Bilingual Birdies

Asheville, North Carolina

Learn French and Spanish with Šara!

My name is Dr. Šara (“Sha-rah"), and I started Bilingual Birdies Asheville to increase diversity and language-learning for littles in Asheville. I'm a trilingual performer with a PhD in Performance and Cultural Studies. I've lived in France, Senegal, Brazil, Cape Verde, and toured on many international stages! When I'm not performing, I love teaching kids to learn about other cultures through my years of experience as an arts educator with Bilingual Birdies and beyond. I speak French and Portuguese and teach French alongside running operations at Bilingual Birdies Asheville.

How Bilingual Birdies Works

Our mission is to encourage cross-cultural awareness through our language and music curriculum so that children will grow up to be more open-minded adults.

Virtual and in-person services include:


Schools, birthdays and private classes

If you’re a school director interested in classes or a parent inquiring about a bilingual birthday party or private lessons, we’re here to deliver the best educational experience possible.


Meet your teachers!

Šara Stranovsky
French Teacher
Daniela Risquez
Spanish Teacher
Melissa Hyman
Spanish Teacher
Juan Manuel Diaz
Spanish Teacher
I love Bilingual Birdies because my child gets to experience language the way she wants to learn.
Sharon Ng
Mom
The program is phenomenal! It prepares children for the world ahead.
Yvonne Young
Director, Ccs Montessori Preschool

Parent Materials

All enrolled families receive digital and physical materials to continue learning at home.

Parent materials include:

  • Downloads of our original music albums
  • Lyrics page of popular songs
  • Monthly ebooks of themed curriculum
  • Vocabulary sheets with keywords from class
  • Plush mini birdie puppet each semester

Schedule of Classes

In person classes (45 minutes long) are fun-filled language learning experiences in French and Spanish. Lessons are music-based and include singing, dancing, and puppetry from certified educators. Enrolled families receive a physical birdie puppet, ebooks, music downloads, and vocabulary sheets to keep learning at home!

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In Person
FRENCH (with some Spanish) Singalong Tuesday June 17 4:30pm
French
04:30pm - 05:15pm
Tuesday, June 18 location
227b Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Total: $15 USD
$15 USD Total

ENROLL

Come join us for a pop-up class! We will be singing songs with Coco Birdie! If many enrollees are interested in Spanish, we will incorporate a mix of both French AND Spanish so that it is a trilingual class. Sara is typically the French teacher, but is adding Spanish as we await both language offerings in the fall. As with all of our inclusive family-style classes, children learn through live music, movement, and puppetry! Dr. S is highly specialized in professional performing as a dancer, singer, and puppeteer (various credits in New York City), as well as specialized in education, with a PhD in Culture and Performance Studies from UCLA's World Arts and Cultures department! Come sing and experience the benefits of a family style music class plus add the language learning component! Families should expect to sing and dance while they learn new words, bond with their children, and connect with other budding bilingual families! Special discount class this summer until our fall series classes resume. Be sure to email asheville@bilingualbirdies.com for any extra questions.

Šara Stranovsky

My name is Dr. Šara ("Sha-rah"), and I started Bilingual Birdies Asheville to offer Spanish and French and increase diversity for littles in Asheville. I'm a trilingual performer with a PhD in Performance and Cultural Studies. I've lived in France, Senegal, Brazil, Cape Verde, and toured on many international stages! When I'm not performing, I love teaching kids to learn about other cultures through my years of experience as an arts educator with Bilingual Birdies and beyond. I speak French, Portuguese and some Spanish, teach French, and support Spanish classes!

In Person
FRENCH (with Spanish) Singalong Wed June 19 Park Pop-Up 10:30am
French
10:30am - 11:15am
Wednesday, June 19 location
227 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Total: $15 USD
$15 USD Total

ENROLL

Come join us for a pop-up class in the beautiful park! We will meet across from the parking lot in French Broad River park under a big tree just north of the bathrooms. You'll see us and our Birdies sign! If many enrollees are interested in Spanish, we will incorporate a mix of both French AND Spanish so that it is a trilingual class. Rain location is in West Asheville about 7 minutes from the park, 208 Westwood Pl. If the forecast is rain, moving inside will be confirmed 2 hours prior to class. We will be singing songs with Coco Birdie! As with all of our inclusive family-style classes, children learn through live music, movement, and puppetry! Classes end with a bubble dance party extravaganza. Dr. S is highly specialized in professional performing as a dancer, singer, and puppeteer (various credits in New York City), as well as specialized in education, with a PhD in Culture and Performance Studies from UCLA's World Arts and Cultures department! Come sing and experience the benefits of a family style music class plus add the language learning component! Families should expect to sing and dance while they learn new words, bond with their children, and connect with other budding bilingual families!

