Storied dance studio closes after 73 years of footwork

Storied NYC dance studio closes after 73 years
February 9, 2008 3:18:09 PM PST
The curtain has come down on a Manhattan dance studio that has hosted ballerinas, belly dancers, Broadway casts and countless others for 73 years. Fazil's Times Circle Rehearsal Studio closed Friday. Its building is slated for demolition and redevelopment.

Originally called Michael's, the Theater District fixture provided rehearsal space for artists ranging from tap master Charles "Honi" Coles to modern dance innovator Alvin Ailey.

It served as a setting for films including Woody Allen's "Broadway Danny Rose" and "Tap," starring Gregory Hines. And the studio was mentioned in the 1948 film "Easter Parade," in which Fred Astaire invites Judy Garland to practice at Michael's.

Former taxi owner Fazil Cengiz (FAY-zil cen-GEEZ) bought the studio in 1978.