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 …

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 …

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 …

Christine Otto pointing her foot

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 & …

Find you class!

Find Your Favorite Class

I think that we can all agree that the key to achieving your fitness goals is to finding an activity you enjoy. But with all the choices available and new ones being developed all the time, how does one choose? Well, I can’t answer that for you, but I can offer you an exciting opportunity …

Gail taking class with Miranda Weese

Time to Take a Dance Class

It’s a paradox, but as a fitness and dance instructor, I don’t get many chances to take a class. When I teach a class, I’m focused on my students. Instead of perfecting my technique, I’m watching everyone in the class to give corrections. And I must make sure that I challenge and entertain you all. …

My First Attemp

The hustle-bustle of the holidays prevented me from sewing the ribbons on my new pointe shoes, but fortunately I checked it off my New Year’s to-do list. I then headed to the studio to give them a try. I wasn’t sure how it would go after not dancing en pointe for thirty years. I was …

Pointe shoe fitting

On My Toes!

Whether watching the Nutcracker as an audience member or participating in the performance as part of the cast, just about every young ballet dancer looks in awe at the Sugar Plum Fairy. From the sparkling tiara on her head to those pink satin pointe shoes she is spinning around on, it’s easy to be mesmerized …

Ballet sllippers

New Slippers Needed

Uh-oh! I found a small hole in one of my ballet slippers. If that wasn’t bad enough, I see that another one is starting in the other slipper. I guess it is time to make a trip to Saratoga Dance, Etc. and get fitted for a new pair. While I’ll probably just end up with …