Gotta Dance Classes

Gotta Dance Classes

5.0 (4)
1 employee
3 years in business

About this pro

If you were once a dancer on Boradway or wish you could have been one or plan to be one in the future, then my class, CHoreo-bics!  is the one for you.  It will teach you steps and numbers from a variety of shows in a variety of choreographer styles.  I will share my passion for the work of Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Susan Stroman, Gene Kelly and so many more!  This class can be adapted for all levels of dance and is also a great way to get an hour of cardio that will have you get into great shape while having fun and celebrating your favorite shows!  My students range from beginner dancers to Broadway veterans and we all laugh, sweat and have a blast together in a judegement free environment.  I also teach Decade Dance Party in case you want to go back and dance like you did at your prom or even your grandmother's prom!  Learn the most popular steps from the 20s-90s and dance like no one is watching to the greatest hits from all those eras!  

I am happiest when I am dancing so every day I get to dance and teach others the joy of movement is a gift! Every year on my birthday, I teach myself a little choreography from my favorite movie Singing in the Rain.  One day I realized that maybe others would get joy and exercise from learning dances from beloved shows.  I love researching the choreography styles and the dances from different decades so I can teach my students.  I also love choreographing and modifiying dances for my students to enjoy.  I have been making my living as an actor, dancer, choreographer and teacher for over two decades.  You can catch my work as an actor on Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, How to Get Away with Murder and Wishbone.  As a choreographer, I have choreographed everything from the kids TV show Blues Clues to Three, three new mini-musicals curated by Hal Prince at the Ahmansen Theater in LA.  I have assisted award winning Broadway choreographers like Rob Ashford in the past.   I have also taught kids and grown ups of all ages and dance backgrounds in Texas, Oklahoma, New Jersey, New York and Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles, CA 91601
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4 Reviews

5.0

  • Virginia S.

    No matter your ability, Jeanne makes you feel like a dancer. Her classes are fun and funny and joyful. You will come away with a killer workout, and a feeling that the world might just be a better place. I cannot recommend enough!

  • Alison Brown

    Jeanne Simpson is an amazing dance teacher. She teaches to all levels and you don’t need any dance experience to have a great time in her class. Her energy is contagious and her choreography is fantastic. I love her class and look forward to it every week.

  • Parisa Stepanek

    Jeanne welcomes dancers of all abilities and interests to her classes. She is warm, funny, caring, and a spectacular teacher! I've loved brushing up on all styles of muscial theatre dance while keeping in shape. Would highly recommend!

  • Craig Spivek

    I was totally green to the entire dancing experience. I was scared, hesitant and reluctant as I am a regular dude who fears judgement from other dudes for doing girlie stuff like dancing and stuff. But Jeannie's class help me see past all that. I feel comfortable and safe. That was over a year ago, I've since learned some Fosse, Singin' in the Rain, West Side Story, Chorus Line, and a bunch of other incredible numbers. I feel healthier, more confident and more in touch with the dancer inside. This is an amazing class that addresses both the physical and artistic side. I plan to keep attending. I hope to see you there! Do it!



FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

A new student will call or e-mail me, and we will arrange for them to try one of my existing classes or arrange for a private class.   We wil talk about their dance background, preferences, and goals so we can find the right class or learning environment for them. I also teach through skype, if people want to dance in their own living room.  I can also set up a new class for a group of four or more friends who want to dance together at their convenience. I have been hired for parties to teach specific dances as well.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a BA from Harvard University in Sociology which only relates to my classes because I created an independent study at Harvard to examine the sociology of social dances in America so it helps me in teaching my Decade Dance Party.  I started as a ballet dancer and became a professional ballet dancer at age 15 with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and then the Tuzer Ballet Co. I studied at Lee Theodore's American Dance Machine program in New York City which is a live archive of Boradway dance.  I also studied jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop over the years with Buster Cooper and at various studios in NYC including the Broadway Dance Center and Steps and the Westside Dance Project.  I performed as a member of the American Isadora Duncan Dance company for one year in New York.  I studied acting at Harvard by taking classes at the American Repertory and then got my equity card while I was still in college by performing in a couple of A.R.T. productions.  I studied acting at BADA in England, and with Austin Pendelton at HB Studios in New York.