WAITE PARK -- One of St. Cloud's premier dance studios is ready to begin a new chapter.

Ms Melinda's Dance Studio is set to open their new 14,000 square-foot facility Thursday. Owner Melinda Tamm says while the building may have changed, the culture remains the same.

"Our students learn to be well rounded not only in dance but a lot of these kids are in a lot of other sports. So if they have a place they can go to after school they become better leaders for tomorrow."

The dance studio features upgrades to technology, an apparel shop, student learning alcove, plenty of viewing space, and five larger dance classrooms.

"With our classrooms we can utilize bigger leaps, bigger turn sections and trick sections. We also went with higher ceilings so we can do acrobatic tricks, along with stunts and lifts."

Ms Melinda's Dance Studio will celebrate its 12th season this fall and classes are already filling up.

A grand opening will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at their new location at 454 Great Oak Drive, Waite Park.

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)