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Dance partners Natalia O'Connor and Florin Vlad are opening Dance Fire Studio in the Shop Rite Plaza in late October.

Ballroom duo opening studio

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter There’s a new business waltzing in the ShopRite Plaza in Niskayuna this month. Champion ballroom dancers Florin Vlad and Natalia O’Connor are opening Dance Fire Studio & Fitness, a ballroom dance studio where they will…


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After years of training, Elisa Abraham and Purva Shenoy gave their debut performance of Bharatanatyam at U Albany's Performing Arts Center for an audience of 400.

Mastering footwork and facial expression

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter A tradition that dates to the time of Israelite King David, Iranian prophet Zoroaster and the Phoenician alphabet is alive and well in the Capital Region. Bharatnatyam is a 3,000-year-old form of dance that originated…