Danceworks Movement Design Studio now open in Wilton

WILTON – Tanya Bosse said she should write a book “How to open a dance studio in one month.”

Between signing a lease for a space in the former Abbott Machine Shop building at Riverview Mills in August and holding an open house for her new Danceworks Movement Design Studio on Sept. 23, she and her husband totally transformed a former office suite into a modern dance studio where she holds classes for about 50 students.

Some walls were moved, and the space was completely repainted in cheerful colors. A large studio wall is covered with floor-to-ceiling mirrors to allow dancers to watch their movements. The dance floor was installed over a layer of foam to prevent injury to the dancers’ feet and legs and two smaller rooms are now dressing rooms.

Danceworks offers classes for ages 2 through teens. “There is a class for every age group. I teach the littlest ones. After age 8, there is a regular dance program,” Bosse said.

With three other instructors, the studio offers classes in tap and ballet, jazz, ballet en pointe and contemporary modern. There are two dance companies that will be competing, a “mini” for ages 8 to 12 and a teen ensemble.

Those ensembles performed their routines of contemporary jazz for visitors during the recent NH Open Doors program. Those routines include acrobatics.

“We will be taking our routine to Boston and Concord and to master classes,” Bosse said.

A recital is planned for June at the Boys and Girls Club in Milford.

Bosse, who grew up in Temple and lives in Greenfield, got her dance training “all over the place.” She was a fine arts major at New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, danced with the Palace Theater Professional Company, worked as an instructor with the Kathy Blake Studios and was part of a contemporary dance theater. She also coached a dance team at Souhegan High School for four years.

“I took the girls to competitions and put on shows. I got a lot of training on doing productions,” Bosse said.

Bosse has created a program called “Broadway Beat,” a combination of tap and theatrical dance, the type of routines frequently seen on television, as well as in formal theater productions.

For more information, call 801-9784 or visit www.danceworksmovement