The Teaneck Terpsichoreans was established in 1971 by Cheryl Miller-Porter. Originally named As an established tradition at THS, the Terpsys have always played a role in supporting the community with numerous local performances; and every spring, senior Terpsy members share their love of dance and develop their teaching aspirations by earning community service credit assisting local dance teachers. An annual southern tour from Virginia to North Carolina, during mid-winter recess, also give the troupe an opportunity to share and network with other high school dance communities. In addition to nurturing the budding talents of our members by encouraging student choreography, exposing our members to the real world of dance has always been a priority with regular trips to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Newark Dance Theatre and others.
Cheryl’s love and dedication for youth extends far beyond the classroom. While serving as teacher, Mentor, Advisor and Role Model to thousands, she skillfully befriends and motivates a diverse group of students. It is her easy-going personality that continues to attract many of her alumni Terpsys to return and volunteer as staff, mentors, choreographers and dancers. In addition, her appreciation for family and tradition is evident as dance club members (now known as Terpsys) span three and four generations in some Teaneck families.