Friday, October 28, 2011

Danceability in Cheektowaga

In addition to the arts, entertainment, sports, architecture, and food in Buffalo, the people in Buffalo are some of the most charitable people I know. I am going to begin to highlight various nonprofits in the area. If you volunteer at a nonprofit know of one that does amazing work, please e-mail me at or tweet me at @lovinonbuffalo. I'd love to interview someone from the organization and get them highlighted on this blog!

The first organization I'm going to highlight is one I have a vested interest in (and do not mind shamelessly plugging on my blog), Danceability. I have been volunteering for this organization for a few years and this past July joined the Board of Directors.

Danceability Inc. was established in July 2007 by Robin Bishop and Christine Kwiatkowski (who both have extensive backgrounds in both dance and special education). They officially opened their doors in September 2007 and began serving families throughout Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs.

Danceability is a nonprofit dance and movement program that provides weekly instruction to children and adults with special needs. It is a family-focused approach that seeks to improve the quality of life for those challenged with special needs, as well as their families. The classes focus on each students' abilities, motivations, love for music and movement. Students get to try many different kinds of dancing including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop and modern movement. The program promotes physical, social and emotional wellness.

I began volunteering for danceability in December of 2009. Throughout the few years since I have worked with kids and adults from lower functioning to much higher functioning. I've worked with kids with down syndrome and autisim, and teens with multiple handicaps.

I've absolutely loved the variety of the different classes and the different challenges and opportunities they have presented to me.

In May, the dancers perform in a recital (if they want) and it is a tear jerker. I had an absolute blast this past year performing with my class to the song "Beautiful People" by Christina Aguilera (from the movie Burlesque).

This past summer I volunteered in a class with two adults with autism. The girl I was paired up with Jessica was mostly nonverbal. The two of us really clicked. At the end of the third week of summer classes I was saying goodbye to her after class was over and said, "I hope you had fun" and she looked me right in the eyes and said one word, "Happy". I tried to contain my emotion in front of her, but when I got to my car, I lost it. It's little moments like these that sometimes make me wonder who is getting more out of the program, the students or the volunteers. That moment will stick with me for the rest of my life, and I've had other similiar moments with the different students I've been paired with.

I've seen students really come along throughout the school year and be able to express themselves in new and different ways. It is truly a blessing that there is an organization out there like danceability that makes it not about a performance, or an individual, but stresses the whole family approach.

This past summer danceability began growing beyond its limitations in the studio they were in. They chose to take the risk and expand, rather than limit the number of students it registers. They moved just down the plaza next door (they are located inside the George Urban Plaza where Tops is, on the George Urban side). The new studios are gorgeous. They added a second sensory studio, have a bigger waiting area, and more space for the co-founders and storage. In addition, they were able to secure a state of the art sprung dance floor with help from a grant from the Kelly For Kids Foundation!

On Friday November 4th they will host a grand opening celebration from 5pm - 8pm at the studios. Please join us if you can!

I'd like to invite you all to check out their website: or "like" them on Facebook and learn more about the organization. There are various fundraisers throughout the year, and I will post information on my Twitter account, and here when I can. If you are interested in volunteering, please drop me an e-mail and I'll get you to the right people.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Snooty Fox Lounge

I had a gift certificate from for the Snooty Fox Lounge (located at 445 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY) so Geoffrey and I finally tried it out, and I hate to say this, but we were incredibly disappointed.

When you walk in the overall set up for the restaurant/bar is odd. It is a very long and somewhat narrow space. The bar is very nice, and has an incredible selection of liquor. When we were taken to our seats we were both surprised by how few tables there were (maybe a total of 10 tables in the entire restaurant area). There were two additional tables right outside the bathrooms and I really thought this was a weird set up.

It was a Thursday night, a fairly common going out night, but when we arrived at 7:30pm, there was only one group of three guys finishing up dinner/drinks. This should have been our first sign that we weren't going to enjoy ourselves!

For our dinner selections Geoffrey chose the duck and I had the California chicken. We also decided to get stuffed artichokes. The artichokes were the best part of the meal. They were stuffed with a goat cheese and my only complaint is that I wish there was more goat cheese. It got masked by all the other stuff!

My California Chicken came out looking like a chicken cacciatore (after being described that it was in a white wine sauce, not what I was picturing). It came with asparagus and red roasted potatoes. Geoffrey's duck dish came with the same sides. Within a few bites, all we could taste was salt. The chicken was extremely bland and the duck Geoffrey had was overcooked and hard to eat.

As for the service, it was hard to screw this up, since we were the only ones in the restaurant when we were getting our meals. Our waitress was over numerous times to check on us and fill our water glasses.

Following our bad experience, we heard from numerous other people that they thought the food was bad too (and it is pricey). Some people said if you are going there, just go for drinks. Geoffrey and I didn't get drinks that night so I am not sure on the cost of them, but based on their dinner prices I can guess they are a high.

I rarely dislike a place in Buffalo, but unfortunately Snooty Fox Lounge is a place I cannot recommend to anyone looking for a place to eat out, especially if you are looking for a reasonably priced meal (most entrees are in the $20 - $30 range).

If you have had a great experience at Snooty Fox, please comment on this blog and let me know.

To check out other reviews on The Snooty Fox Lounge, check out:

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