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Carol Paumgarten. Photo courtesy Steps

Carol Paumgarten, founder of Steps on Broadway, the renowned studio and hub of the international dance community on New York City's Upper West Side, died on September 24 following an extended illness. She is survived by her husband, Nicholas, her sons, Nicholas Jr. and Alexander, and four grandchildren.

Paumgarten, alongside Patrice Soriero, opened Steps' first studio in 1979 at 56th and Broadway. Steps expanded in 1981 to include a ballet division, moving to a space that had previously housed the Melissa Hayden School. In 1984, Paumgarten guided Steps' relocation to 2121 Broadway, where the multi-studio facility continues to operate today.

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