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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 …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

A Ballerina’s Tale

Last year I read Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, by Misty Copeland. Before reading the book, I didn’t know much about this wonderful dancer. The book candidly discussed her journey to becoming a dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). To become a member of a major dance company is never easy, but Misty’s path …

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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 …

Dance on the Big Screen

Last summer, I got to see New York City Ballet at Saratoga Performing  Arts Center numerous times. We even had the chance to go to Jacob’s Pillow a few times and saw some more extraordinary performances. Sadly, now that summer is over, we won’t be seeing those world famous companies in our backyard for another …