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New studio space will elevate dance options for students

With more than 250 students, classes at Elevation Dance Studio are very popular. Owner Renee Fleischer is hoping the addition of a new studio on the west side of Steamboat Springs will give students more class options.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Elevation Dance Studio is making a leap, and the move has longtime owner Renée Fleischer jumping for joy.

“We have been playing with the idea for awhile,” Fleischer said of adding a second location that will expand her popular dance studio, which has been located in downtown since 2010. “We needed our numbers to match up to be honest. We needed enough teachers to fill those extra classes, and we needed to get more studio space.”

Fleischer said she had hoped to keep the entire studio in one location, but the space in Elevation’s current location at 326 Oak St. just wasn’t enough to allow for growth and to meet the demands of current classes.

To meet those needs, Elevation has added a second studio on the west side of Steamboat Springs in the newly constructed West End Plaza, which is located at 2750 Lincoln Ave. next to NAPA Auto Parts.

“We would have loved to stay in the same location and expand from there, but there just isn’t the space for that,” Fleischer said. “So we went ahead with a space west of town, and I think that will actually serve families that live in that direction. I’m really excited about that opportunity.”

The new Elevation Dance Studio West also will allow for more classes to be offered, including modern dance, ballroom dancing and a six-week musical theater session. The current class lineup includes a wide range of  jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap and hip hop as well as tumbling and fitness classes.

The expanded space also will allow the studio to adjust the timing of classes, which is expected make life easier for students.

“I think not dancing on the weekends is huge for us  —nobody wants to dance or teach on weekends,” Fleischer said. “Having students get out of classes before 8 p.m. was another big goal. It’s tough on families and for sure on the students.”

When the studio opened in 2010, it had 91 students and one large space for all of its classes. The studio’s capacity was doubled in 2013 when a wall was constructed to turn one large space into two smaller spaces that allowed for more classes.

The studio, which typically serves between 230 and 260 students each year, currently offers 65 classes taught by 12 instructors, including Fleischer.

“Starting the year off with 255 students is really awesome,” she said. ‘The addition of a new studio allows for smaller-sized classes, because we have more options. We will have less students per every teacher, and we love that idea.”

To meet the needs of those students, Fleischer wanted to add more in-demand classes like ballroom dancing. Those classes, which will be taught by Scott Goodhart, have been welcomed with excitement by dancers of all ages.

And while the studio space is growing, Fleischer said the mission of Elevation is not changing.

“Our mission is to provide performance opportunities,” Fleischer said. “We want to develop well-rounded, versatile dancers. We want to provide great role models for these kids through our teachers, and we want to make our students great role models in the community.”

Visit elevationdancestudio.com for more information on classes.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.


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