AJ Lambert – Music Together®
AJ Lambert is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Los Feliz with her husband and daughter. Previously she was a bass player and singer in many bands while living in New York, which is where she also enjoyed a career as a music supervisor and coordinator for films. Some highlights of her varied performance and recording career include her stints with the band Rocket, Here We Go Magic, and a reunion/reforming of The Homosexuals, the iconic English punk band. She also had an original song placed in an episode of The Sopranos during her New York tenure. Having a child has opened AJ’s eyes to the joys of sharing her love of music with other children. Music Together’s ethos of nurturing kids’ innate musical instincts is something she is very excited to be a part of.
John McLean Allan – Music Together®
John McLean Allan has been a music teacher for over 15 years teaching kids and adults a variety of instruments ranging from guitar to ukelele to bagpipes! John has taught preschool music for over ten years and has a seven year old daughter who grew up with Music Together. As a songwriter and performer, John has released 4 CDs and toured all over Europe and the USA.
Sheila Geiger – Music Together®
Sheila is a guitarist and has been a songwriter and performer for the past 20 years in Los Angeles and the East Coast. She has been a registered Music Together teacher for ten years and loves bringing the joy of making music to families. Sheila’s mom was a music together teacher and Sheila has taken the program with her own son, when he was a little tot. Before Music Together she studied art and animation as well as owned and operated her own retail floral business. She lives in Glendale with her 5 year old son, a little white dog and a black cat. Sheila is thrilled to bring her experience and love of music to the families at Dragonfly DuLou!
Sarah Reynolds – Music Together®
A life-long advocate for the performing arts, Sarah is passionate about the impact that early exposure to music, song, and dance has on a child’s development and she is thrilled to be joining the Dragonfly DuLou community. Sarah is a graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music, with a Masters in Vocal Performance and Concentration in Music Education. She flourished as an early childhood music teacher for Isis Parenting and Tiny Tunes Studio, as artist-in-residence for Young Audiences of Massachusetts, and in her tenure with Boston Public. A former cast member of the ImprovBoston theatre in Cambridge, MA, Sarah co-created and performed in a fully improvised and interactive Family Show (Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick Award 2009) and continues to teach youth and adult improv classes. In addition to her career as an educator, Sarah is a professional singer and voice teacher.
Michelle Hanley- Ballet for Kids
Michelle Hanley began studying dance at the age of 19 and has not stopped since! With extensive training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Improvisation and African dance from the Newport School of Ballet, University of Oregon, and Stites Performing Arts Center in Portland, Michelle embarked on her teaching career in 2000 as a Creative Movement teacher for children ages 3-12. Her enthusiasm and talent for working with children and sharing her love of dance has led her to teach in a variety of dance institutions and community centers and brought her to Dragonfly DuLou in 2008. We are thrilled to welcome back Michelle from a 6-month sabbatical in South America where she participated in a Spanish language intensive, backpacked through 5 countries, studied Argentine tango, and volunteered as a dance teacher!
Lesa Turner- Ballet for Kids
Lesa Turner began her journey as a dancer and teacher in Atlanta where she was trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, and Acrobatics. Incorporating her training in Acting and Musical Theater has helped to lend a different and exciting perspective to the way she teaches dance and performing arts. In addition to working as a dancer and choreographer, Lesa has appeared in film, TV, and theater. Lesa has been teaching dance for over 10 years, 5 in the Los Angeles area, and has students who range in age from 2 to 60. Miss Lesa is excited to return to Dragonfly DuLou this coming season.
Doula Educators- Two Doulas Birthing Class
Each of the Two Doulas Birth classes is taught by two of the “doula educators” in our collective. There are seven women in our group, each a birth doula and childbirth educator, each with a unique background and perspective on the birth process, meaning that each class series is a completely distinct and individual experience. Individually, we all have our own private doula businesses and then also work as a team to teach these classes, provide back up coverage for one another, as well as provide other related services (i.e. postpartum doula, lactation education, placenta encapsulation, etc.) to each other’s clients. Please go to www.twodoulasbirth.com to read more about the doula educators in our collective as well as the classes we offer.
Sharon Jakubecy- Alexander Technique and Fire in the Belly
With clients on True Blood, Dancing with the Stars, BBC, and Disney, Sharon Jakubecy, AmSat certified Alexander Technique teacher since 2003, coaches her clients to be relaxed, loose, dynamic and daring on stage and on camera. She’s trained actors in physical and vocal freesom at Stella Adler Academy of Theater & Acting and American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood. She has directed numerous plays for children in the Stella Adler Outreach Program. Her award winning piece “Romp” was featured in Arianne MacBean’s “The Next Wave of New Artists in 2008.” Uknown Theater, Vox Humana, The LA Opera, Colburn School of Music and others have experienced the freedom and full expression that Alexander Technique with Sharon has to offer.
Simona Montanari Ph.D- Bilingual Child Workshop
Professor of Language Development and Second Language Aquisition at California State University, Los Angeles, Professor Montanari is an expert in bilingual and second language development and is a mother of two trilingual daughters. She is proud to offer this important workshop to families at Dragonfly DuLou!
Richard Pass, RN BS- Infant CPR & First Aid
Richard’s experience includes many years as a clinical practitioner in clinical care areas, including large ER departments. Save a Little Life began when Richard decided to take a simple yet quality educational program to the community.