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How can I participate in the next season?


We are continuously holding auditions for both the TAP Jr. and TAP Sr. ensembles. If you are intersted in scheduling an audition slot, be sure to contact us at teenangel@teenangelproject.org.




What are the age requirements for TAP Jr. and TAP Sr.?


Teen Angel Project consists of middle and high school students with a passion for singing, dancing and acting. TAP Jr. ranges from grades 6-9 and TAP Sr. ranges from grades 9-12.




Can I recieve service hours for participating?


Yes! Teen Angel Project is an approved provider of student service learning within the Montgomery County Public Schools system. Performers will be able to earn SSL (Student Sevice Learning Hours) for each performance for which they perform AND each rehearsal they attend.




Are there any additional costs?


Performers will need both black and tan jazz shoes, as well as black tap shoes and tan character shoes (TAP Sr. females only). All performers wil need a pair of black jazz pants, and all females will need nude colored dance tights and atleast one nude leotard. There may also be small incidental fees, such as for transportation by bus to a venue. New members pay a one-time $150 fee that covers the cost of their "Wing Kit", consisting of a quality TAP duffel bag, road show costumes, a team jacket, a quarter-zip sweatshirt, a T-shirt and sheet music. TAP strives to keep the cost structure for participation simple and straightforward. Additional "TAP Wear" items are optional and are available for sale at reasonable prices, with net proceeds supporting the organization and our charitable purpose.




What does it cost to participate?


TAP’s annual dues are $750 per performer. As a non-profit, community service organization, we are dedicated to keeping our costs as low as possible to minimize financial strain on the families of our performers. Each year we raise money to cover the remaining 40-50% of our operating costs, and to continually build our program for future years. A portion of the money raised is set aside for scholarships, to help offset the cost for families who may not be able to afford the full dues amount.




How does TAP book venues?


We book nursing homes, hospitals, shelters and rehab facilities, etc. based on need and interest in what Teen Angel Project offers. We encourage our performers and their families to suggest venues significant to them.




Are TAP members required to take classes in dance or voice?


Teen Angel Project does not offer regular classes in dance, voice or acting, nor stage dramatic productions, but expects its participants to continually strengthen their performance skills through taking classes in voice and dance, at training institutions of their choice.




How many TAP performers do you accept and who makes that decision?


Each group will accept about 20-25 performers. The Artistic team evaluate auditioners based on talent, skill, and understanding of and enthusiasm for the mission. Being a terrific singer and/or dancer, is wonderful, but we're looking for students who also appreciate Teen Angel Project's mission, and have a desire to perform for those who may be less fortunate, due to health, economics, age, disability, etc. As the performers frequently are able to interact with audience members after shows, we are especially looking for outgoing and empathetic students.




Where has TAP performed?


In our last six years, our performers have visited numerous senior living centers and hospitals, performed a tribute to our Veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, supported Autism Speaks on the National Mall, sang the National Anthem at the Make-A-Wish Walk For Wishes in Washington, D.C., brought smiles to children and families staying at the Children's Inn at NIH, cheered on fighters and survivors to the finish line at the National Race to End Women's Cancer, just to name just a few! When these organizations hear about TAP and our mission, they are thrilled to have us. There just aren't enough weekends in the year for these performers to entertain at every venue that wants them.




What does a TAP season entail?


TAP rehearsals take place on Saturday mornings for 3 hours. Performers are expected to commit to rehearsal time and be availble for rehearsals throughout the season. A season consists of 3-4 community service performances per month, that are scheduled on weekends for no more than 1.5 hours at a time. Additionally, a TAP season consists of one winter and one spring cabaret, and a fully-produced, musical revue in the spring. Ocassionally, TAP enjoys a bonding experience that may involve a performance opportunity involving travel to another city, state or country.





CONTACT US

Email: teenangel@teenangelproject.org

Mailing Address: 

Teen Angel Project
960 Featherstone St.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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