Pam Cohen was honored as the 2012 “Arts Educator” recipient at the Mayor’s Arts Awards event at the Ventura County Museum on November 15, 2012.

Pam Cohen has been a bedrock of Ventura’s dance community for close to
30 years and a dance educator with the City of Ventura for more than 25
years. Nominated by Sharon Taylor, there were an additional eight community
members who wrote letters in support of Pam’s legacy. Her popular
“Slippers ‘N Masks” class has taught generations of children the fundamentals
of dance in a relaxed, noncompetitive environment. Her Mommy and Me
classes have allowed for rich creative interactions between parents and
children, encouraging them to take risks, express their feelings and move with
confidence. Said parent Eva Ettedgui, “Pam’s love for the children is evident
and her communication skills are respectful and so patient. The devotion
and enthusiasm she brings to us and our children in these dance classes is
unmatched.” Loved by students and parents alike, Pam is now teaching the
children of children she taught in the past. While some of Pam’s former
students have gone on to become professional dancers, all of them have left
her class with a life-long understanding and love of dance.

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Pam Cohen Honored at the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards Event
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