Written by Gloria Ann Keyloun, email@example.com Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00
When the usual regimen of fitness classes and weight training has run its course, keeping fit at the gym can be an isolating experience. That has led many people to the dance floor, where getting in shape is fun and social. And TV shows such as Dancing With The Stars, haven’t hurt either. The result: Long Island is seeing a boom in ballroom dancing, from dance-oriented social clubs, such as those along Westbury’s Post Avenue, to private studios, such as Lisa “Sparkles” Dance Studio in Oyster Bay.
Studio owner Lisa Paternoster, 31, discovered her passion for dancing at a young age, taking classes with a local teacher. Soon, she was focusing traditional dance and practicing at studios around the area. After an mentor suggested Paternoster train as a teacher, she studied dance instruction while attending classes full time at Hofstra University.
“I got into it by accident, from taking classes at studios where my mom would take me, to learning how to dance, then teaching, then competing and training with great instructors like Lori Brizzi, Bobbi Petri and Joey Smith,” she said. “I trained as a dance instructor, then dance became a full-time passion for me -- and full-time career.”
In 2005, Paternoster, who is known as Sparkles, opened her first studio.
“My students are really dedicated to learning and have been amazingly supportive,” she said. “Many know me from introducing one-hour special dance lessons before a night of social dancing, or from performing with other choreographers in the community.”
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.
“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”
Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:03
Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.
This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 11:44
A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.
In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.