After inspiring people to dance for almost four years, Studio 1924, which was once described as being “Best Dance School” in Oakland, will be closing its doors at its current location on Feb. 10 of next year.
The building's owner -- the third in just as many years -- recently informed the studio's owners that their lease will not be extended, according to studio co-founder Melissa Agocs.
"The most recent owners originally said the business could be on a month-to-month basis until a new location was found, but then changed their minds," wrote Agocs in an email to KQED.
The studio first opened in 2012, when Agocs took a leap of faith and began renting the downtown Oakland space shortly after being laid off her previous job. Agocs and fellow co-founder Count Glover agreed to lease the space when the owner at the time was about to leave the country.
“We were kinda under the gun,” says Glover of their initial decision to lease.
The studio first became popular as a venue for people to stay active during their lunch break. Now the studio has three-to-four classes each day and is packed with kids classes on Saturdays.