CHERRY HILL: Perlman-Stoy Ballet School moving to new location

Sunday, January 1, 2012 | 2:57 p.m. CST

 CHERRY HILL —  The Perlman-Stoy Ballet School has resided in the same building on South Providence Road since it was established in 1933 by Halcyone Ewelt Perlman’s parents.

The school is moving Monday to The Village of Cherry Hill.

"This area was becoming crowded and commercial," said Halcyone Ewelt Perlman, one of the instructors of the school.

"It’s also a nice opportunity because there are few ballet studios in the Cherry Hill area," said instructor Nancy Stoy.

The new space was precisely tailored to accommodate the studio.

"The floor has been sprung to our specification," Stoy said. "It’s so bright and airy and spacious. It gives you a feeling of openness and freedom, which is what dancers love."

The new studio is roughly 20 feet longer than the previous space, allowing for a larger waiting room, offices and changing facilities.

"We will miss being surrounded by all of the big mature trees at the old location,"  Stoy said. "We will be leaving a lot of old memories, but are looking forward to making many new ones at our new location."

Some parents have told the two instructors that this move is beneficial and closer to them.

"Our students come from all areas and also from out of town," Perlman said. "We rather hope there will be some new students in the area. I think any time you move you’ll possibly pick up new clientele."

The school offers classical ballet classes taught by Perlman and Stoy, as well as a modern dance class taught by Candace Ingram, a former student of theirs and graduate of the Alvin Ailey School in New York.

The instructors have students of all ages — the youngest is 4, and the oldest is in her 60s.

The school also has a performing wing called the Mid-Missouri Dance Theater for advanced students. Perlman is the director and choreographer of the concerts.  The annual spring concert for this performing wing is set for May.

An open house will also be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 15 at the studio, 2011 Corona Road, Suite 303, on the upper level. 


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Polly Brown January 3, 2012 | 11:33 p.m.

The Perlman studio was originally on Virginia Avenue and moved out to the Providence Road location in the 1970s.

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