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Fiddle ‘n’ Feet

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.


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