Gentle Ballet class

Ballet for Everyone

When you think of participants in a ballet class, do you assume they are slender, sylph-like young ladies, who can float like a feather and bend like they are made of rubber? I know a lot of people have that stereotype in their head, but in my opinion nothing could be further from the truth. …

Photo of class

Get Fit! Have Fun!

Get fit and have fun isn’t just our slogan, it’s part of the mission statement for Albany Dance & Fitness. I’m firmly convinced that if you are enjoying yourself while you exercise, you’ll smile your way to better health and fitness. Along with fun, we also provide a great variety of classes that hopefully offers …

A New Finish

It’s hard to believe that in another month the studio will mark its sixth year! Since it’s opening, we have expanded our class offerings and the Albany Dance & Fitness family of students and instructors has grown. I still love my little studio and now is the time to give it a little tender loving …

book cover

A Gift for Both of Us

Some of you may have noticed that my December blog post didn’t include a list of gift ideas for dancers. December was more hectic than usual for me and I didn’t have a chance to pull one together. My motivation for writing those post is to help friends and family of my students with ideas …

Forever Painless Book

New Release: Forever Painless

I’ve been told that I look young for my age. I’m not sure if that’s the case or if people are just being nice to me. I do know that I feel great and am fortunate to be more active than most people my age. In addition, I do get my seven to eight hours …

Inside the Ballet World

On an average week I will teach and take about 25 hours of dance classes. You would think that would be enough for one person. But even during my downtime, I love to read and watch films about dance. I still prefer to watch a live performance, but that’s not always possible. I wanted to …

Gail Dancing before the studio opened

Living the Dream

Five years ago today, I realized my lifelong dream of owning my own dance studio. I’m still just as excited about it as I was on the first day we opened our doors to the public. I wasn’t sure then if it would succeed but I knew I wanted to give it a try. It …

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 …

SPAC at 50

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 …