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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …