Thursday, September 18, 2008

City Dance Studio Relocates 

Posted by James at 12:07 PM ET

DeMarco Sisters Open In Former Manor Oak Building

By Dennis Phillips
The Jamestown Post-Journal
Park Place Manor will be a little bit noisier once tap dancing classes start at the new home of the DeMarco Sisters School of Dance.

To celebrate their new location in the former Manor Oak Building, the sisters - all four of them - held an open house and registration Wednesday. Vicky, Mary Jo, Rosa and Gina said they worked on the new studio all summer long to prepare for new dance classes with enrollment currently open.

Vicky said the sisters moved to the new location because they needed more room in their dance studio.

''We needed to expand for our dancing needs,'' she said. ''We usually have 300 dancers a year. Classes are Monday through Friday after school.''

Demarco sisters
The DeMarco sisters are pictured with Mayor Sam Teresi in the new home of the DeMarco Sisters School of Dance in the Park Place Manor, located in the former Manor Oak building on Baker Street.

Available dance classes include cheerleading, hip hop and tap. This year, the sisters are starting a ballroom dancing class for children as young as 2 years old.

''We introduce dance starting at 2 years old. Parents have told us it gives them (children) an understanding of self-esteem at an early age,'' said Rosa. ''Even the shyest kids want to be a star, and we can't get them off the stage.''

Rosa said she studied in New York at the Broadway Dance Center and was a Buffalo Jill for five years. She said her father, John, opened the first studio for the girls.

''He raised four girls. There was no baseball, everything was dance and theater,'' she said.

The sisters said they take their students to many competitions, around 20, each year to several different locations.

''Last year we went to Disney World in Florida. Two-hundred students went,'' Vicky said.

The sisters also said they will be starting to teach new special needs classes.

''When we have travel we noticed that is something not in this area, but we've noticed in others,'' Rosa said.

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