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B'ville: Dancing on the river

Tawn Marie's Dance Centre 2 is growing just as quickly as the Greater Baldwinsville area, if not quicker.

The center has added studio rooms every year since it opened three years ago, beginning with two rooms at its Genesee Street location, then expanding to four rooms in the same building. The center is now moving to 6 Lock St. (the former Lysander town hall building) where staff and students will have five spacious studios to build on their craft.

Studio Director Kristyn DeKay-Ewald said the studio was looking to relocate to accommodate the growing student population and interest in dance.

"It's a more central location, although it's right down the street from the other building," DeKay-Ewald said. "Another plus is the parking, the view of the river and the bridge."

DeKay added that Keith and Grace Peck will open a dancewear, sportswear and equipment store on the premises called Dance and Sports Wear 4 Less.

The original Tawn Marie's Dance Centre is in Liverpool and is owned by founder Tawn Campolietti.

Adding to the curriculum

Tawn Marie's 2 has something for all age levels, ranging from 3 years old to adult.

"We offer programs for recreational students and also have a nationally renowned competition team," DeKay said.

In addition to tap, jazz, ballet and hip-hop, the dance studio will begin offering musical theater, a program that will teach elements similar to Broadway shows.

"Musical theater is acting out the music through dance," DeKay said.

Classes are held after school between 4 and 9 p.m. and will begin Sept. 10 and run through June. Each session concludes with a recital. The studio also offers a half-year program for new students beginning in January or February.

DeKay added that the studio will be offering workout dance classes for adults, a program that runs in eight-week intervals for $36 per session.

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