THE PLAY LAB TEACHERS

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GABBIE BURGESS

Gabbie Burgess is a dancer and educator with a BA in Dance from Hofstra University. Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, Gabbie moved to Brooklyn upon graduating and has been dancing and teaching in NYC ever since! She has extensive experience teaching students ages 2-18, in a wide variety of styles including creative movement, ballet,  tap, jazz, Spanish immersion, and more. This will be her fourth year as a teaching artist with WR Arts. 

 

Her teaching style is warm and welcoming, with a focus on reinforcing technical dance movements and vocabulary while simultaneously encouraging students to explore their imagination and creativity! Gabbie is passionate about reinforcing children’s education through the arts to instill confidence and knowledge, and she is so excited to dance with you!

Gabbie teaches Dance Class

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ALONZO HILLMAN

Alonzo Hillman is a dedicated fitness instructor for children and adults of all ages. With a background in psychology and sociology in early childhood development, he's also an exciting guru in the world of fitness development. Alonzo thrived in sports and teaching which motivated him to pursue the wellness programs at Fitness Adventures for Kids. He works primarily in the community of NYC, hand-and-hand with preschools through his programming in the tri-state area and partners with companies to curate a better essential gym program for preschools through NYC. Fitness Adventures for Kids administers excitable workouts and long-term teachable lessons for every student in the program with a kind friendly face, supportive and understanding language to give every student confidence in his programs. 

 

Alonzo teaches classes: Little Gym & Toddler Tumbling Class

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MARIELLA PRICE

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Mariella Price is an award-winning songwriter and vocalist (Billboard World Songwriting Contest Grand Prize 2008, John Lennon Songwriting Contest Honorable Mention) and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, NPR's Tiny Desk Concert, and International Jazz Festivals. She has been featured on Sesame Street seasons 40 and 41, and in Elmo's Music Magic DVD as well as the Grammy Nominated album Fu Chronicles. Mariella is also the founder of Jazz Baby Music- classes, and concerts combining her love of jazz standards, popular music, children's classics, and multi-sensory play. Mariella also leads Spanish/Bilingual Storytime and Ready Set Kindergarten programs for Brooklyn Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Morgan, their son Louis, and their cat, Cap.

www.jazzbabymusic.com

Mariella teaches Music Class

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ROSE MENDOZA

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For Rose, teaching has always been a part of her life. It is as organic as her love for children, which is why she has dedicated her career to guiding and enlightening these little learners. Her classes are guided by the gentle philosophy of Reggio Emilia. Founded by education pioneer Loris Malaguzzi, this holistic, self-paced and experiential approach to learning is built on 3 core principles: child-led, teacher-guided and environment-focused. Children inherently have innate curiosity and limitless ways to express themselves through playing, exploring and speaking. By allowing them to lead their activities and engage with new and different elements outside of a traditional classroom, they are able to expand their growth and communication while acquiring a greater understanding of their environment. Classes focus on a guiding force - supporting and encouraging your child through their unique journey of exploration and discovery.

www.arosiedaynyc.com

Rose teaches Sensory Class