Joan Harris Center for Gifted & Talented
Dance & Performance Arts - Northeastern Pennsylvania
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Founder's Message

Joan A. Harris - Founder

"Dance is a performing art. To seriously study dance, you must learn how to perform. That is why I have set up our program to include a series of five full school productions a year to provide to our students an avenue to hone their skills and exhibit what they have learned on a regular basis. The method of teaching at our studio is a direct result of my experiences performing in Broadway musicals and television shows, decades of teaching dance both in New York City and locally, and serving on the Board of Directors of both the Pennsylvanian Association of Gifted Education and the National Board for Gifted Children."

"Students need to be challenged regularly to reach their maximum potential. It would be unthinkable for a pupil to go to school all year long only to be tested at the end. These eight week shows are like a series of tests, with each show progressively becoming more involved until we reach our 'final exam', the annual June recitals. The performances are meant to be a positive reinforcement of what the students have learned in the classroom as well as to give the students the needed stage exposure to perfect their skills. Additionally these shows help the teachers guage the progress of their class."

"As a mother of six children, I realize that our first and foremost function as an educator is to build a strong sense of self-esteem and belonging in our students. That is why you will find that our studio has become a second home for our dancers and their families. The entire school shares in the joy of each individual dancer's success and is a marvelous support system during difficult times. It is this warm and friendly atmosphere that enables our dancers to flourish both at our studio and in everyday life. It soon becomes obvious to everyone active in our program that we are all one big family at the Centre."

Joan A. Harris
Founder