Dance studio

The dance studio promotes body positivity through movement

“Society hasn’t helped us view our bodies in the most positive way,” Calli Rothberg said of the bigger forces that can deflate women’s body image. “It’s just bullshit.”

When COVID hit in 2020, 29-year-old Rothberg, who has been dancing since she was 4, left Charleston to return to her hometown of Beacon. She found herself needing the release of dance to curb growing anxiety and depression brought on by the pandemic and working 14-hour days as a sales manager for a software engineering recruitment firm. .

“Dance is a safe space to express myself and feel my body like I wouldn’t anywhere else,” said Rothberg, who wants to share this with others. “When I dance, I don’t think about practice…it’s just fun, joy and magic.”

With no outlet to find this freedom of expression, movement and joy, Rothberg sought to create this space herself in the form of a new dance studio. The twist: Where many local studios cater to toddlers and young children, Rothberg’s Passion – The Adult Dance Studio caters to those ages 18 and up.

“We’re so into the hiccup of everyday life, and coming to a dance class once a week, you just drop it all at the door,” Rothberg said. “Everything disappears and you are there with yourself and your body in the mirror… it is really important that we remember as adults that there is room for us to play too, and not only for the children.”

Passion or practicality?

Rothberg grew up dancing 15 hours a week at the Hudson River Performing Arts Center in Fishkill until she went to college, where she faced the classic debate: should a career be a passion or be practical ?

She chose the latter, studying financial economics at SUNY Binghamton. But rather than give up on her first love completely, she became captain of the college dance team and spent several hours a week playing games.

After graduating and moving to Charleston to be somewhere sunnier while working remotely, she joined Bad Girls Club, an adult dance team, which opened up opportunities for her to dance after college.

But once Rothberg returned to Beacon during the pandemic, she was ready for more of a balance of passion and practicality in her life, and sought to promote body positivity through movement with her own dance studio.

Like the Charleston Dance Studio, Passion invites people to slip on a pair of heels and step into a safe space to feel empowered through dance.

Passion – The Adult Dance Studio offers classes in heels, twerk, hip hop, ballet and dance fitness for adults.


Alyssa Malliae
Passion – The Adult Dance Studio offers classes in heels, twerk, hip hop, ballet and dance fitness for adults.

Passion – The Adult Dance Studio offers classes in heels, twerk, hip hop, ballet and dance fitness for adults.


Alyssa Malliae
Passion – The Adult Dance Studio offers classes in heels, twerk, hip hop, ballet and dance fitness for adults.

Passion – The Adult Dance Studio offers classes in heels, twerk, hip hop, ballet and dance fitness for adults.


Alyssa Malliae


Passion – The Adult Dance Studio offers classes in heels, twerk, hip hop, ballet and dance fitness for adults. (Photos Alyssa Malliae)

“The fact [that] something like that doesn’t exist in most cities or towns I think says a lot,” Rothberg said. “As adults, as a community, we don’t value enough pure joy and expression through movement and how valuable it is to take time for yourself as a being. adult human who has responsibilities, be it family, work, children, financial responsibilities.”

In December 2021, Rothberg signed a lease for a 680 square foot space at 473 Main Street, an ideal location given its location on a busy street but in a suite at the back of the building to avoid wide-eyedness – here people can let loose and dance freely.

Many renovations have all been done by her and her family: painting the walls, adding a dance bar as well as mirrors and an inspirational wall when you walk in that says “I’m a dancer, I’m fearless , I’m sexy, I’m divine , I’m unbeatable, I’m creative.

Rothberg’s studio, which officially opened on March 7, is meant to be an inviting, fun, and sexy environment that encourages a good time. Daily classes rotate through the week, including Dance Party, Ballet, Hip Hop, Heels, and Twerk – the final two classes taught by Rothberg.

The first class attracted a range of women in their twenties through to their sixties.

“I hope people can come to this studio, feel really good about themselves, make a friend, and feel part of a community of badass humans who are empowered and feel safe to show what they have,” Rothberg said.

As the studio grows, Rothberg has a vision for additional classes, like Hula Hoop. However, a primary goal is to create a non-professional performance group, made up of dancers of all experience levels.

For now, Rothberg hopes people will walk out of the studio feeling better about themselves, in class and out.

“A woman in her 50s or 60s said to me after class, ‘I love that you tell us to tell us we’re fabulous’…she said she’s never said that to herself before,” Rothberg said.

“The simple act of moving your body to music can literally change your life.”

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