About Us

School Philosophy: The Hannah Kroner school offers a unique educational opportunity to dancers and non dancers alike. Dance makes us aware of ourselves, helps us develop a sense of security, and the desire to achieve. It can be better than other educational means because it combines both the physical and the mental. The mental processes at work are: first, observe; then comprehend; then put into action; then correct and work out a goal or aim. The goal can be performing, it can be teaching, or functioning in any profession. Dance offers students an opportunity to develop a sense of accomplishment in a joyful environment.

History of the School

The Hannah Kroner School of Dance was established in 1947, and still continues to grow. Its founder, Hannah Kroner, who grew up dancing in Europe, turned her passion into something that would touch thousands of people forever. She began a dance school in Astoria, where she taught all forms of dance, when others concentrated only on one form. Beginning with a few dozen children, she immediately looked for opportunities for them to experience performing in the new medium of television, in shows such as The Ted Mack Amateur Hour, The Ed Sullivan Show, and Little Lady Story Time.

As the classes began to grow during the following years, there was a need to expand to a larger facility. In 1951, Ms. Kroner moved to Flushing, Queens. During the next 25 years, together with a staff of former graduates, the school pioneered a variety of programs including: the first dance classes for three year olds, boys, adult dance exercise, ballroom, international theater character dance, improvisation/pantomime, all ground-breaking for their time. A lifetime member of the Dance Educators of America, she taught at their conventions, training school, and entered her students into their competitions at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC, winning several trophies and scholarships.

Her philosophy, then and now, is to educate students in all dance forms, to prepare them to be successful in the varied experiences they will face and demands they will encounter in their lives. Many students find fulfillment in non- performing as well as performing careers because of the extensive dance training they have received through the school. This training has also enabled many graduate students to pass auditions for the High School of Performing Arts, summer stock, Broadway shows, television, ballet companies such as Alvin Ailey, San Francisco, Joffrey, and others.

The current owner/director of the school, Carol Kaufman-Riley, was a former professional dancer, lifetime member of Dance Educators of America, member AGVA and danced for seven years with the world famous Rockettes. She grew up as a student of Hannah Kroner from the age of seven and continued studying and teaching all the way through college. Over the past 30 plus years, Ms. Riley and the staff have continued to be innovators of programs unique to dance education on Long Island. Some of these include “Dance and Exercise for  Children and Adults with Special Needs,” a recipient of several community service awards, the “Toddler/Mom,” “Tots Two,” dance birthday parties, modern, musical theater, contemporary, lyrical and the ballroom classes for kids. Much of the current staff has been with the school throughout the years on Long Island. Through its distinctive dance teacher-training program, the school has produced many graduates who have become teachers in the studio and fine educators throughout the country.

Most schools focus mainly on the end of the year recital. Since its inception, the Hannah Kroner School has offered an open house right in the studio twice a year so parents can observe their child’s progress in a relaxed atmosphere. The more experienced students have the opportunity to perform on stage. The School is proud of their benefit shows for the American Cancer Society which has raised and donated over $50,000 during the past fifteen years.

Students also dance at community events, Street Fairs, local libraries, public schools, Mother/Daughter dinners, churches, and synagogues. Throughout the years, advanced students have consistently won awards at regional and national competitions on Long Island. Most recently the school has added a competition team comprised of students ages 8-10 (the Mini’s), 11- 13 (the Juniors), and 13+( the seniors). Students interested must pass an audition in order to be on the team.

At the Hannah Kroner School the emphasis is on the enjoyment of dance, learning good technique, knowing dance vocabulary and achieving all around fitness. With every age group taking a part, beginning at toddlers-walking to seniors at the young age of 90, the goals have remained consistent. If you can walk, you can dance, and with 70 years of positive affirmation, the School continues to flourish.

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