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Professional Development

Join us for a series of online workshops for early childhood educators and Theatre and Dance for the Very Young practitioners!


These workshops are built in collaboration with Amanda Pintore, Kerfuffle, and the Theatre and Dance for the Very Young Conference. 


Each workshop costs $10 and will take place on Zoom (live only, no recordings). A Zoom link will be emailed to participants one week prior to each workshop date (please be sure to check the time zone difference prior to registering). Stay tuned for our winter/spring workshop lineup!


Questions? Email Amanda Pintore at

Upcoming Events:

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Intentional Learning: Using Children's Books to Support Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Movement Classroom


Wednesday, January 18, 7:30-8:30pm CDT

Facilitated by Tanjarae Porter 


This session examines using children's book in the movement classroom to support literacy, culturally responsive teaching strategies and to inspire creative movement experiences. During this session, participants will gain an understanding of what culturally responsive teaching pedagogy is and strategies of how to embed various children's book within their current movement curriculum. This workshop is open to movement/dance instructors, as well as theatre and general ECE instructors utilizing movement in their classrooms.

About the Facilitator:

Tanjarae Porter, Senior Consultant of Cultivated Connections Design and Consulting, is a firm believer that creativity can enhance a plethora of things in one's life; like education, learning, identity and activism. Through her work, she serves educators, organization leaders and parents with incorporating creativity and the arts in their lives and curriculums. Tanjarae delivers professional development workshops specializing in creating quality culturally inclusive arts curricula and arts integration pedagogy.
Tanjarae, a multidimensional educator, is certified in K-12 Dance and as a K-12 Reading Specialist. Her journey as a former elementary, middle school and dance educator has provided her with a wealth of experiences to accompany her love of the arts and arts integration. Her belief in providing an equitable education for all students inspires her advocacy for quality arts education. Her message inspires others to mandate something different from the education system by using the arts as a vehicle for learning, healing, and social change. Tanjarae has had the pleasure to present her work at various arts and education conferences; where she highlights the importance of arts integration, decolonization of arts curricula and using technology in the arts classrooms.

When Tanjarae is not leading workshops, she can be found serving on various committees within the organizations such as:, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, The Order of the Eastern Star - Prince Hall Affiliation, and Educator's Cooperative. Amazingly still, she finds moments to be creative with digital planning, crocheting, and spending time with her family.


TDVY Makers Think Space

Wednesday, February 22, 7:30-8:30pm CDT


Hosted by Amanda Pintore

Do you have a new TDVY performance idea you want to daydream on? In the middle of a project and wishing you had a sounding board for the experience? Wanting to meet other folks who do the thing you do? Join us in an open think space centered around making/writing/producing Theatre and Dance for the Very Young performances (or those wishing to do so). This gathering is free of cost (you must register to receive the Zoom Link) and is open to makers in any stage of their TDVY career (emerging, established, on hiatus, etc.). Please note this is a casual evening of dialogue, dreaming, and community making (rather than a formal workshop). 

About the Host:

Amanda Pintore (she/her) is a director, choreographer, and educator focusing on movement and dance education, devised theatre, and making theatre and dance performances with and for 0-6 year olds. She also specializes in arts integration, creative facilitation strategies, and training in teaching artistry. She is an Assistant Professor in Theatre for Youth and Community and Acting at Arizona State University. She also serves as the founder and chair of the Theatre and Dance for the Very Conference (2022, 2024). She has an MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University.  

Register for workshops here!

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