Kaliberda Dance Lessons
I spent many years in rhythmic gymnastics and have had lots of experience with the competitive world and what judges are looking for. I have also been dancing my whole life and have assisted many classes, including stretch classes, ballet classes, and conditioning classes. I have also choreographed multiple dances for different performances.
I love connecting with people who are just as passionate about dance. I love seeing a big smile on someone's face when they figure out a step.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
It all depends on the level of expertise and training. A student who is lacking the basics of rhythmic gymnastics such as flexibility, endurance, and artistry must start from there. Basic skills with the rope, ball, hoop, etc. will become incorporated as well.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I spent eight years in rhythmic gymnastics and competed at plenty of competitions. I learned about what a judge specifically looks for in a gymnast and what is required of every rhythmic gymnastics level.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I do not have a standard pricing system.
How did you get started teaching?
I began assisting classes during my time as a rhythmic gymnast and realized that I really loved choreographing and could create dances for other students.
What types of students have you worked with?
I work with younger students, mainly ages 5-10.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I choreographed a dance for the End of the Year Performance of a rhythmic gymnastics team located in Bergen County, NJ. I choreographed a dance, two years in a row, for a Holocaust remembrance organization. The performance was at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Do not hire the teacher based on age. I am 15 years old but I, along with many of my previous team members are now teaching/assisting classes at various locations and are using our past experience to our students' aid. I also speak Russian in addition to English which is an important thing to look at since some students are more comfortable speaking in their first/second language.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
A student must think about their goal and what they want to achieve in a certain amount of time. A student must be ready to take on the amount of work the instructor then suggests based on the student's goal. Their needs to be a mutual relationship between a student and his/her teacher. If a student doesn't want to try and has no motivation, there is nothing a coach can do.