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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 …

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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 …

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Young and Talented

I know I’ve written a great deal about New York City Ballet (NYCB) Soloist and Resident Choreographer, Justin Peck, in my blog. Every time I see a new dance by him or hear him speak about his work, the more I want to see his choreography and share my thought with you. Justin is just …

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We All Need a Challenge

If you have been taking dance classes since you were a child, or if you only just started out, sometimes you feel like you are in a rut. The way I keep myself from feeling that way is by challenging myself with dance workshops and master classes. With the ongoing success of Albany Dance & …

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Motivation Resolution

It’s the end of the year and a time most of us reflect and set goals for the New Year. I’ve read several articles about the top New Year’s resolutions, and all of them had something about getting fit, being healthier, or losing weight. And those that attend a gym on a regular basis will …

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Dancer’s Wish List

This year I’m really behind in my holiday shopping. And usually by this time I’ve posted an entry about gift ideas for dancers. There’s still time, so here goes. I previously posted about two dance books: Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet, by Jenifer Ringer and Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty …

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Passion is the Key

Photo by Greg Heisler By now, you must all be tired of me telling you about the International Dance Teacher Conference I attended last summer. I can’t help myself, I learned so much and met so many exciting and inspiring dancers. One of the dancers I met that inspired me the most was Gillian Lynne. …

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Still Smiling

As many of you know, Albany Dance & Fitness is now three years old, thanks to the support of all our wonderful students. To celebrate this milestone, and to thank you, we once again hosted an open house.  Newcomers to the studio, current students, and instructors all joined in to try a variety of abbreviated …