Piano, ballet, sewing, and crocheting are all difficult art forms to learn. They can be very frustrating for the student at times. I understand this better than anyone since I have been through this same process myself. I make sure I never forget the difficulties of learning to master my craft. This is what makes me different. I never lose sight of my own trials with the either of these art forms, which enables me to train my students in a more nurturing way. Patience is key! I have a great a... [more]
I taught myself to play the piano when I was seven years old. I received an organ, today we would call it a digital piano, and I sat for hours learning every song in the book that came with it. I have always had a love for the piano. I think it is the most beautiful and amazing instrument ever made. It is also the most difficult to learn. In high school, I had friends teach me a song or two, but I did not take formal lessons until I was twenty-four. I loved playing so much I changed my major, about a month before I entered college, from psychology and dance to music and dance. I received my bachelor's in music and began teaching piano when a fellow student decided to transfer to another college out of the area and needed someone to take over her piano students. I took over her students in 1998 and never looked back. I have been teaching piano ever since. I have taught independently and for a local music academy here in the city I live in.
I graduated from Hollywood High Performing Arts in 1989 and trained at Smaltzoff Ballet Academy for five years. My ballet teacher Yuri Smaltzoff is a Bolshoi legacy. I attended California State University where I majored in dance and music. I have spent the last 18 years of my life devoting myself to performance and teaching ballet and other dance styles to the youth of LA and Orange County.
I started crocheting at the age of seven. My aunt taught me a few stitches and I soared from there. I currently have a baby apparel line I sell online. I like crocheting for babies because it is quick and easy. I discovered cross-stitching in my twenties. Cross-stitching is a great hobby you can do to keep your mind and hands busy when you have nothing else to do but watch television. It keeps your mind engaged in a creative way without bogging you down with complicated task. It is a fun and easy to pass the time while being creative.