If you wish to learn how to sing your favourite songs with correct pitching, breath control, and in an effortless way then having a professional singer guiding you through this transformative process, is what you are looking for. Andria is qualified to teach in the following styles: Jazz, Blues, Soul, Latin, Pop, and Musical theatre. During her experience in teaching singing, Andria has successfully prepared her students for the Associate Board of the Royal School of music exams, Rockschool Music Exams, and LCM (Musical Theatre) Music Exams. She has also coached and prepared her students for performances and competitions.
As a singing teacher she emphasises the importance of developing a strong technique in order to maintain a healthy sound. Studying a repertoire in a wide range of styles while achieving the appropriate timbral quality (sound quality) for each style (including pronunciation in different languages), are another important part of her teaching. Learning how to sing correctly and how to confidently perform should always be a thrilling and exciting process. The following points are some of the main areas that we will work on:
The connection between the whole body and the voice
Good support and posture
Extending vocal range
Experimenting with tone and vocal styles
Improving pitch control and musical ear
Head voice and chest voice: using them separately but also in combination
Vocal health: how to speak, sing, and taking care of your voice (practice, diet, etc.)
Learning a wide range of repertoire (as a multi-lingual I am also able to teach songs and pronunciation skills in English, Greek, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Swedish and Norwegian).
Depending on the style that the student will choose to concentrate on Andria can also teach the following
Jazz improvisation (from the early jazz to contemporary jazz)
Harmony (jazz and pop).
Piano accompaniment while singing.
TEACHING LOCATIONS - Please contact me for the latest updates in teaching locations
Home tuition. The teacher travels to the student's house.
North London. Currently near Highgate, Kentish town, Winchmore Hill, and Camden town.
WORKSHOP - Please contact me for the latest updates
Past workshops included: 'Jazz workshop' at Millenium Performing Arts College
LATIN DANCE CLASSES
INTRODUCING THE LATIN DANCE STYLES TAUGHT
The Cha-cha-cha is the name of a Latin American dance of Cuban origin. It evolved from one of the three versions of the Mambo. The “Triple Mambo”, one of those versions, became very popular in the early 1950’s and was subsequently renamed the Cha cha. As music always dictates the dance, the triple or split-beat steps were inserted when a slower version of mambo music was being played. In 1952, visitors from England took this dance back to Europe and it has evolved, quite separately from the American version, into the International Cha Cha of today.
The Cha Cha is a non-progressive, lively, fun dance, which uses a “ball flat” foot action and keep the body over the feet. The legs and hips are used to produce a strong rhythmical movement that compliments the music. This dance has closed position as well as single handhold and double handhold movements. Because of this dance’s easy adaptation to modern music, the Cha Cha is probably the most popular of the Latin dances.
Samba is a Brazilian dance and musical genre originating in Africa. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival. Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance in 2/4 time danced under the Samba music. It is a free spirited, festive dance that was formalized and introduced into Europe in 1956. Samba is a progressive dance, traveling around the floor in a counter-clockwise direction. A variety of rhythms are used, some with a slight “bounce” action and others with a flatter hip action or “tic”. “Bounce” is the most distinguished action in samba.
Rumba arose in Havana in the 1890s. As a sexually-charged Afro-Cuban dance, rumba was often suppressed and restricted because it was viewed as dangerous and lewd. Later, Prohibition in the United States caused a flourishing of the relatively-tolerated cabaret rumba, as American tourists flocked to see crude sainetes (short plays) which featured racial stereotypes and generally, though not always, rumba. In the ballroom world, rumba is the slowest of the five competitive dances and is considered to be the “Dance of Love”. It is about 120 beats per minute which corresponds, both in music and in dance to what the Cubans of an older generation called the bolero-son. All social dances in Venezuela involve a hip-sway over the standing leg and, though this is scarcely noticeable in fast salsa, it is more pronounced in the slow ballroom rumba. In general, steps are kept compact and the dance is danced generally without any rise and fall. This style is authentic, as is the use of free arms in various figures. The basic figures derive from dance moves observed in Havana in the pre-revolutionary period, and have developed their own life since then. Competition figures are often complex, and this is where competition dance separates from social dance. Details can be obtained from the syllabi of dance teaching organizations and from standard texts.
Paso Doble originated in southern France and began gaining popularity in the United States in the 1930s. Because the dance developed in France, the steps of the Spanish Paso Doble actually have French names. In Spanish, “Paso Doble” means “two step” and refers to the marching nature of the steps. The dance consists of several dramatic poses that are coordinated with highlights in the music. The body is held upright with the feet always directly underneath the body. In the Paso Doble, dancers take strong steps forward with the heels, and incorporate artistic hand movements. The forward steps, or walks, should be strong and proud. The man should also incorporate apel’, a move in which he strongly stamps his foot, much like a matador strikes the ground in order to capture the attention of the bull. All moves of the Paso Doble should be sharp and quick, with the chest and head held high to represent arrogance and dignity.
A true “American Dance”, the Jive started out in the southwest of the U.S.A. and ran through a variety of names such as “The Cake Walk”, “Turkey Trot”, “Bunny Hop”, “Lindy Hop”, and “Jitterbug”. Essentially, the Jive is a cocktail of all those dances as well as East and West Coast Swings. During World War II, the American forces brought this dance to Britain, together with the popular orchestras of the day such as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Glen Miller. Sometime after war;s end, the faster version stayed in Europe and became known as the Jive. It is a stationary dance, full of swing, kicks and ball changes. This dance should be lively, energetic and full of fun. Weight should be kept towards the balls of the feet so as to ensure a slight “bounce” effect and accents should be shown on the 2 and 4 beats.
GROUP DANCE LESSONS
Group lessons – is a great way to learn new dances and steps with your friends. The classes are kept on a smaller size, so there is always plenty of room and attention for everyone. You can come solo or with a partner. Dance steps, choreography, leading and follow, arm styling as well as technique are the main topics on which the lessons will concentrate for each dance style.
Private classes – The most important benefit of having private lessons is that you get 100% attention depending on your weaknesses and strengths. The lesson is taught at the pace of your choice. Private classes are great for getting detailed in depth explanation of dances and steps, as well as a wonderful opportunity to dance with your teacher.
Wedding dances - First dance signifies the beginning of your life together as husband and wife, so make this dance memorable. The teacher will choreograph a song of your choice. Alternatively, the teacher will give you a list of the most famous, romantic and passionate songs from which you can choose your favourite song.
As a piano teacher, Andria can easily adapt on each student’s stylistic preferences and abilities, whether he/she is a child or adult, in order to construct the most suitable lesson plan. She firmly believes that when playing the piano the whole body should be engaged, in order to feel the rhythm and pulse through the whole body and externalise it naturally through the fingers. Andria has studied this holistic approach through her one year course of African drumming at City of London University. During her experience in teaching piano, Andria has successfully prepared some of her students for the Associate Board of the Royal School of music exams and Rockschool Music Exams.
TEACHING LOCATIONS: Please contact me for the latest updates in teaching locations
Home tuition. The teacher travels to the student's house.
North London. Currently in Highgate, Winchmore Hill, and Camden town.