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Remix Dance hosts open house at new location

T-R photo by Thomas Nelson — Angie Torres has reopened Remix Dance at a new location in the Marshalltown Mall. She had to move because of the pandemic and will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Remix Dance has moved and reopened its doors.

After closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic the dance studio is offering classes again to children and adults. It moved from Main Street, next to Zeno’s Pizza to the Marshalltown Mall, next to the Bath and Body Works.

The studio will host an open house Saturday to show off its new location. The open house will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We decided that we needed to keep it running because a lot of our kids, they need that outlet, they need dance,” said owner Angie Torres. “They need the studio open, if nothing else for a safe place to go sometimes.”

During the open house, Torres wants to show off the safety precautions they are taking for students.

“We’re also going to be offering virtual classes for the kids that aren’t comfortable with coming in,” she said. “We are doing all the safety precautions that we can. We take the kids’ temperature when they come in. Everybody has to wear a mask. We have much smaller classrooms.”

Lessons started earlier in July, but Torres moved into the new space on June 1. Since then she and other families have redone the area and turned what was once a coffee shop into three separate dance studios.

It is easy to spot Remix Dance at the mall with its logo sporting a spray painted aesthetic. The bright colors and mirror inside reflect the dancing aura. Just add music. Torres already has four dance teachers, whom she described as “awesome.”

“This week we finished up summer dance classes which were pretty full,” Torres said. “Recreation classes will begin Aug. 10.”

Torres closed down the Main Street studio in March around the time when other businesses were closing their doors.

Angie Torres and a volunteer move things around in Remic Dance’s new studio located the Marshalltown Mall. She had to move because of the pandemic, and will host an open

“If they were going to call off school we were going to need to call off dance,” she said.

They had to cancel a lot of planned events, including competitions.

“It’s been tough,” Torres said. “It hit right away. As soon as we went on spring break it seemed to be inevitable that we had to close down.”

With the studio open, Torres is hoping to start doing fundraisers to help support kids who would not be able to afford dance classes otherwise.

Torres wants to get the word out to let the community know she’s open again.

“The open house will show everyone we relocated,” she said. “There’s a lot of people that think we just closed down. We are still here and we are still running.”

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Contact Thomas Nelson at 641-753-6611 or tnelson@timesrepublican.com

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