Dancing to her dream

Tassarotti will be using several dance instructors, which she referred to as independent contractors because she doesn't plan on hiring anyone as employees. This gives her a break from teaching every evening and also helps cut down on costs such as worker's comp and payroll.

The studio will feature classes for ballet, Balletone, jazz dancing, Zumba, belly dancing, Pilates and fitness and strengthening class by the various instructors.

There will be a dance card made available, which will allow students to purchase 10 classes at a time. The students will bring the card to class and will be paying through Paypal. Tassarotti said this helps reduce the cost of using credit cards and it also allows participants to just drop in and take the classes when they want without any registration fees.

This will not be the same for every instructor, she said. Tassarotti said students should check with the other instructors to see what their registration costs are. You can check that on the studio's website at www.albanydancefitness.com.

Free classes will be offered on Sunday, July 31, for anyone who is interested in attending the studio. It is what Tassarotti is considering a "soft opening." She is excited, though, about watching the studio succeed, as her expectations are already high.

"I'm confident it's going to work out," she said, "I did the number crunching, I did the business planning, and I think it will work. I'm not looking to make a fortune but I'm looking to share the love of dance with other students.""

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