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New Studio Gives Longtime Dance, Fitness Instructors a Home of their Own

Original Article By: John . Russell, Steamboat Pilot, Steamboat Springs, CO June 19, 2020

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The newest dance and fitness studio in Steamboat Springs was created by three, longtime instructors who are hoping their businesses have found a new home with a fresh and unique co-op concept.

“It is an anti-studio in the sense that it’s not that we’re all trying to be a conglomerate together to try to make money for one person,” said co-owner Jamie Boeri. “We’re all sort of making money for ourselves. It’s established businesses coming into their own and sharing a space.”

Boeri, who operates Bella Movement Dance and Fitness, has partnered with Scott Goodhart, who owns Goodhart’s Dancin Steamboat, and Meg Southcott, who owns Forty106 Dance Project, to open Steamboat Dance + Fitness at 1955 Bridge Lane in West Steamboat Springs. The three instructors will operate their own businesses under the same roof in the space, which includes two separate dance studios. When space allows, the owners will lease unused space to other local instructors for as long as they need it.

All three of us have a very established business and a strong following,” Boeri said. “We weren’t looking to hand that off to just any studio owner. … We wanted to make money for ourselves, to build our own brands and, of course, support each other in the process.”

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When Meg Soutcott started Forty106 Dance Project, she created a contemporary/modern dance company aimed at fostering artistic and personal growth through dance, encouraging performing arts advocacy in the community and helping to establish Steamboat as an arts destination.

“Forty106 Dance Project is a performance-based company that also offers adult level classes, and during the summertime, pre-professional level classes to just kind of get people dancing and moving and appreciate dance as an art form,” Southcott said. “Right now, I’m just offering technique classes. Eventually, I will start offering a little more specialized dance electives like choreography classes, dance academy, dance history and down the line more collaborative works with fellow artists, musicians, visual artists and that sort of thing.”

Southcott, who has a dance performance degree and a bachelor’s degree of fine art from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, founded Forty106 in 2018. That June, the company held one live performance, “Hurry Up and Wait,” at the Depot Arts Center. But due to space and trying survive in Steamboat, the company has not had another performance in Steamboat, but Southcott said one is in the works. She said the new studio space gives the company a place to call home.

“It allows people to come into the space to take class to either get back into dancing if they haven’t done it in a while, or explore something that they have been wanting to try forever and just haven’t felt comfortable or haven’t had the opportunity,” Southcott said. “This space allows that to happen. It will be a house for rehearsals and then open rehearsals and then eventually those rehearsals will lead to the performance.”