Joan Harris Centre for Gifted & Talented
The JoanHarris Centre is the most popular dance studio in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvaniaarea. Students of the dance studio comefrom all across Northeastern Pennsylvania, including Wilkes-Barre,Scranton, Hazelton, Dallas,Tunkhannock, Kingston, Pittston, The Poconos, Nanticoke, and Hanover,just to name a few cities. The dancersat the school travel from five counties, including, LuzerneCounty, LackawannaCounty, Monroe County,Wyoming County and CarbonCounty to study at the centre's campuscentrally located in Luzerne, Pennsylvania. Offering dance classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz,Modern and Hip Hop, the dance studio offers the most accelerated program inNEPA and boasts all professional adult instructors.
The Joan Harris Centre is the onlydance studio in the Wilkes-Barre Area to stage five full school productions ayear. Each October, the school stages its annual Halloween Spooktacular and inDecember a Holiday Extravaganza. Thespring features a full length ballet starring all of the ballet students of theschool. Some of the ballets the centrehas staged include, Swan Lake, The SleepingBeauty, Coppelia, Don Quixote, La Fille Mal Gardee and the original work,Corciev. The school year concludes withthree professional productions at the F.M. KirbyCenter, the premiere theater in Northeast PA. TheJoan Harris Centre even has a special summer session which concludes with showsand a picnic at Knoebels Amusement Resort.
We look forward to you joining ourfamily. Each and everyone of ourstudents is dear to us, they are like our sisters, our brothers and ourchildren. We strive to be for our dancersan extension of their family. We providethem with adult mentors in the form of our teaching staff. We give the children structured activities designedto help hem learn and grow. We nurturethem be teaching the students how to take care of their bodies and keeping theminvolved in a well defined physical fitness program. We five them an effective education thatallows the children to develop skills and achieve goals. Finally, we help the children acquire a senseof civic responsibility through community shows and our on-going charitableprograms.
It has always been our intention tomake the students feel welcome and comfortable at the school, just as theywould at home, while at the same time giving them an appreciation for theaesthetics and the fundamental resources that are necessary for children tolead a successful life. In fact, our whole program at the Centre is designednot only to train a dancer in the best possible way, but also to aid in thegrowth of a child into a well rounded and gifted individual. We take all theseprinciples and package them in a recreational form, a way for the children toenjoy themselves while they are learning.