Hey there everybody!!
I am Brandon Avery, a performer, choreographer, director, and educator based in Chicago, IL, and Atlanta, GA. Liberally trained in dance from age 4 until age 16, I learned the styles of Chicago House hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean dancehall, and musical theatre. At college I began training in jazz, modern, and contemporary techniques; and post-graduation I began training in classical ballet, yoga, and contemporary Latin dances (i.e.: bachata, cumbia). I am an Illinois-certified educator, endorsed to teach grades K-9, however, I have taught dance to ages ranging toddlers/young childhood to middle-age adults.
My specialties are jazz (including heels), hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean dancehall, modern dance, dance fitness/body conditioning, artist development (vocal performing artists looking to improve their stage performances), and dance history & pedagogy. My performance and choreography credits include MTV2, Tha Pope, Red Clay Dance, and Drew Sidora. Some of my mentors and instructors are Homer Bryant, Dereque Withurs (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre), Yanis Marshall, Vershawn Ward, Jennifer Smith (Knox College), and Dana Rosenthal.
If you are interested in booking me for dance lessons, private parties, or performances, please contact me via e-mail at [email protected] You can find my history and footage of my performances, choreography, and teaching at my Instagram page (www.instagram.com/nblvblbavery). Thank you for taking the time to view my page, and I hope to hear from you soon! Stay elevated!!
It brings me great joy to see people grow in their self-definitions of and appreciation for themselves inside and outside of the studio and performance space.
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When working with a new student, the first and most important thing that I do is have a meeting to learn about who the student is, why he or she is interested, and what the student hopes to gain from the class(es). From there, I let the student know how the class(es) will be conducted.
In addition to being an Illinois-certified educator, I have taught for nearly 10 years--7 of those years I have taught dance alongside general education subjects.
Dance Studios/Youth Dance Programs
Teaching Artist (Youth and Teen Classes) --> $35.00/hr
Teaching Artist (Residency) --> $200.00/day
General Studio Class --> $15.00/person
Master Class --> $25.00/person
Private Instruction/Rehearsal (Non-Professional Student) --> $60.00/hr ($35.00/hr if client provides space)
Private Instruction/Rehearsal (Independent Artist) --> $100/hr ($75.00/hr if client provides space)
Private Instruction/Rehearsal (Major Label Artist/Company & Corporation Endeavors) --> $150.00/hr
Party Class (16 and younger) → $200.00/1-hr (up to 10 children, add $50.00 for up to five more children)
Party Class (17 and older) --> $300.00/2-hrs (10-20 people), $400.00/2-hrs (21-30 people)
Convention Class (30+ people) --> $500.00/class
Up to 5 Minutes --> $150.00/solo, $300.00/group (not including rehearals rates)
5 -15 Minutes --> $300.00/solo, $600.00/group (not including rehearsal rates)
Host --> $75.00/hr
Panel Member --> $100.00/session
Guest Speaker (Lecture-Demonstration) --> $200.00/session
I began teaching as a lead tutor for freshman mathematics at my high school's after school assistance program during my senior year. The next year, after my first year in college, I returned home to teach mathematics and dance for the summer program for the Upward Bound program I graduated from. From then on, I continued teaching dance for studios and in-school arts program, and I have coached and directed youth ensembles and dance teams.
I have taught dance in rural, suburban, and urban studios and schools. The ages I have taught range from toddler/young childhood to early senior age adults.
On March 3, I co-taught a collaborative workshop class that involved tapping into, revealing, unleashing, and elevating one's divine feminine energy as an event celebrating the beginning of National Women's History Month. I enjoyed being involved in an event that encourages people--especially women who constantly deal with the intersections of their minority identities--to take a moment to reconnect with themselves and embrace all of what makes them divine.
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