Photographer: Rachel Neville
"I believe in merging the wild with the formal. The wild is one's inborn potential, before labels , limits and fears. The formal is disciplined, world-class training. When the two are fused, a singular greatness is born."
- Suzana Stankovic,
Wild Heart Performing Arts Studio was founded by dance-theatre artist and master ballet teacher Suzana Stankovic to transform lives through dance. It opened on January 24, 2017 as a haven for world-class dance instruction, artist empowerment and live performance.
WHPAS is a boutique studio in the heart of Astoria, Queens, offering elite training with a uniquely holistic approach in a professional and warm setting.
We teach with integrity to world-class standards of technique and artistry and we care about your growth. Here, you can explore. Take risks. Reach your next level.
There are no labels or limits for the wild at heart.
This is your home.
Photographer: Rachel Neville
We've updated our Covid health and safety plan. Please click here for the latest information.
We open for in-person adult classes on January 6, 2021. Click here for our Health & Safety Plan. Advance sign-up is required. Those with pre-pandemic credit have priority. We are opening in stages as we adjust to new protocols. The weekly schedule will expand gradually. We can't wait to dance with you! Thank you.
New York City has entered phase 4. Unfortunately, we still don't have permission to reopen. Here's an important update and statement from WHPAS's owner and director: click HERE.
Let's meet at the barre!
Join Suzana Stankovic tonight for Live Beginner Ballet Barre via Zoom from 6:30-7:30 PM (Eastern time). Suggested donation for this class is $10 or more with all proceeds going to the Common Ground Foundation empowering underserved Black youth through mentorship, education and the arts. This class is part of a month-long schedule of classes organized by Dance Astoria. For more information, please click HERE. To receive the Zoom link for class, please e-mail . Thank you.
Wild Heart is featured on QNS.com, an online magazine about Queens, NY. The article focuses on Suzana Stankovic's ballet workout, which is available online for the first time. Check it out HERE.
We've just added two new Toddler Dance & Play classes to our YouTube channel. You can find them, as well as all of our other classes for kids and adults, here. Happy dancing!
Suzana Stankovic's ballet workout is now online!
You can find it here.
We've added more classes for kids and adults online!
You can find all the links HERE, as well as some thoughts on life in its current state.
Stay home, take care and be well.
Online dance classes for kids and adults are here! We can't wait to dance with you! Click HERE for all the info. and links.
As mandated by the state of NY today, we will remain closed until we can legally reopen. We strongly believe that quality dance instruction can only happen in person with the guidance of a skilled teacher, however, in light of current circumstances, we will be offering class content online for both children and adults to tie us over until we can reopen. Obviously, this cannot compare to in-person instruction, but it is essential that we stay connected and that we keep dancing! If you are interested in dancing with us virtually, please join our mailing list or check our social media. To view our full update, which includes some quarantine goodies and helpful resources, please click here. Thank you. 💗
- Suzana Stankovic, owner/director
* Temporary Closure *
Unfortunately, due to the current situation in NYC regarding coronavirus and Dept. of Health recommendations, Wild Heart Performing Arts Studio will be closed from 3/16-3/20. We may re-open before or after 3/20, pending developments. Announcements will be made here, on our social media channels and via e-mail to our wild heart community. Should circumstances necessitate an extended closure, we will offer class online. Class cards will be honored past their due date. Youth dancers will receive instructions regarding make-up classes.
we love you, we will miss you and can't wait to dance with you soon. Wild Heart will always be here for you! Wishing you health and peace, now and always.
"Nothing is permanent in this world-- not even our troubles." -Charlie Chaplin
Message About Coronavirus
Wild Heart is keeping abreast of the latest developments regarding coronavirus and is following guidelines and recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control, Dept. of Education and NYC Dept. of Health. Currently, the guidelines are that gatherings of 500 individuals or more be cancelled.
We will hold class as usual for children and adults today and every day as scheduled unless otherwise noted. Any cancellations will be announced via our social media channels, website and e-mail. All e-mail will arrive from .
Please know that we are implementing additional cleaning measures. All ballet barres and frequently-touched surfaces will be disinfected before and after each class. We ask you to wash and/or disinfect your hands upon arrival at the studio. We have soap and hand disinfectant. If you have flu-like symptoms, have been in contact with someone with such symptoms or have travelled to an area on the CDC travel advisory list, please stay home.
