Discover the HipKids Difference!
All of our teachers are passionate about sharing their love of music, movement, and art with children. Kids and parents alike love their cool vibe, and the warmth, enthusiasm, and expertise they bring to each class. They create a fun, informal setting that spurs engagement and supports each child’s creativity and growth. Talented in their field, and experienced educators, our teachers provide a positive role-model for kids.
Jackie Bowden is the founder of MiniMovers. She is a graduate of Salem State University where she graduated with honors with a minor in dance.
Jackie has taught dance at various studios on the North Shore and is the co-director of Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Additionally, she is an actress and cheerleading coach. While working as a substitute teacher, Jackie realized how there is truly a lack of movement in the everyday lives of young children. This inspired her to start MiniMovers, a mobile dance studio, in Greater Boston.
Her mission is to get kids up and moving and to establish the building blocks of creativity so they can be healthy for life!
Darren Siman is the founder of InHomeJams. As a 9-year-old kid, he had a ton of unfocused energy, and since he loved to bang on pots and pans, he began taking drum lessons. After one month of playing “rat-tat-tat” on a rubber drum pad, he lost the excitement he once had and temporarily quit music. Years later, he found a passionate teacher who instilled newfound confidence, encouraging him to reach new heights. His teacher’s ability to connect and make learning fun, not only helped him rediscover his own love of music, but inspired him to share it with others.
Darren created InHomeJams to make the same impact on his students. By rockin’ out and jammin’, kids create, collaborate, and celebrate the joy of music to last a lifetime!
Taryn is a fine artist who is best known for her work in art therapy with various populations including children and adults with pervasive developmental disorders. She holds a Master of Arts degree from New York University and has trained in painting and sculpture since she was a child.
Taryn has worked as an art therapist and educator for the Rebecca School, Nassau University Medical Center, Hosmer Elementary School, Free Arts NYC, and more. Previously, Taryn also worked as the Assistant Director of Therapeutic Day Services for The Charles River Center overseeing art programs, curriculum, staff and case management for patients while serving as the primary contact for patient families.
Most recently, Taryn and her husband welcomed their daughter Ava into the world, inspiring Taryn to create a collection of hand-painted wooden artwork and accessories for baby nurserys and kid’s rooms. Taryn enjoys working as a freelance artist, teaching classes, and completing community projects like wall-murals for local pre-schools and playrooms.