Tara Crouse has worked as a dance teacher and choreographer for over 20 years in the private and public sector and has over 35 years of training in a variety of dance and movement forms including ballet, jazz, contemporary, creative, acrobatics and yoga. As a dance educator, she has had the opportunity to teach dance both as its own discipline as well as an enhancer of other subjects in various school workshops and projects. This is where "learning is made visible" in and through dance interdisciplinary projects. Participants learn about things like the solar system, Egyptians and patterns in nature by fully experiencing them through dancing and movement concepts. Tara is open to creative collaborations with teachers and students to design and implement meaningful and joyful dance experiences - whatever the discipline or theme, short-term or long-term workshops.
My Kindergarten class thoroughly enjoyed the dance project and lessons. It was a great, enriching experience. I enjoyed Tara's professionalism, creativity, organization and implementation of this project. She is an excellent role model for dance. Agnes Oosterhof, Kindergarten Teacher
The skills and learning that my students experienced surpassed my expectations. I witnessed risk-taking, problem-solving, critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, self-awareness and increased confidence in abilities. Without even knowing it, my students were exposed to crucial skills that will support them as they venture out into the real world. All of my students challenged themselves to go beyond their comfort zones and expressed themselves and demonstrated their knowledge in different and amazing ways. In their reflection, they all wrote about what a wonderfully amazing teacher Mrs Crouse is and they enjoyed themselves immensely throughout the project. We all feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to work with Tara! Tara is a master teacher. She is one of the hardest-working people I know. Super keen, super talented, passionate about the arts and extremely knowledgeable about her subject matter. Deb Secco, Grade 3 Teacher
The performance was profound. I was deeply moved by the experience. To see young girls of 8-9 dance interpretively with joy was amazing. Having the rest of Junior school girls come and see the extravaganza was so great. On many levels, the Space Extravaganza exemplified what can be done in school to make learning fun and challenging and a unique growth experience for children. If this could be incorporated somehow into the curriculum for all grades, particularly junior school, this would be a wonderful opportunity for the girls to learn, whatever topic. Space is pretty grand as far as subject matter goes, but there are numerous ways dance can be used as a learning tool for science. How fun for children to feel science! Parent Survey
In this workshop students will learn, create and perform a variety of dance styles including creative dance, jazz dance and hip hop. Students will develop foundational movements skills and be introduced to the creative process. Along with learning about dance as its own subject and discipline, the students will also be supporting and enhancing their learning about the Grade 3 science unit through this multi-intelligence approach. Students become actively engaged in learning and demonstrating their knowledge about the phases of the moon, the great bear constellation and our solar system as they adventure through space to find the ninth planet... the Dancing Planet!