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AYER — Celebrating 22 years, Maria’s School of Dance has relocated to new, spacious quarters with air conditioning, located at 200 West Main St., Ayer, next door to Dan’s Breakfast Place.

Maria D’Avolio-Morrell, owner and director, has been dancing and teaching for 33 years. She relocated to this area 22 years ago from Boston, where she studied under Sandra Rice in Saugus, then moved on to Jeanette Neili’s studio in Boston, studying with the highest quality dance teachers. She currently studies with Neili and Sam Fiorello and makes frequent trips to New York with her staff.

Maria has highly-trained teachers, some of whom she has trained herself. She is very proud of her staff and their accomplishments, some of whom she has known since the age of 3.

Christine Rakip teaches a modern class that is over the top. Christine studied modern with Jennie Mambrino and performed in her company from 1997-2000.

Sarah McNulty, with her funky hip-hop, still finds time to teach and is now performing with the Boston Cannons Dance Team.

Melissa Hill, with her fabulous feet teaching tap, has studied with Suzie Michard. Ballet/jazz and pointe teachers are Kristin Mayo and Joy Kapp, and the newest teacher is Kayla Reeves, who is great with 3- and 4-year-olds.

All of Maria’s teachers are graduates of the three-year teacher’s training course at DTCB. They all keep up with the newest styles in dance by attending conferences and trips to New York.

Maria also offers creative movement for ages 2.9 to 4 years. This class prepares younger children for ballet and tap and helps with motor skills and balance. Of course, they always steal the show on recital day.

To celebrate the move to the new location, Maria’s School of Dance invites everyone to an open house on Saturday, May 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a journey through the world of dance.

This summer, Maria’s will also offer aerobics and body-shaping classes.

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