Business name: Studio 8100.
Location: Traer Creek Plaza, Avon.
Date opened: Oct. 8.
Owner: Hilde Falk.
What goods or services do you provide? Studio 8100 is a dance studio that offers classes in all dance disciplines, including ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, breaking, modern and tap. We also provide acting lessons for kids 8 years and older on Saturdays.
What's new or exciting at your place? This is the only dance studio in the Vail Valley that teaches all the different dance styles for both girls and boys, including contemporary dance and hip hop. Studio 8100 offers hip hop and break dancing to children as young as 5 years old, for both boys and girls and for all levels.
The teachers are very experienced with great resumes. Morgan Flahive-Foro received her BFA in acting and performance at Chicago College of Performing Arts, where she also trained at Hubbard Street Dance and worked as a professional actress.
Director and choreographer Tasha Hamilton has taught dance since she was 11 years old, and spent the last five years in Los Angeles as a professional dancer. She has choreographed for dancers on the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" and worked with children on Nickelodeon and Disney. She has years of experience in choreographing and teaching young competitive dancers and Studio 8100 is excited to offer selected students this new opportunity to participate in dance competitions.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? The only other dance studio in the Vail Valley is a ballet academy which mainly focuses on teaching traditional ballet. Studio 8100 is a high quality dance studio which focuses on all the different dance disciplines, and for all levels. Even though we recommend that the serious dancer does several ballet classes per week, we allow every student to choose their own combination of classes. We want to create dancers that are well rounded in all the various dance styles, and give the advanced dancer the skills they need to compete with today's world class commercial dancers as well as the professional ballerinas.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? I believe in being truthful, sincere and flexible when dealing with my customers.
What can your customers expect from you? They can expect to find a high quality dance studio with amazing teachers, and a positive and nurturing environment where the students feel welcome and have fun!
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I come from Norway and moved to Vail with my family three years ago. I worked as a family physician in Norway for 12 years, and was looking for something else to do here in Vail. My 13 year old daughter wanted to take hip hop and contemporary dance, but we couldn't find any classes for this in the valley. It struck me that there was definitely a market for a dance studio that could offer more than just ballet and jazz. I danced myself as a child and teenager and felt I had knowledge about the dance world, so I decided to go for it and start Studio 8100.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? One day an older, heavy-set construction worker walked into the studio and asked if he could get private ballet lessons. He said it looked "fun." I think he was joking with us.