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Like a phoenix, new arts center rises

Retired teacher revamped old Colonie Youth Center

The Patrizio Center for the Arts celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, June 9. The site of the old Colonie Youth Center, Michael Patrizio worked with one of his former students, Michael Caruso, to revive the vacant building and create a one-stop shop for everything art.

The Patrizio Center for the Arts celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, June 9. The site of the old Colonie Youth Center, Michael Patrizio worked with one of his former students, Michael Caruso, to revive the vacant building and create a one-stop shop for everything art. Submitted Photo

— Schlist will be teaching pre-ballet, pre-tap, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and special classes like “Mommy and Me,” creative dance and princess dance. Dancers age 2 and up can register and the classes are broken up into summer and dance programs.

The summer classes start the week of July 9 and fall classes start in September. Registration information is available online.

Schlist said she was happy to help make Patrizio’s dream come true because it also allowed her to fulfill one of her own.

“I know it’s been a dream of his for several years and it’s been a dream of mine to be able to run a dance studio such as this,” said Schlist. “I’m really excited about it. I really feel like it’s something that will truly enrich both children and adults in the area.”

The arts center is for the community, so Patrizio said he wants residents to feel like it’s theirs. To that end, anybody with an idea for a class or event is welcome to run it by him.

“Anything goes. Put together a class or program and if it fits in my building we’ll have that class here,” said Patrizio.

For more information, visit www.patrizioarts.com.

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