Astoria Dance Centre; Astoria, NY



Maureen Gelchion has owned and directed Astoria Dance Centre Inc., in Queens, New York City, for 36 years. Maureen manages a staff of 15 teachers, sales associates and assistants. In addition to a full dance program she offers a variety of music and acting classes, including the Broadway Bound program. Her dance curriculum is extensive and she directs several unique preschool programs. Maureen also owns a separate dancewear store, A Dancer's Closet to service dance studios throughout her community.  She shares the management of her businesses with her husband Tony Corso who teaches acting at their school. Together they have presented seminars for “Husband and Wife” school owner teams.

Maureen has been teaching dance for 42 years. Maureen has been a presenter for the DanceLife Teacher Conferences, the DanceLife Retreat Center and for I.D.E.A.  Maureen is also a member of the Dance Educators of America, the Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey and the National Dance Education Organization and is an advocate of the National Dance Week Foundation. Maureen is thrilled and honored to be on the Advisory Board for the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association.