Dance instructor Jessica Foley works on posing a group of her younger students during a recent photo session at her new Hidden Talents Studio In the River Street Plaza in Warrensburg. Foley's enterprise fills a gap after the retirement of Florence LaPoint, who for decades annually taught more than 100 students and held recitals, drawing audiences that would pack the local school gymnasium, eager to watch the glitzy show-tune routines. Foley's Hidden Talents Studio will be holding its first season-ending recital at 12:30 p.m. Saturday June 30 in the Kenington Elementary School auditorium, Kensington Road, Glens Falls.
For generations, dance has been part of the rich fabric of life in Warrensburg.
Over several recent decades, Florence LaPoint’s dance studio probably taught 2,000 or more students the joys of graceful movement, as well as poise and confidence . Her studio’s recitals were three-hour colorful extravaganzas that filled the local gymnasium and raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity.
A new studio has opened up in Warrensburg, and undoubtedly it will be drawing on this vibrant local tradition that LaPoint launched.
The Hidden Talents Studio is operated by dance instructor Jessica Foley — who has impressive credentials — out of a studio on the second floor of River Street Plaza.
“Miss Jessica,” as she is known to her students, has a long career in dance although she is only 20 years old. Her accomplishments in dance during high school won her a four-year scholarship to the famed Alvin Ailey dance studios in Manhattan, said her grandmother Pat Schuck, who is helping manage the Hidden Talents studio’s business side with her daughter Kelly Foley.
Schuck added that Jessica, who won many dance awards in her youth, has worked with Dan Karaty, famed choreographer and a judge on the opening seasons of the hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Foley, known as “Miss Jessica” to her students, is now a member of the Nacre Dance Co. of Saratoga Springs.
At this point, the Hidden Talents studio has 32 dancers, primarily ranging in ages from 3 to 14. They hail from Warrensburg, Chestertown, Lake George, Brant Lake, Wevertown and Queensbury.
The Hidden Talents studio, open since October, will be holding its first year-end recital this Saturday June 23 at Kensington Road Elementary School, 43 Kensington Road, Glens Falls. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the stage curtain rises at 12:45 p.m.
Selections will be drawn from Foley’s repertoire, which includes ballet, modern, lyrical, tap, acrobatic, hip-hop, and jazz idioms. Foley will be performing a contemporary piece in the recital, Schuck said.
Hidden Talents class sessions have been offered on Saturdays and Sundays, and Foley plans to expand that schedule to weekends as enrollment enlarges.
Foley opened the dance studio at the request of the River Street Plaza landlords who recruited her after hearing of her dance credentials, Schuck said.
Hidden Talents upcoming summer sessions will begin July 21 and run through Aug. 12. The cost for the entire series is $40. Call 636-6949 for details.