A mother-daughter duo has transformed a former custom cabinet workshop into a dazzling dance complex where children and adults can learn a variety of dance styles.
Judy Pfeifer and her dance-instructor daughter, Rachel Martin, opened Stardust Dance Academy in January at 135 North Camino del Pueblo, just north of the U.S. 550 intersection in Bernalillo.
Pfeifer credits the Sandoval County Small Business Development Center staff for extensive advice in preparing their business plan.
“This has been two years in the making,” she said.
The 3,600-square-foot space has two beautiful dance studios equipped with mirrors, sprung maple wood floors and ballet barres.
There are several changing rooms for students and a lobby area with play space for children who accompany siblings who are taking classes.
Martin offers tap, ballet and jazz classes for children and adults. Her “mom and tot” class caters to children as young as a few months old.
“If they’re an energetic child and they’re ready to go, they can start as young as 6 months,” Martin said.
Martin earned a bachelor of arts degree in dance from Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., and taught dance in South Carolina and Oregon for 10 years before moving to New Mexico in 2009.
“Let there be no doubt in your mind, she’s awesome,” said Denise Lini, whose 11-year-old daughter took ballet instruction from Martin in Oregon. Lini brought her daughter to a class with Martin while vacationing in New Mexico this week.
Martin has several other dance instructors who offer classes in flamenco, hip-hop, pointe (advanced ballet) and Philippine folk dance.
Dance classes are available Tuesday through Saturday. On Mondays, a Pilates instructor leases the space for classes.
Pfeifer and Martin are also interested in leasing space to instructors who could offer martial arts classes.