The Rochester International Dance Studio is now dancing side-by-side with Fred Astaire at 1751 U.S. 52 N. Owner Terri Allred moved her International Dance Studio from 3270 19th St. N.W. earlier this month.
This move puts Allred back in step with the ballroom studio owner, Andrea Mirenda. Allred originally began teaching Middle Eastern dance in Rochester on Mirenda’s dance floor.
In 2009, Allred then began teaching classes in her own studio on 19th Street, near the Rochester Athletic Club.
“We were in a kind of starter studio. When we started looking for more studio space, Andrea and I decided it would be a really good match for us to share space,” she says.
The pairing is possible because Fred Astaire has two dance studio rooms and it usually offers most of it courses and one-on-one instruction on weekday evenings. The International Dance Studio offers many morning and afternoon courses as well as weekend courses.
“Both studios are doing as much schedule-wise, if not more,” Mirenda says. “It makes everything so much more energetic.”
The studios are offering an eight-week pass that allows dance students to take a mix of classes from both studios. They also plan on offering a new membership program with unlimited classes for a monthly fee, like at a health club.
The Rochester International Dance Studio has scheduled a free open house and a pre-Valentine’s Day show on Feb. 11. The open house will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. will include demonstrations, entertainment, refreshments, door prizes, henna and more. At 7 p.m., the professional dance troupe, the Shaia Dance Collective, will perform their annual “Be My Habibi” Valentine’s Day show.
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