PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Artistry Dance Project has found a permanent home in Pleasantville.
The dance studio opened last year at 1 Commerce St. in Valhalla. In April it moved to 141 Tompkins Ave. in Pleasantville.
Artistic directors Kristina Wozniak, a White Plains resident who grew up in Briarcliff Manor, and Lori Spada said they are looking forward to establishing themselves in the village.
"Plesantville is so family friendly," Wozniak said. "It's a nice walking community. We're so close to everything. Kids can walk here. Parents love that."
The Pleasantville studio has more space and higher ceilings than the Valhalla location.
"It feels good to be here," Spada said. "It's a great way to close out our first year."
Artistry Dance Project caters to those looking to come once a week and have fun to those serious about a career in dance. The school is for kids age two to 18 and offers classes like ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz, Broadway jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, and acrobatics.
The move to Pleasantville has paid off so far, as Spada and Wozniak said their phone has been ringing off the hook, while the high ceilings and space impress parents as well.
"They don't want to leave," Spada said.
Spada and Wozniak joked that when they opened their Pleasantville location, the stampede of parents and kids resembled Black Friday. Artistry Dance Project will be putting on a special performance at Pleasantville Day.
The artistic directors said dancing provides people with a positive way of expressing themselves.
"It allows girls to boost their confidence and self esteem," Wozniak said. "There's so much negativity and bullying out there."
Wozniak said they want their dancers to view Artistry Dance Project as their second home.
"When you walk in, we want you to feel this is a place of comfort," Wozniak said. "You learn a form of expression and exude emotion. It's a great outlet."
Wozniak and Spada said dancing is beneficial to all, even if they have no intention of becoming professional dancers.
"You learn about discipline and having a structural schedule," Spada said. "It helps you do better in school."
For more information on Artistry Dance Project, visit www.artistrydanceproject.com or call 914-579-2272.
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