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Imagined Worlds

Workshops using process drama of varying durations developed in consultation with teachers to reflect specific curriculum focuses.

Artist Information

Tanya Batt

Website: http://www.imagined-worlds.net

Phone: 021 4 32379

Email: tanya@imagined-worlds.net


Tanya Batt is a qualified teacher (BEd, Dip Teaching ECE), performance storyteller, and children’s author and is an early childhood specialist in  Arts Education. With a tertiary background in Education, Psychology, Communication and Performing Arts. She has been invited to present workshops, papers and perform in over 20 different countries over the last 27 year. She has lectured and provided courses/ workshops for tertiary colleges and technical institutes, public kindergarten associations, schools, Playcentres, Kindercares, Barnardos, and many other community groups and education service providers. She is the author of three teaching books in the areas of storytelling, drama and dance education as well a published children’s writer.

Tanya creatively directs the ‘Once Upon An Island Charitable Trust based on Waiheke Island and has produced seven storytelling festivals, ‘The Story Centre’ and an extensive body of community arts projects.

She believes that delight and curiosity form the basis of life long learning. www.imagined-worlds.net.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Cross Arts, Drama

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Drama

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Junior Primary, Middle Primary, Senior Primary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: National

Space and Resources Required: Materials

Indicative Costs:

$800.00 daily rate

Mode of Delivery: Workshop

Cultural Context: General


Another Dance Company moved from the U.K to New Zealand in August 2010.

A.D.C's work includes;
- professional contemporary choreography & performance
- dance education for young people and adults within formal education and the community
- project management.

Our dance education work includes performance projects, cross-curricular work, dance P.E, extended schools clubs and S.E.N projects.

Performance projects range from choreographing dance with young people to planning, creating and managing performance events.

Another Dance Company create cross-curricular projects to engage young people in curriculum subjects through dance. A.D.C's main focus in this area so far has been to bring literature to life through movement. A.D.C. secured funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation (U.K.) to work with 6 different schools on a dance and text project. Each group created a dance based upon a story, which they went on to perform. The entire project was conceived, planned, choreographed and managed by A.D.C.

Another Dance Company deliver dance P.E. sessions with a focus upon developing and refining movement skills. Sessions can include music and drama components for a more holistic performing arts experience.

A.D.C facilitate longer term in-depth projects with a real focus on the development of young people. Dance is the medium to achieve change in other areas of young people's lives. Agreed specific aims, decided with the school and pupils, steer the content of the delivery. Through Creative Partnerships (a flagship government initiative in the U.K) Another Dance Company have delivered focused projects to raise confidence and aspirations, and to improve reading and writing skills.

Another Dance Company create and deliver sessions and performance projects for young people with special educational needs. Past projects have included regular sessions leading to performances, intensive arts week dance activities, and youth group projects. A.D.C work in both primary and secondary S.E.N. schools as well as with community groups.

Another Dance Company deliver a range of adult projects.
Past work includes;
-teaching the dance & movement component of the Circus in Performance Course at Greentop Circus,
-leading adult community sessions,
-establishing and organising Sheffield Dance Collective; monthly workshops with guest teachers for the professional dance community.

A.D.C create and facilitate inset training days for teachers. Mentoring programmes support performing arts specialists working in education. Another Dance Company devise and manage projects from conception to evaluation.

Laura Aldridge, artistic director of Another Dance Company, has a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K) and 4 years experience in dance education.

Programme Information


To whom it may concern I have known Louise Britzman for 14 years since she was first employed on the one year Selwyn Tertiary Performing Arts Course. Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with Louise on a wide range of shows including Shakespeare, Brecht, Pinter, Caryl Churchill, Greek drama, American and English Musicals, devised drama, Documentary drama. She brings with her a wealth of practical knowledge an expertise Louise is a talented performer herself and a tutor who brings out the best in her students. She demands high standards and achieves positive results. Louise is always prepared to give of herself and her time. Students respect, admire and appreciate her. She is very versatile and able to adjust her style and the content of her teaching to suit their level. She appreciates working with a wide range of students from a variety of different cultures and thrives on a challenge. Louise works well as a member of a team and enjoys a consultative process. Other staff and members the production team recognize her value and enjoy her company. She completes reports to meet deadlines, writes thoughtful comments and is a dedicated teacher. I highly recommend Louise to any educational institution lucky enough to contract her services. She is always totally committed, enthusiastic, energetic and reliable. June Renwick Educator and Director

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: No

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