Homebase: Grande Prairie
A pioneer of hoop dance within her northern Alberta community, Amanda Pandas an entertainer and circus skills instructor nominated as one of Canada's Most Influential Flow Artists in the 2016 CanSpin awards. She's the author of the illustrated children's book, Mandi the Clown and the Hula Hoop Circus, which inspires dreaming big and is based off of her original performance character. Larger than life and a natural kid magnet, Amanda has been sharing her passion of hoop dance since 2009.
"Amanda's presentation was polished and entertaining for all of our students in grades K - 9. I would recommend this performance to any school!" Principal La Glace School, La Glace, AB
"Ms. Amanda is instinctively adept at modifying her circus skills program to accommodate a range of ages and abilities. Her positive nature motivates students and her care and compassion helps students gravitate towards her. Her new picture book "Mandi the Clown and the Hula Hoop Circus" was also a highlight during our Literacy Week festivities. She genuinely loves children and is a kid magnet." - Principal Wembley Elementary School, Wembley, AB
"Our mission was to have performers inspire children to embrace the joy of creative expression through the arts, Amanda did just that. Ms. Syryda had a positive message that she relayed with her own storybook and throughout her performance." - Aum Nicol, Founder, Grande Prairie Children's Festival, Grande Prairie, AB
Grade Suitability: K -12
Duration: : 1 day, 30 - 60 min sessions
Capacity: 30 students/session
Tech Requirements: Access to the gym for the day.
Fee Range: $1245 - $1345 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Promote health and active living through fun and unique physical activities. Give students the opportunity to try something new, while encouraging physical literacy, in a fun and engaging one-day workshop. All equipment is provided. Sessions can be booked in 30-minute to 1-hour sessions with up to 30 students per session. Circus skills available include hoop dance, poi spinning, juggling and plate spinning. 30-minute lessons: 1 circus skill, 45-minute lessons: 2 circus skills, 1-hour lessons: 3 circus skills. Amanda would start or end the day with a 30-minute circus performance.
Grade Suitability: K -7
Duration: 45 mins. + Q&A
Tech Requirements: Clean performance area (15' x 15'), access 45 mins. prior, power outlet.
Fee Range: $766 - $866 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)
Work Hard. Play Hard. Dream Big! A show to inspire passion, play and purpose while showcasing a variety of creative athletic feats involving hula hoops, juggling, spinning plates and humor. Amanda Panda playfully engages students and staff in a variety of audience participation activities demonstrating the importance of practice and play. Amanda's book, Mandi the Clown and the Hula Hoop Circus, will also be referenced to reinforce the message of working hard and dreaming big.