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Our philosophy of dance and fitness instruction focuses on offering a friendly and relaxed environment which allows students to have fun while achieving fitness. In addition, we place an emphasis on teaching correct technique to students of all ability levels. Class size is limited so instructors are able to provide individual attention. All fitness and …

Raising the Barre

Taking the Leap

I don’t remember much about it, but there was a time when I went to my very first ballet class. I’m sure I was very young and it was a little scary and intimidating that first time. I was an absolute beginner and had no clue what even First Position was. I’ve stuck to dance …

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SPAC at 50

There’s nothing more sublime than a summer evening spent watching New York City Ballet (NYCB) perform at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). It doesn’t matter if you’re in a front row seat or in your folding chair on the lawn, drinking wine and watching your kids chase fireflies. In 1966, George Balanchine, Eugene Ormandy, and …

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Twyla

A short list of legendary American choreographers of the 20th century would have to include names like Martha Graham, Robert Joffrey, George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Agnes DeMille, Paul Taylor, and of course Twyla Tharp. Twyla may in fact be the most prolific and diverse member of that elite group. Her choreographic work has …

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Connecting with Dance

The Dance Alliance is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization of choreographers, dancers, dance advocates, teachers, students, and lovers of dance. The Dance Alliance has sponsored dance programs and performances in the greater Capital District / Saratoga Region of New York for over 35 years. The organization collaborates with dance schools, area colleges, and performing arts organizations …

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No Audience, Just Cameras

While I’m busy dancing and teaching all the time, I don’t participate in performances anymore. I sometimes miss being part of those never ending recitals, but I was never interested in being a performer. My goal was always to teach dance to serious students and to have my own studio. Happily for me, I’ve accomplished …

The Enormous Room

Get Fit, See Art

When I started Albany Dance & Fitness, I wanted to create a space for you to dance, and improve your health and fitness.  While I’m happy to report that there is no change to our core mission, we are trying something new this month. On Saturday, January 16, 2016 starting at 7pm, we will be …

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Nutcracker Sweet

By now, the last of the Thanksgiving turkey has been eaten, and the Black Friday crowds at the malls are just a bad memory. The crowds, the traffic and the stress are not how I think about this time of year. For me, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas has always been filled with fond …

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A Ballerina’s Tale

Last year I read Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, by Misty Copeland. Before reading the book, I didn’t know much about this wonderful dancer. The book candidly discussed her journey to becoming a dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). To become a member of a major dance company is never easy, but Misty’s path …

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Essentrics is Here

I’m very excited to announce that Albany Dance & Fitness is now offering Essentrics™ classes! I was notified last week that I am now certified to teach the class. A lot of work, study, and practice went into gaining my certification. One of the requirements to become certified was to teach 26 apprentice classes. I …