577 Columbus at the southeast corner of 88th and Columbus
As the afterschool program has expanded, first with 200 children at PS 9 fifteen years ago to over 900 children at PS 9, 166, and 84 today, we’ve seen the need for additional space “off site” where we would be able to program activities during times when the school spaces are not available. To this end, we’ve added “88th Street” to the program and we’d welcome your suggestions on how best to utilize it to serve the community!
The space at 88th Street is ideal for dance, music, yoga, as well as all sorts of workshops for children and adults. It is located at the southeast corner of 88th and Columbus, directly across Columbus Avenue from Bella Luna restaurant. The space consists of one larger room for dance and yoga and such and a smaller room for music lessons and sound recording.
Over the past several weeks, we started to schedule activities to try out the space. Last weekend we held an extra rehearsal for the PS 166 Lion King production. Jeff Edmond has conducted jazz and tap dance classes on weekend mornings, Laura Vandemark is scheduling yoga classes to take place before school on weekdays, and over our recent spring break, our chess coaches Mr. Marquez and Miguel Garcia conducted a chess camp as players prepared for nationals.
Broadly speaking, we intend to utilize the space for a number of different types of activities, including:
–Yoga and movement classes for parents and their pre-school age children during the day
— Open level vinyasa flow yoga for adults on weekday mornings
–Dance classes in jazz, tap, ballet, and hiphop
–End-of-cycle recitals for instrumental music students
–Recording music and podcasts in our acoustic room
–Running groups for adults can meet there for evening and weekend runs in the park
–Middle school and high school students can enroll in workshops to help with school applications
To manage all of these additional programs, we have implemented a registration system from “MINDBODY” which many of you may already be familiar with. MINDBODYonline.com provides a popular back-end registration system for many yoga and dances studios throughout New York and actually all around the country. You can visit the site and look at various offerings by filling out the registration form below.