January 14, By Christian Murray
A performing arts school that was not permitted to operate out of a 43rd Avenue location due to zoning regulations has opened at another Sunnyside location.
Sunnyside Ballet Studio, which had plans to open at 43-20 43rd Ave., was forced to forfeit the location after the owner was told by city officials that zoning rules prohibited the use of dance studios at that site. Nearly 400 residents protested the city’s findings in a widely circulated petition—to little effect.
However, Yasko Takeno-Williams, who established Sunnyside Ballet more than 3 years ago, has found new space. She has moved to the corner of Queens Blvd/46th Street —on the second floor above Key Food. She has been operating there for a little over two weeks.
Williams’ new location is 550sqf. “It’s a good size,” she said. “We are able to offer a variety of different classes.”
The studio offers ballet, yoga, children’s music and Irish dancing classes (including Adult Celtic Cardio) for children and adults.
Williams had been operating Sunnyside Ballet out of the Sunnyside Arts Cooperative, a small space near the 40th Street subway stop at 45-08 40th Street., prior to the move.