If you have any questions please e-mail:
As always, we look forward to dancing with you and providing you with a safe and inspiring space for world-class dance training, and a peaceful respite from the noise of the world.
Thank you for dancing with us! 💗
- Suzana Stankovic,
Wild Heart Performing Arts Studio
January 2, 2020
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Please join us for a special new year adult ballet class with Suzana Stankovic:
Letting go of the old, creating the new;
combined adult beginner and intermediate ballet class.
6:40 PM: studio opens
7:00 PM: *Champagne toast
Letting go of the Old ritual
Classical ballet barre
Creating the New ritual
Floor stretch + meditation
Champagne and treats for an abundant and joyful new year!
* alcohol-free options will be available
December 14, 2019
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Youth Program Showcase
Our youth program students will perform for family and friends. Join us in celebrating their growth and achievements! Free and open to the public.
Special Nutcracker Ballet Class for adult dancers.
Join us for a fun Nutcracker-based adult ballet class with Suzana Stankovic. Beginner Ballet and Advanced Beginner-Intermediate Ballet will be combined into one class. We'll do a short barre and then perform some Nutcracker choreography! There will be two versions of choreography to suit both beginner and advanced dancers. Light bites and adult beverages will be served before and after class. Studio opens at 6:30 PM. Come in, hang out, have a bite and then dance! This will be Suzana's last Thursday class of 2019. She'll be back on Tues./Thurs. in the new year!
Dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy!
The Sugar Plum Fairy is coming to Astoria and your child is invited to dance with her at our studio! All ages welcome, no dance experience required. For details, please click here.
Zumba + Stretch Combo Class!
No experience required.
Get your whole self movin’ and groovin’ in a high energy 45-min. Zumba class, a fitness dance party that takes inspiration from Latin dances, jazz, hip-hop and more. After Zumba, you’ll take a breath, slow down and stretch it all out in a luxurious guided floor stretch for more feel-good freedom in your body and mind. Come away feeling radiant in your heart and soul!
Taught by husband and wife team, Eric Robertson and Lynda Sing, both professional dancers who met while performing in the First National Tour of the Tony-award winning show, “Movin’ Out,” by Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel.
If you have a yoga mat, we recommend bringing it. No worries, if not!
Adult Ballet + Party
You're invited to a spooktacular ballet class and party!
Don your costume and join us for adult beginner-advanced beginner ballet class from 7:00-8:30 PM. Combos will be set to Halloween-inspired music and will be very theatrical! Adult beverages and light bites will be served before and after class. Doors open at 6:30 PM, class starts at 7:00. Admission: Regular class pricing.
Youth Halloween Dance Party, all ages!
Join us for a spooktacular time! Come in costume and dance to the Monster Mash, Thriller, Little Shop of Horrors and more + costume catwalk, games, treats, performances by our youth students and goodie bags on your way out. Free for children enrolled in our program; $10/each for siblings, friends and other children. Cash only, please at the door or pre-pay HERE. Sign-up required. For more info. click HERE.
5-6-7-8....save the date!
Join us on Sunday, 10/20, for a one-day classic Musical Theatre Jazz Workshop for adults from 5:00-7:00 PM with Gina Montoya! This fun workshop is a one-day event. If you're sassy and you know it, don't miss out! For details, click HERE.
New adult dance classes start today and we're having a FLASH SALE! New classes are just $10/each on 10/13 and 10/18 + be entered to win a Five-Class Card!
For details, click HERE.
Youth classes begin!
The Youth Summer Session for ages 0-12 starts today and runs until 8/3. Enroll for the full session or partial session. For schedule and info., please click here.
Wild Heart's owner/director, Suzana Stankovic is quoted in an article on Zety.com. She offers her tip on writing a strong dance resume. Zety.com is an online resume builder that offers free professional advice from career experts. Suzana's quote appears halfway through the article.
Check it out here.
Our young dancers will perform for family and friends showcasing their growth and achievements in class.
FREE and open to the public!
Join us for this special in-house event. E-mail to reserve your seats.
Wild Heart Performing Arts Studio's owner/director Suzana Stankovic was interviewed by physical therapist Jenna Kantor for her podcast. They talked dance injury and recovery. Check it out here.
Wild Heart Performing Arts Studio's owner/director
Suzana Stankovic is now an ambassador of
high-fashion active wear.
Enjoy 20% off your purchase when you use her ambassador code! Click here for the code and start shopping!
February 14th - Valentine's Day
In celebration of Valentine's Day, we invite you to join us for some sweet delights and be entered to win a 3-Class Card. Drawing will occur after each adult ballet class today!
