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Performer's Database

theater masksThis performer listing was created by the South Dakota State Library as a service to public libraries and other organizations that want to hire quality performers for their children's programs. Inclusion in this listing does not constitute an endorsement or promotion of any individual or group listed. Not all performers work well under all circumstances and with every age group. The South Dakota State Library strongly advises all libraries and organizations to carefully check references before hiring anyone.

Performers, use this form to submit your contact information. This form can also be used to update your previously listed information as well. Please fill it out as completely as possible and your submission will be reviewed by our content committee before inclusion on the website. Thank you!

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Dallas Chief Eagle Jr

Dallas Chief Eagle

Program Description: Pre-performance hoop-dance workshop (200 hoops provided), and Grandpa Rock story telling exercises have become favorites to participants who will join Dallas in the pubic performance.

Contact: P.O. Box 584 Martin, SD 57551
Home: (605) 455-1805 Cell: (605) 407-0677
Email Link

Further Details: $600.00 workshop & performance (Matching funds may become available from the SD Arts Council) Please include mileage, and discounts are available for multi-day skill development before the performance. For audiences of All Ages; Travel Range includes Statewide (South Dakota), and Nationwide; Possible Venues include Schools, Libraries, Outdoors, and Indoors
Category: Dance, Historical and Native American, Music, Storytelling, Workshops

Discovery Mime Theater

Discovery Mime Theater

Program Description: Discovery Mime Theatre's performances and workshops create fantastical worlds that tickle the funny bone and delight the imagination. Brian Begley and Mary Inman's original pantomime vignettes are filled with magical illusions, juggling, puppetry and dance.

Contact: Brian Begley and Mary Inman
P.O. Box 566, Vermillion, SD 57069
Email Link Web Link to Discovey Mime Theater Facebook Page

Further Details: Performances vary in price from $550-$750 (Arts Council matching funds may be available); Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Dance, Juggling, Magic, Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Theater

Duke Otherwise

Duke Otherwise

Program Description: Witty Wordplay, Superb Music, Tap Dancing! With his guitar, tap shoes, and distinct baritone, Duke Otherwise performs a hilarious, charming and interactive musical program for all ages. He writes original songs bursting with clever wordplay and fun ideas relatable to both kids and adults. Stefan Shepherd, NPR's children's music reviewer, says of Duke, "Nifty, brainy lyrics...Highly recommended."

Contact: Noah Riemer
2201 Winnebago St. #2; Madison, WI 53704
Email Link Web Link to Duke Otherwise Facebook Page Web Link to Duke Otherwise You tube Page

Further Details: Statewide and Nationwide Travel; For Preschool and Elementary; School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor;
Category: Dance, Music, Storytelling

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Penny & Pals Web Link to Penny and Pals

Penny and Pals

Program Description: Penny & Pals writes, records and performs original, award-winning music. Their concerts literally sweep kids off their feet and feature playful costumed characters and tons of kids-participation.

Contact: Penny Andrist
2810 Edgewood Drive, Fargo, ND 58102-1645
Web Link to Penny and Pals Facebook Page

Further Details: Prices range from $350 to $1,000 and depend on variables; Travel reimbursement; Statewide Travel; For Ages 2-12
Category: Dance, Music, Theater, Workshops

Phil Baker

Phil Baker

Program Description: Phil Baker takes children on a musical adventure that nurtures the imagination and creativity. Conga, limbo, freeze, swim and do the hug songs are featured.

Contact: P.O. Box 88852, Sioux Falls, SD 57109
Email Link

Further Details: Performances vary in price from $350-$1,000. (Arts Council matching funds may be available); Statewide Travel; For Ages 2-12
Category: Dance, Music

Pint Size Polkas

Adam Miller

Program Description: Mike Schneider's Pint Size Polkas program rolls magic, comedy, and education into one fluid, high-energy, live musical performance package guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of young and old alike! Audience participation opportunities abound both on-stage and off! Catchy sing-along polka songs, age-appropriate humor and magic tricks, and a quick round of "Name that Tune" further complement the program theme. Special theme-specific trivia questions will engage the minds of young readers, and encourage further post-program reading. And of course, no one goes home without doing the "Chicken Dance" and a special polka version of "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." Plenty of singing, dancing, and education have been making Mike Schneider's Pint Size Polkas show fun for the whole family at more than 1,200 libraries in 23 states since 2009!

Contact: Mike Schneider
P.O. Box 126, Clinton, WI 53525
Email Link Web Link to pint size polkas Facebook Page Web Link to pint size polkas youtube Page

Further Details: Statewide/Nationwide Travel Range; For All Ages
COST: Request Price Quote ; Discounts for multiple bookings;
Category: Comedy, Dance, Magic, Music

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