Why Choose The DanceSource?

The DanceSource is a renowned dance studio in the Rego Park/Forest Hills, NY area. This studio was formerly Ballet Arts School of Forest Hills (established 1974), and merged with The DanceSource in 2006.  We have a strong, professional staff of dance instructors, the finest New York City has to offer. At present, due to Covid 19,20 and 21, we offer Ballet, Modern, Ballroom, and Tap. We offer private lessons, wedding dances over ZOOM Video. Dance class is for any and all people who wish to dance.


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The DanceSource

Come try and class, then see if you want to sign up. We welcome you to The DanceSource, where our smaller classes offer you a great amount of attention and better results from learning in a smaller class environment. Your first lesson at the DanceSource is a FREE TRIAL!!!!  So what have you got to lose?

Choose Your Dance Style!


An artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Classical ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy and established its present form during the 19th century, is characterized by light, graceful, fluid movements and the use of pointe shoes.


A free, expressive style of dancing started in the early 20th century as a reaction to classical ballet. In recent years it has included elements not usually associated with dance, such as speech and film.


Exercises developing or displaying physical agility and coordination. The modern sport of gymnastics typically involves exercises on uneven bars, balance beam, floor, and vaulting horse (for women), and horizontal and parallel bars, rings, floor, and pommel horse (for men).

Belly Dance

A dance originating in the Middle East, typically performed by a woman and involving undulating movements of the belly and rapid gyration of the hips.

Tap Dance

A dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps, characterized by rhythmical tapping of the toes and heels.

We have all dancing sessions for kids too!

And Much More!!

Meet Our Instructors

Diana Dianna Petty Founder / Proprietor

Dianna is from southern Oregon, and trained in Ballet, Tap, Gymnastics, Jazz and Hula, and began teaching at age 13 through high school. She went onto University of Oregon, where she graduated with a B.A. in Dance/Choreography, with a minor in Spanish. She then went to UCLA to complete an M.A. in Dance/Choreography and an M.F.A. in Theater Arts - Producer’s Program, with an emphasis in Arts Management. In 1986, she was invited to work as Company Manager for Joffrey II Dancers, which toured the lower Eastern United States for a year. She then went on to company manage other companies, including Corner Stone Theater Company, and other arts organizations. Dianna then went to work for JPMorgan Chase for a total of 12 years. Finding it necessary to return to her cultural training, Dianna opened The DanceSource in 1996, in small venues throughout Forest Hills, NY, and later merged with Ballet Arts of Forest Hills in 2006, becoming the Director and Owner of the DanceSource. We are proud to offer a very diverse range, and strong technique of dance forms for all who wish to dance.

Danita Danita Shaheen Instructor Danita Shaheen is a dancer and choreographer who began her training with the Capital Ballet in upstate New York. Danita is classically trained in Balanchine technique under the direction of former New York City Ballet soloist David Otto and the Capital Ballet Company. She has done intensive training with Boston Ballet, River North Dance Company, Burklyn Ballet, Bates Dance Festival, and Max Stone. She graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College’s BFA program and has been performing professionally in New York since 2006. She has had the honor of working with Ariel Rivka Dance, Dance Cat-alyst, Salma Allam and Dancers, The Cantigas Woman's Choir, Grace Rising Dance, Tamara Saari Dance, Jacobs Campbell Dance, Gehring Dancetheatre, Banana Peel Dance, dancesbyremi, Ryan McNally, Kaleidoscope Dance Theater, Double Take Dance, MAD About Dance , H.T. Chen and Dancers, AERA, Beth Soll & Company, Andrea Gise and Dancers, Laura Ward/ Octavia Cup Dance Theatre, and Nina Buisson Contemporary Move. In addition to performing, choreographing and teaching, Danita is also the founder and Artistic Director of Dance Riot Rep., and the President of the Alternative Arts Association, a multimedia arts organization and registered 501(c)3-www.alternativearts.org. Arlee Arlee Chadwick Instructor

