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The Ta Daa Lady

Discipline: Dance, Interdisciplinary, Storytelling, Theatre
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English, French

Angela Brown is a professional actor, dancer, singer, puppeteer and teacher with degrees in dance, theatre and visual art. She is known for The Ta Daa Lady Show, which tours all over BC along with The Nylon Zoo. The Ta Daa Lady loves to play, imagine and create with the class and the teacher. She believes that the best way to learn and to grow is with movement, voice, storytelling and using puppets! Ta Daa values puppetry as an effective tool for problem solving and to engage the class in discussion and laughter. Angela is a trained dancer in most every form of dance. She has acted in many plays and writes a lot of her own stories and songs. She believes that theatrical skills help us all become better communicators, we develop a confidence and ease with others and become kind and considerate to others and respect everyone around us regardless of our differences.


Testimonials

My Grade 1/2 class had the pleasure of working with The Ta Daa Lady! I was very impressed with how attentive she was with my class. Angela was able to adjust the stimulation and energy as needed to keep all 23 of my students engaged and having fun, while building their self-confidence, imagination and problem-solving skills. She has a wonderful way of communicating with children through puppetry. Angela clearly loves what she does and I would have her back in my classroom anytime! Georgia Goundouvas, Grade 1/2 Teacher, Tecumeh Annex, Vancouver
I had the pleasure of hosting Angela Brown, AKA The Ta Daa Lady, at the Fraser Valley Regional Library during Spring Break 2016. Angela entertained over 1,700 people in two weeks. It was ambitious tour schedule and Angela was amazing throughout! She was pleasant and gracious from the onset, during the scheduling process and beyond. Most importantly, audiences loved her! People had a great time and there was lots of laughter and participation. Library staff said, 'The kids just loved her. They were rolling on the floor with her jokes, and the parents found her entertaining, too. Audiences loved the puppet, props and storytelling used throughout the program. I was impressed with Angela's professionalism, her experience with children and as a performer. Christine Conroy, Fraser Valley Regional Libraries
I have known Angela professionally for 18 years, both as an artistic colleague/performer and as an artist-educator as she worked with Learning Through the Arts when I was the Regional Manager for BC's programs. Angela is gifted in many ways and expresses herself delightfully using many art forms. She is a visual artist, dancer, writer, storyteller, actor, singer/songwriter and puppeteer. It is rare to find an artist who is so dynamically successful in such diverse artistic languages. She understands the BC curriculum and her programs facilitate the retention of knowledge by bringing aspects of curriculum to life for kinesthetic, visual, linguistic and auditory learners. Her lesson plans feature collaborative and individual elements and are highly engaging and motivational. She also communicates clearly and well in advance with teacher partners, is punctual and well prepared. Lori Sherritt-Fleming, Producer and Author

Project Examples

Storytelling (Grades 1-7)


Make a short play or scene based on original stories created by the class with various improve games. We use acting techniques as well as mime, pantomime and dance. The class makes their own simple masks and/or props. We build confidence, cooperation, communication, enhance creativity and self expression, improve fine and gross motor skills and writing ability.

Speaking with our Bodies (Grades 2-5)


By researching folktales, myths and legends from various cultures and choosing a story, we use non-verbal communication to reflect on telling the story without using words. We incorporate elements of movement, dance, mask and mime to enhance the storytelling component. Students will improve their confidence, coordination and spacial relations. We will focus on individual contributions and responsibilities within a group, thereby gaining a deeper understanding of others, accepting and appreciating our differences.

The Changing Seasons: Art and Dance in the Classroom (K - 7)


Observe changes that occur in your school and your community throughout the year. Represent these changes with drawings using lines, shapes, colour and textures keeping in mind cardinal directions, symbols and patterns. The drawings are used as inspiration to find ways to make soundscapes and movement to build an interdisciplinary piece. This program builds skills in communication, self-expression, movement, coordination, music (melody, rhythm and tempo) and math (mapping, patterns, directions and shapes). Weather permitting, these sessions could be done outside in a garden, at a park or on a beach.

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