After Sunday, Woodbury’s Tropical Ballroom will close its dance studio and offer lessons off-site.
“Mobile completely,” said Tricia Wood, who co-owns the studio with her husband James. “And we’re super excited.”
Customers have increasingly requested lessons elsewhere, Wood said, and it made financial and logistical sense to close the Valley Creek Mall studio.
“Over the next three or three and a half months, we’re booked solid, but it’s all off-site,” she said. “Why have a studio when we’re never in it?”
The decision came about quickly, Wood said, “and we’re going with it.”
Tropical Ballroom has been in Woodbury for the past four and half years and was named the 2011 Business of the Year by the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce.
Wood said the studio already has plans to hold lessons at Central Park and the Maplewood Community Center, and is also looking at space at Primrose School of Woodbury.
“It’s a huge change,” she said.
Tropical Ballroom began telling customers the news Wednesday night, Wood said, and all have been supportive and understanding of the move.
“They say it makes sense and we’ll go where you are teaching,” she said.
Along with the change will also be a new name for Tropical Ballroom “to better reflect what we do,” Wood said.
Sunday, Jan. 6, will be the last day for lessons at the studio, and she and James will be moving out Monday though Wednesday.
“It only makes sense. That’s where the demand has gone,” Wood said. “It’s super exciting and a relief—a new adventure.”