Dance studio set to open in Chestertown

CHESTERTOWN - A new dance school is being launched in Chestertown, and the enterprise is now taking registrations.

Krystal Ortiz is in the process of setting up a dance studio in the office building on state Rte. 8 that once housed the Poor House Restaurant, and she will be accepting students from age 3 through adults in a variety of classes that feature ballet, hip-hop, tap, and jazz dancing.

Ortiz, 22, is the daughter of Debra Wood, the director/owner for 14 years of Guiding Steps of South Glens Falls.

Ortiz said a dance school is a natural "fit" for the North Warren community. The enterprise's name is Guiding Steps North.

"The drama productions and musicals at North Warren high school are top notch, and my dance studio provides a new opportunity for developing talent," she said. "We'll be providing quality instruction without hour-long driving times."

The studio, housed in a building that now also hosts the local Wesleyan church and Najer Realty, will be opening Sept. 14 with its first day of classes. Registrations for the fall classes will continue through Sept. 30.

Information is available through links on the South Glens Falls studio's website, www.guidingsteps.com. On the main web page, click on the News button, then click on the "Guiding Steps North" link.

Ortiz said Tuesday that the Guiding Steps studios are Christian-based, and they only use music without references to violence, promiscuity or vulgarity.

"We use clean-cut music and we accentuate the positive," she said.

A dancer for 14 years, Ortiz has instructed and helped manage her mother's studio since 2004.

Prospective students may register or obtain more information by calling Ortiz at 932-5150.

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