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Dance and fitness studio coming to Astoria

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July 1, 2015 By Michael Florio

Astoria, are you ready to dance?

Reflexion Dance & Fitness, a new dance and fitness studio, is scheduled to open this month and will be operating out of the Greek Cultural Center at 26-80 30th Street, according to owner Elena Toumaras.

The studio will hold its first class on July 31st and will offer Mommy & Me, Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap, Jazz/Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Salsa, Pound, Rockout workout, Zumba, and Yoga.

Reflexion will be offering its summer classes for free during the first week of August, to allow customers the opportunity to sample each class and see what they might want to sign up for come fall.

“We did this to encourage people to come in and try,” she said.

The fall schedule is still being worked out.

Toumaras said she believes her dance school will appeal to children in the neighborhood. She said she is aware of the some of the issues that can keep children away—such as the belief that they don’t have a perfect body.

“We view ourselves as the anti-dance school, dance school,” she said. “We will embrace anyone who is interested in dance and our staff will be of all different shapes, sizes and colors.”

“We want children to feel confident,” she said. “We want them to express themselves without feeling these negatives that sometimes come with the dance world.”

Toumaras, a dietitian by trade, has her certification in fitness. She has taught fitness classes in the past and will continue to do so at the studio.

She also danced when she was younger.

Toumaras will be teaching ballroom dancing classes as well as the fitness program.

She said her studio is unique. “There is nothing like us in Astoria that I know of. I hope we make our presence felt.”

Toumaras is a Fresh Meadows native and a Greek-American, She said that she has spent a lot of time in the neighborhood.

“I may not be from Astoria but I feel like I grew up here,” she said.

Toumaras said she hopes to open her own facility, but decided to sublet a room in the Greek Cultural Center.

“This is a start. It will allow my business time to obtain clientele and get the word out,” she said.

For more information, go to Reflexion Dance


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