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What I Learned in the Wilderness - 1/24/20

Updated: Apr 7, 2020

Today marks the third anniversary of Wild Heart Performing Arts Studio, a long-held dream of mine. Doors opened to the public on January 24, 2017.

Like the studio, my daughter is also three.

I signed the lease ten days before my due date because, to my own surprise, that's when I had finally found the space I had been seeking. It was August, sweltering hot, and my belly was HUGE. My life was about to change in ways I could never comprehend. Nonetheless, I signed that multi-year lease and then, standing in my studio for the first time, took this selfie, feeling pretty nonchalant about the whole thing:

What was I thinking?! I wasn't.

I was just following my wild heart.

Here's my daughter being super fierce with me when she was just eight months old, LOL!

And here she is now:

And here's my ballet class at the studio:

The past three years have been a magical and brutal wilderness of personal transformation. It has been exhilarating, exhausting, beautiful beyond words, nerve-racking and terrifying.

Here's what I learned in the wilderness:

Don't wait.

Don't wait for perfection, permission or approval. Don't wait until you're ready. Waiting for things to be just right might seem sensible, but it will keep you on the sidelines of life and that's the most dangerous place to be. I'm not saying be reckless. I am saying life exists in the now and it is only in the now that you can take action. In particular, you must take wise + radical action with no option of turning back.

When I had my daughter and signed that lease, there was no turning back. If you have the option of turning back, chances are quite strong that you will, because growth is very uncomfortable and you will need to sit in the fire of your discomfort until you are transformed, that is, until you make it to the other side of fear. You'll do this many times on your journey if you're really living and growing.

Pema Chodron said it best:

"To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest."

To anyone reading these words: Know that no one and nothing can stop you from being who you were born to be and from bringing forth the light that you alone were meant to bring.


Suzana Stankovic


Wild Heart Performing Arts Studio

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The best way to reach us is by e-mailing WildHeartPAS@gmail.com.
Our studio is a peaceful and sun-lit space on  Steinway St. between Broadway and 34th Ave. (closer to Broadway) in the heart of Astoria, Queens. 
We're just 3 stops from Manhattan and at the foot of the Steinway St. station on the R/M subway line.
Our neighbors include The Frank Sinatra High School of the Performing Arts, Queens Council on the Arts, Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Museum of the Moving Image as well as MOMA PS 1, one of the oldest and largest contemporary art institutions in the United States.
We are excited and proud to be part of the lively Astoria-L.I.C. arts scene!
Look for the big blue 'Ferrari Driving School' awning as we are in that building on the third floor. Please note there is no elevator. Your workout starts at the bottom of the stairs ;-)
We are happy to help bring up strollers etc. during our youth classes. 

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32-32 Steinway St., 3rd floor
Astoria, NY 11103
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Tel.: 718-446-0810


Business Hours

Hours are subject to change.

Monday: 3:30 - 9:00 PM

Tuesday: 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Wednesday: 10:00 -11:30 AM & 3:30 - 9:00 PM

Thursday: 10:30 -11:30 AM & 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Friday: 5:00 - 8:30 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sunday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Subway Directions:

Check subway service on weekends.
R/M Line:
* Take R or M train to Steinway St. 
* If coming from Brooklyn or Manhattan exit at front of train and exit left 
* If coming from Queens exit back of the train and exit left

N/W Line:
* Get off at the Broadway stop and walk up Broadway 8 blocks to Steinway St. 
* Streets will go from 31st - 38th and then Steinway St.. 
* Make a right onto Steinway St. and the studio will be on your right.



The Q101 stops right on our street. Get off at Steinway St. and Broadway

Driving and Parking:
The studio is close to all major highways connecting the tri-state area and NYC boroughs. There is free parking in side streets. There's two-hour metered parking on Steinway St., 34th Ave. and in side streets. There's one-hour metered parking on Broadway. There is a municipal metered parking lot on Steinway St. between Broadway and 31st Ave. Meters cost $1.50/hr. and are in effect from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Mon.-Sat.