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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Dance Academy Opens Studio in Former Sharon Arts Building

Monadnock Ledger – Transcript

Published: 05/04/2021 15:58:18

The Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts has taken over the old Sharon Arts Center building in downtown Peterborough, renting what was once gallery space on the Grove Street side.

The new space adds a third studio for the Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts, which also has two studios above the Waterhouse restaurant in Depot Square.

“For a long time, I wanted to have a third studio to accommodate our students,” said Christina Ahern, director of MAMA.

In addition to adding more space for dance classes and programs, Ahern said the new location will also serve as performance space. She said there are many ideas afoot on how best to use the space and make it a place for the community to gather once it is safe to do so.

“The powerful positive effects of dance and the performing arts are real,” Ahern said. “Whether it’s watching or participating, we all benefit. What better way to connect the community and each other than through the arts? »

Known as The Link, Ahern said she sees MAMA’s third studio, which has 14-foot-high ceilings and more square footage than either of the other two spaces, as a perfect place to hang out. dance, theater and vocal performances, as well as a gallery to showcase the work of local artists, open mic nights, live music, movie nights and poetry readings. Ahern said they are currently working on creating a full performance schedule and will be looking to the community at large, and beyond, for inspiration and acts to feature.

“It opens up a lot of possibilities,” Ahern said. “We have a pretty good roster. If you can imagine it, we will try to do it. And we really hope to involve the community. It’s really about opening up a place that the community can use and be a part of.

Normally, Ahern said the academy would have over 200 students. The addition of a third space means they can comfortably accommodate around 100 more people.

“We are proud of the many students who have gone on to professional careers…not only in the performing arts, but also as professionals.” Ahern said. Throughout its 28-year history with the Monadnock community, Ahern said the academy has used the performing arts to nurture not just dancers, but also doctors, nurses, police officers, dentists , entrepreneurs, etc.

Having space available so close to MAMA’s current location made expansion an easy decision.

“That’s what made it so ideal for us,” Ahern said. “And now I want to have a fourth studio.”

The space officially opened last week and classes were held there on Saturday. A grand opening is scheduled for May 1 and a new class schedule is scheduled for July.

For more information and for current event listings, visit and click The Link or call (603) 924-8900.