MamaDuckDance With Gypsy

MamaDuckDance With Gypsy

5.0 (3)
1 employee
2 years in business

About this pro

For as long as I can remember performing and creating has been a part of my life. In fact, I can not remember a time when it was not a part of my life DNA, I fell in love with dance and musical theatre at a very early age – specifically the idea of storytelling through song and dance. But at the age of nine, I saw the dream ballet in Oklahoma and it changed my life. I knew from that moment on I wanted to make classical ballet a central focus for my future. And I was blessed to have a career in that world until I was 25. I trained with the best teachers in the country, I had a professional career that allowed me to dance my dream roles, travel the world, and introduce me to what would eventually become my greatest passion – teaching. As a result, my professional palette blends together more than 35 years of amazing experiences as a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator.

I hold an M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. From 2004-2013 I served as Director of Dance at Tarrant County College South where I taught ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and dance composition. I was also director and choreographer of the resident dance company Velocity. Prior to my time at TCC South, I was a principal dancer with Collaborati Ballet Company dancing lead roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Don Quixote, and Romeo and Juliet. I also appeared onstage in numerous musicals including Chicago (Velma Kelly), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Annie (Miss Hannigan, Lily St. Regis), Oklahoma (Ado Annie), Grease (Rizzo), and The Sound of Music (Maria).

As a freelance choreographer, my dance works have been seen in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in venues such as the Barefoot Brigade, Dance for the Planet, the South Dallas Dance Festival, Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Denton Dance Festival, Arts Fifth Avenue, the Main Street Arts Festival, and RAW Dallas. My original works have been commissioned nationally and internationally for independent artists and companies in Philadelphia, New York, Orlando, Santa Fe, Chicago, New York, Mexico City, London, and Prague. I have been a frequent guest instructor at the American College Dance Festival. Additionally, I served as Artist in Residence at North Central Ballet and as a guest artist with studios across North Texas, Houston, San Antonio, Orlando, Atlanta, and New York. Currently, I teach at Studio M in Rockwall, where I have been for ive years.

I also own my own private coaching company called MamaDuckDance.

You can find me on instagram @mamaduckdance.

I am a teacher, first and foremost. It truly is the only thing, other than being a mother, that brings me joy and fulfillment. I have been blessed to be a dance teacher for almost 25 years. Currently, I teach classical ballet, modern, contemporary dance, jazz dance, partnering techniques, Pointe technique, and musical theatre. I choreograph for studios, drill teams, competition solos/duets/groups, full-length musicals and dance productions.

As a teacher, I am sought out for my innovative and unique teaching style that allows students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their fullest potential in minimal time. I’ve developed a keen eye for not only looking at a student and being able to discern the missing pieces or foundational cracks in their technical training but in developing a plan to fill in those gaps and take the dancer to the next level. My students ask me every class to fix them and I love that they are hungry and want to grow and perfect their craft. I have also worked a lot with students who come from traditionally nontechnical dance backgrounds, like hip hop and freestyle, and helped mold them into strong, powerful diverse dancers who excel across a multitude of styles. Also, since my background bridges both the professional world and the collegiate arena (teaching college dance for 13 years), I am uniquely qualified to help my students navigate the waters in both atmospheres.

My former dancers work professionally at American Ballet Theater, Orlando Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Boston Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater. Additionally, they work as commercial freelance dancers in Dallas, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Chicago appearing in videos, as backup dancers and in national/international touring productions of Broadway and Disney shows. My students have also been accepted into some of the most prestigious college dance programs in the country as well as being invited to study in highly selective summer dance intensives both nationally and internationally. I am also the dance teacher of a Grammy award-winning R&B recording artist.

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Garland, TX 75043
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3 Reviews

5.0

  • Raleigh Tyler

    My time dancing with Mama Duck may have been short but her passion and knowledge has stuck with me for years. She helped me believe in my abilities and future as a dancer and for that I am eternally grateful!

  • Wendy

    Caring, encouraging and inspiring mentor to young dancers

  • Kathryn

    My son adores Ms. Gypsy and learned so much from her! She really inspired his love of dance.



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FAQs


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

First I spend some time getting to know the student, accessing his or her needs, and then developing a clear cut plan for how to effecitevly and efficiently help them achieve their desired goals. 

Then we work week by week or lesson by lesson to achieve those goals through a series of small, accomplishable tasks that allow the student to experience success early on and therefore feel motivated to keep learning and growing.


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

My dance palette blends together more than 35 years of experience as a professional dancer, choreographer, actor, and educator. I am sought out for my innovative and unique teaching style that allows students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their fullest potential in minimal time. My former dancers work professionally at American Ballet Theater, Orlando Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Boston Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater. Additionally, they work as commercial freelance dancers in Dallas, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Chicago appearing in videos, as backup dancers and in national/international touring productions of Broadway and Disney shows. I am also the dance teacher of a Grammy award winning R&B recording artist. 

I have an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman's University. 

As a freelance choreographer, my works have been seen in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in venues such as the Barefoot Brigade, Dance for the Planet, the South Dallas Dance Festival, Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Denton Dance Festival, Arts Fifth Avenue, the Main Street Arts Festival, and RAW Dallas. They have also been commissioned nationally and internationally for independent artists and companies in Philadelphia, New York, Orlando, Santa Fe, Chicago, New York, Mexico City, London, and Prague. I have been a frequent guest instructor at the American College Dance Festival. Additionally, she has served as Artist in Residence at North Central Ballet and as a guest artist with studios across North Texas, Houston, San Antonio, Orlando, Atlanta, and New York. Currently, I teach at Studio M in Rockwall and as a private coach and mentor. 


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

Traditionally yes.

$30 for a 30 minute lesson

$55 for a 60 minute lesson

Bundled rates if multiple lessons are purchased in advance.


How did you get started teaching?

I was asked to sub some baby classes when I was in college and I fell in love with the process. There really is nothing greater than helping someone else become successful and achieve their dreams.


What types of students have you worked with?

All kinds and all ages  - from 18 months to 80 years of age. 

Students with no experience to professional dancers who I mentor and coach.

Students with physical and emotional, disabilities 

Individual students as well as small groups and large teams


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

For the last year and a half, I have been coaching a senior in high school who is pursuing a degree in musical theatre. SHe has applied to some of the best musical theatre programs in the country that also have strong dance programs. She and I have worked and worked and worked her dance technique and she is having incredible success, getting callback after callback. Seeing her be successful and seeing how this has increased her self confidence has been incredibly rewarding to me!


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

I would advise them to be really specific about not only what they are wanting to learn but how they learn best. My job as a dance teacher is to help each of my students achieve something specific. The more transparent a student can be and the more open he or she can be, the more we can achieve together.

I would also say to be open to trying new things, taking risks, and being uncomfortable at times. Diamonds are forned under pressure and the same is true of learning.


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

1. What do I really want from these lessons?

2. How hard am I willing to work to achieve those goals?

3. How do I respond to failure and setbacks?

4.Can I trust this person I am just meeting?


Lessons offered

Dance Classes Ballet Classes Contemporary Dance Classes Dance Choreographers Hip Hop Dance Classes Jazz Dancing Classes Modern Dance Classes Stage Performance Training Theatrical Dance Classes Theater Acting Classes