TNW Ensemble Theater
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 multimedia play focusing on themes of affirmation and connection. This project showcases the multifaceted 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, presents 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 10 and up and adults up to ages 80+.
Instruction emphasizes the musicality of tap dance and 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 TNW