March 21, 2016 Staff Report
A 6,100-square-foot warehouse in the heart of Hunters Point is being converted into a professional dance center and will be ready to take on students when it opens in September.
The warehouse will be transformed into the Jessica Lang Dance Center over the course of the next few months and is located at 5-39 46th Ave.
The center represents Long Island City resident Jessica Lang’s first dance studio. Lang, who is a choreographer and artistic director, started her company five years ago recruiting dancers to perform before global audiences.
The center will serve two main functions. It will be a place where the community can go to take dance lessons, while also providing Lang with the space to work with dancers to rehearse for performances.
“This center will deepen my artistic experience while allowing me to connect to the community,” Lang said.
The center will offer children’s lessons in creative dance, ballet and dance fundamentals. There will be a “Move with Me” class for toddlers. Adult classes include ballet, dance fundamentals, dance fitness and a variety of cultural and folk dance.
The center will also offer workshops and master classes for pre-professionals and teens. There will be other classes that will be unveiled in coming months on the dance center’s website.
The fee schedule and various open houses will also be announced on the site.
The center will be split into two large professional studios and office space.
Lang’s husband, Kanji Segawa, will be in charge of running the dance center component of the center.