Celebrating 80 Years of Dance

Anyone can dance and everyone should!”

– Steffi Nossen

Executive Director of the Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Shelley Grantham, says Nossen was always “a strong independent woman who fought for the arts.” In the early 1930’s this German dancer and visionary dance educator came to New York and opened the Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains in 1937. A strong believer that “dance develops the body, mind, spirit and character,” Nossen offered community-based dance programs and satellite studios (a satellite studio in Chappaqua still operates).

“Although the school’s roots are in modern dance, Steffi Nossen now offers a full range of dance techniques for youngsters including jazz, ballet, tap and hip hop,” says Grantham. Adult ballet, tap and yoga are also offered.

Celebrating Nossen’s concept that dance is for everyone, the studio also offers a Moving Wheels and Heels program, an integrated and adaptive dance class for students of all abilities. The program includes weekly classes, a kids’ camp and an adult workshop. Wheelchairs welcome!

Join them in celebrating 80 years of dance on April 1 at The Performing Arts Center Recital Hall at Purchase College in Purchase at 7:30 p.m., with a 5:30 cocktail reception and silent auction. Steffi Nossen School of Dance, 216 Central Park Ave., White Plains. 328-1900. Tickets available at steffinossen.org.

– Jean Sheff