Today we’d like to introduce you to Gina Ferrara.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Gina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started dancing at four at Fowler Dance Studio in Medford, with the recently deceased “Mr. Bill” Fowler. I loved it and never wanted to stop – unless it was to play pro baseball. Since that wasn’t an option, and since a dancer’s shelf life is pretty short when it comes to the performance aspect, I decided to open my own studio. I love everything about dance and teaching, especially creating through choreography.
Has it been a smooth road?
There are always struggles – especially when you’re renting space. We’ve had to move a couple times over the years for various reasons. But each new location brings fresh students and excitement, so there’s a silver lining.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Our goal at The Dance Works is to educate and prepare young dancers for professional careers as well as instill a love of dance in kids who might never have known they liked it. In both our competitive and recreational programs we aim to make dancing fun – always. Life is about balance, so we have different levels for different types of dancers. There are studios out there open 7 days a week, competing every weekend, etc. – and that’s great, but we have a different approach.
We’re like a family. People dance with us for years. We take pride in that – and of course, it’s SO gratifying anytime a student goes on to a professional career in dance. I’ve been teaching longer than I’ve owned my own studio, so it’s amazing and humbling to think of all the lives I’ve touched.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
We’ve loved being in North Andover. It’s a great, central location in the Merrimack Valley, which is so beautiful and full of thriving businesses. There’s enough competition to keep everyone on their toes, but it’s not as cut-throat as it might be closer to the city.
- 3/4 hour class: $56 per month
- 1 hour class: $61 per month
- Additional classes taken per student or family receive a reduced rate of $36 per month for 3/4 hour classes, and $41 per month for 1 hour classes.
- Address: 1580 Osgood Street North Andover, MA 01845
- Website: http://www.thedanceworks.us
- Phone: 978-683-9390
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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