The commitment to learning and the performing arts never stops in PATAsphere.
The nonprofit youth theater program, which provides voice, dance and drama training integrated with key principles of anatomy and physiology, had to cease classes when social distancing guidelines were put into place earlier this month amid fears of the coronavirus.
Beginning Monday, April 6, PATA will host online classes using video platform Zoom, it announced on its Facebook page. Classes will run Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and instructors will work across all classes — including voice, acting, guitar and dance — to put together different video projects.
“We’ve selected a few songs, both covers and originals, that we will use to integrate what we are learning in voice, acting, guitar, and dance,” PATA wrote in the post. “It’s going to be fun!!!”
Due to the financial hardships some families are facing, PATA will offer classes at a reduced or zero charge for those in need.
PATAsphere seeks to teach students 7 to 18 not only the art of live performance but also the science behind it. In addition to PATA director and speech-language pathologist Dr. Cari Tellis, the coaches and staff at PATA all come from backgrounds of performing arts, science or both. They include speech-language pathologists, like PATA assistant director Tia Spagnuolo, and physical therapists as well as composers, dancers, musicians, actors and more.
PATAsphere is open to all levels of performers as well as children from all socioeconomic backgrounds; those with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, central auditory processing disorder, or autism spectrum disorder; and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
If not currently enrolled in PATA but interested in joining, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit gopata.org.
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