Words of Congratulations and Commendation for Cathy’s Dance Studio:

“… Since 1956, the Studio has been a haven for young Queens residents seeking artistic challenges and a welcoming environment. The structure and discipline provided at the Studio have been an enormously positive force in the lives of countless children.”

— Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City


City Council Citation from Peter F. Vallone Jr., NYC City Councilman

Letter of commendation from NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg

Letter of commendation from City Councilman, Peter F. Vallone, Jr.

Parent letter RE: Performing Arts School Scholarship

Words of praise & thanks from Miss Cathy Dooley, founder & originator of
Cathy’s Dance Studio

2013 Guardian Angel Award

Queens Declaration Of Honor

Miss Cathy receives Lifetime Achievement Award!

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Miss Cathy Dooley, founder and originator of Cathy’s Dance Studio, after watching our 50th Anniversary performance, said, “The choreography was amazing, the costumes were breathtaking, and these talented little kids are just incredible!!”

On March 9, Miss Cathy was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Rockette Alumni Association for her outstanding work as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and humanitarian. Some of her “Nine Rockettes” were on hand as we celebrated this amazing milestone. She has shaped so many lives and still inspires Miss Michelle & Spiro as they continue to pass on her legacy. WE SAY THANK YOU MISS CATHY!


Our Fall Season runs from September… Registration is accepted throughout the year, and can be completed in person, over the phone, or online.

Tap legend, star of stage and screen, and loyal fan of Cathy’s Dance Studio, Charles “Honi” Coles put it best, “Thank you for the best evening of entertainment I’ve ever had. Wow!”

Harold “Stumpy” Cromer, renowned performer, best known as “Stumpy” of the Stump and Stumpy Comedy and Dance act, graced the stage at Cathy’s Dance Studio’s 2009 annual performance, and other than giving us an impromptu song and dance, he had nothing but the highest of praise on the talented performers, incredible costumes and brilliant choreography. The legendary entertainer himself returned backstage after the show with an exasperated, “That was the most fun time of my life!”

Joel Spector, Chief Sound Engineer for the Tony Awards had this to say about Cathy’s staff and students after doing sound engineering for our annual performance, “I’ve worked with hundreds of professionals in show business and I’ve never seen a more professional group of performers and stage crew as I have working backstage with Cathy’s Dance Studio. Divas and debutantes at every age and level of dance!”

Master tapper, choreographer and teacher Marion Coles has been a long-time supporter of Cathy’s Dance Studio and a fixture in our audiences year after year. She once took to the microphone at the end of one our performances and said “Miss Michelle! How are you ever going to top this again next year?!”

Al Heyward – Co-Chairman and Co-Producer of the NY Celebration of National Tap Dance Day. Al is a staunch supporter of Cathy’s Dance Studio, attending our annual performances without fail. Upon thanking him for attending our last performance, Al returned, “Are you kidding? I wouldn’t miss one of your shows for the world!”