Sept. 29, 2014 By Michael Florio
A new performance center offering music and dance classes opened in Long Island City last week.
New York Stage of Mind, a performance-based music education center featuring singing, dancing and acting classes, opened last Tuesday in Dutch Kills at 37-34 29th Street.
Melanie Lemieux, a Montreal native who has lived in Dutch Kills for the past four years, is the owner-operator of the 2,000 square foot center. She also co-owns The Baroness, a bar located at 41-26 Crescent Street, with her husband, Kyle Radzyminski.
Lemieux said that Dutch Kills—as well as the greater Long Island City area—lacked a performance center like hers.
“LIC is constantly expanding and there is a need for a place that offers an intense musical theater program,” Lemieux said.
Lemieux said that she will be offering private lessons for voice, piano and guitar. There will also be dance programs in jazz, hip-hop, modern dance and tap.
The center will offer a weekly musical theater program, which consists of singing lessons and dance. The program will be offered to children, teenagers and adults. The program runs for a semester and at the end each semester the group will perform a musical.
The performance center will also have children’s classes, including the Broadway Youth Intro class, which will teach children ages four through six musical development and dance technique.
“There are a lot of new parents with young kids in the neighborhood and this is something new to offer them,” Lemieux said.
A Mommy and Me class will also be available.
This Wednesday, between 2 pm and 9 pm there will be an open house, where people can take a look at the facility and review the programs.
Lemieux said she has her master’s degree in singing and has performed for Cirque du Soleil, USO Liberty Bells and several other productions. She said that the other instructors have graduated from prestigious musical institutions. Many are still active on Broadway and Off-Broadway.
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