Tamara Loewenthal

Creative Renewal Arts Fellow - In 1999, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Lilly Endowment, established the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. Originally conceived as a renewal opportunity similar to an academic sabbatical, this groundbreaking initiative offers mid-career artists and arts administrators the opportunity to renew and refresh their creativity. In it's 9th round, the fellowship offers 30 artists and arts administrators $10,000 for an 18 month fellowship period.
Tamara Loewenthal
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Loewenthal is a performer and teacher of various styles of step dance. Her work focuses on Appalachian clogging and French Canadian step dancing. In her teaching, she incorporates square dancing and other social dance forms. Currently she is with the ensemble Fiddle ‘n’ Feet, which performs traditional dance and music.

 

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Tamara Loewenthal has been performing and teaching various styles of American and Celtic step dance for over 20 years. Growing up in the Appalachian foothills of southwestern Pennsylvania, Tamara fell in love with clogging as a young adult and has been flatfooting ever since. A founding member of the nationally acclaimed dance company Rhythm in Shoes, she has toured across the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Japan. She has won awards for her clogging, including a blue ribbon at the Mt. Airy, NC, Fiddler’s Convention. Tamara is also an accomplished French Canadian step dancer and, in 1999, received a prestigious Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowship to study with masters in this field. Tamara is much in demand for her work with children of all ages and works extensively with Young Audiences of Indiana, the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Learning program, and the Kentucky Arts Council. She has produced a CD and booklet, Dance Together Children! , of long-playing dance tunes and play party games. She regularly calls square and contra dances for groups around the country and teaches step dance classes in Bloomington, and workshops wherever she goes. Tamara is also a 2003 and 2005 recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. Her most recent passion is Old Time fiddling, which she pursues with various bands around Bloomington.

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Board vice chair and sites coordinator for the Lotus Festival, member of Country Dance and Song Society, artist with Young Audiences of Indiana, artist with the Ohio and Kentucky arts councils

 

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