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January 16, 2014

Dance academy expansion underway

TRAVERSE CITY — Leaders of a business that teaches people the art of dance announced expansion plans that include construction of a two-story, 10,000-square-foot headquarters on South Garfield Avenue.

The Dance Arts Academy confirmed its expansion plans in an interview with the Record-Eagle this evening.

“It’s a big project, and there are very few studios like this in the state of Michigan,” said Sue Buck, who co-owns the academy with Betsy Carr.

For now, the academy is located in the Traverse City Outlets mall at 3811 Marketplace Circle, off U.S. 31. Buck said the academy recently purchased a vacant lot in the 1000 block of South Garfield, right next to the Carpet Galleria, for construction of a new studio.

The building will house the Dance Arts Academy, a related business called Diva Dancewear, and a 501c3 called Company Dance Traverse.

Buck said demand for dance classes in northern Michigan is strong. She said the academy teaches hundreds of students a week, and the business needed more space.

A huge renovation project proposed for the Traverse City Outlets mall also played a role in the move. Developers are seeking necessary permits for a 14-screen movie theater project at the Outlets center.

“My business partner and I have been looking to purchase and build for years now, and we just landed on the right spot,” Buck said. “We’ve looked everywhere and have been searching for a permanent spot for children to continue to explore the world of dance and explore their passion and gifts.”

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