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How do you make a great dance academy even greater? Create a premier space where dancers and dreamers can soar even further. The Central New Jersey Ballet Theatre has done just that and is proud to announce the opening of its new location at 221 Broad Street, Florence.

Owner and Artistic Director Alisha Cardenas expresses the excitement that the move has created. “We are devoted to the area surrounding our original location in Bordentown. The opportunity to secure a 4,500 square foot space, just down the road in Florence, allows us to expand and improve our Theatre and still be local to our core community of Chesterfield, Hamilton, Hamilton Square, Trenton, Princeton, New Egypt, Yardville, and Columbus. We are in the center of town and now have room for two full studios that can be opened into a state of the art performance space. We will have four times the space and are only 10 minutes away from our former home.”

An Open House will be held on November 10th. Mayor Craig Wilkie of Florence will preside at the ribbon cutting at 11am and festivities will continue until 3pm. The public is invited to stop in for refreshments and a tour the new studio. “Our new facility will be dedicated to my late mother who was my inspiration, naming it the Christine Cardenas Center for Performing Arts Education. She encouraged so many artists, dancers and dreamers,” says Cardenas.

“It is the perfect chance to see our beautiful center with its stunning view of the river. We are particularly proud to have one of the area’s only professional quality sprung dance floors. We have built out new dressing rooms and have constructed the space to accommodate other fitness and wellness instruction, which will complement our dance training. We are excited to provide a facility where our members can attend Zumba, acrobatics, Pilates, or yoga classes as well as other arts classes such as vocal training.”

Cardenas stresses that CNJ Ballet Theatre remains dedicated to offering a wide variety of classes in a friendly, positive and fun environment for ages 2 1/2 to adult. The theatre is also home to the CNJ Ballet Theatre’s Pre-Professional program. This program is for the serious dancer who wishes to gain a strong foundation in classical/contemporary ballet as well as other dance forms.

Cardenas originally hails from Atlanta, GA. Her training includes the Georgia Ballet, The Bravo Dance Centre and The Kennesaw School of Dance. She has trained numerous students who have gone on to programs such as The American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Joffery Ballet NYC, The Rock School for Dance Education, The Rockettes Summer Intensive, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), The Bolshoi Summer Intensive and many others. Her students receive high scores and praise at the Philadelphia Youth America Grand Prix, including Top 12.

Keep your calendar free for the Open House and experience the wide range of dance classes can take students from their very first position to soaring grande jetes.