Our long-standing Wisconsin-based collaboration with St. Mary’s Care Center and Verona High School’s 18-21 Year Old Transition Program is one of the most rewarding projects we have worked on, for participants, audiences, and facilitators alike.
Through this work we guide residents of a skilled nursing facility and youth with disabilities through the process of creating, rehearsing, and performing a multi-media play focusing on themes of affirmation and connection. This project showcases the multi-faceted benefits of creative aging, for there is so much we all can learn from people who are too often ignored. Giving them the chance to explore and share their creativity enriches their lives and enhances the overall cultural environment of the community.
The following is a brief history of the productions developed through the St. Mary’s Collaboration:
2018 – 2019 Rise Up
2017 – 2018 One Voice/Speaking Our Truth
2016 – 2017 Six Degrees (at least) of Social Connection
2015 – 2016 Travels with The Creative Link
2014 – 2015 The Creative Link
Tap Dance Workshops
The Company offers year-round tap dance classes for ages 10 – 80+, workshops by visiting artists, and reaches out to diverse groups of students.
The organization is a place for serious instruction in rhythm tap, focusing on technique, choreography and improvisation in an atmosphere of respect and fun. Group and private lessons are offered for students ages 8 to adults of any age.
Instruction emphasizes the musicality of tap dance, tap’s rich traditions and rhythmic possibilities. Tap dance is a complex, challenging, and surprising art form. Developed from a blend of African polyrhythmic movement and music, Irish step dance, with influences of Afro-Cuban and North American dances, tap dance is an original North American art form. Jazz music and tap have traded measures since the beginning, with each of these art forms, in turn, assimilating twists of time, phrasing and rhythm.
* The facility offers a quality oak floor for instruction.
Students’ questions are welcomed.
Respect, Trust, and Openness guide Instruction at TAPIT/new works.
• Respect for any student at any level who wishes to pursue the art of tap.
• Respect for the integrity of the art form.
• Respect for the originators of tap dance and the leading tap artists of today.