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The Recorder – Dance studio owners hope to provide a positive outlet for young people in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — For one local dancer, hip-hop has always been a kind of therapy, an art form that has helped her deal with many personal challenges.

And now, with her partner Danny Guzman, Rebecca Bustillos hopes to bring the same benefit of art and expression to the people of Greenfield – a town she has already developed a relationship with after 15 years of working and dancing in the community – with the opening of the StyleFx hip-hop studio on Main Street.

The hip-hop studio, at 158 ​​Main St., Suite 9, plans to hold an open house for all ages on June 23, June 24, and June 25, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“We just want to give back to the community,” said Bustillos, 38, a dance instructor at Greenfield Community College.

Bustillos, who lives in Gardner, moved to the area about 15 years ago when she started taking classes at GCC.

“When I started the dance program at GCC, they didn’t offer a lot of hip-hop,” she said. “I was a little devastated.”

So, with the guidance of a mentor, she created Crazefaze, an all-female hip-hop team that continues to train and perform together more than a decade after its inception.

“I really just started this group because I wanted other women to dance with it,” Bustillos explained.

After college, Bustillos taught at various studios in Western Massachusetts, including Karen’s Dance Studio for 10 years. Between Karen’s Dance Studio and Crazefaze, she gradually developed a following that followed her over the years.

So when dance studios closed in the wake of the pandemic, she asked students and parents to offer outdoor or Zoom classes last summer.

“Throughout COVID I got messages from parents saying I missed the kids and wanted to take a class,” she said. “These children follow me wherever I go. … It’s more of a dance family. It’s crazy the growth you see.

The outdoor classes she organized for students turned into a desire to build something bigger with Guzman, to build a business out of their mutual passion.

“It’s the first time in 15 years that I’ve been free,” she said, referring to the retail job she lost during the pandemic. “So might as well try now.”

In May they took over the space roughly above Nam’s Taekwondo on Main Street and for the past month they have been doing minor renovations and getting ready for classes.

Guzman, 34, who also has more than a decade of teaching experience, said StyleFx won’t just be about dance; it will also offer fitness and health classes. He added that although it is a specialized establishment for hip-hop, they expect to have guest teachers from time to time.

“We are going to teach children to respect themselves and others,” he said.

The fundamentals of hip-hop – peace, love, unity and fun – are a big part of how the studio operates.

“Our vision is to create a safe space and environment for young people,” he said. “They need something positive; they need positive outlets. Greenfield needs something different and unique.

Noting that registration will open in the coming weeks, Bustillos and Guzman said that while there will be classes over the summer, the studio will be fully functional in the fall.

“Dancing has always been my therapy and it has really helped me overcome all my difficulties in life,” said Bustillos. “I do this for the young people in the community.

For more information, visit the studio’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Styl3Fx or email [email protected]

Mary Byrne can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne