QC Dance opens new studio in Blaine

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

QC Dance’s new Blaine studio is open.

A ballet class tries out one of the five studios at QC Dance Studio’s new location in Blaine. Photo by Eric Hagen
A ballet class tries out one of the five studios at QC Dance Studio’s new location in Blaine. Photo by Eric Hagen

The new location that opened on April 5 is on the northwest corner of Highway 65 and 99th Avenue in the building that was once home to the Space Aliens restaurant. It’s only 2 miles from the old location that was next to BeBop Sports Bar.

The new address is 9967 Ulysses St. NE, Blaine.

QC Dance’s space increased from approximately 6,300 to 10,000 square feet thanks to this move. Every studio is larger and there are now five, instead of four, studios, according to Barb Stanley, owner.

“We have always offered a wide variety of class options,” Stanley said. “However, with our new facility our options for dancers and families have expanded to offering more class time choices for busy families and to being able to provide a wider variety of genre specific classes to meet every dancer’s desires.”

Dancers can now choose one specific genre or a combination of classes. Families have the option of having their children only come once per week or multiple days each week.

There are many different levels of involvement dancers can have with QC Dance. Some may just want a more casual social and fitness activity while others want to be involved in serious competitions. There are classes for both.

QC Dance will continue providing educational classes for the park and recreation programs for the cities of Blaine and Spring Lake Park.

The history of this business dates back to 1970 when Mary William Jasicki worked with 1967 Miss Minnesota Charlotte Sims Olein to open Queens Court Dance Studio in St. Anthony Village’s Apache Plaza mall. The business name was later abbreviated to QC Dance Studios.

The studio left St. Anthony Village for Roseville after an April 26, 1984 tornado significantly damaged Apache Plaza. A second studio open in 1989 in Blaine’s Northgate Mall. The Roseville location closed in 1996 and the Blaine studio relocated to a shopping center off 109th Avenue next to BeBop’s.

Stanley, who had started dancing at the age of 3 at QC Dance Studios when it was in Roseville, bought the business from Jasicki in 2013.

It has been a dream come true for Stanley to see QC Dance move to this bigger studio.

“I’m very excited to be here. I can’t wait for everyone to come and see the facility,” she said.

For more information, visit www.qcdance.com.

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