Shy kid? Don't want to dance? Judy Pancoast greets you, smiles and says to herself "I'll have that kid up and dancing by the end of the show." And guess what? Before you know it you are singing, waving your arms around, shouting "Bleah" and swimming in jello, and....yes! Dancing!
Judy Pancoast is just that kind of person who knows how to encourage kids to be themselves. From her clever songs to her uninhibited stage presence, she's the "Real Thing" in entertainment for children.
Hailing from Waterville, Maine, Judy earned her BA in Music from the University of Maine, and was a successful performing artist and radio announcer for many years. Her natural ease with children and belief that they receive an invaluable education through music led her to pursue and attain a Master’s Degree in Education. It was then that the confluence of her musical ability, her ability to inspire children and her sense of humor resulted in her acclaimed series of original recordings and renowned children’s concerts.
Judy has produced three popular collections of original children’s music which have been endorsed by the Coalition for Quality Children's Media. Her innovative song writing won her the coveted Children’s Music Web “Best Song for Young Children” award three times… for her songs “Swimming in Jello,” “ The Potty Dance” and “One Big Eyeball.” Her 1998 recording, Candy, won a Parent’s Choice Award. Her song “I Love the Rain” received a best song of 2003 nod from KIOS – FM. Her family Christmas CD, "The House on Christmas Street," has been hailed by reviewers as “capturing a spirit of joy and innocence without the calculated syrup of Hollywood or Madison Avenue.” The title song is a holiday hit which can be heard each Christmas season on radio stations across the country. Her music is heard regularly on XM Satellite Radio where she has been the host of two special programs. She has also been featured on NPR's "Day to Day" and "Marketplace."
Judy has taken her high-octane performances on the road, giving concerts at festivals, performing arts centers and wherever children and families gather in 48 U.S. states to date. She has performed in concert twice by request for President Bill Clinton. Her repeat performances at the New York A-list fundraiser for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, the Kids 4 Kids Carnival, and at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival Family Street Fair have garnered her a celebrity following. She has traveled twice to Nairobi, Kenya, for week-long songwriting workshops with the children of the Nyumbani Orphanage. Two of the songs are available on a fundraising CD for the orphanage.
Judy is a featured artist on the select roster of Artists in Education of the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts and the New England Foundation for the Arts. She has been on the roster of the New Hampshire State Library’s “Kids, Books and the Arts” summer reading program six times. She can also be heard regularly as an announcer on Boston’s Oldies 103.3.
Judy Pancoast lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Philip and daughter Louisa (15), while eldest daughter Emma is a student at NYU. Judy is active in supporting many organizations dedicated to helping children including the Optimist Club International and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.