Gail Tassarotti has dreamed of opening up her own dance studio ever since she was a child.
After spending 30 years working in the accounting department for New York State Office of Technology, her dream is becoming a reality with the opening of her Albany Dance and Fitness studio on Central Avenue on Monday, Aug. 1.
Tassarotti has been planning on doing this for quite some time. She even made sure to get a degree in accounting from SUNY Albany, which landed her in the Capital District from Poughkeepsie, because she felt having a background in business would be helpful.
In some ways, it was always a dream I never thought would happen, she said. "Sometimes I think, 'It is? It's really happening?"
There is some work to be done before the dream is complete, but because the place on Central Avenue was a former fitness studio, there is little construction that needs to be done. Her husband, Anthony Tassarotti, has been helping with all of the painting, she said, but the biggest piece of construction will be the installation of the mirrors in the front of the studio. She said it will cost her around $10,000 to get the place going.
Tassarotti had to obtain permits through the town of Colonie, get a lease and file to become a limited liability company. She said she will also have to seek approval from the town for the design of the sign she will put on the building.
Still, it's hard to place a price tag on living a dream. Tassarotti said she has been teaching dance classes during the evenings at various studios to get her fix. Now, with retiring from her job, she has the time to start her very own classes.
"I would teach a couple of nights because that's my true passion," she said. "It kept me sane."