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ASTORIA DANCE CENTRE 2017-2018 School Year

Classes Begin – Saturday, September 16
Halloween – Closed Tuesday, October 31
Faculty & Staff Development Weekend – Closed Thursday, November 2 through Sunday November 5
Election Day - Closed Tuesday, November 7
Automatic Costume Payment Due Date – Thursday, November 10
Thanksgiving – Closed Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26
Winter Recess – Closed Sunday, December 24 through Wednesday, January 3
Mid-Winter Recess – Closed Saturday, February 17 through Friday, February 23
Spring Recess/Passover and Easter - Closed Wednesday, March 28 through Sunday, April 8
Priority Registration for our Current Students – Monday, May 7
Memorial Day Weekend - Closed Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27
In the Studio Dress Rehearsal Week – Tuesday, June 5 through Sunday, June 10
Last Day of Classes – Sunday, June 10
Dance Theatre Dress Rehearsals Studio Closed – Week of June 11
Acting Theatre Dress Rehearsal – Week of June 11
Year End Annual Dance Performance(s) – Saturday, June 16
Acting Year End Performance - TBA
Singing Dynamics Recital – TBA
Play-N-Music Recital - TBA
Summer Session – July 5 through August 1


Dec. 16 and Dec 23: A Dancer's Closet Holiday Wish List Winners announced.
Dec. 17 through Dec. 23: In class Holiday Showcases performed by Dance, Piano, Acting and Voice Students
Dec. 20: Mitten and Glove Drive ends
Dec. 22 and 23: Performance Team Bake Sale

On this giving Tuesday, what better day to announce our Essay Contest Winners
2017: Why is dance so important and how has it helped you in other aspects of your life?

Upper Division - Ages10 throughTeens
1st Place Estephanie De Lima
2nd Place Citlalli Cassarrubias
3rd Place Maxie Aguillar

Children/Teen Gemstone Division
1st Place Megan Golemi
2nd Place Liyana Hassan
3rd Place Jude Frank






2017 Annual Performance






Kids For Kids Dancing for Life New Jersey Performing Arts Competition

March 10-12, 2017


I Love Dance

National Dance Week 2017



Essay Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the Associated Dance Teachers of NJ 2017 essay scholarship winners Angelina and Kaitlyn! The essay topic this year was "What can dancers learn from athletes and what can athletes learn from dancers?" Great job dancers !



The Holidays at Astoria Dance Centre





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ADC Awards








Annual Student Choreography Showcase, April 23rd

Celebrating Dance at ADC! The 2016 National Dance Week student choreography participants. Special thanks to Miss Carla and Miss Jazmin for their help with the event! ‪#‎astoriadancecentre‬



So proud of these kids and so thankful to Jazmin Murillo and Jessie Sector for making the dance-a-thon so much fun. Together we raised $927.00. Hoping to hit that $1000.00 mark by the end of this week. Performance pictures and thank you pictures will be posted soon.


ADC's performance team showcased at 4:00 pm followed by a Dance Across America dance-a-thon to benefit the Andrea Rizzo Foundation.

"Let your heart move your feet" on Sunday, April 10. We will start the afternoon off with a Performance by ADC's performance team along with our guest dancers Miss Jessica DiRico and Miss Jessie Sector. Our dance-a-thon will start at 4:30 pm! Come join the fun and support a great cause! To make a donation or for more info call 718.278.1567










February 24 - March 5, 2017


A week to celebrate Dance and to heighten awareness of Dance and its contributions to our culture!
Dance is fun and good for the body, mind and spirit!

Celebrate National Dance week by participating in ADC’s 26th Annual Student Choreography Showcase
to be held on Saturday, April 23rd at 6:00 PM


Sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot on our Student Choreography Program.

Here’s what you need to know:
*Dances must be under 3 minutes in length.
*Music lyrics must be clean and approved by an ADC teacher.
*All music must be turned in on a CD.
*Only one choreographer per routine.
*Rehearsal space at ADC is free of charge during studio hours.
*You must sign up in advance at the front desk for rehearsal space.
*Parents and friends may attend the showcase for free!