See you at the barre!
"Love yourself and everything else falls into place. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." - Lucille Ball
January 17, 2019
What a way to start the new year! Wild Heart's owner/director Suzana Stankovic is featured in the January 2019 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine in print nationwide and now live online. She was interviewed about the experience of having a baby and opening a dance studio at the same time.
Check it out! Click here.
Youth Student Showcase
Our young dancers will share with friends and family what they have been learning in class in the form of a mini performance at the studio. You're invited too! It's free to all and a total delight.
11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Toddler Dance & Play for ages 18 mos.- 3 years starts today and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday. We are so excited to welcome toddlers to our youth dance program! For info. and class description, click here.
Take a FREE trial class! E-mail
October 31st - Halloween!
Calling all monsters ages 0-10 to join us for our youth monster bash! Siblings welcome.
Arrive in costume; dance to the Monster Mash, Thriller, Ghostbusters and more with Ms. B; show off your costume and favorite dance step on our runway; spooky freeze dance; fun games; treats and goody bags for everyone!
RSVP required. E-mail WildHeartPAS2gmail.com with the number and ages of children attending.
See you soon!
We are delighted to sponsor the Astoria Halloween Parade, an annual fun-filled event for hundreds of families for the past 13 years. Join us for goody bags, free demo classes and a performance by our adult dancers!
Here are the details:
~ Meet in costume at 11:30 AM for goody bags at 31st St. and Ditmars Blvd.
~ Parade starts at 12 PM and goes to Astoria Park.
~ After party at Astoria Park on the great lawn from 12:30-2:30 PM.
~ FREE demo classes + our performance from 1-2:30 PM.
YAY! We'd love to see you there!
Wild Heart's owner/director, Suzana Stankovic, is featured in Glamour Magazine for her favorite foot cream! Check it out! Click HERE.
Free registration for youth classes today! We've got a full line-up of children's classes today and every Saturday! Stop by for a FREE trial class today and register for our 2018-2019 dance year for FREE! The registration fee will be waived today. Click here for the youth schedule and don't miss out!
BASIC BEGINNER BALLET WORKSHOP
Have you always wanted to learn the beautiful and singular art form of classical ballet? Or do yo wish to deepen your understanding of classical ballet? If so, this special workshop is for you! Limited space; RSVP required.
For info. click here.
Wild Heart's director, Suzana Stankovic, was interviewed by Dance Teacher Magazine about balancing motherhood + studio as a dancer and teacher. Find her in the December 2018 issue!
Join us at Astoria Heights Park for a FREE kids dance class! All ages, tons of fun!
Astoria Heights Park
45th St. btwn. 30th & 31st Avenues in Astoria, Queens, adjacent to P.S. 10.
Wild Heart Performing Arts Studio is featured on Give Me Astoria blog! Check out what makes us a special and amazing place! Click here.
Wild Heart's owner/director Suzana Stankovic is featured in Urban Naturale, a wellness blog. She talks about balancing motherhood and business. Check out the interview here.
Holiday Closure - 7/4-7/8
In observance of the 4th of July, the studio will be closed from 7/4-7/8. Classes will resume on Monday, July 9th. Dance on the beach, in the woods, under the stars!
July 1st and 2nd
* FLASH SALE! *
Take any TWO adult dance classes for the price of ONE on Sunday, 7/1, and Monday, 7/2!
Both classes must be taken on the same day.
Cash/check only please, or use your Ten-Class Card.
We are excited to offer new classes and workshops this summer for adults and kids and hope you'll join us!
Please check back for details or join our mailing list by e-mailing and let us know if you're interested in adult, youth or toddler classes.
It's a new year and the Birthday Special is here!
Let us know when it's your birthday and we'll help you celebrate with a $10 coupon good for an adult class purchase or monthly youth tuition payment during the month of your birthday.
Please click here for details and restrictions.
Youth classes begin for ages 3-12! The winter-spring semester runs from 1/8-6/23/18. Now is the time to register. Take a FREE trial class! To learn more, click here.
* HOLIDAY SALE *
Now through 12/21/17
Get 12 classes for the price of 10!
Purchase a ten-class card now through midnight on 12/21/17 and receive 2 FREE classes.
12 classes for the price of 10!
WHAT A TREAT!
Purchase your card now via our online store or at the studio (cash or check only, please).
Give the gift of dance!