Arlee Chadwick first joined the Dance Source in 2006. She has enjoyed teaching tap and jazz over the years. She has performed for kids all over the world as a dancer and a puppeteer. She was most recently seen as "Rose" in the off Broadway production of That Golden Girls Show! a Puppet Parody at the DR2. She also pulls strings as a resident company member at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park and the Puppet Mobile. She has appeared as a puppeteer in first national tours of The Little Prince, My Little Pony Live!, Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live!, and the world premiere of Noel MacNeal's Mouse King, and as "Dorsal" with John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean and Reusable the Musical at the NY Aquarium and Bronx Zoo also by John Tartaglia.

Katie Katie Oliver Instructor

Katie was born and raised in Queens, NY of Puerto Rican and Filipino descent. Her development in dance began at the age of 3 at The DanceSource (Rego Park, NY) with Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz & Gymnastics. Katie was later accepted to Repertory Company HS for Theatre Arts as a dance major, where she trained extensively in several styles including Modern, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, African and Latin dance. Yearning to further her education in dance on a more advanced level Katie ventured to some of Manhattan's most prestigious dance schools including Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, & Steps on Broadway. It was there where she was exposed to styles such as House, Whaacking, Vogue, Breaking, Popping & Latin Jazz. Upon graduation, Katie received a dance scholarship to study as dance major at Dean College Dance Conservatory in Franklin, Massachusetts.

Sonya Sonya Devi Instructor Sonya Devi is a NY based dancer trained in various styles such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Bollywood and Ballet. She is a Bharatanatyam disciple of Smt. Sadhana Paranji, and also received intensive training at the Kalatharangini School in Kerala, India. She is a Kathak disciple of Pt. Satya Narayana Charka where she's performed in the Ramayana Dance Drama at The Metropolitan Museum of Art annually since 2008. Sonya studied the following styles at Queensborough College as a Dance Major: Modern, Afro-Cuban, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Musical Theater and also Acting. Sonya has been teaching dance since 2007. She joined the award-winning AATMA Performing Arts as a company dancer in 2014 & instructor in 2016. Her Bollywood students have performed for the NY Knicks at Madison Square Garden and in the production,"Once Upon a Time" at Union County Performing Arts Center. Some of the venues Sonya's performed at are: The Met Museum, NBA Halftime, Niagara Fallsview Casino, NJPAC, Ananda Ashram, Proctor's Theatre, and on Time Warner QPTV India Talks!. Kabitaa Kabita Banik Instructor From early childhood Kabita Banik had the affinity to different streams of dance like Tagore, Folk and also Classical dances like Kathak and Oddisi. She earned a Masters in Fine Arts (Hons) in Kathak dance and music from Rabindra Bharati University of Kolkata(INDIA). Thereafter aiming to enrich her dance style she joined in NEW DELHI’s Kathak Kendra (INDIA) in several professional courses in Kathak Dance, under the direct supervision of Kathak Pandit Pt. Birju Maharaj. She also performed as artiste in many Ballet and dance Drama’s choreographed by Pt.Birju Maharaj in almost all over the major Indian cities. On later part of her life she performed in many other countries like U.A.E., SINGAPORE, MALAYASIA, Australia, and U.S.A. Best honored when invited to perform in "Swarnavtsav" (Golden Jubilee) in 2001 by Sangeet Natak Academy, under Union Ministry of Culture & Education of Govt. of India Kabita Banik has been teaching in Since 2006; she formerly taught and performed at such Institutions like LOTUS MUSIC & DANCE and the SANSKRITI CENTRE, NEW YORK CITY, U.S.A. Currently Kabita banik teaches Kathak and Indian traditional Folk Dance at Ragini Dance Academy at The DanceSource studio in Rego Park, Queens Boulevard. Tea Tea Kandelaki Instructor Tea Kandelaki was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1992, Tea graduated from Sukhishvili State Studio with Honors Degree and is Soloist, later the Soloist of dance Companies “Khertvisi” and “Varazi”. In 1996 graduated from Grigol Robakidze State University with Honors Degree, Faculty of Georgian Language, Literature and History. In 1992, Tea was a dancer at Dance Company “Rokva” and later trainee at Sukhishvili State Dance Company. In 1993 she was awarded for Educational Work by Children Choreographic Studio of the Union of Choreographers of Georgia. In 1997 Dance Company “Gelati” was awarded “Golden Deer” Award of the First International Children Festival “World People Dances” and the Nomination of The Best International dance (Jewish dance “Immanuel”). In 1998 Tea Kandelaki moved to the United States of America. Since 2002 she is a dancer in Georgian-American Dance Company “Dancing Crane”. In 2005 she establishes New York St. Nino Georgian Orthodox Church Sunday School and is a founder and choreographer of “TK Art School”. In 2006 she is founding Non-Profit Organization International Association “ERTOBA” Inc. In 2017 Tea Kandelaki is Elected as Jumber Lezhava Multi Profile International Academy of Sciences – ACADEMICIAN. In 2016 Tea Kandelaki has published a book “The Garnet Footprints of Sky-Blue Tears” (Poetry, Essays, Sketches, Aphorizms) Tea Kandelaki has been teaching Georgian Dance at The DanceSource since 2010. Angelina Angelina Haque Instructor

