The Inside Story Of The Spot Dance Center
The Spot is located in the heart of china town, 6, R,N,Q, J trains to Canal Street.
A California dreamer, representing the Bay area Robyn Baltzer has gifted the community with a dance studio to call home. Unlike the rest, this studio strictly focuses on urban street styles, highlights the social dance of the Hustle and even provides a ear training music class to build one’s musicality. What other studio provides this? That’s right, no other than The Spot Dance Center. Rep your Style took a visit to the freshly constructed studio with its fresh smell of newly planked floors and sleek look to provide an inside interview with owner to get the scoop about what lead to the opening of “The Spot”.
Robyn eight years ago took a risk to move to New York City to take her studies in musical theater, contemporary/modern and street style dance to new heights. In her journey she came across the social dance of the Hustle and now stands as an international teacher of New Style Hustle along with her partner Jeff Selby. She states that her life changed when she was injured being on tour with Cirque Du Soleil, she began to question her purpose, her goals and when she returned from the tour, she began to explore deeper into the underground dance scene. It was at Funk Box NYC where she became connected to Jeff and her life took flight into a different direction she called fulfilling. At a very young age, Robyn knew she wanted to be a dance studio owner, she was inspired by the entrepreneur teachings of her parents. At the age of 21, she owned her first dance studio, but after a year in operation she realized she wanted to dance, so she then eventually moved east to live out that dream. From her experience in New York, she found that there was no center or home for strictly street and underground styles. So she took a stand to create a platform, to provide a space where dancers can grow and get proper education in the urban dance styles. As she states,” I’m happy with this world, I’m happy with this life and I want to support it more and contribute. So that was my inspiration.” In reference to why she opened “The Spot”.
She currently provides 15-20 classes a week, in styles like House, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vogue, New Style Hustle, Locking, Popping, Freestyle and Musicology (Ear Training). SO GET IN THERE AND TRAIN! In the near future “The Spot” will provide Breaking workshops, children’s program, fitness programs and an international exchange program. Want more information on the schedule and rates? Check out the site www.thespotdancecenter.com.