Spotlight on: Mariel

  Mariel is on Theresa Academy of Performing Art’s summer faculty.  You’ve seen her around the building assisting teachers and working as an energetic and friendly 1-to-1.  Her passion for arts and dance is only second to the kindness and generosity she shares with her students.  She is a treasure to have at TAPA!  … Read More »

Spotlight on: Miss Lisa

I am Lisa Glickman, music teacher at TAPA. We sing, dance, play instruments and enjoy “all things music”!  Working at TAPA is an honor. All you need to do is meet Susan Russo and you’re hooked!  Her tireless work, dedication and talent for directing TAPA is obvious.  I am always amazed at the constant activities, workshops and… Read More »

Spotlight on: Miss Tatum

Miss Tatum is one of TAPA’s newest teachers, having joined us in the fall of 2012.  Tatum is a dance therapist and works in a variety of facilities teaching dance, yoga, and focusing on dance therapy.  She grew up on Long Island and is a skilled dancer and performer herself!  She brings her passion for… Read More »

A perfect world…

By: Lindsay Rogan A few weeks ago, I read an article in The Huffington Post about a special needs child, Gabe, and a care map that his family created.  His mother, Cristin Lind, took the time to reflect on the village that it takes to raise a special needs child and wanted to create a visual of… Read More »

Try TAPA at Home (Part V)

This is our final, teacher-approved, kid-loved TAPA activities for the fall.  These are things that make our students grin and that you can try at home with your families.  Sharing is caring so feel free to share your favorite activities with us as well!   #5 Bang that Drum: A family band!   You don’t… Read More »

Music and Piano Classes

Our music classes are a favorite!  Sing-a-longs and chorus singing, movement and tempo, and percussion and dynamics are all incorporated into this 45-minute class. Students of all ages participate with buddies, siblings, and aides to enjoy this weekly class. Contemporary music as well as jazz, classic rock, classical, and broadway tunes can be heard through… Read More »

Try TAPA at Home (Part IV)

These are a few of our favorite, teacher-approved, kid-loved TAPA activities!  These are things that make our students grin and that you can try at home with your families.  Sharing is caring so feel free to share your favorite activities with us as well!   Kitchen projects sound like a disaster but we love our… Read More »

Art Classes at TAPA

Art class is a huge part of TAPA’s heart. During the week there are a variety of classes specifically designed for students based on age. Artists of all levels and abilities create unique pieces using clay, mixed media, water colors, acrylic paints, canvas, chalk, pencils, and just about everything else you can think of! Teen+… Read More »

What is Boys Dance/ Drum?

TAPA’s Boys Dance /Drum class is a movement class designed especially for teenage boys. Teachers use contemporary music to focus on percussion instruments, rhythm, patterns, and call/response activities. Students also dance with partners, free style dance, follow teachers, and stretch. Some of our favorite activities include: echo drumming, scarf dancing, and square dancing! This class… Read More »

What is Saturday Respite?

Saturday Respite is one of TAPA’s most popular programs. It meets weekly, September – June, from 9am until noon each week. For three hours students rotate between music, art, yoga, and dance classes. They also stop for a mid-morning snack to refuel! This program is a great way for new students to get to know… Read More »