We were stumped as to what local gift would best represent "Nine Ladies Dancing" until the answer was revealed to us by way of a little girl from Red Hook spinning in a ballet leotard.
The Cora Studio is a tiny non-profit dance school on Richards Street, offering pay-what-you-can classes to young girls, studio space to dance troupes and education to nearby institutions.
The school celebrated the opening of its studio-theater on September 22. But one month later, Sandy had ravaged its electrical system and deterred much of their space rentals.
If you would like to give a gift that will far outlast wrappings under a tree, consider donating to http://coradance.org.