North Shore Dance Studio moving

By Sarah Rennicke - Special to the News Graphic

Jan. 15, 2019

North Shore Dance studio will have a variety of improvements at their new location designed to make the space comfortable for students and their parents.
Submitted photo

MEQUON — New Year. New Home.

This is North Shore Dance Studio’s 2019 slogan as the performance studio gears up to transition into a different space by the end of the month.

Owner/head instructor Katie Holtzen bought the building in July, and renovation began in October.

The dance studio is currently in the River Centre Shopping Center on Mequon Road. Once given the OK, they’ll move to 10433 Baehr Road in the Mequon Business Park mid-late January.

NSDS has been busy packing up the studio and photos of past dancers and classes, recalling all the performances, the growth, the friendships. They’ve wandered through over a decade of life moments and memories.

“To see bare walls, it’s hitting the students, like, ‘This is where I grew up,’” said Holtzen.

“One hallway we had pictures of students past and present, and when I took them down, I teared up a bit,” she said. “I’ve walked down these hallways for years and won’t get to any more.”

But the memories will follow, and there will also be plenty of new ones.

The Baehr Road building is spacious – a blank canvas Holtzen could create from scratch, with five dance rooms, four bathrooms, two changing rooms, a store nearly double the current size and the Nova Nest, a hangout area specifically designed for accommodating a long day.

There’s a kitchenette, homework area and charger stations.

“We don’t have the luxury to go grab dinner from Subway or Piggly Wiggly any more, so we have a microwave and a few other amenities in the kitchenette in case families need to make dinner,” Holtzen said. Additionally, there’s an area for siblings with a coloring table and books to help pass the time.

For parents, there’s WiFi and a coffee and snack bar. Since the new studio is a little outside the range of restaurants and coffee shops, Holtzen said she believes parents will stick around. She said she wanted to make space available if they needed to check email or decompress over coffee.

Holtzen’s always dreamed of owning her own studio space. It’s becoming a reality, which brings both thrill and trepidation. The commute, the office work, the atmosphere will all be different. The camaraderie and dance, though, will always be the same.

“I’m excited to get in and give kids more space and new memories,” said Holtzen.

Track the progress

Follow North Shore Dance Studio on Instagram to track the final progress and see the opening of the new space: @NorthShoreDanceStudio.