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. …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 & …

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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 …