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Sunnyside Dance Company to Open 3,000 Square Foot Studio on Queens Boulevard

Students from Dance Matters NYC across the street from the new studio at 37-10 Queens Blvd. The facility, scheduled to open in August, is above Sonic (Photo courtesy of Dance Matters NYC)

July 20, 2022 By Christian Murray

A growing Sunnyside dance company is opening a 3,000 square foot studio on Queens Boulevard.

Dance Matters NYC, which was established by Sunnyside resident Mariana Sanchez in 2016, is opening a dance studio on the 2nd floor at 37-10 Queens Blvd.

The facility will consist of three dance studios, where she will teach a variety of dance. The space will also be available for artists to rent.

Mariana Sanchez, owner and founder of Dance Matters NYC (Photo courtesy of Dance Matters NYC)

Sanchez anticipates that construction on the studio will conclude next month, and she will be ready to start classes for the upcoming school year.

Sanchez, who learned ballet as a child in Mexico City, has been operating her dance company in various locations throughout western Queens since its inception. Her company teaches students of all ages–from toddlers to young adults.

Her life story represents the classic immigrant experience. She came to New York for opportunity– primarily to explore the world of modern dance—only to build a business many years later. She also married a New Yorker, has children, and has lived in Sunnyside for 12 years.

The opening of her own studio space will at long last provide her company with stability, since she has been renting studio space from various organizations since the company was established. She rented space at Spaceworks LIC, which later closed, and then took space at The Q StudioLab, located at 41-20 Queens Boulevard, in 2017.

The Q StudioLab, located at 41-20 Queens Boulevard (Photo: GMaps)

But the company has grown and with that the need for more space. She now rents space at three locations, Q StudioLab on Queens Blvd. as well as Suryaside Yoga and The Secret Theatre—both located on Skillman Avenue.

“We have been looking for a new home for some time and we found the space and we felt it was the perfect location,” Sanchez said, who says the new performance space will be state of the art.

“Everything will be housed here. This will be our new home and I won’t need to go looking around for space.”

Sanchez offers a number of a classes—including an after school and weekend program, typically attended by about 350 students. The students learn everything from ballet, tap, hip hop, modern and contemporary. The classes are divided by age—with classes for 2 ½- 10 year-olds, and classes for 11-18 year-olds.

She said she follows the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum.

Her students also put on two performances each year, with the Nutcracker in winter and a Spring Performance.

Her company also has a program where her instructors go into local elementary and middle schools and teach ballet, jazz, musical theater and hip hop. The company typically teaches around 200 students.

Sanchez said she is also about to launch a program for pre-school kids–called the Studio Fine Arts Club—which she said will be an innovative, artsy and exciting day program.

Sanchez said she is looking forward to putting all her efforts into her dance programs and not having to constantly find space for her classes. She said she is looking forward to her new venue opening.

She said the company’s focus will remain the same, where its built around making her students feel special and building their confidence. “Our students are all unique and should express themselves. They should go into the world and be themselves. My aim is to enrich their lives.”

Students from Dance Matters NYC (Photo courtesy of Dance Matters NYC)

 

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Mima

Good luck! Dance is a beautiful thing, it gives kids great posture, it teaches them to appreciate music…. All good things…

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Tina

Pic should of been a bit more racially diverse and included people of various genders and sizes. I am all for youth activities but i feel Ballet produces fat phobia.

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Critic Al

Umm, maybe that’s who’s attending? Should they hire models of different ethnicity? Body shaming? No.

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Gayle

Our classes free? What about poor blk and brn children that may not be able to afford it if its not free?

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no free stuff

How about getting a job instead of asking for other people to pay for you? Free stuff is not free!

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Only black and brown kids are poor?

Glad to see the poverty bug hasn’t bitten any white or Asian folks out there.

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Sandra Bhimdass

Congratulations on this momentous occasion, best of luck in your future endeavors as your journey continues..keep smiling!❤️❤️🌹🌹

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