SOURCE: Manhattan Movement and Arts Center

May 15, 2008 19:10 ET

New "Columbus Circle West" Community Graced With New Arts and Culture Center

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008) - Nestled in the center of a new community of over 3,500 condos, "Columbus Circle West" is the brand new state-of-the-art facility, the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, or MMAC. It was designed by the architects who created some of the country's most acclaimed theatre spaces, including the Joyce and Arena Stage. Located in Manhattan at 248 West 60th Street in the midst of a brand new luxury condominium community called The Element, MMAC's aim is to offer the best dance and fitness classes available to the public, while also acting as a multi-purpose arts center.

Dance being its main focus, MMAC is the new home of Manhattan Youth Ballet (MYB), a pre-professional ballet school specializing in European technique. Formerly Studio Maestro, MYB's past students, including Nicole Graniero and Roman Zhurbin, have gone on to dance with American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ballet, Nederland Dance Theatre, Ballet de Espana, Ntaional Ballet of Canada and Dusseldorf Ballet among others. MYB is one of the few schools that offer visas to their international students. Further, MYB has been approved by the New York State Board of Education and has instituted an arts and literary outreach program for over 5000 students, aged from K - 12.

More than just a top of the line dance facility, MMAC houses a theater capable of seating over two hundred audience members. Equipped for almost any lighting and audio needs, MMAC is an ideal venue for a variety of performances, corporate events, social functions and Equity theatre productions. Like no other arts project in New York City, MMAC will also showcase works from a variety of talented artists. Depending on the time of your visit, you might catch a photography showcase, a watercolors exhibition, or even a sculpture garden.

MMAC offers classes in all levels Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Tap, Belly Dancing, Aerial Dance and Ballroom. In addition, MMAC offers a full curriculum of fitness programming including Pilates, Yoga, Power Strike and Floor Barre. MMAC also offers a comprehensive program in Early Childhood Curriculae, including martial arts instruction.

Offering five studios measuring up to over 18,000 square feet combined, MMAC overshadows most other studio spaces in the United States and Canada. Featuring sprawling spaces with no obstructions, each studio is complete with top of the line Harlequin sprung Marley flooring. Temperature controlled environments, acoustically balanced walls, and cathedral caliber high ceilings make every minute spent at MMAC as comfortable as possible. The neighborhood will also benefit from a European-style, sidewalk café, which will be situated on MMAC's first floor.

Founder and Executive Director Rose Caiola is a graduate of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She studied with Karoly Zsedenyi, who was the Ballet Master and Principal Dancer with the Hungarian Royal Opera Ballet. Maestro Zsedenyi is the "Maestro" for whom her first endeavor, Studio Maestro, was named. Ms. Caiola, a member of the Screen Actors Guild has appeared in many stage and screen productions. She has also been involved in numerous community development projects in New York City and aided the Martha Graham Company and School at which she studied for several years, in its recent restructuring which assured the future of the company.

Studio Maestro, founded in 1995 by Rose Caiola, has become New York's premier classical ballet academy. Adhering to a curriculum based upon European methods and pedagogy, it is a place of innovation and opportunity for our dancers. Studio Maestro and Manhattan Youth Ballet are the culmination of Ms. Caiola's efforts for the past fourteen years to create a viable and curriculum-based ballet academy in the United States. In collaboration with Managing Artistic Director Francois Perron, graduate of the Paris Opera Ballet School and formerly of New York City Ballet and ABT, MMAC's curriculum is based on the French School of classical technique and modeled after the great schools of Europe, her pre-professional program is the only one of its kind in this country.

MMAC has assembled the finest teachers of dance and movement that exists in New York City, including David Howard, Eleanor D'Antuono, Ivo Gueorguiev of Cirque du Soleil, Dorit Koppel, Brice Mousset, noted Broadway dancer Sue Samuels, veteran Fosse dancer Diana Laurenson, Phillip Gardner, Beyonce choreographer Rhapsody, Sheila Barker, Bev Brown, Ginger Cox, Deborah Wilson, and The Ambassador of Jazz himself, Luigi.

Rose Caiola and Francois Perron are both available for interview. To set up an interview or for more information about MMAC and MYB, please contact Bernie Furshpan at 631-383-3943.

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