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.
Diaspora Drumming Ensemble – Ringo Brill, Tiffany Nicely, and Gabriel Gutierrez – takes their audience on a trip through time and across oceans, tracing the path of rhythms and musical instruments from Western Africa to North and South America and the Caribbean.
Janice Spagnola is an entertainer specializing in magic, puppetry, juggling, and other forms of popular entertainment. She has worked in children’s theater and for an international musical mime troupe. Since the mid 1990s, she has performed educational and motivational programs for thousands of children and their families throughout Western New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
Jen Russo is a visual artist who has been teaching in public and after school settings since 1998. She is a certified New York State art teacher and artist, and she focuses on figurative painting, murals and storyboard drawing. She also offers a variety of visual arts programs which include, but are not limited to, mandala designs and explorations in printmaking.
Both students and staff love Kevin’ s state-of-the-art show! With a concert feel and an incredible light show, he sings, plays guitar, and uses backing tracks for a full-band sound.
Ladies First Jazz Combo feel a responsibility to educate the next generation of jazz performers and audiences. They are dedicated to making this unique American art form and musical history accessible to audiences everywhere.