Hoop dance instructor Jennifer Harlan, right, dances with Kristin Camire on Wednesday at Oak Street Dance Studio, formerly known as Northwest Ballet Studio. The studio is holding an open house Saturday.

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Hoop dance instructor Jennifer Harlan, right, dances with Kristin Camire on Wednesday at Oak Street Dance Studio, formerly known as Northwest Ballet Studio. The studio is holding an open house Saturday.

Newly named Oak Street Dance Studio to host open house

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Oak Street Dance Studio’s Saturday open house and free class schedule

9 a.m. Jazzercise with Courtney Murrell

10 a.m. Beginning adult belly dance with Dawn Cook

11 a.m. Kids belly dance for children ages 7 to 12 with Meg Widmer

Noon Prenatal belly dance with Meg Widmer

1 p.m. Beginning hoop dance for teens and adults with Jennifer Harlan

2 p.m. Kids African dance for children ages 5 to 10 with Nicole Idzahl

3 p.m. Beginning adult ballet with Heidi Meshurel-Jolly

4 p.m. Beginning adult modern dance with Wendy Smith Mikelsons

5 p.m. Creative dance for children ages 3 to 6 with Wendy Smith Mikelsons

All classes are free and open to the public Saturday. Oak Street Dance Studio is at 326 Oak St. For more information, call 871-1880 or 846-4450, or visit the studio’s Web site.

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Hoop dance student Kristin Camire dances Wednesday at Oak Street Dance Studio.

— Belly, ballet, modern, hoop, African and Jazzercise are among the types of dance that will be offered at an open house event Saturday.

Those styles represent part of the offerings at the newly renamed Oak Street Dance Studio, formerly Northwest Ballet Studio. The open house and day of free classes Saturday is a chance to expose the public to the studio, co-manager Wendy Smith Mikelsons said.

“We’re hoping to be a real community center and resource for dance,” she said.

A teacher with the studio since the late 1990s, Smith Mikelsons said she has noticed a perception in town for the past few years that the Oak Street operation hosts only ballet classes. Those classes have been a foundation of the space, but they’re not the only ones available, she said.

“There have always been all different kinds of dance classes for all different levels and all different ages, so we decided it was time for the name change, to reflect what we have to offer with a variety of dance,” she said.

The studio also offers classes in yoga and Pilates when teachers are available, she said.

Keeping its setup the same — with studio owners Karin and Josh Kagan and co-manager Heidi Meshurel-Jolly staying in their current roles — the studio will continue to host classes in many dance styles for children, teens and adults, Smith Mikelsons said.

Starting with a Jazzercise class at 9 a.m. Saturday, the open house event will showcase some of those classes.

Jazzercise teacher Courtney Murrell, who has been in Steamboat since June and with the studio since September, said she plans to lead a full-hour, regular Jazzercise workout during her free class.

“I’m hoping people just take advantage, first of all of a freebie … and also learn some other things that are happening at the studio,” Murrell said.

Always searching for new teachers, ideas and styles to bring into the studio, Smith Mikelsons said she is looking into new or revived offerings including men’s yoga, tap dance and hip-hop yoga.

She’s also taking requests for additional class times, including early morning options.

Dance experience is not required for any of Saturday’s free classes.

Information about all studio classes will be available during the open house.

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