Did you know that Wild Heart gift certificates are here?
Purchase a gift certificate in any amount and receive a *$10 coupon just for you. Gift certificates are printed on premium card stock paper and come with a matching envelope. They're valid for both adult and youth classes. Give the gift of dance to one all.
*Coupon is good for adult and youth classes; cannot be combined with other offers and is good only on cash/check purchases.
To purchase a gift certificate, stop by the studio or e-mail: .
Sometimes you need a second chance, right? Good news! If you weren't able to make it on 12/3 you can join us on Sunday, December 10th, for two FREE adult dance classes! They're new, they take place every Sunday, you'll LOVE them and they're FREE on 12/10 only:
Classic Modern Dance: 2:00-3:30 PM
Broadway Style Jazz: 3:30-5:00 PM
taught by new faculty member Lauren Sion.
Take one class or take them both. They're FREE on Sunday, 12/10 only!
RSVP required. Reserve your spot by e-mailing with the class(es) you'd like to take.
Join us on Sunday, December 3rd, for two FREE adult classes!
Classic Modern Dance: 2:00-3:30 PM
Broadway Style Jazz: 3:30-5:00 PM
with new faculty member, Lauren Sion. Take one class or take them both. They're FREE! You'll love Lauren's energetic teaching style. RSVP required. Reserve your spot by e-mailing with the class(es) you'd like to take.
BOO! Happy Halloween!
Tonight's classes feature frightful choreography and delights for everyone!
Beginner Ballet: 6:00-7:00 PM
Advanced Beginner-Intermediate Ballet: 7:00-8:30 PM
+ Beginner Pointe 8:30-9:00 PM.
Goody bags and spooky choreography, no labels, no limits!
DANCE & SHOP!
You're invited to a FREE modern dance class at the Brass Owl Boutique in Astoria + receive 10% off your purchases that evening! Dancing and shopping? Too good to resist! Class will be taught by faculty member Bridget Cronin. Click here to view the FB invite.
36-19 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105
Daytime ballet is here!
Starting today you can take ballet every Wednesday morning. Yay!
Advanced Beginner Ballet - 10-11:30 AM
Beginner Ballet - 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
Did you know you can take 2 classes for the price of 1 tonight?
Beginner Jazz from 7:00-8:00 PM
Modern Dance (Paul Taylor style) - All levels from 8-9:15 PM
are half off tonight only.
Take one class or both at just $9/class. Cash only, please.
9/7...Adult classes resume following summer recess.
9/13-9/14...Youth program registration 4-6 PM
9/16...Youth program registration 10 AM-12 PM
9/18...Youth classes begin!
Owner/director, Suzana Stankovic, is featured in the June 2017 print and digital issue of Dance Teacher Magazine. She was interviewed about her adult ballet classes at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City. You can read the feature here.
MAY 13th and 14th
Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy our Mother's Day special. Treat yourself or someone else to 5 adult dance/fitness classes for $72. That's just $14.40/class! A savings of $18 on the single class rate. Offer valid 5/13 and 5/14 only. For details and to purchase, click here.
Our youth program launches for ages 3-12! Sign up for a FREE trial class on May 10th, 11th and 13th. E-mail to reserve your child's spot.
Wild Heart Performing Arts Studio is featured in the current print issue of the L.I.C. Courier, Long Island City's trendy free magazine. Pick up your copy at coffee houses and supermarkets throughout western Queens and look out for the two-page feature.
It's Friends & Family Week! Bring up to two friends with you to class and all three of you take class for just $10 each (cash only, please). There's no limit on how many classes you can take so long as your friends have never taken that particular class style and level before.
Wild Heart's Owner/Director Suzana Stankovic was interviewed by The Queens Ledger and appeared in a bold full-page feature in print. You can read the interview here.
The Wild Heart Blog, Wildheartist, is now live! Check out the first post. Click here.
Wild Heart Performing Arts Studio is featured on QNS.com, the #1 source for all things Queens, NY.
Click here to read the article.
Wild Heart PAS's owner/director, Suzana Stankovic, was interviewed by Dance Teacher Magazine and will be featured in the June 2017 issue.
JANUARY 24, 2017
We've opened our doors with a dedicated adult dance program, the only one of its kind in Queens, NY and that's just the beginning.
Great things are in store...amazing classes for children and adults, performances, specialty workshops and opportunities for artists to present their work, and more.
Check back for details or join our mailing list to receive updates and special offers.
We look forward to meeting you.