Have a Heart

By: Lindsay Rogan   When Emily Gordon’s husband was deployed to Afghanistan, she decided to send holiday cards of love, support, and encouragement to her husband and others serving overseas.  With the help of some great friends from across the country, Emily’s call for letters to servicemen and women were answered with 10,000 + cards!… Read More »

TOO much fun!

By Susan S. Russo In 2012 The Theresa Academy of Performing Arts (TAPA) received a community service grant from the Theresa Foundation. The purpose of the Community Dance Residency was to provide the opportunity for public school students who might not have the chance to participate in dance classes to experience dance, in an inclusive… Read More »

Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter

Shared with permission from   Richard Powers For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise.  More recently we’ve seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being. Most recently we’ve heard of another benefit: … Read More »


By Jason Leib   From “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul”     When I was fifteen, I stood in front of my English class and read an essay I had written.  I talked about how excited all my friends were to be taking driver’s education and getting driver’s licenses.  I was jealous.  I knew… Read More »

Bedtime Blues

By Susan S. Russo How many times can one read “Goodnight Moon”, “Brown Bear” or “The Cat in the Hat”? If you are a parent you know that the answer is probably close to a “gazillion”. When my four were tiny I resorted to reading all of their favorites using different accents…….Reading a la Fran… Read More »

Why Volunteer?

Holding classes at TAPA would be impossible without our incredible volunteers and interns.  These dedicated volunteers are in high school and college and selflessly give us their time on weekday evenings and weekend days to spend time with our students. Volunteers help students in each class.  Sometimes they redirect students in art class, they participate… Read More »

Give me a T-A-P-A

On Friday, October 11th the Theresa Academy was transformed into a Cheerleading Boot Camp with the help of the Gotham City Cheerleaders. Four cheerleaders from the unofficial team of the New York Giants taught a master dance and technique class to our TAPA students and guests from Impressions Dance Studio in Levittown.   All the… Read More »

Theresa Fun Day 2014

Saturday, January 18th was the annual Theresa Fun Day at Farmingdale Lanes. Over 149 friends and family came out to support The Theresa Foundation. Beautiful Farmingdale Lanes has 48 lanes and The Theresa Foundation proudly packed half of the bowling alley to capacity. The youngest bowlers were 18-months-old, proudly using their dinosaur ramps and bumpers, and students and volunteers from The… Read More »