's like to 'not know'. Chris can be with you, where you're at even though he is a highly skilled player. His patience is very encouraging. It's inspiring to take lessons with him and to remember we all NEED music!

IT'S ONLY DANCE
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Steve L.
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Sonly is dance artist. She is dedicated to her students in the art of dancing. She patiently works with students in improving all facet of dancing. One of her many techniques is to teach her students to use every part of their body to express themselves in the art of dancing. She taught me how to listen to the music. From there I had to learn to move to the music. She identifies each students weakness. She transforms the weakness into strengths. If anyone wish to learn to dance, they should consider Sonly as a opportunity to becoming a dancer.

  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle G.
Verified review

Alivia is a fantastic teacher. She tailors the lessons to my daughters voice and ability while also encouraging her to push herself. She incorporates theory and performance into the lesson plan. She is a fantastic teacher.

Voice Lessons
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Karla C.
Verified review

Ross was very helpful. He was very encouraging and that is necessary for someone like me who hasn't had lessons in years. Ross pointed out what I was doing right and we worked on that, then we moved on to things I needed to improve. I feel like in our one hour lesson I learned more than I have before. I can't wait for our next session :). I would highly recommend for any singer, no matter what level, to have a lesson with Ross.

Ballroom Dance SF
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Kate C.
Verified review

I loved Sarah, she is an amazing teacher for my 10 year old daughter. Her energy is infectious, she's so good with kids. Really she's just such a people person. I really like that she is still competing and continuing to get lessons with international coaches. My daughter is getting international ballroom and latin training without having to travel overseas. Love her!

Timba Heat Dance Company
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Crystal C.
Verified review

Hebert Aguilar Director of Timba Heat Dance Company is an amazing dance instructor and choreographer! His energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and passion for dancing is very evident and contagious in his form of teaching. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned dancer, Hebert will challenge you and take your dancing skills to the next level while keeping the training extremely fun and highly addictive. Prior to taking private lessons and group classes from Hebert, I had no previous dance background but I can truly say that in a short amount of time he has helped me to become a more confident and well rounded dancer and performer. I am very thankful and grateful to have the pleasure of training under an extremely talented, patient and humble instructor. Whether your goal is to learn as a beginner, enhance your dancing skills, or perform in front of an audience, I would highly recommend Hebert Aguilar. Trust me you will not be disappointed. Check out his videos and performances on Facebook (Timba Heat) and Instagram (@Timbaheat).

  • 19 years in business
Diane G.
Verified review

I've been taking singing lessons with Cherie for about a year. I've always wanted to perform at open mics and maybe start a band but I knew I had some work to do before feeling confident. So I started singing lessons with Cherie to help prepare me for performance but we also spent a lot of time growing my voice. I realized I had a much bigger range than I'd thought. BTW - I'm also a beginner guitarist and we sometimes have guitar lessons too. She's a great guitarist and singer. So I really feel like she's the best out there for that type of work. If you want to not only work on your voice but learn how to perform and have a fun time in general - I'd book Cherie for lessons. She's a pro :-)

Flying Dimes Dance Co.
5.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
Angelica E.
Verified review

I've been taking private lessons in ballet and jazz from Zaire for about four months now, and I can confidently say that this was the best decision that I made this year! My only previous dance experience was five years ago, a beginner's class that my high school offered for physical education. Early this year, I decided that I wanted to try out for the dance team at my college, hoping I could train hard enough to prepare for auditions in September. Zaire has been the perfect dance teacher to help me work toward this goal. Every lesson, she pushes me more to perfect my technique, build up my stamina, and to really perform each movement. She works me VERY hard, but I've gotten in so much better shape and can see and feel improvement in every aspect of my dancing. Zaire instructs with the perfect balance of being tough with high expectations while keeping things fun and creating an environment in which working hard doesn't feel like work at all. She is a beautiful person who truly cares about her students! I am so blessed to have her as a dance teacher, and I recommend her to absolutely anyone who wants to experience the joy in dancing!

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