Open to all ADC students ages 9 and up! If you would like to volunteer to help out at our student showcase, or if you would like to design the cover for this year’s program, please leave your name at the front desk or call the studio at 718.278.1567.



2016 Summer Program

We are very excited to announce that we are now accepting registration for our July Summer Program. Dance, Sing or Act your way through the summer in our exciting dance classes, DANCEcamps and our Musical Theatre Summer Starz Program. We are confident that our summer program will offer your child something truly unique. For more information click here

Associated Dance Teachers of NJ junior essay scholarship winners. The essay topic was what else do I learn from dance besides dance steps. Our dancers wrote about respect, teamwork, cooperation, helping others and much more. Good work on your writing skills dancers. Congratulations to Miss Jazmin, Miss Natalia and Miss Jessie who also teach these lovely dancers.

Dec. 1st - NDEO's thank a dance teacher day. Pictured are our seniors and Miss Pam! ‪

Our Mitten and Glove Tree Drive starts on Tuesday, December 1st. When you you are out shopping this weekend please pick up any size pair of gloves or mittens. Help us decorate our ADC studio tree with some love and warmth this holiday season.


The costume award recipients pictured with Vivi Scandone. Many thanks to all those who expressed how performing makes them feel through art or poetry.

Learn how dance classes benefit a child's development
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Astoria Dance Centre Teams Up with “Dance Across America”

Astoria Dance Centre Teams Up with “Dance Across America”, Bringing Joy to Pediatric Patients with Cancer and Special Needs. Astoria, NY—Astoria Dance Centre has pledged their support for The Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s nationwide fundraising effort, “Dance Across America,” for the fourth year in a row. Astoria Dance Centre held a benefit performance in honor of the Foundation on Sunday, April 27th at 3pm at the Chian Federation, located at 44-01 Broadway in Astoria.

“Dance Across America” is one of many fundraising efforts created by The Andréa Rizzo Foundation, a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to bringing dance therapy to children with cancer and special needs in pediatric hospitals, including Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, public schools, and Ronald McDonald houses across the country. Created in memory of a young dance therapy graduate student and survivor of childhood cancer, killed by a drunk driver at the age of 24, the Foundation aspires to bring dancers together to blend dance and compassion. Dancers of all ages and in all parts of the country can make a difference in the lives of fragile children by doing what they love best...dancing!

Director Maureen Gelchion Corso and ADC’s event coordinator Natalia Yepes, put together and hosted Astoria Dance Centre’s benefit performance, which was open to the public. Students from the studio’s vocal, instrumental, and acting programs also participated in the event. The performance showcased various styles of song and dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and lyrical, in addition to a 50/50 raffle.  ADC raised a total of $500, but donations are still being accepted up until May 15th.
For more information on The Andréa Rizzo Foundation, please call 401-952-2423, e-mail, or visit To make a donation to Astoria Dance Centre’s “Dance Across America” event, please contact Natalia Yepes at 718-278-1567 or e-mail







ADC's 23rd Annual Student Choreography Showcase!


Here are ADC's 2014 student choreographers. They presented their work on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at ADC's 23rd Annual Student Choreography Showcase! Great job dancers! Keep on creating and growing as artists!















ADC's Mitten and Glove Tree has brought warmth and big smiles!

The United Way of New York City has posted this picture on their Facebook Page. We at ADC are so glad to have been able to make a difference this past holiday season with our annual mitten and glove drive!

United Way: We love this super cute photo posted by YWCA-NYC of kids at PS 90 in Coney Island who received a donation of gloves and mittens this holiday season. We're glad to have made the connection, but the big thanks goes to the staff and students at Astoria Dance Centre who collected them on their tree. Thanks to both for making this possible!




