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2018-09-12 / Business

Tonawanda Dance Arts graduates to new space on Military Road

by ALAN RIZZO Editor


Tonawanda Dance Arts students Lizzy Lee, left, Anabella Lemar, Layla Dickenson, Grace Buckley and Evangeline Lemar test out one of the new dance classrooms in the studio’s new space at 2311 Military Road. Tonawanda Dance Arts held a grand opening at the location on Friday. 
Photo by Sarah McIlhattenPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Tonawanda Dance Arts students Lizzy Lee, left, Anabella Lemar, Layla Dickenson, Grace Buckley and Evangeline Lemar test out one of the new dance classrooms in the studio’s new space at 2311 Military Road. Tonawanda Dance Arts held a grand opening at the location on Friday. Photo by Sarah McIlhattenPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Surrounded by her instructors, students and their families, Tonawanda Dance Arts owner and director Melanie Boniszewski was full of gratitude Friday, as she officially opened the 21-year-old dance studio’s new space at 2311 Military Road.

Prior to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Boniszewski thanked the studio’s architect, contractor and bank for making renovations possible, and her staff for running summer classes in the new space while she was busy with planning meetings.

But she was most grateful for her family, and especially her daughter and co-director, Kelsey Boniszewski, whom she described as a driving force in the studio’s development.

“She’s the one that has driven me to get to where we are,” said Boniszewski, her voice breaking with emotion. “If it weren’t for her, we would not have this.”

The newly opened studio occupies a 5,000-square-foot space that includes four large dance rooms, each of which has professionally sprung flooring, state-of-the-art sound systems, and large, two-way mirrored viewing windows. The studio also features an expanded waiting area and new closed-circuit television system for parents to watch their children practice.

Boniszewski said the space is approximately double the size of the studio’s previous space on Hinds Street, which was “jam packed” with 400 students taking classes last season. Tonawanda Dance Arts is hoping to serve 500 students in its next season, and up to 700 in the future.

“We have seen a lot of growth over the last couple of years, and we just needed a place where we could better serve our clients and give them more opportunities,” Boniszewski said. “Parents are busy, so we want to be able to offer them class times every day to fit their schedule.”

Tonawanda Dance Arts will accomplish that using four dance rooms instead of three, adding three part-time dance instructors, and operating six days per week.

Kelsey Boniszewski said the studio is looking forward to using the additional space and staffing to serve more families in the Twin Cities, Town of Tonawanda, Village of Kenmore and beyond.

“We’re just super excited about all of the different opportunities it offers our clients, our staff and the community in general,” she said.

The fall season for Tonawanda Dance Arts got underway on Monday. Studio hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. To learn more about the studio and its programs, call 694-3878 or visit www.tonawandadancearts.com/.

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