Saturday Classes

Spring 2017 classes, held at Amphibian Stage Productions, begin on Saturday, January 28. The tuition is $50 for the spring session and can be split into two payments of $25. The sessions culminate in a performance showcase for family and friends. Click here for the press release from the 2017 End-of-Year Showcase.

Beginners are encouraged to join class and watch their confidence grow week by week! You will work toward choreography appropriate to your skill level. Advanced stilt-walkers will continue to develop balance and coordination while working toward more advanced choreography.

No previous experience necessary, but must be in good physical condition. Children must be at least 10 years old. 

For more details and to sign up, contact christina@amphibianstage.com or call 817-923-3012. 

About the Tad-Poles

Amphibian's Tad-Poles is a collaborative group of both professional and student stilt walkers and performers. Through stilt performance and workshops, Tad-Poles takes dance, theatre, music, art, history and geography to new heights for a truly multi-disciplinary experience that celebrates cultures from around the globe.

Tad-Poles was originally created as an outreach program serving at-risk children in under-served schools, community centers and homeless shelters.

Now in its tenth year, Tad-Poles is excited to expand its reach by offering family friendly programming once a month as well as participating in special appearances across the Metroplex, New York and Mexico.

Tad-Poles exists to:

  • foster cultural pride and encourage tolerance and collaboration
  • give children in underserved communities the opportunity to experience the arts free of charge
  • encourage good health through joyful physical activity

Guest artists from around the world join Amphibian's Tad-Poles each year to deepen and enrich the educational experience and enhance the impact of performances.

Staff & Instructors

Click on the names to learn more:

Christina McCormick – Education Outreach Coordinator

Winston Daniels – Tad-Poles Instructor

Kelsey Milborun – Tad-Poles Instructor

Frequent Collaborators

Born in Mexico City, Laura Anderson Barbata lives and works in New York and Mexico City, where she is Professor at the Escuela Nacional de Escultura, Pintura y Grabado La Esmeralda of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, México. Her transdisciplinary work has received grants and awards from Bellas Artes and FONCA. Since 1992 she has worked primarily in the social realm, and has initiated projects in the Amazon of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Norway, the USA, and Mexico. Her work is included in various private and public collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the Museo de Arte Moderno Mexico City, and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany. Barbata's book,Transcommunalities, documents her ten years working with stilt dancers around the world, for whom she designs wearable sculptures and stunning costumes.

Moussa Diabate is a master dancer, drummer, choreographer, teacher and musician and has toured Africa, Europe, Asia and the U.S. He danced with the National Ballet of Guinea (Africa) and was artistic director for National Ballet Silimbo of Senegal for many years. He also performed on Broadway, at Yale Repertory Theater and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Since 1987 he has choreographed, performed, lectured and taught extensively in the U.S., Japan, France and West Africa. He is the founder and artistic director of the Djely Kunda West African Dance Company.

Born in Mexico City, Sinuhé Padilla Isunza began his studies at the Casa de Cultura in Corporal Expression, Music, and Dance. In 1992 he began to study Nahuatl cosmogony, sacred music, and ritual dance under Master Ehekateotl Kuauhtlinxan. With his group Reptil Ensamble-Fusión he merged these disciplines with other influences such as jazz, Afro-Latin music, and trova. In 1998 he graduated from the Instituto Mexiquense de Cultura, majoring in Contemporary Dance and Choreography, and soon began teaching dance-theatre, music (guitar, percussion, jazz, ensemble techniques) at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Mexico. Interested in researching Arab and Andalusian roots of Latin American music, Mr. Padilla went to Spain in 2000 to study Flamenco history, music and dance at the prestigious schools Amor de Dios and Conservatorio Flamenco. Four years later he traveled to South America, investigating various forms of Afro-Amerindian music in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Bolivia, where he also collaborated in various projects involving music, dance and performance. He currently lives in New York, where he leads two Latin fusion bands, Jarana Beat and Cumbiagra.

Peyrak Herrera Liévanos has been studying and performing as a stilt dancer since 2002. He received training from the Zancudos de Zaachila, and continued to research stilt dancing in various cultures in Mexico, including the ancient Aztec and Maya people. He is the Artistic Director of Teatro Pro-Alterne, a performance troupe that specializes in Mexican regional dance and stilt dancing in the style of Mexican cultures. The company also teaches workshops for at-risk children in Mexico City. He has performed in dozens of festivals, including Festival Del Desierto, Festival Cultural SEGOB, Turissste, Festival Internacional de Lerdo, Festival de Ecatepec de Morelos, Museo Diego Rivera "Anahuacalli", and many more. He was recently commissioned by the Mexican Secretary of Culture to create stilt dances based on the Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico City.

Melanie Smith studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Mexico City and received further training with Mexican dancers Marina Acevedo, Marco Santana, Luz Ureña, and Cesar Bernardo Ortiz. She also studied stilting and aerial dance with Eduardo Morales in Mexico City and with Serena Vione in Barcelona, Spain. Ms. Smith has performed Mexican stilt dancing with and choreographed for Teatro Pro-Alterne since 2005. She has also performed with various other dance and theatre companies, including Fonámbules, Zaltimbanqui, Dreamshow, Monosabios, Circo del tiempo, OCESA, Comunidad Multidisciplinaria Arte SURÉ, UNORCA, UNAM, Garra Producciones, Zankers and many others.

Tad-Poles is generously sponsored by: