The Dance Studio of Orange Awarded 2018 Business of the Year

Ingrid Schatz and Bryan Long with her Award from the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce for Business of the Year 2018.

Ingrid Schatz and Bryan Long with her Award from the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce for Business of the Year 2018.

The Dance Studio of Orange has been awarded the 2018 Business of the Year. A long standing business, The Dance Studio was taken over by Brenda Schatz in 1977 and is now owned and operated by her daughter, Ingrid Schatz and Ingrid’s husband, Bryan Long. Ingrid is a professional dancer, choreographer and arts educator committed to presenting powerful works of art that engage and transform performers and audience alike. She directs, teaches, supervises faculty and designs curriculum and the studio produces performances for 225 students and two performance companies in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, and creative movement. Formerly in a small storefront on South Main street in downtown Orange, they purchased the historical Central Street School on North Main street, directly across from the town hall, in 2015. Since then, they have grown from one studio to three, increased their staff three-fold and student body to 225. Future plans for the space include an arts collaborative featuring other performing arts disciplines. The Dance Studio is very active in the greater North Quabbin community and routinely brings performances to area events, organizations and businesses. In addition, they have created a scholarship foundation, designed to make instruction available to students with financial needs. (Courtesy  of North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce.)