Karin Blair Dance/Private Lessons

Karin Blair Dance/Private Lessons

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4 years in business

About this pro

Hi, prospective students! Would you like to learn about dance right from your home? I am a former professional dancer with the Houston Jazz Ballet who also attended The High School for The Performing and Visual Arts here in Houston. I have taught in a variety of classrooms for the past years, but am now taking my knowledge and passion for dance to my own students. I have worked long and hard and have trained with the best in my industry and I would love to give this knowledge back and share the joy of movement and proper technical training. I teach ballet, tap, jazz, pointe and musical theater all levels.

It is my mission in life to give back the knowledge, the joy, the passion, and the life lessons that a good dance teacher can bring. The lessons learned in a dance classroom extend far beyond that! I want to teach my students not only correct technique, but also the history and the protocol associated with this Art. I find great joy in sparking passion in my students!

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Houston, TX 77070
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I will need to assess my student's overall goal and skill level, thereby formulating a personalized lesson plan for each student. It is a building process that we will add to each visit.

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

I have been trained by the best in my industry and hold a strong ballet background. I have trained with David Howard, Roni Mahler, and Bruce Marks, as well as dancing professionally with the Houston Jazz Ballet under the direction of Houston Ballet's former Artistic Director Ben Stevenson. I haveattended teacher workshops that bring in Master Teachers from all over the world to TEACH TEACHERS in New York City and Arizona.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge 30~35 dollars an hour depending on my drive time and whether or not there is choreography involved.

How did you get started teaching?

I began to teach when my professional dance career was winding down as I started my family. I am a natural teacher and it was the only logical thing to do!

What types of students have you worked with?

I teach most disciplines all ages and skill levels from beginner to advanced students. I have also worked with students with special needs.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I was asked to train a new student for the Youth America Grand Prix, which is the most honorable ballet competition in America.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I think your teacher should not only be knowledgeable, but passionate and patient, and enjoy the process that is teaching dance.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What is your end goal? How do you want to commit? Does this teacher fully understand my needs and can he/she get me there? Can I respond and open up to this teacher so as to move forward?