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“The Art of Window Dressing” To Take Place On December 4th in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ,  Lynn Needle, Founder/Artistic Director of the Art of Motion Dance Theatre collaborates with the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce and HeART in Motion Studios for “The Art of Window Dressing”. This event brings the magic of the holidays to life with live dancers appearing at the Boutique storefronts in Ridgewood’s Downtown Business District for the annual Downtown for the Holidays festivities on Friday, December 4, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

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Art Of Motion Master Jazz Class With Tammy Ohara And Rika Higashino Of Studio Tammy/Tokyo, Japan On Saturday, March 23rd At 12:00-1:30pm

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Jazz Master Class with Tammy & Rika 

Dear Jazz Dancers,

Join us for a Master Jazz Class with Tammy Ohara and Rika Higashino of Studio Tammy/Tokyo, Japan on Saturday, March 23rd, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm at Art of Motion! Tammy and Rika will be teaching a second open level Jazz Class after popular demand during their annual month residency.
Please RSVP on the MINDBODY app or by replying to this email.
Class fee is a $20.00 drop-in rate.

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Art of Motion Jazz Master Class- Wed. Aug. 15th

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Ridgewood NJ, We are proud to announce that Tammy Ohara and Rika Higashino of Studio Tammy/Tokyo, Japan will be guest teaching at Art of Motion!!!

Wednesday August 15, 2018 6:30pm-8:00pm

RSVP by August 13, 2018 201.652.5800 or

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Art of Motion Studio Theatre presents love letters starring Sally Ann Tumas and Stephen Innocenzi

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Art of Motion Studio Theatre presents love letters starring Sally Ann Tumas and Stephen Innocenzi
Sun, February 11, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Art of Motion Studio, 17 Chestnut St., 2nd floor, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

February 19,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Art of Motion Studio Theatre invites you to their presentation of Love Letters starring Sally Ann Tumas and Stephan Innocenzi

Join us for a touching evening of theatre, music and dance….

Live Piano, Vocals and Dance
-Wendy Lane Bailey-Vocalist
-Janette Dishuk &M.A. Taylor, AOMDT
-Gabriel Plotkin, Jazz Pianist

Reserved Tickets:
$14 (before 2/4)
$20 (between 2/4-2/10)
$25 (day of/at the door)
To purchase tickets online please go to,

Complimentary refreshments post-performance talk-back with the actors.
Dinner seating reserved at Piccolo Bistro with special prix fix menu for Love Letters guest.

7:15pm Dinner Seating
Prix Fix $25.18 (with Love Letters validated ticket)
Piccolo Bistro is located at 29 Chestnut St. Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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Ridgewood’s Halloween Haunted Harvest

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Halloween Haunted Harvest
Sat, October 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: at Memorial Park at Van Neste Squ., E. Ridgewood Ave., side streets and the park

Ridgewood’s Halloween Haunted Harvest
FREE to the public
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Memorial Park at Van Neset Square
weather permitting

Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Haunted Harvest…
sponsored by… Ben & Jerry’s and Terrie O’Connor Realtors

Come and meet the “good witches”

Ben & Jerry’s is preparing a walk through the HAUNTED GRAVE YARD, a jump through the PUMPKIN PATCH or hide in the HAY MAZE along with arts & crafts and fun!

Terry O’Connor Realtors will lead the HALLOWEN PARADE for kids and puppies…wear your best costume to win a prize!

Join in on the Face Painting, Balloon Making and much more.

Make sure you get your map to go to the stores for a trick or teat…

Join us in Ridgewood for this Halloween fun…
while shopping and dining.

This event is FREE to the public…wear your costume to join the fun.

for information call 201-445-2600

Lots of vendors will be in the parking having games, facepainting, tricks and treats.

Look for “Thriller” Flash Mob
by Art of Motion dancers.


