My first jobs were in the arts, teaching dance and drama. Then I jumped into a TV news career, doing everything from writing and producing, to reporting and anchoring. Eventually, I took a break from the “just the facts” writing for television and began to write for fun. Around the same time, I got back into teaching dance and a whole new creative path opened before me.
In 2008, I started writing stories, songs, and poems for children. I found a colorful hat, some polka dot pants and began traveling around as The Story Lady. My lively, interactive performances spur children to think and be creative; we get up and move, make sound effects, and have tons of fun!
Fast forward to now, almost 15 years later and I’m still telling stories (The Story Lady visits thousands of children every year), still writing (4 children’s books and counting- see the “My Books” tab), and still dancing (I teach preschool music and movement classes). In 2022, I added another artful endeavor becoming a teaching artist for Greater Richmond Wolf Trap (GRWT). Through GRWT residencies, I visit early childhood programs in public schools and help teachers discover ways to incorporate the performing arts into their classrooms.
I’m fortunate to get to write, tell stories, and teach every day, while also having an excuse to dance, sing, and be silly. Thanks for joining me on this artsy journey.
Smiles, Ali Pfautz