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Dance Dimensions New Space in the Norwalk Hour

Pushed out of old space by development, Dance Dimensions moves to Cross Street in Norwalk

NORWALK -- Dance Dimensions, the dance studio formerly located at 3 Quincy St., has moved its operation to the shopping center at 15 Cross St. Dance Dimension's first classes at its new location took place Monday, according to owner Char Fromentin.

The new studio occupies a 4,000 square foot space that once housed a Fred Astaire Dance Studios franchise. The real estate is owned by Fairfield-based Fischel Properties.

Fromentin contracted local family-owned businesses, including European Woodcraft and Westport Glass, to refurbish the space, which she said is superior to her former studio at 3 Quincy St.

"My new space is so much better and nicer," said Fromentin, who started teaching dance in 1979 from the basement of her home.

Fromentin decided to relocate her business from 3 Quincy St. in August, when she received confirmation that her building would be removed to make way for Phase 3 of the Waypointe development project in the West Avenue area Norwalk.

Fromentin said she first learned of her building's fate from an article in The Hour. When she received that news, Fromentin considered quitting, but decided against it.

"People retire to do what they want to do, and I'm already doing what I want to do," Fromentin said. "I've had these kids forever. They start at four, they stay on until they're 18. I have a real responsibility to them."

Fromentin said that the move was worth it, despite the challenges of relocating a business.

"It takes an immense amount of effort and energy," Fromentin said. "Just because a big developer said 'We're taking the building down,' there was no reason to feel like a puppy dog with their tail between their legs going 'oh no.'".