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      Welcome to the cyber home of the Kinderman Show, and all things Kindercise. We're glad you're here, so come on in and bring all your friends! Program developer Three-time National Capital Region Emmy Award winner John "Kinderman" Taylor is nationally recognized for his innovations in educating, entertaining, and inspiring the imaginations of children, teachers and parents. Kinderman has been honored and recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National HeadStart Association for his work and approach in educating children. A Master Teacher at the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Kinderman's approach is brought to life by incorporating movement, dance, rhyme, song, adventure, learning games, and stunning visuals into an interactive experience.

 

The Kindertwin, musician and visual artist Dillon Clarke continues the legacy of bringing the Kinderman Show to schools, festivals and community events in the Mid-Atlantic. His work with the Kinderman over the past 20 years has exposed him to a multitude of audiences.

John Taylor, dancer and songwriter who entertained scores of children as Kinderman, dies at 82 - September 6, 2018

A Tribute to John Kinderman Taylor - August 22, 2018

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I remember John Taylor and I would always see each other at center court in the Columbia Mall - 40 years ago, back when Columbia was still a small town and everyone was a familiar face - who would eventually become friends. He would be grabbing his cup of coffee and people watching and I would be on the move. He used to say I was like a hummingbird - always changing hats always going....

As many people have noted John has been for most of his time on the planet, a force of nature - ready and willing to use his artistic talents to help bring out the best in every person that he touched - from Oprah to former Maryland State Governor Glendening to all the young people and older people who were able to smile, think clearer, and engage in life with a positive outlook after getting Kindercised. His motto - "It's for the children."

As the Kinderman - he was bursting with ideas and didn't waste time on worrying about what could go wrong. I never saw John let minor set - backs stop him. He was like most dancers I've met consumed with an irrepressible energy. He believed that effort and ingenuity would make things go right and he was a model for many of us to be original, brave and most of all to "Sell It." If we didn't believe - how were we going to get others to believe.

I had the honor of documenting parts of his life as the Kinderman through photos - which was always fun - because John was dramatic and playful. Sadly I don't think there are any photos of us together though. John helped countless individuals both strangers and friends. He was a major influence for ECLC and elementary educators across the country. Every time I mention the Kinderman - someone will relay a story of how he touched them - even teachers from the first schools where he taught. He also impacted multiple generations of students in the DMV - as a regular Artist-In-Education guest. His song "Friends" was sung on the floor of the United States Senate over 20 years ago. That's a tremendous legacy. John is now Kindercising in a realm we cannot see. We will miss his joy filled spirit tremendously - however I know that many of us who have been touched by him, will continue to pay it forward.

Kinderman's Memorial service is planned for September 20th 10:00am, at Columbia Baptist Fellowship - at the Interfaith Center in the Village of Oakland Mills at 5885 Robert Oliver Place Columbia, MD 21045.

 

Linda Joy Burke July 2018

Kinderman on Web 2.0 - November 5, 2009

You can now follow Kinderman on Twitter , or friend him on Facebook.

He's got several new projects going on right now too, including the "Only Way" T-Shirt project - which coincides with the God in Kindercise Program. He's got a new show/workshop called Energize with Kindercise which features some great songs and movements to help keep students and teachers active. The new product brochure is now available, listing charts, workbooks and CDs, and if you prefer to get your music and lyrics via downloads you can now get song bundles and lyrics from Songs For Teaching.

 

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