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Summer 2017

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I n a former ice factory near the Wharf in Monterey, ballet students stretch at the barre in anticipation of class at Move Studios. These adult-only classes (age 14 and up) fea- ture men and women who may or may not have dance experience and are seeking cama- raderie, exercise and creative expression. Owner Kristin Minnich spent years convert- ing the abandoned ice factory into the state-of- the-art facility it is today, complete with sprung floors, sun-lit spaces, modern sound and five studios, all with features and images reflecting its past purpose. "We wanted to keep the industrial feel but combine modern elegance and technology," says Minnich, who won the Monterey County Preservationist of the Year award in 2016. Classes range from ballroom to Bollywood, and the drop-in schedule allows for flexibility. Work- shops include talent from the Smuin Ballet and artist-in-residence and percussionist Jayson Fann. The event space can hold 300 people, and those who have discovered the studio keep try- ing more classes. After class, sweaty but exhilarat- ed participants revealed their reasons for coming. "The space and the light are amazing." "The beautiful spirit of the owner." "The eclectic spirit and the fabulous teachers." "It's a nice way to meet people." "The location and the fabulous classes. It's a wonderful gift that brings joy." Move Studios is located at 600 E. Franklin St. in Monterey. For class schedule or event rental info, call 831/324-4919 or go to SHORTCUTS DANCE Monterey Dance Studio Offer s Classes and Event Space B Y B R E T T W I L B U R Kristin Minnich turned a former ice fac- tory in Monterey into a modern dance studio and event space with an array of classes and professional workshops. Photo: KelliUldall 62 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 7

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