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Performance Storytelling

An opportunity for an audience to experience the art of traditional storytelling. Programme includes a variety of traditional stories including myths, legends, folktales, fables and wondertales. Bookings can be made with or without the addition of a musician.

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

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Traditional storytelling, music

Languages Spoken: English

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

Preferred Group Size: Large (20+)

Regions: National

Space and Resources Required: access to power

Indicative Costs:

  • $3.50/$5.00 with musician per student
  • Travel: 0.65 c perkm

Mode of Delivery: Performance

Cultural Context: World


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


" Her storytelling was spell-binding. There were times when she had all the students (ages 5 - 13 years) as well as the teachers, sitting on the edges of their seats just waiting for her next utterance. She truly had a captive audience." Ahipara Primary School, NZ.

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

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