Classroom Residency Programs

Dance Around the World

Dance Around the World (DATW) is Tandy Beal & Company’s award-winning classroom residency led by a growing list of master teachers. Exploring a specific culture, students develop teamwork, concentration, geographic knowledge, and respect for the diversity and beauty in other cultural traditions and art forms. DATW culminates in a final performance with students and professional, local world dancers sharing the stage! Classes are held during school-times to ensure equal access to this program.  Photos: Dance Around the World at Amesti Elementary, Watsonville.

Cost: Our creative movement residencies average at $2,000 per 12-session course for each classroom being taught.  The residency includes: 9 movement sessions with a master teacher, 1 guest world artist master class, 1 in-school performance for peers and 1 follow-up class. Sessions can be held as many times per week as desired. (ex: once per week, twice per week or every day)

School-wide / Parents Performances: A school-wide or parents performance can be held with world dancers performing in between student dancers. The average cost for a school-wide/parents performance averages at $500. Multiple classes can participate in the same performance at no extra charge!

Dance Around the World Master Teachers

Paula Bliss, Photo by jaqui turner

Paula Bliss, Photo by jaqui turner

Paula Bliss teaches Children's Dance at San Jose State University and professional development workshops for Santa Clara Department of Education. She taught for Dance Force in San Mateo and for Spectra Plus, a program with Gault Elementary School and the Santa Cruz County Cultural Council, the first local program to infuse the arts into the curriculum. Paula is currently teaching music and movement at Mountain Elementary School. She has been performing and teaching with Tandy Beal and Co. for over two decades.

Saki! earned her BFA in Modern Dance at the University of Utah. She worked as a dancer and arts educator for Pickle Family Circus & TBC. She is currently Director of Dance for WEST Theatre and a performer and teacher with Dr. Shaffer & Mr. Stern Dance Company. She is a member of the Artist/Teacher Partnership program for the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and developed arts curricula for the SC Arts Council. She has been on the SPECTRA Arts Education roster for 15 years and has taught in over 50 schools. 

Micha Scott has performed on stages around the world as a 13-year senior member of the renowned Garth Fagan Dance. Ms. Scott was a founding teacher at the Garth Fagan Dance School in Rochester, NY, has taught master classes and workshops for the company worldwide, and has performed leading roles in many of Mr. Fagan's works. She has been featured in Essence, Time Magazine and Dance Magazine, and as a soloist in the PBS televised series Dance in America. Micha is currently Artistic Director at the Tannery World Dance + Cultural Center in Santa Cruz and teaches at public schools, dance studios and universities in the Bay Area and New York.

Jane Real holds a BA in Theater (UCSC), MA in Dance (UCLA) and MS in Elementary Education (CUNY). As a professional dancer in NYC she choreographed, performed and directed projects including work with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Co., K 2 Dance, Creech/Koester, Brooklyn Dance Consortium, Dance Theater Workshop, Tandy Beal & Co. and MoveSpeakSpin. As a credentialed teacher she developed a Pedagogy for Dancers curriculum at Queens College CUNY, taught Elementary school in NYC, New Jersey and as well as CA. Jane has taught Creative Dance in both English and Spanish at Delaveaga School for the past 8 years.

ArtSmart Professional Development Workshops

Utilizing visual, aural, and kinesthetic learning tools, Tandy Beal & Company helps teachers develop fun and practical strategies to connect Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication to curriculum. Using the tools of dance, music, creative problem solving and rhythm, we practice the discipline (and joy!) of close observation and sustained inquiry as an effective way to help children strengthen skills in world geography, language, social studies, science and math.