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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