Nina Jackowski and her sister, Nicole, used to joke about owning a dance studio when they grew up. The sisters have been dancing for almost 13 years, first at Joan Ezzo’s studio in Fulton, and then as Officers and Choreographers for SUNY Oswego’s Del Sarte Dance Club.
Well, it’s no joke anymore. They are now the proud owners of N&N Studio of Dance on South First Street in Fulton.
Back in September several things changed for the dance studios of Fulton. The first being the retirement of Joan Ezzo, and the second being the temporary closing of the CYO leaving the students with no place to dance.
“I thought I should do something,” said Nina. “These girls needed somewhere to dance.”
The Jackowskis knew they wanted to keep the studio in the city. “We saw it as an opportunity.” Ezzo graciously handed her book of students over to Jackowski, and in a matter of weeks the girls had their business license and location and were ready to open their doors. Nina and Nicole are the primary instructors along with Vanessa Fitch, who is also a Del Sarte dancer. High school students also help out with classes, just as Nina and Nicole did for Ezzo when they were younger. “We’re lucky to have Miss Joan,” Nina said.
All 30 of Ezzo’s students agreed to continue their studies at N&N. Since opening almost six months ago, the enrollment has doubled to 63 students, ranging in ages from 3-20. The response to the new studio has been overwhelmingly positive, and they hope to keep growing the business.
The mission of N&N is to “strive for innovation and a well rounded dance experience, with a focus on technique.”
“Technique is very important,” Nina said, remembering what Ezzo taught her. She explained that the world of dance is constantly changing and evolving, but keeps the same basic structure. Good basic technique will lead any dancer where she wants to go, whether she wants to be a prima ballerina or hip hop master.
The studio offers many different types of classes from the basic ballet, tap, and jazz to Pointe, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary and step. N&N offers group classes as well as solo and private classes. They are also the only studio in Fulton currently offering hip hop classes. “I’m really excited about growing our hip hop program,” said Nina, “and offering something different in Fulton.”
The students are currently working towards the studio’s recital showcase. The recital will be May 17th at 7 p.m. at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, and will feature 36 original dances.