Dancing makes people feel happy and the Art of Dance school in Chester has been influential in making this “happy, magic” since 1969.
Opened by Florence Lambros, the business has always been family owned and operated. With daughter Valerie Harman now heading the studio, her daughter Linsey O’neal teaches and helps to run the “award winning” Art of Dance, dance company.
The Art of Dance knows dancing is about much more than just the steps. With children as young as 14 months in the Mommy & Me class through to the aspiring professional or adult dancer, Director Valerie Harman, inspires creativity and confidence within students with the help of her dedicated, experienced staff and faculty.
“Memories are built here, memories and relationships that will last a lifetime,” she says.
All classes are taught by a professional teaching staff and are offered in all styles of dance like Ballet, tap, hip-hop, Irish, lyrical, gymnastics, boys only classes and theatre.
With passionate new and returning favorite teachers spanning from Broadway, American Ballet Theatre, “So you Think You Can Dance,” and competitive performing arts universities, there is no surprise that a lot of the dancers go on to perform in college and university dance teams and professional companies.
The Art Of Dance is also involved in the local community, especially around the holidays. The volunteer Travel Troupe is traveling local nursing homes in the area to entertain the elderly with their holiday show.
Adjacent to the dance studio is a phenomenal dance boutique, “The Essential Dance Shop.” It is fully stocked with the hottest brands in dance, activewear and gift items for the holidays. Looking for pointe shoes? The Essential Dance shop offers free pointe shoe fittings! Shop on Nov. 26, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., during its Small Business Saturday event for 20 percent-50 percent off everything in store and a free tote bag.
The Art of Dance is a beautiful space, with sprung floors in all five dance rooms to help prevent injury and large one way viewing windows for parents and guardians to watch their dancer advance and learn.
For more information on the Art of Dance and Essential Dance Shop visit wwww.artofdance.org or call (908)-879-4919.