South Ozone Park schools gets new dance studio
by Patrick Kearns
Feb 02, 2016 | 6399 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dance studio ribbon cutting 2016
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Students in South Ozone Park will have a new place to learn the art of dance thanks to a funding grant from Councilman Ruben Wills. The new dance studio at MS 226 was opened last week with dance students performing their routines.

“Dance is the greatest storyteller,” said student Quentin Price. “It speaks all languages, knows every culture and is the universal connection with people all over the wold.”

The two-hour event featured different types of dances and exercises from ballet, stomping, cheerleading and free-form. Dozens of children showed off what they learned under instructor Sumayah McRae, who tours the world as a professional dancer. She's currently working for Cher as a backup dancer.

McRae said that dance has opened doors for her and expanded her experiences, taking her to Moscow, Brazil and all over the world. She hopes to ignite that same passion in her students.

Children from other local schools will also be using the space, including PS 233 and MS 297. The three community schools will share the space for the after-school program that's overseen by the Ailvin Ailey Dance Company

“Dancing in the MS 226 environment allows us personally to fulfill our passion for the world of dance,” said student Simone Moton.

In addition to officially opening the dance studio, the school community took a moment to thank the school safety officers, including Officer Joseph Paese.

“The reason why we wanted to collaborate this effort is because it really does take so many people to educate a child,” said Principal Rushell White. “We often just think about educators as being the teachers in the classrooms preparing lesson plans and everything, but it takes a lot more.”

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