After the furniture store (Sub)Urban Home vacated the corner retail space in Nov 2012 at 5th and Main (on the ground floor of the Rosslyn Lofts), the highly visible space with large wrap-around windows has sat largely vacant waiting for the right business tenant…until now. Late last month, a renowned dance studio from Culver City called “Your Neighborhood Studio,” or YNS, signed a lease taking over the 1,550 square foot corner space, which will offer dance and cardio courses in almost every technique and genre including: “Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Broadway, West African, Bollywood, Tahitian, Breakin, House, Strip Hop and more! With cardio classes including Hip Hop Fit, Dance it Out!, Zumba, Plyojam, Cabaret, Groov3, Cardio Carnivale, Cardio Hip Hop, Afro Pop, Pop Video, The Groove, Dance Hall and Old School.”
The owner of YNS, Denise Mazan, will be bringing a lot of experienced dance instructors to the studio, helping to activate the corner with a lot of dynamic energy. According to their website, YNS has been voted “Best in Culver City” for 3 consecutive years as well as “Best in Los Angeles” by LA City Voter. Mazan’s YNS website has some impressive info about the kind of experience her dancers collectively have.
“Our instructors have…worked with a couple of people you may have heard of including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Tina Turner, Beyonce, Rihanna, Usher, R. Kelly, Chris Brown, Ginuwine, Jamie Foxx, Nicki Minaj and many, many more. You may have seen them on So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, The Academy Awards, The MTV Movie Awards, The BET Hip Hop Awards; they have been appeared on television and film and toured Broadway shows such as The Wiz, Fame and Dream Girls…the list could go on and on!”
Mazan, who has lived in San Francisco, was drawn to the urban setting of Downtown LA (its rich history and walkability) and found the up-and-coming atmosphere attractive. The addition of YNS to Downtown LA will add to the growing list of amenities that help make downtown a livable, multi-layered and diverse community. The dance studio is currently under construction and is slated to open in mid-October.
To see YNS dance classes in action, check out their promo video below.