In a beautiful forest near a calm still lake, there was a magical place.
It was a treehouse!
And all the animals from everywhere around spent their spare time in The Treehouse learning to dance and sing and laugh and have fun!
There was a teacher in The Treehouse.
Her name was Miss Tahnee. The Treehouse was the place where she taught everyone about the magic of music and dance.
She was so funny and she showed everyone how to dance, how to sing, how to laugh and most importantly, how to have fun.
But the best thing was, she showed everyone how special they were, and she taught them all that if they used their imaginations they could be whatever they wanted to be.
One day a small
elephant came into the
Her name was Elli.
Elli had an imaginary friend. She called him Omar.
Omar was such a cool dancer and he loved to dance. He could spin and flip and do the best cartwheels.
He also loved to sing. The music made him feel so free.
Elli, with imaginary Omar sitting on her shoulder, stopped at the bottom of the Treehouse. She could hear the music, she could feel the beats, she began to sway and dance.
How could she get up there…? She looked at Omar…”Forget it,’ he said, “you can’t go up there. Every one knows that elephants can’t climb trees!”
Elli believed him. Everyone knew that elephants are big and clumsy.
Miss Tahnee looked out of the Treehouse window. She saw Elli standing below looking up at the Treehouse with such a sad face. She slid down the treehouse rope and went over to Elli.
“Hey little elephant, do you want to come up and dance and sing and have fun?”
“Yes I do,” said Elli “but everyone knows that elephants can’t climb trees.”
“Rubbish little elephant,” said Miss Tahnee. “Anyone can do anything if they only believe they can. Come on up,” she said.
Elli pushed her little toe around in the dust. She looked so sad.
“My friend Omar told me that elephants can’t climb trees’” she said.
“Where is he,” demanded Miss Tahnee, I want to speak to him.”
“You cant, he is in my imagination,” said Elli.
“Well, lets get him out here. Omar come on out. Why can’t Elli climb trees? How do you know she can’t? Have you seen her try?”
Omar looked sheepish. “I was only believing what everyone said. That elephants can’t climb trees.”
“Well, let’s think about it, and find a way,” said Miss Tahnee. “Nothing is impossible!”
Suddenly Omar had a thought. Just because someone had told him that elephants can’t climb trees, why did he have to believe that!
“I know,” said Omar. “Elli, you have ears as big as wings! Have you ever tried to use them to fly?”
“Elephants can’t fly,” said Elli.
“How do you know,” said Miss Tahnee, “if you have never tried.”
“Oh,” said Elli. “Well maybe I should try right now!” And that is exactly what she did! She tried.
And because you never know what you can do till you try, she surprised herself!
She flew right up into that Treehouse. All the other little dancers welcomed her and Omar, and from that day on, they danced and sang and laughed and they had soo much fun!
(Characters are based on a much loved student of Tahnee’s from Brent Street. Omar brought his imaginary elephant friend to all of his dance classes. Mr Elephant had to do all the steps and was a ‘student’ just as much as Omar was. Omar and Mr Elephant taught Tahnee so much about the magic and power of a child’s imagination.)
Miss Tahnee has been performing since the day she popped into this world. Dance has taken her to many places around the world, including dancing at The Moulin Rouge in Paris.
Returning to Australia after a successful dance career, Miss Tahnee went on to become the Director of the much acclaimed Petites Department at BRENT STREET in Sydney. After a change of management, she left to go on to develop Australia’s premier dance school, THE VILLAGE KIDS Performing Arts.
5 years ago Miss Tahnee moved her own little family up north to sunny Queensland. She decided to continue to share her love of dancing.
With a passion for developing young creative minds, without pressure to compete, a new style of dance school was born.
Tahnee and The Treehouse was created to provide a nurturing and happy place where children could learn about dance, movement, and the power of belief in themselves and their own creative imaginations.
Classes at Tahnee and the Treehouse are unique in that the emphasis is on a love of dance and movement, rather than perfection and technique. All children love music and dance. The aim behind our school is to foster this love and to let each child experience the joy of dance in their own way.
To encourage children to use their creative imaginations, to believe in themselves, and to learn that dancing and singing is fun and makes you feel happy. This will go a long way to setting them up for positive, successful and happy lives.
If you have a youngster who loves to dance, you need to bring them to The Treehouse! Take a dancing class with Miss Tahnee and her team!
Hone your magical voice and expand your imagination and creativity with Miss Tahnee and her team. Join our music & performance lessons!
At the end of every year your little ones have the opportunity to perform on stage. Let their little lights shine bright.
Throughout the year we host Creative Camp events. A day of crafts, dance, giggles and lots of fun.