Two of our great Teaching Artists
DAWE exists because of our amazing teaching artists. This month, we feature Danya Schwartz and Jenny Wabich. Danya teaches dance and is a vocalist and percussionist. Multi-talented Jenny, who comes to us from Canada, is a vocalist who plays sax, flute, and piano. She uses her musicality to introduce our young students to visual arts for the first time.
Danya has performed and studied in Cuba, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, South America, West Africa, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States.
Danya has a vibrant and passionate performance style. She blends her professional background as a California Certified Interpreter (Spanish and Portuguese) and scholar of African and Latin based folkloric traditions, to deliver rich, textured, performances that children love.
Danya teaches dance in our Secrets of the Heart program where she takes students on a music and rhythmical journey to Liberia, Africa and introduces them to a song and dance called Fanga. It’s an introduction to the concept of “kindness” as children learn how villages in Africa welcome friends to their village by singing and dancing for them.
Jenny is from Victoria, B.C. Canada. She started playing piano by age 4, saxophone by age 10, and picked up flute, oboe, clarinet, and tuba in the passing years. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Educastion from the University of Victoria. She taught at the Victoria Conservatory of Music Jazz Workshop and St. Michael’s University School’s Jr. Jazz Workshop. She also taught elementary and middle school students and accompanying church choirs.
In 2016, Jenny joined us as “Miss Flute” teaching children about the concept of “being thankful.” She guides children in creating their own headdresses, decorating them with things for which they’re grateful. Children proudly wear their headdresses during the Secrets of the Heart closing assembly. Jenny’s talents abound as she extends her musical gifts throughout her arts presentation.
Our teaching artists are first class and we are grateful for their dedication!