Music Lessons at Astoria Dance Centre
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Higher Scores. Students with 4 years or more of arts and music study scored 29 points higher on reading, 22 points higher on math and 29 points higher on writing sections of the SAT College Board test (College Board SAT, 2008 College Bound Seniors: Total Group Profile Report)

Better Skills. Arts-based learning is known to promote collaboration, creative problem solving, and the ability to apply learning across different disciplines (Neuroeducation: Learning, Arts, and the Brain. Dana Press 2009)

More Graduates. Schools that have music programs have higher graduation rates than those without programs (90.2% as compared to 72.9%). (Harris Interactive survey of high school principals, Spring 2006)

The National Association of Music Education

Music Lessons at Astoria Dance Centre
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Are you interested in the Performance Team?
Information is available at the front desk."

Males and Females are encouraged to audition. We are looking for dancers with a positive attitude who are enthusiastic, committed and want more performing experience.

This is a group audition, no advanced preparation is necessary, but a SMILE never hurts! Come and have a good time! Bring ballet and jazz shoes. Arrive early enough to warm up and prepare for the audition. Students under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Astoria Dance Centre's Performance Team provides technique training as well as performance and competition experience. The Performance Team consists of one large group and 3 smaller groups based on age and ability. Students will have the opportunity to work with many different choreographers. Team classes and rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays for 2 hours.

No audition fee will be charged. If you are accepted on the Performance Team there will be additional fees and added tuition. There are a limited number of partial scholarships and work study scholarships available.


We Offer a Broadway Bound Class

ADC's Broadway Bound class is a program designed for the student who is interested in being a triple threat -- acting, singing and dancing. This program is geared toward boys and girls ages 8-12. It is course of study that will introduce your child to the performing arts all in ONE convenient location. The class consists of acting, singing and dance. This is an excellent program that will help your child discover his or her strengths and areas of interest. Our Broadway Bound Class will also help to prepare your child for auditions for performing arts high schools and colleges.


Did you know?

Astoria Dance Centre now in its 35th year has been providing quality dance education to the Queens Community since 1983.

Our faculty hold University Degrees and/or certifications in Dance Education. Astoria Dance Centre is a member of the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association IDEA an organization that promotes all that is good in dance education.

Our students have been accepted to prestigious performing arts schools as: Frank Sinatra High School for the Performing Arts, Talent Unlimited, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and SUNY Purchase and many other colleges and universities for dance.
Our students have won many scholarships and awards, have performed on Cable TV, HBO, Cruise Lines and on and off Broadway!
We also offer voice, acting, piano and a Broadway Bound Class!
That we have 2 spacious central air-conditioned dance rooms with full length mirrors, marley floors and view windows for parent observation.

Sing and Speak with Joy!

Created and designed by Grace Pettijohn for the joy of speaking, the joy of singing and the freedom of expression. Singing Dynamics, through discipline and theatre exercises is the precise, clear understanding and acceptance of WHO YOU ARE and who you want to become.

Unlock your true potential at any age with your total instrument by:

  • learning breathing exercises and relaxation techniques that provide a feeling of confidence
  • finding and developing YOUR own vocal range and style
  • freeing the instrument and finding the joy that will give you a voice that springs from emotion
  • expression through poetry, music, writing and the latest songs.

The above can be applied to everything in your life: education, employment and relationships at any age and at any level.

Grace Pettijohn 718.728.6111

PLAY 'N' MUSIC at Astoria Dance Centre Have Fun With...

Piano Private or Group Lessons
ABRSM Exam. Prep.

To Register or for more information click here or call Mr. Fintan O'Neill at

Employment Opportunities With Us

Astoria Dance Centre periodically seeks to fill teaching positions for its Children's Division 3-9 and for 10 year olds and up in tap and jazz. Only teachers experienced working with children and teens need apply.

ADC is looking for substitute teachers year-round. Flexible hours from 4 to 9 PM and all day Saturday during the school year.

Send your resume and cover letter to
Maureen A. Gelchion
Astoria Dance Centre
42-16 28th Avenue
1st and 2nd Floor
Astoria, NY 11103
Fax 718.278.4372 or Email

Volunteer Opportunities

If you have a lot of time to give or if you just have a little time here and there we welcome all volunteers! ADC volunteers do everything from ushering to selling t-shirts and flowers at performances; answering phones during morning or evening hours; organizing bake sales and other fundraising events for the ADC performance team dancers.




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