Dance is a beautiful art form, requiring both passion and physical fitness to express your innermost self through the many complex and fun styles available these days.
The Dance Place is a multi-discipline school that focuses primarily on children ages two to 18, founded in Hicksville five years ago by owner Miana Delucia. In October 2011, Delucia opened a second school, The Dance Place Plus Performing Arts, located at 2016 North Jerusalem Road in North Bellmore, and thus far has enjoyed success at both locations.
Jaime, the manager of The Dance Place’s Bellmore location, spoke to Patch about her school and why Bellmore is a great place to run a business.
Tell us about the different classes you offer.
We offer many different classes for kids. We offer Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip-Hop. We also offer music classes- we have an extensive music program. For little kids, we offer Creative Movement, which is like an introduction to dance. We also offer boys classes, and Zumba exercise classes for adults. We’ve had adults as old as 65 in our Zumba classes.
What got owner Miana Delucia into teaching dance for a living?
She definitely has a passion for dance- she’s danced her whole life. It’s what she’s always done.
What would you say your most popular class is?
I wouldn’t say that we have just one most popular class...definitely a lot of the kids take Hip-Hop because it’s a current dance style that they can take anywhere, but they love all of our classes...all of our classes are filled.
Has your school entered any competitions?
Our Hicksville studio does compete- they went to the nationals last year. And we will be opening the competition up our new Bellmore studio in June.
What do you like about operating in the Bellmore area?
The people here are great...I live around here, and they really are such a great group of people that come here. We’ve met many wonderful people, and it’s definitely nice to work with them and their kids. Business has been great since we’ve opened our studio in Bellmore.