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.
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!
John 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 7 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.
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!
Fernanda Karolys-Baila Baila Spanish through Music and Movement
Fernanda is a native Spanish speaker from a multicultural background. She studied at the Musicians Institute and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador as a music major. She was raised in both Ecuador and the United States, having worked in the arts since her childhood. Fernanda shares music and language by engaging her students in fun, educational classes through the Baila Baila Spanish through music and movement program for kids. Students will be in a creative environment where they will explore music, culture and language while receiving a valuable and enriching experience. Fernanda plays the guitar, has a beautiful signing voice and years of experience teaching preschool children.
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.
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.