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DC History Trivia – Answers
Written by Joe Naftal on January 22, 2019

What year was Dance Connection Founded?

A. 1972
B. 1989
C. 1999
D. 2004

Dance Connection opened September 12, 1989. We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary this year!

When Dance Connection began, it was actually two businesses, dance and ________?

A. Gymnastics
B. Acting
C. Karate
D. Musical Instruments

When Dance Connection opened, it shared its space with a martial arts studio for one year. The karate students even performed karate demonstrations in the recital.

Where was Dance Connection’s first location?

A. 3240 Sunrise Highway, East Islip 1st Floor
B. 3240 Sunrise Highway, East Islip 2nd Floor
C. 3240 Sunrise Highway, East Islip Basement
D. Traveling studio with no permanent location

Some of you may remember our old location on the 2nd Floor of 3240 Sunrise Highway. While that wasn’t the original Dance Connection location, it was close by. Dance Connection’s first location was downstairs, a one-room studio on the first floor of 3240 Sunrise Highway, offering dance and karate classes. After the first year in business, Dance Connection’s student count grew so much, it needed to expand to it’s own two studios on the second floor.

When Dance Connection opened, it shared its space with a martial arts studio for one year. The karate students even performed karate demonstrations in the recital.

What was Dance Connection’s first recital name?

A. When You Get the Chance….DANCE!
B. Just Dance
C. Dancing Under the Big Top
D. Dancing the Night Away

Dance Connection’s first recital was Dancing the Night Away.

What job did Miss Mary not hold before starting Dance Connection?

A. Dance Teacher
B. Substitute School Teacher
C. Broadway Dancer
D. Bank Teller

Miss Mary was never a Broadway dancer. Obviously, she was a dance teacher before opening the studio, but you may have not known her other former jobs. Miss Mary holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and worked as a substitute school teacher. In her 20’s, she not only worked as a bank teller, she was promoted to the bank’s corporate headquarters to be the Training Administrator, supervising bank employee training company-wide.

How much did dance classes cost when the studio opened?

A. $1 per class
B. $10 per month
C. $25 per month
D. $48 per month

Classes were $25 per month when Dance Connection first opened in 1989. That year, milk cost $1.27, gas was 73¢ a gallon, and a postage stamp was 25¢.

Where has the competition team not performed or competed?

A. Aruba
B. Las Vegas, NV
C. Canada
D. Bermuda

The Dance Connection Competition Team has not performed in Aruba (yet!). The team has performed at a competition in Las Vegas and on board cruise tours to Canada and Bermuda.

Joe Naftal

Joe Naftal is the Marketing Director for Dance Connection. When not working at Dance Connection, Joe has a career as a theatrical lighting designer, assistant designer, and production manager. His experience spans the worlds of classical and contemporary theatre, musicals, ballet, modern dance, and opera. In addition to his work at Dance Connection, Joe collaborates with Dance Studio Owners across the country, is a member of the Panel of Experts, has been featured in the business section of Dance Teacher Magazine, and was on the seminar faculty for the 2016 Dance Teacher Summit in New York City. Joe holds a BFA from UNC School of the Arts and is a proud member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).