Dance academy opens studio in former Sharon Arts building

  • The Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts has taken over the former Sharon Arts Gallery space on Grove Street in Peterborough for dance classes. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts has taken over the former Sharon Arts Gallery space on Grove Street in Peterborough for dance classes. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts has taken over the former Sharon Arts Gallery space on Grove Street in Peterborough for dance classes. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts has taken over the former Sharon Arts Gallery space on Grove Street in Peterborough for dance classes. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts has taken over the former Sharon Arts Gallery space on Grove Street in Peterborough for dance classes. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts has taken over the former Sharon Arts Gallery space on Grove Street in Peterborough for dance classes. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts has taken over the former Sharon Arts Gallery space on Grove Street in Peterborough for dance classes. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts has taken over the former Sharon Arts Gallery space on Grove Street in Peterborough for dance classes. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts has taken over the former Sharon Arts Gallery space on Grove Street in Peterborough for dance classes. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/5/2021 3:58:18 PM

The Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts has taken over the former Sharon Arts Center building in downtown Peterborough, leasing what was once the gallery space on the Grove Street side.

The new space adds a third studio for Monadnock Academy of Movement Arts, which also has two studios above the Waterhouse Restaurant in Depot Square.

“For a long time, I’ve wanted to have a third studio to accommodate our students,” said Christina Ahern, director of MAMA.

In addition to adding more space for dance classes and programs, Ahern said the new location will also act as a performance space. She said there are many ideas in the works on how best to utilize the space and turn it into a place for the community to gather once it’s safe to do so.

“The powerful positive effects of dance and the performing arts are real,” Ahern said. “Whether watching or participating, we all benefit. What better way to connect the community and each other than through the arts?”

Known as The Link, Ahern said she sees MAMA’s third studio, which has 14-foot-high ceilings and more square footage than either of the other two spaces, as a perfect spot for dance, theater and vocal performances, as well as a gallery to display local artists’s work, open mic nights, live music, movie nights and poetry readings. Ahern said they are currently working on creating a full schedule of performances and will be looking to the community at large, and beyond, for inspiration and acts to showcase.

“It opens a lot of possibilities,” Ahern said. “We have a pretty good list. If you can imagine it, we’re going to try and do it. And we’re really hoping to get the community involved. It’s really about opening a place for the community to use and be a part of.”

In normal times, Ahern said the academy will have upwards of 200 students. Adding a third space means they can comfortably accommodate about 100 more.

“We are proud of the many students who have gone on to professional careers ... not only in the performing arts – but as professional people as well.” says Ahern. Throughout it’s 28 year history as part of the Monadnock community, Ahern said the academy has used performing arts to nurture not only dancers, but doctors, nurses, police officers, dentists, company leaders, and more.

Having a space available so close to MAMA’s current location made the expansion an easy decision.

“That’s what made it so ideal for us,” Ahern said. “And now I want to get a fourth studio.”

The space officially opened last week and classes were held there on Saturday. A grand opening is planned for May 1 and a new class schedule is expected for July.

For more information and for current event listings, visit mamadancestudio.com and click on The Link or call (603) 924-8900.


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