We finally (finally!) have an official date for the opening of the new studio in Fairview! Huzzah!!!!!
But we’re not going to tell you what the date is.
Ha! Only joking, of course. The studio is set to open the week of September 20th, which means that our first class will commence there on Thursday, Sept. 23rd. For the moment there will only be a Beginners class from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., but hopefully in the new year (since we’ll only get in one 8-week session before breaking for Christmas. Scary thought, eh?!?) we’ll be able to start an Improvers class out there as well.
I just got my first tour of the studio today (woohoo! And did I remember to take photos? Of course not!). It is located in the Charterhouse Business Park on Richmond Road in Fairview, D.3 (as it has noted on the Classes page for some time). On a map of Richmond Road, it is near Waterfall Ave. (and on the same side of Richmond Road). There is a brick wall on either side of the business park entrance, with large signs bearing the name of the park on both walls. There will also hopefully be “National Dance Academy” signs going up on top of the walls soon.
Once inside the business park entrance, go right (you won’t have a choice) and follow the road around to the left. (Note: If there’s no parking available, you can park out on Richmond Road.) At the very end of the road (don’t worry, it’s not that far), you’ll come to the building where the studio is located. There’s a seating area with couches on the right and a row of what looks like shop fronts on the left. The NDA is about the 3rd or 4th front in the row.
Inside, there will be a small reception area where people can wait for their class (if it’s full, there’s the previously mentioned couches by the building entrance about 20 meters away, or there’s even a small pool hall upstairs!). Then there’s men’s and women’s changing areas where students will be able to leave their belongings while in class (each area also will have a shower, though those aren’t completed yet), men’s and women’s toilets, and finally the studio itself, with a lovely, big, open floor (no pillars! Yay! And a bit bigger than the old IDA) and mirrors along one wall. It’s a great facility, and will be a fantastic home for us!
Go to the Classes page for more info about our Lindy Hop classes. And we hope to see you in the new studio!
All the best,
Jamie and Clare