STORY SESSIONS - A visit from The Story Lady runs about 30-minutes and includes an original tale, poems, and songs.
Ali specializes in entertaining children ages 2-7, but she offers story sessions for elementary ages, as well.
AUTHOR VISITS - Ali offers special visits that include a story session followed by author chats. The discussions cover a range of information about writing and storytelling. Ali talks about her writing process including idea generation, drafts, and editing. She also shares some of the original illustrations that appear in the picture books.
*Performance fees vary depending on audience numbers.
WORKSHOPS for teachers - Quick, movement oriented activities help keep students engaged and also help teachers refocus when attentions wander. In her teacher workshops, Ali offers easy to use ideas for transition times and brain breaks. Her short poems and songs help get the "wiggles" out while encouraging imaginative play. Most of the workshop rhymes and activities come from her resource book called, Smiles & Wiggles: A Year of Imaginative Fun.
WORKSHOPS for kids - The Story Lady offers storytelling and theater workshops for children ages 5-11.
Workshops can be 3 to 5 days long. They are perfect for summer camps and school enrichment programs.
**4 & 5 day storytelling workshops combine theater games with writing activities. Ali guides the children as they write and perform their own stories.
CLASSES - The Story Lady has developed 1-hour storytelling and dance theater classes for children ages 5-11.
Classes focus on creativity, movement, and imagination. These fun learning experiences work well for weekly enrichment programs and summer camps.
*Workshop and Class fees vary depending on the time needed and the number of students.
OTHER OPTIONS - Several times a year you'll also find The Story Lady teaching at these arts organizations.
Visual Arts Center of Richmond - Ali teaches during the summer ArtVenture program.
Stavna Ballet - Ali teaches Dance Theater for the youth dance program.