From Our Editors
When rhythmic gymnast Olga Kinnard injured herself while training in Saint Petersburg, Russia, it was a blessing in disguise. For without it, there would be no Dance Republic. After retiring from gymnastics, Kinnard planned to attend medical school, even graduating magna cum laude from Tufts University with a degree in biology and taking the MCAT. But she found dance to be so profoundly therapeutic, both emotionally and physically, that she decided to move to New York City for advanced training in Latin American dance and to fulfill her dream of tap dancing on the Chrysler Building’s needle. She went on to secure a laundry list of international titles and created Dance Republic to share her passion and expertise with others.
Kinnard originally founded the studio as a competition-only dance-sport facility dedicated to training future champions. She even appeared with some of her students on the TLC reality show Dancing Tweens. But over time, Kinnard and her team also began teaching more casual social-dance and dance-fitness classes, introducing clientele of all skill levels to the healing properties of fancy footwork.
Dance Republic recently relocated to a renovated, skylight-illuminated space with 18-foot-high ceilings and 3,000 square feet of dance floor. The new purple-and-yellow studio houses an inviting lounge area with an oversize suede ottoman and hosts events such as social dance parties and competitions.