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