Studio Style

Studio Style | Performer’s Edge Dance Center

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville What do you do when your studio is bursting at the seams near the happiest place on earth? Performer’s Edge Dance Center (PEDC) built an entirely new space. The studio, which serves approximately 500 students with Mom & Me, combo, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, acro, contemporary,…

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Studio Style | Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces

Dance Innovations Dance Center by Heather Turbeville Recital season is one of the most hectic and stressful times of the year for studio owners. As if regular show prep pressures weren’t enough, the day before her recital in June 2016, Katie Fitzpatrick’s landlord dropped a bomb on her: he would not be renewing her lease.…

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Studio Style | BPM Dance Complex

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville Sometimes all the stars align. “Everything fell into place,” Blake Piatczyc says of launching his dance school, BPM Dance Complex. “That’s how I know that this thing was meant to be.” But Piatczyc, a professional dancer, began the journey toward studio ownership in an inauspicious way: he…

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Studio Style | Southwest Synergy Dance

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville Southwest Synergy Dance is not just a dance studio. According to studio owner and artistic director Connie O’Reel, it’s also a comfortable, safe, and fun place to be. This focus on family friendliness guided the build-out of the studio’s new space a few years ago.   A…

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Studio Style | Boston Ballet School Newton Studio

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville “It’s a dream come true,” says Tamara King, principal of Boston Ballet School’s new Newton, Massachusetts, studio, which opened in September. It’s not hard to see why she loves the space. At 26,550 square feet, it has seven studios, state-of-the-art HVAC and acoustic systems, high-end fixtures, and…

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Studio Style | LoMastro Performing Arts Academy

Makeovers, renovations and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville Stick with what works. That’s the philosophy that Loren LoMastro Specht, owner/director of LoMastro Performing Arts Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois, has followed in all of her studio build-outs. Since 2007 LoMastro Performing Arts Academy has offered dance classes, including ballet, pointe, contemporary/modern, jazz, tap, and conditioning,…

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Studio Style | Dreams Dance Academy

Dreams Dance Academy by Heather Turbeville Growing pains. They aren’t just muscle aches that wake up kids in the middle of the night. Jenny O’Brien’s Dreams Dance Academy experienced growing pains almost from the beginning. Located in St. Charles, Illinois, Dreams Dance Academy offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theater, contemporary, modern,…

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Studio Style | Dance Images Dance & Music Center

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville Dance requires an array of skills, such as balance, coordination, and great timing. These skills also come in handy when you’re managing a dance studio renovation. Dance Images Dance & Music Center, located in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, has been serving students just under 3 years…

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Studio Style | West Valley Dance Academy

West Valley Dance Academy by Heather Turbeville What’s the best way to approach a build-out for your brand-new dance studio? If you’re Lisa Tran—a dancer who has a civil engineering degree and a husband who works as an electrical engineer—you do most of it yourself. “I think [having engineering degrees] definitely influenced our decision to…

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Studio Style | Art in Motion Academy of Dance

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” It’s a common saying, popular with all manner of people—from Friedrich Nietzsche to Kelly Clarkson. Though it may sound like a cliché, at least one studio owner has found it to be true.   The change In 2014 Art in…

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