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New Studio, Same Goal for Harrison Dance Group

HARRISON, N.Y. - Relocating couldn't have been much easier for New York Dance studio, which moved just hundreds of feet away from its original spot in downtown Harrison this month. After a few weeks, the studio said it was moving along smoothly with only good news to report.

"We're up and running," Harrison native and Company Director Francesca DeAngelo said. "I've been looking to move for a while and now we've got big plans."

New York Dance set up shop at 46 Purdy St. after moving from 222 Harrison Ave. earlier in January. After an initial open house held on Jan. 7, DeAngelo said dancers new and current have been excited for the newer and larger space.

Along with the new location comes greater opportunities, DeAngelo said, citing the addition of a new singing and acting coach Craig Schulman and larger rehearsal rooms and facilities. Though the walls were bare in the new studio's first week of operation, DeAngelo said there were many upgrades to come.

"There are just a couple of more hurdles until we're all set in here," DeAngelo said. "The members love this space. It's definitely a step up."

Most importantly, the studio has continued its efforts to raise money for a trip to perform at the 2012 London Olympics . New York Dance kicked off its fundraising efforts for the trip last summer with a goal of $50,000. They currently sit around $40,000 below their goal.

DeAngelo and 64 others will travel to London so the group can perform in the festivities that surround the events at the famous Warwick Castle and other London locations.

"We've got some families paying their own ways through the trip," DeAngelo said. "It's a lot. For some of us, it isn't as easy to afford."

Upgrades at the new studio include larger rehearsal rooms, an upgraded and large common room, a soundproof vocal studio, two new dressing rooms and eco-friendly lighting. New York Dance made the move, DeAngelo said, in collaboration with the Cabot Club, who occupies the lower level of the building.

"The Cabot Club has been nothing but helpful and supportive," DeAngelo said. "It will be a wonderful relationship."

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