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About the artist

Tamara Loewenthal is a percussive dance and calling artist who teaches social dance forms. She’s based in Bloomington, Indiana. Tamara has studied with many great step dancers, including Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Brenda Bufalino, Benoit Bourque, Pierre Chartrand, and John Timm. She has been a teaching artist with Arts for Learning since 1984. “As a dancer, I make rhythms with my feet,” Tamara says. “I like dancing to traditional old time fiddle and banjo music (called clogging or flatfooting), as well as to French Canadian and Irish fiddle music (step dancing). I also enjoy teaching people how to square dance, which as an art form is called ‘calling.’” Tamara believes that through dance, children discover new and exciting ways to learn everything from math to valuable social skills. “When kids learn to clog or to square dance, they are learning to move in patterned sequences, counting, negotiating the space they’re in, learning that cooperation makes the group venture succeed. It reinforces sequential thinking, helps the understanding of mathematical concepts from counting to geometry, and teaches life skills of communication and positive interaction with others.” Learn more about Tamara at her website.

Programs

Choose Your Own – Dance Traditions

Residency

Multiple visits with a dancer and fiddler. Provides opportunities for confidence building and student collaboration. Choose from a variety of folk dance forms such as clogging, square dance, tap dance, long sword, French Canadian, Irish Set & ceili, and maypole. Includes Community Social family night program (pg 4).

This program meets standards in Communication Flexible Themes Health & Wellness Life Skills Physical Education Teamwork
  • Grades: K-23-56-8
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

1-artist visit; 5 days: $519
*add live music: $375 additional
*add a Community Social: $475
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Clogging and Fiddling

Workshop

Accompanied by live fiddle music, students will explore patterns in dance and music via counting, moving, and singing. Students will learn clogging as they dance individually and with the group.

This program meets standards in Health & Wellness Life Skills Physical Education Social Studies Teamwork U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: Pre-K
  • Length: 90 min
  • Audience Limit: 20

90 minute Workshop: $250
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Dancing Together: Building Life Skills Through Traditional American Dance

Teacher Training

Traditional American dances provide an avenue to build a classroom community. These fun and easy to accomplish dance figures also reinforce the processes of patterning and sequential thinking, a crucial foundation for all academic learning. Teachers will learn to prompt these dances and get the tools to teach them.

*Developed in collaboration with the Kennedy Centers Partners in Education Program at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Critical Thinking Flexible Themes Life Skills Math Patterns & Sequence Social Studies Teamwork U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-5Educators
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300

Three-hour workshop: $538
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Community Social

Workshop

An evening of social dances for the whole family to enjoy. No experience necessary! Students and parents can come together to participate in line, square, circle dances and more.

This program meets standards in Communication Health & Wellness Life Skills Physical Education Social Studies Teamwork U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades:
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

Mileage from Bloomington, IN additional
90 minutes: $457

Traditional American Dance

Workshop

Choose from a variety of traditional American dance activities including:

  • Maypole
  • Clogging
  • Traditional American Dance
  • Body Percussion Grades:
This program meets standards in Health & Wellness Physical Education Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

Mileage from Bloomington, IN additional
With live music: $150

The Music and Dance of Canada

Performance

Our neighbors to the North have a rich history of dance and music. Your students will learn more about the lives and culture of the early explorers who canoed through the Great Lakes.

This program meets standards in Social Studies World History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-56-8
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $532 Double: $895

Mileage from Bloomington, IN additional

Percussive Dance in America

Performance

From English step dance to Southern Appalachian mountain clogging and everything in between, your students will experience the history of traditional American dance.

This program meets standards in Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-56-8
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $532 Double: $895

Mileage from Bloomington, IN additional

Keeping Traditional Dance & Music Alive Through Creativity

Performance

This energetic performance explores the origins and “reinvention” of music and dance traditions over the years. When dancers or musicians are lacking the means to buy their preferred instruments or tools, they figure out how to substitute something they do have.

This program meets standards in Social Studies U.S. History & Culture World History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-56-8
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $532 Double: $895

Mileage from Bloomington, IN additional

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