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Gasper's south studio leaps to new location, next StartupBREW to star Forum's Kid Bosses

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Matthew Gasper, master instructor and owner of Gasper's School of Dance, tests out the space of the school's future south Fargo location at Town Square Village, 4631 40th Ave. S., Suite 120, Fargo, on July 20, 2022.
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FARGO — Four years after opening a second dance studio in south Fargo, Gasper's School of Dance is making a jeté leap to Town Square Village, just five blocks southeast of its current location.

Over the next month, its second location at 3650 Veterans Boulevard S. , is relocating to the Osgood Hornbacher's neighborhood at 4631 40th Ave. S., Suite 120, Fargo, according to an announcement on the school's website.

After a month of painting and renovations, the new facility will officially open at the start of the studio's season Monday, Aug. 29.

Gasper's will continue to operate its downtown
studio at 524 7th St. N.

Owner Matt Gasper says the move was prompted primarily by a need for more space.

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"We were between a rock and a hard place," said Gasper, whose parents, Eddie and Kathy Gasper were Broadway choreographers and dancers who started teaching dance in Fargo in 1978. "Do we stay here and just jam kids into the studio space that we have or do we try to look for something else?"

He adds that they had initially chosen the Veterans Boulevard location because it was on a main thruway, but then realized that their school was a destination, which people would seek out regardless of where it was situated.

"We have the quality and the reputation and the expertise that people have come to know and love," he said.

The leap from the current 2,700-square-foot location at Veterans to the 4,600-square-foot space along 40th Avenue South presents a variety of expansion opportunities:

  • Three equally sized studio spaces
  • Ample lobby space
  • A parking lot with two entrances into the building
  • A new flex space for activities like music lessons, private lessons or personal training

The flex space represents the first step toward Gasper's greater vision to transform his family's business from a dance studio to an all-encompassing "performing arts center," where students can learn to sing, act, learn gymnastics or study any skill to prepare them for public performance.
Gasper added that he has lined up a vocal coach and a couple of pianists who will rent studio space from Gasper's to give lessons.

The expansion from two to three studio spaces also allows the school to add classes and keep class sizes smaller so attendees can get more individualized attention, he says.

This year, class registration will be from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the downtown location and from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the new south location.

However, parents and students can also stop at those locations throughout the month to register, Gasper says.

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For registration information or to volunteer with the move, contact (701) 234-9440 or info@gaspersschoolofdance.com

Ramp Girl, Oscar's Pooper-Scooping biz featured at next StartupBREW

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Johanna Zinke and Oscar Stebleton will be two of the three "kid entrepreneurs" featured during next week's StartupBREW.
Contributed / Janet Zinke and Lora Stebleton

Two "kidtrepreneurs" from The Forum's ongoing Kid Boss series will be the featured speakers at Emerging Prairie's next StartupBREW Wednesday, July 27, at Drekker Brewing Co., 1666 1st Ave. N., Fargo.

Johanna Zinke , a 10-year-old who sources ramps (a sought-after wild onion) for local chefs, and Oscar Stebleton, a 10-year-old who runs Oscar's Pooper Scooping and Dog-Walking, will take the stage to talk about their stories and how they took the initiative to become pint-sized entrepreneurs.

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Coffee club begins at 8 a.m. at Drekker and the program begins at 8:30 a.m.

Learn more about StartupBREW at emergingprairie.com/startupbrew-fargo/

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