A groundbreaking celebration took place May 8, 2019 for Dance Explosion’s new studio in New Richmond.
When Shannon Wisemiller, owner of a longtime dance company in New Richmond couldn’t renew her lease due to her landlord’s expansion, she decided that it was the right time for Dance Explosion to build its own facility. Having taught dance in New Richmond for 28 years and owning Dance Explosion for 20 years, the need for a dedicated facility was evident.
“We had four prior locations over the years and we are excited that this will be our fifth and final move,” Shannon said. The new building is located on St. Croix Avenue in New Richmond and consists of 5,700 sq. ft. The space is designed with two spacious studios which can be joined into a single large studio via retractable wall, comfortable waiting rooms, and other support spaces. The floor is specially designed for dance and the facility as a whole will offer amenities for dancers and their families. “Our studio has students ages two through high school seniors, and we even have around 50 “Dancing Dads” who rehearse with their student dancers once a week and perform at our year end recital,” Shannon added. “Our sessions begin in September and run through April, and we hold some special summer sessions and year-round sessions for our competition dancers.”
“This project is a real dream come true for us at Dance Explosion. I have been teaching dance in New Richmond for 28 years—starting out teaching for CJ’s Dance—the same studio I danced in growing up in the area. Twenty years ago CJ’s sold me part of the business and Dance Explosion was born. We have enjoyed working with so many awesome students and families around the area and we are so thrilled to be opening this brand-new space.
“Everyone we have worked with on this project has been great so far. The designer, our banker, the project managers, superintendent and crew have brought us ideas and they have been as enthusiastic about our project as we are. We are looking forward to opening the new studio this August,” Shannon added.