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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 …

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 …

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Lights Camera Action!

There are few things that will make me feel more self-conscious than having a camera focused on me.  Ironically, in this age of “Selfies” that we live in, being in front of the camera is not my favorite thing. You’d think that I’d be desensitized to the process since my husband is a photographer. Being …

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Dance on the Big Screen

Last summer, I got to see New York City Ballet at Saratoga Performing  Arts Center numerous times. We even had the chance to go to Jacob’s Pillow a few times and saw some more extraordinary performances. Sadly, now that summer is over, we won’t be seeing those world famous companies in our backyard for another …

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Finding a New Workout

One of the things I like to do to keep my little business running is planning. I spend a little time every day planning for the short term and long term goals for the studio. I’m always trying to add new classes that will attract students.  But, as much as I plan and dream, I …

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Keeping the Doors Open

As the owner of a small business, I get the opportunity to play many roles. It should be no surprise to hear that my favorite is teaching dance classes. One of my least favorite roles is being in charge of cleaning the studio. But, as I mop the floor or help my husband clean the …

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Body in Motion

It’s been a long time since my last post and while I’m always busy with the studio, this month I have a really good excuse. This last month, I’ve managed to fill what little spare time I have with many dance, fitness, and movement classes. I’ve especially enjoyed all the wonderful master classes at Albany …