Tonawanda News


February 12, 2013

Kenmore dance studio offers flexibility

Tonawanda News — Amanda Watson, owner of the newly opened Nickel City Dance & Fitness Center in Kenmore, says the driving motto for her studio is flexibility. From drop-in classes for dancers of all levels right down to the very floor the dancers use, everything is flexible here.

“I started (the studio) because I knew there were many former and (aspiring) adult dancers in Western New York searching for a studio that catered to their needs,” she said. 

Watson opened the studio, located at 2454 Elmwood Ave., after two months of extensive renovations. The space was previously home to Dawn Marie’s Dance Works, which closed in June. 

Nickel City Dance doesn’t look much like its former self. Watson knocked down a wall that divided two separate dance studios so it now features one, large 1,500-square-foot dancing space, freshly painted walls and of course, the one thing Watson seems most proud of: a newly installed sprung floor.

Stepping on the sprung floor, dancers can feel a little give.

“It provides a lot of cushioning so it produces less joint stress, less fatigue and fewer stress fractures,” Watson said. “It’s a lot more gentle on the body.”

Watson traveled to New York City to visit the Broadway Dance Center just to check out their sprung floor. 

“For this area, we’re pretty unique,” she said, pointing out that most studios have hardwood or concrete floors.

Also unique is the studio’s flexible, pay-as-you-go schedule. Students don’t need to pay a registration fee or sign a contract to begin classes. There are no recitals or class time-frames, so you can go to a beginner level ballet class for two weeks, switch to a Zumba fitness class for a third week and then back to ballet after. 

“We want to make it flexible for people to attend. (Practicing for a recital) can be really hard for people to commit to and if they miss one or two classes they get behind on the choreography and that can be stressful,” Watson said.

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