Dance studio

Community helps Watertown Dance Studio come home

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Dance World is back in its Mill Street location after water damage forced it out nearly a year ago. A look back at the renovations and the heritage of a restored owner.

Almost a year ago, the now immaculate dance studio looked like a swimming pool.

Dance World owner Cindy Babel said she was fixing the roof when a heavy storm hit and the tarps just didn’t hold up, leaving the place underwater .

“Eleven months ago there was 5 inches of water in this waiting room,” she said.

But this fall, it’s a different story. Volunteers have donated money, time and supplies to help over the past year and now the renovations to the Mill Street property are complete.

The building features two state-of-the-art studio spaces in the front as well as a larger studio space in the back for use by the competition team and for tumbling classes.

Babel says it cost about $40,000 to get the place up and running, but it’s finished just in time for fall registration.

“We want people to come and try. It’s a good thing for the kids, it gives them social skills, confidence, balance, it’s just a good thing,” she said.

For Babel, this is her 37th year at the helm, a legacy that she says was dying out to be saved by the community that has supported her all those years.

“If it wasn’t for all these people, we wouldn’t be open today, so thank you from the bottom of my heart,” she said.

Registration for the new dance season is happening all week with sessions set to begin on Saturday.

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