Dance studio

Saratoga Dance Studio offers drop-in classes

It is widely accepted that Saratoga is “the perfect place for summer”. A local dance studio encourages track-goers to make it the “Summer Place to Dance.”

Marilyn Terranova doesn’t just dance at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Saratoga Springs, she lives it.

“You start having fun and you forget about any insecurities you might have,” Terranova said.

The former school superintendent started taking lessons when she wanted to master public speaking.

What do you want to know

  • Fred Astaire Dance Studio offers a summer special
  • “Summer Place to Dance” will run throughout the track season on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Classes are $32 per session, or you can buy them in packs of 10 for $300

“I had to do a lot of speeches on stage and it was always very difficult for me, so what I wanted to do was gain more confidence,” Terranova said.

The benefits for Terranova have been multiplied tenfold. She’s still dancing 14 years later and now she even does it competitively.

“It’s great to have a hobby that’s really enjoyable, but also includes a lot of energy,” Terranova said.

The studio hopes to bring more people like her to the dance floor, adults who may not have a dance background, but who could benefit from it socially, mentally and physically.

“Basically, step out in style for track season,” said owner and instructor Elizabeth Masko. “There’s a lot of social nightlife here in Saratoga and we think, what better way than to come Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon here to our studio and learn some dance moves?”

The idea is to welcome trackgoers for meet and greet sessions before the races really start, or partners of trackgoers who need a day off, so you can show up without subscribe. The class will be for anyone who shows up and will focus on social dancing.

Classes are $32 per session, or you can buy them in packs of 10 for $300.

“Dancing isn’t just good for your body,” Masko said. “I think it’s the easiest thing people think about because obviously if you’re moving you’re getting a good exercise, but it’s also good for your mind because you have to remember a lot things.”

Not only do dancers have to remember the steps, but they also have to anticipate what their partners will do next. Terranova hopes more people will benefit from the great experience she had.

“Anyone can come in and have fun,” Terranova said. “It’s really up to you where you want to go with your dancing, and I think if you share your interests and share your concerns and your hesitations like I always do, I think your instructors are just very empathic and will work with you to help you be the best you can be.”