Gerri Gurman
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Gerri Gurman is a performer, choreographer, and educator who has taught dance and creative drama for over forty years.

A specialist integrating dance and drama with academic curricula, Gerri originally created the Tai Chi Animal Frolics program for her students at Hawthorne Elementary School. She is a level III Certified Instructor in the Tai Chi Fundamentals created by Tai Chi Master Teacher, Tricia Yu. Gerri was awarded the “Dance Distinction Award” by the Wisconsin Dance Council (2005) and was inducted into the Jericho (NY) High School Alumni Hall of Fame (2007). Her Tai Chi Animal Frolics instructional DVD became available in 2010. For the past six years, she has conducted residencies, workshops and performances throughout Wisconsin. (See Past Events)


  • Bachelor of Science (Physical Education), Boston University 1968
  • Bachelor of Arts (Elementary Education), University of Wisconsin-Madison 1990
  • Master of Science (Dance Education), University of Wisconsin-Madison 1981

Teaching, Choreography and Performance

  • Tai Chi Animal Frolics for children and adults, 1993-present
  • Dance and Drama Teacher in an Integrated Arts Curriculum, Hawthorne Elementary School, Madison, WI, 1990-2006
  • Dance Teacher, Creative Learning Preschool, Madison, WI, 2004-2006
  • Call For Peace Drum and Dance Company-Choreographed and performed “Miriam’s Dance” throughout Wisconsin, Germany, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Puerto Rico and at the World Summit for the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in (Rome, November, 2003), 1993-2007
  • Dance Educator, Madison Memorial High School, Madison, WI, 1992-1996
  • Choreographer, Jefferson Follies and Show Choir, Jefferson Middle School, Madison, WI, 1988-1994
  • Choreographer (Musicals, Show Choir, Dance Class), Middleton High School, Middleton, WI, 1976-1985
  • Teaching Assistant (Dance, Relaxation, Movement Fundamentals), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1972-1976
  • Physical Education Teacher, Rye Neck Public Schools, Mamaroneck, NY 1968-1971

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