Waterbury-based One Studio Dance, which was forced out of its Elm Street studio by devastating floods after Hurricane Irene, will move next month into a new, larger location, and will become a nonprofit organization. 

The new studio will be at 87 Commercial Drive in the Moretown Commercial Complex, just over the Winooski River from Waterbury village. 

The new location “will afford us many advantages from our prior studio, including two studios, more parking and better access,” said One Studio owner Laurie Flaherty.  “And the nonprofit status will ensure that One Studio can maintain the core mission of making dance available for all children.”

She said a significant “spark donation” from a parent of one of the studio’s dancers provided the capital necessary to relocate and outfit the new studio.

“It was nothing short of a miracle that we received this generous offer just as I faced the potential need to close the studio’s doors for lack of proper funding for a new start,” said Flaherty, who will stay on as the studio’s director once it becomes a nonprofit. 

Converting to nonprofit status means a new organizational structure and access to grants, which Flaherty hopes will mean even more enriching opportunities to the more than 400 students at One Studio. 

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