SLV native returns to found dance studio
by Mikaela Slade
Jul 31, 2014 | 2176 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dance1LS8-1-14 (7-30-14) (7-30-14) Annamarie Hagen-Esquerra (left to right), owner Libbey Blumberg and Cece Kerns during Senior Jazz Class at Mountain Dance Studio - Ben Lomond's brand-new art venue. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
Dance1LS8-1-14 (7-30-14) (7-30-14) Annamarie Hagen-Esquerra (left to right), owner Libbey Blumberg and Cece Kerns during Senior Jazz Class at Mountain Dance Studio - Ben Lomond's brand-new art venue. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
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Dance instructor Libbey Blumberg recently settled back into the San Lorenzo Valley and opened up Mountain Dance Studio, located at 9573 Highway 9 in Ben Lomond, to begin offering the community a variety of different dance classes.

After traveling around the world as a professional dancer and actress, she decided to come back to the small community where she grew up to offer dance classes to students looking to express themselves in a safe environment.

“I have had many opportunities to teach very brilliant students, and would like that opportunity again,” said Blumberg.

She said began her dancing when she was nine years old in the San Lorenzo Valley at a small dance studio called the Ballet Repertory Theater, which soon developed into her first opportunity to teach dance

She began teaching at the BRT when she was 15 years old, but it wasn’t till she was 19 that she began teaching at the professional level at the small dance studio.

After leaving in 1991, she began her professional dance career in Los Angeles, where she was awarded a full scholarship to dance for the EDGE Performing Arts Center.

Blumberg then took her dancing career to New York City, where she received another full scholarship to dance for Steps on Broadway, which is a dance studio that is dedicated to nurturing and inspiring the professional dancing community of artists.

“I learned many different techniques from many from many different teachers,” said Blumberg. “It has always been a goal to give back.”

Through opening this studio Blumberg hopes to create an artists sanctuary for students to express themselves in a nurturing environment, where they can partake in classes like ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, adult ball-room dance and zumba.

“I want this to be a safe place for students to feel like they’re able to express themselves without judgment or completion,” said Blumberg.

Although she has taught students sporadically during the summer months, Blumberg said that she will begin officially teaching classes on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

Blumberg will be posting a schedule online next week, but morning classes will generally be for adults and afternoons will be for kids, and her classes will be available for children of 5 years, to adults of all ages.

For more information about scheduling contact Libbey Blumberg by phone at 818–7706.

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