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Tanis Ellen (Woloshchuk) Baer

January 27, 1968 ~ January 14, 2024 (age 55) 55 Years Old

Tanis Baer Obituary

Celebrating the Life of Tanis Baer

Tanis Ellen Baer (née Woloshchuk), born on January 27, 1968, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, reached the end of her journey on January 14, 2024.  She was the beloved daughter of Margaret Ellen Woloshchuk (née Gillespie) from Kincaid, Saskatchewan, and the late Jacob Fred Woloshchuk from Rose Valley, Saskatchewan. She leaves behind a legacy of love, joy, and light, survived by her two daughters, Isabelle Victoria Baer and Jessica Gloria Baer, along with her sister Dawn Weatherhead (née Woloshchuk).  She’s also survived by her spouse, Andrew Dennis Pfeiffer,  and former spouse, Victor Robert Baer.

A devoted mother, Tanis showered her daughters with support and love, nurturing in them a profound appreciation for spirituality and nature. Together, they could often be found exploring parks around Calgary and floating down the Elbow River, discovering kindness, light, and gratitude in all that surrounded them.

A graduate of the University of Calgary, Tanis ventured into the dance world in her youth, exploring the culture of the 80’s and 90’s in Los Angeles during the early days of hip hop. Her passion for dance led her to become a respected teacher at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary, leaving an enduring mark on the community.  Above all, Tanis was both a dedicated tap dance teacher and an avid student of that genre. In the latter part of her career, she passionately focused on teaching the history of dance, its evolution from African culture, and how it has been appropriated to anyone willing to listen.

Her connection to the Prairies of Saskatchewan, the rivers of Alberta, and the mountains of BC helped shape many aspects of her.   Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being became an integral part of Tanis’s spiritual beliefs, enriching her perspective on the world. Her profound sense of place and a recognition that life held more than met the eye forged her into a woman of strength and positivity. In 2020, she embarked on a new chapter in Revelstoke and continued her passion of dance as she volunteered in schools, took classes from experts, and taught dance to youth.

Revelstoke quickly became her sanctuary, and areas like Begbie Falls and Wadey Campground became places of peaceful reflection for her. There, she communed with nature, meditated, and prayed, reflecting on the positive energy surrounding her. Described by many as a strong, beautiful woman, Tanis lived her life tenaciously, with a desire to support and lift up others. She believed in the power of kindness and emphasized that difficult words should first pass through the three doors of Truth, Kindness, and Necessity.

Soon family and friends will gather in Calgary not to mourn but to celebrate Tanis's journey, a life rich with love, brimming with laughter, and dedicated to uplifting those around her. Let’s feel the warmth of the sun and gaze into the forest and see Tanis all around us, tap dancing with Jake, honouring her memory by embracing the philosophy she held dear in life: we don't choose the path we walk ... we only choose how we walk that path. So, let’s all walk Tanis’s path and may her spirit continue to inspire kindness, love, and gratitude in all of our own journeys.

(Details:  Please wear BRIGHT COLOURS ONLY to the Tanis Baer Celebration of Life Service. Saturday, January 27th 3pm Southern Alberta Pioneers Memorial Building 3625 4 St SW, Calgary. In lieu of flowers and to honour Tanis’s memory, we would prefer contributions go toward planting a tree and making a memorial bench in her memory. Send contributions to Tanis.tapdance.baer@gmail.com )

 

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