New Maywood Dance Studio Weeks Away from Opening

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Maywood Fine Arts’s new dance studio, located at 20 N. 5th Ave., is set to open on Aug. 20 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. | Courtesy Maywood Fine Arts

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 || By Michael Romain 

Maywood Fine Arts, the popular performing and visual arts nonprofit, is weeks away from moving into their new state-of-the-art dance studio, according to a recent statement released by the nonprofit.

The first classes are scheduled to take place on Aug. 29. Before then, the organization will plan a series of events to commemorate the opening of the new studio, located at 20 N. 5th Ave. The site replaces the nonprofit’s old studio, which burned down in a 2010 fire.

On Aug. 20, at 10 a.m., the nonprofit will host a grand opening ribbon-cutting celebration that’s open to the public, which would be able to tour the space and learn more information about courses and registration for the fall session.

Maywood Fine Arts alumni Craig Hall, who recently retired as a soloist with the New York City Ballet, will make a special guest appearance.

According to the statement, once the building opens, the dance studio will host over 500 students a week. Registration for classes begins Aug. 22. VFP

U P C O M I N G  E V E N T S 

Sen. Kimberly Lightford’s Annual Back-to-School Fair, July 31

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Youth Takeover Maywood, Aug. 6

Monthly Breakfast

Maywood Old Timers Picnic, Aug. 20 

Old Timers

This year will mark the 20th Anniversary of the annual Maywood Old Timers Picnic, one of Maywood’s most anticipated community-wide events that was started as a way to reconnect the village’s present with its past.

“I was running into people at funerals and visitations I hadn’t seen in years and we would sit and talk,” said Marilynn Jefferson, a longtime Maywoodian, now retired and living in Georgia, who helped establish the first Old Timers Picnic.

“I finally said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice where we had time we could all be together and it would not be a sad occasion?’” Jefferson reminisced during an interview at last year’s event.

Since its founding, the event has become a source of history for those interested in mining the village’s rich past.

This year, the picnic will be held on Aug. 20 at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, 5th Ave. and Fred Hampton Way (or Oak St.).

Bring your family and friends. There will be food, fun and entertainment. For more information, call (708) 740-0747. Please leave a voicemail if you don’t get through.

2 thoughts on “New Maywood Dance Studio Weeks Away from Opening

  1. 2016 “is not” the 20th year – I planned the first “old timers reunion picnic” in 1997 – so it is 19 years not 20 years.
    M. Marilynn Jefferson

  2. This is a cool article, Michael! I’m so glad that the new Maywood Fine Arts studio will be open to the public. It will be a wonderful opportunity for the children of Maywood to express themselves through dance and Art. I pass the new venue all the time and I’m looking forward to the grand opening.

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