The owners of the — and their downtown neighbors — celebrated the school's grand reopening with a ribbon cutting this afternoon.
The school will celebrate its grand reopening with an open house and class registration event on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at its updated studio in 152 N. Water St. in Downtown Kent. All are welcome to attend.
Longtime instructor Courtney Nething Watt takes over as new owner and lead instructor at the school. Watt, of Kent, started taking dance lessons at Franklin School of Dance at age 3 and has been an instructor at the studio for 18 years. By taking over Franklin School of Dance, which was founded by Bill Franklin in 1936, she is fulfilling a lifelong dream.
“As a little girl, I always dreamed of owning a dance studio,” Watt
said in a press release. “Franklin School of Dance has been a big part of my life since I was three years old, so I am especially excited to have this opportunity and continue Bill Franklin’s legacy of dance instruction.”
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