Visit the following stores for treats-get your map at the park for fun…then more treats at the stores…

On E. Ridgewood Ave.
California Closets
Double Take Consignment
Pink Bungalow
Little Nest Portraits
Tito’s Burritos & Wings
Lucky Brand
The Ridgewood Man
Duziana Bedding
Shoe Inn
Pangea Coins Jewelry
Shelly Glam
Town & Country Pharmacy
Samba Bowl
GiGi’s Boutique
Eat Your Spinach
Beauty Plus Salon

Cottage Place
Savvy Chic Consignment
Ridgewood Karate Academy

South Broad Street

North Broad Street
Steel Wheel Tavern

Chestnut Street
Art of Motion
House of Glam

West Side of train Station
SMOKED Restaurant 2- Godwin Ave.
Carlo’s Bakery – 12 Wilseys Square

for more info: 201-445-2600

weather permitting

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Art Of Motion in Ridgewood Open House

Art of Motion, Ridgewood
Thu, August 24, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: Art of Motion, 17 Chestnut St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Ridgewood NJ, Art of Motion is currently taking registration for the 2017 Fall Semester! They are proud to announce several new classes including Contemporary, Hip Hop, Pilates/Yoga/Cardio Barre, Acro, Voice and Musical Theater!

Please visit their website for more information about registration and their new classes! Contact their office at 201-652-5800.

Art of Motion looks forward to seeing you in the fall!

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Ridgewood Arts Foundation Honors Parlance Chamber Concerts and Art of Motion

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February 4,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Arts Foundation Honors were held on Sunday, January 29, 2017, 4-6pm, at Fish Restaurant in Ridgewood. Honorees for this inaugural event are Parlance Chamber Concerts and Art of Motion, two iconic Ridgewood performing arts organizations.

The event was hosted by former deputy mayor Albert Pucciarelli, now president of the Ridgewood Arts Foundation. Pucciarelli opened the evening by acknowledging those in attendance, including members of the Board of Education, council members and you guessed it former mayor Paul Aronsohn.

The Ridgewood Arts Foundation, a public charitable 501(c)(3) foundation, was created to provide funding for the many worthy artistic endeavors within our village, to encourage the further development of the arts in our community, and to establish a scholarship fund for art students from Ridgewood.

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Downtown for the Holidays- Ridgewood Tree lighting Friday, December 2, 2016

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Downtown for the Holidays-Ridgewood Tree lighting
Friday, December 2, 2016 • 5:30-9:00pm

December 1,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood Nj, One of our favorite Ridgewood events is right around the corner: The Annual Tree Lighting Celebration.

Streets will be closed to traffic from 5:30pm. Plan to shop a little; you can expect some nice discounts at Ridgewood stores from 5:30-7:00pm. Stop by to see Santa in the Park. Listen to live music by the Village clock.

At 7:00pm, enjoy entertainment from RHS Concert Band, Art of Motion, and Porch Light Productions.

And at 7:30pm, don’t miss the tree lighting!

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All BLOW-OUT Sale Days – Ridgewood’s First!

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Thu, October 06, 2016 – Sat, October 08, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Location: Downtown Ridgewood, Various Stores and Restaurants-listed below

Event Description

Come on down to Ridgewood’s Fall
BLOW-OUT Sale Days
October 6, 7, 8, 2016
Thr., Fri., Sat.,
outside if weather permitting

Fall trending’s and
Holiday comings

Alba Boutique – S. Broad St.
Alex and Ani* – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Anik of Ridgewood – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Art of Motion – Chestnut St.
ConnectOne Bank – E. Ridgewood Ave
DPARZ – S. Broad St.
Eat Your Spinach – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Femmbot Clothing – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Fox’s – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Gardner & Company – Van Neste Square
GiGi’s Boutique – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Gypsy Warrior Boutique – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Hot Jewelry Box – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Jekyll & Hide – E. Ridgewood AVe.
Kate Spade – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Learning Express – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Little Skye Children’s – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Loft41 Jewelry Studio & More – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Lucky Brand- E. Ridgewood Ave.
Oasis – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Pangea Coins & Jewelry – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Pink Bungalow – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Racefaster – N. Broad St.
Ridgewood Running Co., – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Ridgewood Bootery – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Running Company – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Savvy Chic Consignment Boutique-Cottage Ave.
Shelly Glam – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Shoe-Inn – E. Ridgewood Ave.
Shopettes – Chestnut St.
Suite 201 – Walnut St.
Super Cellars – S. Broad St.
The Gap – E. Ridgewood AVe.
Victor’s Clothing & Shoes – E. Ridgewood Ave.

for more details call 201-445-2600
*Spend $75 and receive a bangle bracelet free up to $28.

