Whitney James-Heskett
Whitney James-Heskett

Whitney James-Heskett

Typically responds in about 1 hour

Exceptional 5.0(11)
Exceptional 5.0(11)
$90/lesson
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Responds in about 1 hour

Introduction: I am an avid dancer and choreographer and have over 25 years of dance and performance experience in many styles including ballet, hip hop, jazz, musical theater, salsa, bachata, and ballroom. As a teacher, I am very good at seeing exactly what students need to do to improve their movement and articulating those things in a way even students with no dance background can understand. One of my greatest joys is sparking a love for dance in my students and watching them improve.
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Hired 21 times

Serves San Jose, CA

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7 years in business

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Exceptional 5.0

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Taylor W.
Apr 21, 2022
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My partner and I love learning to dance salsa with Whitney. Even though we're newcomers, Whitney is patient and explains the progressions in digestible bits, making the steps easy and fun to learn. We always look forward to our dance lessons with Whitney.

Details: 26-35 • Two people • Salsa • No experience • Developing a hobby • 60 minutes • More than once a week • At the pro’s location

Private Dance Lessons
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Gaurav J.
Mar 30, 2022
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Whitney is an excellent teacher. I've been learning bachata with her for over 2 months and it's been an amazing experience. I have no prior dancing experience and I've learned so much with her. She's kind and patient, and is always happy to go over even the most minor of details as many times as needed until I get it right. At the same time, she's extremely talented and knowledgeable, and has made sure to keep pushing me to learn more. I intend to keep learning with Whitney for the foreseeable future and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to learn how to dance.

Details: 26-35 • One person (one-on-one with instructor) • Bachata • No experience • Developing a hobby • 60 minutes • As recommended by professional • At the pro’s location

Private Dance Lessons
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Andrew W.
Feb 2, 2022
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My fiancé and I had the pleasure of working with Whitney. We are, for lack of a better word, flat footed, with no background in dance. Whitney sculpted these two lumps of clay into a solid routine in three hours over two days. We are so glad we found Whitney as she was not only professional but an empathetic teacher. She broke down our routine into bite sized pieces we could easily commit to memory and helped us identify song cues so we could weave the different dance moves together and practice on our own. She was open to our suggestions of dance moves and made it happen. Thank you so much!

Details: 26-35 • Two people • Ballroom • No experience • Preparing for a wedding • 60 minutes • As recommended by professional • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

Private Dance Lessons
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Joe T.
Sep 27, 2021
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Whitney is a wonderful dance instructor! I had to learn a choreographed Bachata dance routine for my father/daughter dance, having no prior experience with Bachata (let alone any other type of dance experience…). Whitney was very patient with me and taught me not only the dance moves but very helpful ways to remember important cues for each step during the song. I’m very happy to report that my daughter and I “nailed” the dance at the wedding, which would have not been possible without Whitney’s outstanding coaching. I can’t thank her enough for the wonderful lasting memories my daughter and I will forever cherish.

Details: 65+ • One person (one-on-one with instructor) • Bachata • No experience • Preparing for a wedding • 45 minutes • As recommended by professional • At the pro’s location

Private Dance Lessons
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David M.
Aug 20, 2021
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I had a great learning experience with Whitney. She teaches in a very effective way. My dance skills were improved and I feel more confident. If you are looking to learn to dance or to improve your dance skills, Whitney is the answer. Highly recommended.

Details: 26-35 • One person (one-on-one with instructor) • Bachata • Beginner • Developing a hobby • 45 minutes • As recommended by professional • At the pro’s location

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