Forever Dancing is a small, intimate dance program created by Marianne Marian. Marianne has been teaching dance for over 25 years. Her students range from 3 year old ballerinas to advanced competitive dancers. As a young dancer, Marianne danced competitively and at many New York City studios. While receiving her bachelors degree in fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, she also studied dance at Broadway Dance Center and Steps. Marianne has owned and operated studios since she was 18. She has also been a judge for On Stage America dance competition since 2003. Traveling throughout the country with On Stage America has given her a priceless education on teaching, owning a studio and producing shows. Using her knowledge of the dance world, Marianne set out to create her own dance program.
Now being a mother of three, she not only wanted to create a program based on her experiences in the dance world but also from the perspective of a parent. Forever Dancing combines advanced technical training with a fun, versatile environment. At Forever Dancing, dancers are taught different routines each week and have frequent performances for an audience. We believe that this teaches dancers to learn faster and to adapt to different styles more easily. At Forever Dancing we want to help dancers be well-rounded and prepared for all aspects of the dance world. And more importantly,
at Forever Dancing we want to help build healthy, happy, and confident young people.
Jill Arayaes has been dancing since she's 3 years old. She has danced in many studios around queens and long island, as well as dancing for Marianne competitively. Among her many solo performances, she was selected to dance in Disney World. She started teaching at 20 years old. In college, she obtained a dual major in nursing and psychology in 2008. She has worked in many areas in the hospital, as well as ER and critical care the last 8 years.
Athina Mihaliadis has been dancing since the age of six. At the beginning of her dance career she began Tap and Jazz, which became the springboard to her love for dance and the reason she excelled to be part of a company. She competed in numerous dance competitions and gained extensive experience in Ballet, Lyrical, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Hip-Hop, Folk Dance and Technique. Athina has taught Greek Folk Dance at her local church, Girl Scout Troops Hip-Hop and Zumba, and became an assistant teacher for two dance classes offered at a University. Athina choreographed and directed two performances during her college career for different college organizations to be performed at school -wide events.
Gina started her dance career when she was 3 years old and began assisting with classes in high school. She loved studying all sorts of classes, but primarily focused on ballet and tap. Gina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre from the Queens College, teaching degrees in Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education with a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Queens College. Gina is currently a Special Education teacher in an ICT Kindergarten in the New York City Department of Education. She has been teaching kindergarten for 9 years along with choreographing for school plays.
Forever Dancing hosts visiting artists throughout the year. We offer workshops in Breakdancing, hip hop and ballet. If you would like more info on our workshops please sign up to become part of our mailing list.