Please ask what the exclusions are when entering the Alex and Ani store.

see you at the sale!

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Santa in the Park at Van Neste Square in Ridgewood Today

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Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, E Ridgewood Ave and Oak St

Meet Santa at his house in Memorial Park at Van Neste Park Weather Permitting

Art of Motion is offering Teacher Holiday gift cards

Art of Motion is offering Teacher Holiday gift cards, $10.00 for a Pilates/Yoga, Dance or Conditioning Class in lieu of $20.00 drop in or two classes for $20.00.

Art of Motion
Chestnust St
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

DUXIANA Holiday Offer

DUXIANA is giving 20% off all down pillows and comforters through 12/31/15

Ridgewood Ave
Ridgewood, NJ


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Fall Registration Open For Classes At Art Of Motion In Ridgewood


(RIDGEWOOD, NJ) — Fall registration is now in progress for ART OF MOTION, a non-profit educational and cultural organization located in the downtown business district of Ridgewood. Classes are offered for Pre-K through the Professional level in Pilates, Yoga, Classical Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Luigi and Broadway Jazz, Tap, Vocal Music, Choreography and Audition Techniques.

Art of Motion, Inc. is a non-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to teaching and presenting dance, theatre, vocal music, body conditioning, and literary and visual art projects. AOM welcomes collaborations and site-specific residences featuring professional and community based artists.

AOM serves dancers and artists from the metropolitan region including Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Rockland, and Westchester Counties as well as NYC.

For more information contact AOM Studio Manager, Linda Combs, 201.652.5800 or visit

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May 26,2015

RIDGEWOOD, NJ , On May 30th, 2015, a Master Class will be taught by Annie Hickman at Art of Motion in Ridgewood, NJ from 2:00-4:00 PM.  This Ashtanga Yoga Workshop will introduce an athletic style of classical Indian yoga as taught by the lake Srik Pattabhi Jois.

After dedicating herself to a daily practice of Ashtanga yoga for the past ten years, Annie Hickman, a certified yoga teacher, followed her dream this year to study in Mysore, India. Annie just returned from her 5-month yoga tour through Nepal and India, and she is eager to share the power of Ashtanga Yoga.

Annie will guide students through the Primary Series of Ashtanga – a challenging flow class with therapeutic yoga poses that strengthen and transform the body. This master class will encourage students to experience a higher level in their practice.

All $25.00 donations will benefit relief services in Nepal. All are welcome to practice and/or observe. For information and to reserve a spot, please contact Art of Motion.

Art of Motion is located at The Performing Arts Building, 17 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor, Ridgewood, NJ.

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Dancers from Ridgewood arts center to perform in Washington, D.C.


Dancers from Ridgewood arts center to perform in Washington, D.C.


Lynn Needle made a lasting impression on Stacy Lu. As a young mom, Lu took pilates and yoga from Needle at Art of Motion, a professional arts center, professional studio school and home of Art Of Motion Dance Theater, run by founder, Needle, and co-artistic director, Olivia Galgano. When her twin daughters, Sonya and Isobel, were 4, Lu enrolled them in terpsichord class at the studio. That was 2008. Skip to 2014. Lu, a freelance writer for The New York Times, moved to Washington, D.C. where she is a contributing editor for TEDMED, a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually at an annual conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converge, covering topics from science to business to global issues. Health and medical edition of TEDTalks, TEDMED, begun in 1984, convenes extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines inside and outside of medicine, resulting in unexpected connections that accelerate innovation in health and medicine.

A couple of months ago, Lu made a call to Needle. “We’re looking for a company to perform at the Kennedy Center on Sept. 10 to 12 and I wondered about your availability,” she told her. “A jaw dropping moment,” says Needle. “A lightning bolt of excitement went through the studio.” In awe of the offer, “it was stop, drop and roll,” says Needle. “The administrative tasks were daunting and exciting. We had to decide what to present.”

She adds, “they realized we are teachers as well as dancers.”

Thrilled to be presented at the Kennedy Center, Galgano says, “We try to engage and support the community through the performing arts and to be invited to perform there strengthens our outreach in aiding our society as well as performing – two of our missions. It’s very prestigious.” They later learned 1600 groups were nominated; 52 chosen.

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