The Mantia Sisters Dance Academy celebrates its 30th anniversaryand birthday in the city of Revere in September.
Deanne Mantia, 51, and her sister, Jodi Mantia, 54, briefly operated the studio in a building on Broadway before moving to its current location at 750 Washington Ave.
“My sister realized we needed a bigger space because we were a lot busier than expected,” Deanne said.
And the instant popularity of the Dance Academy in 1991 continued in the three decades in which thousands of students of the Mantia sisters learned not only to dance, but that dance and dance performances (such than the annual recital) build themselves. self-esteem, self-confidence and teamwork.
Several Mantia Academy graduates have also used the skills learned in dance to aid their athletic careers in the areas of coordination, balance, endurance and physical fitness.
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Jodi Mantia and Deanne Mantia are the daughters of Jimmy and Teddi (Theodora) Mantia. Jodi graduated from Revere High in 1985. Deanne Mantia graduated from Revere High in 1987 and attended UMass/Boston. The sisters both spent their K-8 years at Abraham Lincoln School.
“Our parents actually gave us the money to open the studio,” Deanne recalls. “And they still live in the house [on Rumney Road] than my grandfather [Joe Palermo] built them.
The Mantia Sisters were introduced to dance at the Betty Murray School of Dance on Conant Street.
“We both started dance lessons at age two and were performing in recitals every year,” Deanne said.
The tradition of recitals
The Mantia Sisters Dance Academy held their recital last Saturday at Revere High School, capping off an unprecedented year amid the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was our first recital at Revere High in many years,” says Deanne. “We had held the recitals at Melrose, but the [Revere High] the auditorium and sound system have been upgraded and it’s beautiful. It’s brand new. The recital at Revere High was amazing.
The Academy will begin its 2021-22 season in September. Enrollment is ongoing and the number of new and returning students is very good. Classes are available in disciplines such as hip hop, modern, jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, zumba and gymnastics.
“We’re confident it’s going to be a good year,” Deanne said.
A look back at 30 years of dance
Looking back on 30 years of Mantia Sisters Dance Academy and speaking on behalf of her sister, Deanne said, “It has been beyond rewarding. We love teaching dance to children. For me, it’s my art form, it’s my medium. Some people like to paint, some people like to draw, some people like to play a musical instrument. I like to dance.”
Sharing the stage with her sister over the years, Deanne added: “It was awesome. Were very close. We don’t always agree, but we always come to a mutual agreement.
The sisters wholeheartedly agree that Revere has always been in their hearts and will continue to be for many years to come.
“Our roots are in Revere and the community we love is in Revere and we love being with Revere families,” Deanne said. “And we love seeing how diverse Revere has become.
“We are not ready to stop. I thought maybe we’d think about it, talk about it and say, ‘We’ve had a good run. Thousands of children have passed through our door. We now have the grandchildren of some of our first students taking dance lessons with us. It’s so nice to see that a generation later they’re coming back to us,” Deanne concluded.