by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
They’re pulling up the floors, pulling down the mirrors and pulling out the light fixtures.
At the end of this month, Bailamos Dance Studio on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, CA, will be closing up shop for good. And with the decision to end an era of ballroom dance the studio also leaves, the cardio-funk, hip hop, live DJ’d class phenomena GROOVE3 groovement, started by dancer, choreographer, performer, Benjamin Allen, stranded and without a home.
“We started right here in WEHO two years ago with just two classes a week. West Hollywood is our home,” said Allen at the end of yesterday’s 12pm to 1pm weekly Sunday class, which has been regularly frequented by celebs, such as Ru Paul.
The announcement from the studio was made only this past week to Benjamin and GROOV3, Dance, Sweat, Live. It has been rumored (although not confirmed by the studio owner or the landlord of the property) that Bailamos chose not to renew their lease which is also said to be upwards of $12,000 per month. And in only several days time, without a new space, GROOV3 may be leaving West Hollywood forever. So far, no available dance studios or spaces large enough and with a dance floor have been found. No other studios in the area have offered to open their doors.
Update: As of 2017, GROOV3 is operating out of its Culver City main location and offering classes at multiple studios in Los Angeles.