At 12, Angelina Haque began her study of Indian Classical dance in Moscow (Russia) under the founder of the first Classical Indian Dance group in former Soviet Union, Galina Das Gupta. Angelina Haque performs with Bahar Dance and Janaki Patrick’s Kathak Ensemble. She specializes in Mohiniyattam and Kathak. Angelina performed at The 300th Anniversary of Buddhism in Russia; for celebrities, including Svyatoslav Roerich and Dalai Lama, and at such prestigious stages of Russia, as Hermitage Theater and Tchaikovsky's Concert Hall, participated in From The Horses Mouth, Celebrating Indian Dance in America production in New York, April, 2017.

Anastasia Anastasia Chiesa Instructor Born in Italy and raised In Queens, NY, Anastasia grew up with Russian and Italian culture and can speak both languages. She has been taking dance classes since age 5, from ballet to jazz to hip hop. She has a passion for dance and is constantly learning new dance styles.. Although she works full-time, dance remains an integral part of her lifestyle. The fundamentals of dance have taught her discipline, endurance, attention to detail, and striving to improve, she applies these disciplines to her work and in teaching younger students at The DanceSource. Edward Edward Reyes Instructor Edward Reyes, 'Coach', Gymnastics Instructor @ The DanceSource. A graduate of Hunter College CUNY, he teaches dance, fitness, and breath work to youth and adults. Originally from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Edward has also performed on- and off-stage/screen throughout the New York tri-city area and the Southern U.S., and his work has been featured in TimeOut magazine, Webster Hall, and The Thespis Theater Festival. Thanks to Ms. Dianna Petty and The DanceSource for the opportunity to teach the exciting sport of Gymnastics!


We offer your very first one hour lesson as a FREE TRIAL LESSON. Then we ask for payment, and you choose the option that suits you and your budget. We also offer 1 hour private lessons for $75.00/hour.

1 Hour Class

1 individual class

1 dance style

1 day / week



10 Hour Class Card

1 or 2 individual classes

1 or 2 dance styles

1 or 2 days / week

Good for up to 14 weeks (3 1/2 months)

$200/10 Hour Card

Good for 14 weeks!

Semester Class Card

Any DanceSource dance styles

1 hour per week for 19 weeks
( 5 months)

1 day / week

We offer make up classes for missed lessons,
to be made up within the semester.

$385/1 hour per week

Good for 19 weeks!

Single Group dance class

$33/ 1.5 hr, $44/ 2 hr


The DanceSource


Please contact us with any questions!

(347) 448-0328


Evenings and Weekends

Classes are over ZOOM video at present