Special Needs Arts Program (S.N.A.P.!)




Nine week, creatively themed, Saturday sessions in the fall and spring allow students in our three age groups - Shining Stars (ages 7-11), All Stars (ages 12 to 17), and Super Stars (alumni over 18) to experience dancing, singing, and acting, in a fun, safe, and creative environment.  With the assistance of assigned high school buddies, the students learn a number of songs, dances, and acting activities to present to family and friends at the end of each session in an informal but eagerly anticipated showcase.  Great friendships have been made and our program continues to foster tremendous growth in both our students and our buddies.  The program is taught by a dedicated faculty with a wealth of experience in all aspects of musical theater as well as an occupational therapist with a background in dance.


we sing!

Learning new songs each session, along with our theme song, "It's a SNAP!" gives our students an opportunity to bring some of their favorites to the "stage".



we dance!

From Hip Hop, Ballet, Line Dancing, Jazz, and Swing, we've done it all!  We continue to explore in creative ways, to enhance the confidence and physical abilities of our students.



We act!

When it comes to self expression, the sky's the limit! Each session brings out something new from our extraordinarily talented students.


In addition to our Saturday sessions, S.N.A.P.! Dance! is an ongoing dance class offered to students with differing abilities, ages 14 and up, to explore Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, and fitness. This is a fun-filled, hour-long class held on Tuesdays at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., instructor is Danny Harper.



Jayne Zaban (Owner of Dance Arts Center) danced professionally with the Atlanta Ballet Company and has instructed many students who now have professional careers in theatre and dance. Jayne has choreographed productions throughout the Bay Area, including Broadway By the Bay, 42nd Street Moon, Bus Barn, Lamplighters, The Aurora Theatre, Diablo Light Opera Company, Hillbarn Theatre, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Peninsula Center Stage, and New Conservatory Theatre.  She received three nominations for the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, has been honored with the Garland Award, received the Dean Goodman Award for Out Of This World, received the Hillbarn Subscriber Award for OklahomaChicago, and Ragtime, and a Shellie Award for Anything Goes for CCMT. Jayne is the recipient of the 2017 Bravo Award for dedication and service to the greater Bay Area Arts Community. Jayne is a co-creator & instructor for S.N.A.P.! and is thrilled to be working with this group of wonderful students.

Virginia Musante has been directing children, teens, and adults throughout the Bay Area for over 30 years.  She is probably most well known as the Drama Teacher at Bowditch Middle School in Foster City, where she directed large school musicals annually. Some of her more recent and noteworthy projects include the Hillbarn Theatre's summer program for kids with "special needs" and a Reader's Theatre project by and for adolescent girls dealing with the topic of bullying.  Virginia also teaches Children's Theatre and Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. She is an avid improvisational actor and has spent many years doing improv in San Francisco.

Carol Nicholas has been involved with dance her entire life - first as a student in her youth, as a dance major at U.C. Irvine, a student for over 25 years, and a former instructor of Creative Dance and Ballet at DAC, and currently as a co-creator, coordinator, and instructor of S.N.A.P.!. Carol's inspiration to work with special needs students originates with a family friend who, in 2008, was one of the first students in the program, and who is now one of the S.N.A.P.! assistants.

Karina Rosinzonsky is a pediatric occupational therapist who has been working with children ages 0-21 at Mills Peninsula Medical Center since 2004. She also has background in dance. When not working or helping out at DAC/SNAP she can be found running around at parks and playgrounds after her two years old daughter. 

Alyssa Leonard is an alumna of Northwestern University’s School of Education and a former SNAP Buddy heralded. She is currently an elementary school teacher in the east bay and a performer in local theater productions. “SNAP holds a very special place in my heart and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return as a teacher!”

Danny Martin, M. ECE has been an educator on the peninsula for 20 years.  He has taught Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Theater Arts and Professional Development.  He has worked on over 60 productions as an actor, director, and backstage.  He has worked with SNAP at D.A.C. for several years, and enjoys working with, mentoring, and teaching our wonderful students.

Barbara Lewis is most fortunate to have had over 40 years rewarding career in the field of special education working with students of a variety of ages and disabilities and their families. I also love the performing arts. So the SNAP program is a natural fit for me, giving me the opportunity to work with groups of people I love.  I am so impressed with the quality of the program, the talented staff, the wonderful buddies and, of course, the participants, as we strive to create a positive experience for all. Welcome to SNAP.

Kelly Fasman is a professional drummer, drum teacher and clinician of diverse range. She performs regionally and internationally in big bands, jazz/ Latin orchestras, combos, musical theater, rock groups and studio work, in addition to coaching top-notch high school and middle school jazz ensembles. Kelly has worked with a Kenny Loggins, Peter Cetera, Martha Reeves, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, (musical directed and drummer) Rich Little, and The Moscow Circus.

Daniel Harper is humbled and thrilled to join the teaching staff of DAC. Daniel Joesph “Danny” Harper is a youth theater director, choreographer and combat instructor. He has been an education in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. His dance studies: Jazz and Tap with Berle Davis, Ballet and Contemporary technique with Angela Demmel and Jeanne Batacan-Harper. Daniel has collaborated with many youth theater companies and public schools throughout the Bay Area. His most recent partnerships have been with: Menlo Atherton High School, Mugglebee Theatre, Ohlone (College) for Kids, Starstruck Musical Theatre, and the Campbell Unified School District. From dance classes, to drama camps, creative writing to speech classes-he enthusiastically brings a wide range of experiemce and joy to educating, nurturing and inspiring the next generation of young artists in the art of storytelling.

For more information regarding either class, please Contact DAC.