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.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Whether you are a beginner, or a professional, Todos has something to offer everyone. With our wide array of instructors, we are able to offer social and competitive programs for anyone interested in learning to dance. Stop by and speak with an instructor today to learn about your options.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
If you are a first-time student, we offer a complimentary consultation with an instructor to gauge your level of interest and assess your goals to create a program and schedule for you. Every member of our facility is part of our team, no matter how often they visit.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The inspiration behind "Todos" is what it translates to in English from Spanish. Todos means "everyone," and everyone is welcome at our studio. Our owner, Ronen Zinshtein (three-time undefeated US champion in standard dances) had a dream of owning a dance studio, and last year, that dream came to fruition.
What do you love most about your job?
What our team loves most about our job is the ability to help everyone that walks through our doors achieve their goals. No matter how big, or small, our instructors always put forth their greatest effort to help our clients accomplish what they set forth to do. It doesn't hurt that dancing is fun!
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
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