Rather than see a downtown dance studio close its doors, two local families decided to buy it and make it their own.
Kevin and Dianne Griggs, Skyler Evans and Angie Torres purchased Xtreme Dance Studio, 119 E. Main St., when its owner, Michael Quick, retired this year. In June, they got to work repainting and remodeling the studio and expanding the dance classes offered. This week they kick off the fall dance season as Remix Dance Academy.
“Our kids love to dance here, and they didn’t want to dance anywhere else, so we stepped in to keep that going for another year, and that led to us opening our own studio,” Dianne said. “We have a 14 year old daughter who dances and our daughter Skyler teaches. Our family and Angie’s family are in the same boat.
Xtreme Dance Studio customers can expect the same “family-centric message” and dance lessons/competitions, with a few new additions.
Acro courses, for children and adults, have been added. It’s tumbling mixed with dancing, and instructed by Evans. Remix Super Stars also debuts, a class for people 18 and older with developmental disabilities. It gives a general overview of several dance techniques.
“It’s such a different studio than most studios. We have a much larger demographic than most studios. We put a lot of emphasis on technique, but it’s more about the dance experience,” Dianne said. “We welcome a lot of children who wouldn’t have the means to dance. We’ve helped try to keep the dance studio together over the past year. It’s for the kids. Many of them would have nowhere to go.
Dance teachers Kelsey Sawtelle, Bri Tucker, Caitlin Traylor, Lora Kubli, Nellie Strait-Ramirez and Evans offer a variety of classes for young and old alike, including tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, clogging and contemporary. Some classes are purely educational, while others are for dance competitions.
The four dance studio owners have outside jobs, giving classes in the evenings and on Saturdays.
Dance father Kevin Griggs said his focus is on props, lights and sound, and studio maintenance work. His wife Dianne and Torres take care of the administrative side of the business.
“We’re just dance moms — even Kevin,” Torres said with a laugh.
The name “remix” has two important meanings for families.
“Our dancing girls, their first year of competition, did a dance called ‘Remix.’ , we thought ‘Remix’ would be appropriate.”
Discounts are available for families. Dianne said one family had nine children enrolled in her studio.
As the studio is a “home away from home” for many dancers, the owners have added a break room which can be used to complete homework. Torres said many dancers faced hardship following the July 2018 tornado.
Both male and female dancers are welcome. To register for the current dance season, contact 641-752-224 or [email protected]
The dancers will take part in the Oktemberfest parade and the Holiday Walk. Community fundraisers and donors help make the studio possible.
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