Šara Stranovsky

My name is Dr. Šara ("Sha-rah"), and I started Bilingual Birdies Asheville to offer Spanish and French and increase diversity for littles in Asheville. I'm a trilingual performer with a PhD in Performance and Cultural Studies. I've lived in France, Senegal, Brazil, Cape Verde, and toured on many international stages! When I'm not performing, I love teaching kids to learn about other cultures through my years of experience as an arts educator with Bilingual Birdies and beyond. I speak French, Portuguese and some Spanish, teach French, and support Spanish classes!

In Person
FRENCH (with Spanish) sing along Thursday June 20, 3:30pm
French
03:30pm - 04:15pm
Thursday, June 20 Story Parlor
227 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Total: $15 USD
$15 USD Total

ENROLL

Come join us for a pop-up class! We will be singing songs with Coco Birdie! If many enrollees are interested in Spanish, we will incorporate a mix of both French AND Spanish so that it is a trilingual class. As with all of our inclusive family-style classes, children learn through live music, movement, and puppetry! Classes end with a bubble dance party extravaganza. Dr. S is highly specialized in professional performing as a dancer, singer, and puppeteer (various credits in New York City), as well as specialized in education, with a PhD in Culture and Performance Studies from UCLA's World Arts and Cultures department! Come sing and experience the benefits of a family style music class plus add the language learning component! Families should expect to sing and dance while they learn new words, bond with their children, and connect with other budding bilingual families! Special discount class this summer.

Šara Stranovsky

My name is Dr. Šara ("Sha-rah"), and I started Bilingual Birdies Asheville to offer Spanish and French and increase diversity for littles in Asheville. I'm a trilingual performer with a PhD in Performance and Cultural Studies. I've lived in France, Senegal, Brazil, Cape Verde, and toured on many international stages! When I'm not performing, I love teaching kids to learn about other cultures through my years of experience as an arts educator with Bilingual Birdies and beyond. I speak French, Portuguese and some Spanish, teach French, and support Spanish classes!

In Person
FRENCH (with Spanish) sing along in the Park June 17, 10:30am
French
10:30am - 11:15am
Wednesday, July 17 FRENCH BROAD RIVER PARK
French Broad River Greenway West, 508 Riverview Dr, Asheville, NC 28806
Total: $15 USD
$15 USD Total

ENROLL

Come join us for a pop-up class in the beautiful park! We will meet across from the parking lot in French Broad River park under a big tree just north of the bathrooms. You'll see us and our Birdies sign! If many enrollees are interested in Spanish, we will incorporate a mix of both French AND Spanish so that it is a trilingual class. Rain location is in West Asheville about 7 minutes from the park, 208 Westwood Pl. If the forecast is rain, moving inside will be confirmed 2 hours prior to class. We will be singing songs with Coco Birdie! As with all of our inclusive family-style classes, children learn through live music, movement, and puppetry! Classes end with a bubble dance party extravaganza. Dr. S is highly specialized in professional performing as a dancer, singer, and puppeteer (various credits in New York City), as well as specialized in education, with a PhD in Culture and Performance Studies from UCLA's World Arts and Cultures department! Come sing and experience the benefits of a family style music class plus add the language learning component! Families should expect to sing and dance while they learn new words, bond with their children, and connect with other budding bilingual families!

Šara Stranovsky

My name is Dr. Šara ("Sha-rah"), and I started Bilingual Birdies Asheville to offer Spanish and French and increase diversity for littles in Asheville. I'm a trilingual performer with a PhD in Performance and Cultural Studies. I've lived in France, Senegal, Brazil, Cape Verde, and toured on many international stages! When I'm not performing, I love teaching kids to learn about other cultures through my years of experience as an arts educator with Bilingual Birdies and beyond. I speak French, Portuguese and some Spanish, teach French, and support Spanish classes!

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