HOLLAND — Dance United will add two new studios to its space in the coming weeks, bringing its total to five and increasing the amount of space the company has to accommodate its growing student population.
After:New studio in Holland teaching ballet, hip-hop
After:Dance United will offer a free community performance of “The Jungle Book” this weekend
“This year we have 108 students,” said teacher and owner Catie Hauch. “We opened September before COVID and have grown every year, even with COVID in place. This is our first full year without any restrictions.”
Operating a freshly opened dance studio during a global pandemic was, of course, a challenge.
“We were closed for a while, the first year we were open,” Hauch said. “We couldn’t have indoor classes, and a family with a big backyard let us host a summer camp. We could open next fall, but we could only have 10 students at a time. – and now we have enough students to fill three studios.”
Until now, the business has operated in two large studios and one small studio, with all three spaces generally open nightly.
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“We are a community-focused dance studio,” Hauch said. “We like to be involved and we like our student body to reflect the neighborhood we’re in. We teach normal ballet, tap, jazz – but we also have hip-hop and breakdance here.
Hauch has been teaching dance, in some capacity, for about 15 years.
“I have a master’s degree in health and wellness coaching, and we use that in our classes,” she said. “Our ethos is a little more wellness-based than a traditional dance studio structure.”
Dance United, located at 420 W. 17th St. in Holland, usually holds classes Monday through Thursday. Find out more about prices and offers on danceunitedholland.com.
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