Business Beat: Dance studio opening next week in Crescent City

April 04, 2007 12:00 am

Debbie Weist will hold a grand opening on April 14 for her new dance studio called Dance with Debbie at 658 J St.

The grand opening begins at 6 p.m. with a 30-minute dance demonstration followed by a half hour of beginning salsa lessons. Open dancing will be featured from 7 to 10 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

"I will be focusing on ballroom dance, including ‘smooth' dances like the foxtrot, waltz, hustle and swing, and Latin dances such as the salsa, rumba, meringue, cha cha and samba," Weist said.

The dance studio classes, which will also include modern dance and yoga, will be held on various evenings and Saturdays. Both private and group lessons are available, with drop-ins and visitors welcome.

"Remember the innocence of dancing when you were little?" Weist asks. "Before it was cool or uncool to dance? Remember moving to the music and just feeling the joy of dancing? That's what we work on recapturing at Dance with Debbie."

Weist's love for dance began when she was a child and led her to earn a B.A. in dance kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado. She opened a ballroom dance club in the late 1990s with a partner in Page, Arizona, and moved to Crescent City in 2002.

"Nobody was teaching ballroom dancing in town," she said. "I really wanted to start ballroom dancing again, so I taught at College of the Redwoods in their adult education program, and then I decided to open this studio."

The studio will feature "progressive group sessions" of four weekly classes focusing on one smooth dance and one Latin dance.

Latino service corporation forms: After working for seven years under the umbrella of a large organization, Rene Quintana's Smith River Latino community service group recently achieved non-profit corporation status on its own as Manos Unidos, Inc., or United Hands.

"We focus on English as a second language, health issues and community needs," Quintana said. "We serve the needs of the Del Norte County farm worker community and we're the first organization of its kind. Now we have our own identity and we're organizing our mail and phone service."

Manos Unidos operates out of the Smith River Methodist Church.

New owners for Sunset Harbor RV Park: Sunset Harbor RV Park at 205 King St. changed hands on Feb. 28. The new owner, A.J. Robicheaux, lives in Kingman, Ariz. Ryan and Jen Moody, from Michigan, are the new managers.

"I just flew in last week to see what my new home would be like," Jen Moody said.

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