Gaitrie studies all forms of dance including a regular practice of Yoga, a steady study of Indian classical dance; Bharatanatyam along with Contemporary and various dance classes. She believes that she is always a student, always yearning to learn more, always wanting to find out what more she can do.
Phyllis Thompson works with fiber textiles, printmaking, photography and collage processes. Her work reflects the influence of her mother and grandmother who made quilts and other creations from recycled materials.
Miriam Minkoff is a dancer and percussionist in the ensemble No Words Spoken, a music group comprising individuals with autism and staff from Autistic Services, Inc. Her drum circles provide a sense of togetherness and focused attention that is both stimulating and relaxing.
Andy Parker is a professional meteorologist and “weather educator.” His traveling “Weather Machine” is capable of producing all types of weather, from a 7 ft tornado to snowstorms that fill an auditorium. Parker’s innovative presentations teach students curricular knowledge and creative thinking skills through hands-on, interactive engagement.
Prior to working in television, Parker studied math and atmospheric physics at SUNY Brockport, where he obtained a B.S. degree in
Cellist Nancy Baun is a critically acclaimed soloist, having performed with over a dozen orchestras in her home state of Pennsylvania. As an educator, Baun has served on college faculties, taught elementary music, and presented a broad roster of community education events at conferences, art galleries, and science museums.
Sherry Robbins is a poet, teaching artist, and freelance writer. She has conducted creative writing workshops throughout the state of New York and abroad since 1977, working with hundreds of students annually.
The Phonics Program (residency) is an innovative approach to teaching reading readiness using songs, dances, signing, and visual arts.
In 1987, keyboardist Van Taylor founded this jazz-oriented band, composed of an array of world-class musicians, Taylor Made Jazz (TMJ). In order to foster new jazz lovers and encourage new performers, Taylor Made Jazz (TMJ) has given hundreds of school performances, where their entertaining and dynamic approach has inspired a new generation of young fans and performers.
Award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre is an innovative and exciting acrobatic dance and theater troupe. PUSH has been called “a cross between fine art sculpture and the hit movie The Matrix,” but its co-founders (with tongue firmly in cheek) describe it “like regular theatre & but more painful.” The dancers’ physical feats are awe-inspiring, but the cherry on top of this acrobatic sundae is PUSH’ s ability to engage their audience through vibrant visual storytelling.
Doug Rougeux is an entertainer specializing in circus and theater performance. He is a graduate of Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College, Venice, FL and the University of Buffalo.