Third JCC Dance School To Open For Fall in Scarsdale

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The JCC of Mid-Westchester Dance School is opening a new studio before fall classes begin.
The JCC of Mid-Westchester Dance School is opening a new studio before fall classes begin. Photo Credit: Contributed
Ballet classes at the JCC Dance School feature live piano accompaniment and a classical ballet syllabus taught by professional instructors.
Ballet classes at the JCC Dance School feature live piano accompaniment and a classical ballet syllabus taught by professional instructors. Photo Credit: Contributed
Seventy weekly classes will be offered at the JCC Dance School this year.
Seventy weekly classes will be offered at the JCC Dance School this year. Photo Credit: Contributed

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - The JCC of Mid-Westchester Dance School is opening a new studio in time for the fall semester.

It is in a remodeled section of the dance school wing at 900 Wilmot Road. More classes will start Oct. 20, with opportunities for all ages and skill levels.

The school will offer 70 weekly classes this year, up from 54 classes last year. New students can take advantage of one free class before committing to sign up.

New instructors also have been added. Angelo La Roche will teach hip hop for boys and teens, while Jimmy Tate, a Broadway tapper, will teach tap to ages 10 and up.

“For years, we have turned away students when classes filled to capacity, or when scheduling couldn’t accommodate customers’ need for classes that start later in the day,” said Jayne Santoro, director of the JCC Dance School.

“We are thrilled to add more space, instructors and classes in response to our community.

A wide array of classes are available – contemporary dance, modern dance, ballet, preschool, adult tap, hip hop for boys, morning exercise. Schedules, fees, dress codes and more may be found online at www.jccmw.org.
Classes are taught six days a week, and students also may take advantage of master classes, performances and workshops. Community outreach programs help more dancers get the opportunity to learn.

“Dance is a total body and mind workout that provides benefits in other athletic endeavors, as well as in your life,” Santoro said.

“At the JCC, our instructors are trained to help dancers increase their skill level, and most of all, stay healthy and strong. My goal is to create an environment that makes these benefits available to anyone – from someone who has never tried dance to advanced students.”

The Mid-Westchester YMHA was founded by Elaine Finsilver in 1966 in Eastchester. It was moved to Scarsdale in 1969, and the name was later changed to the JCC.

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