Dance Studio Upset With Closure of Civic Auditorium

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

An Omaha landmark won't be around for much longer. The Civic Auditorium will be torn down in the summer of 2014. For dance studios and other acts that perform there they say it'll be a crushing blow.

Rachel Shockey owns Shockey Dance Studio near 168th and Harrison. She says the music hall in is where her students perform all of their major competitions.

“It's home for us and I know it's home for every other studio in the metro area as well,” says Shockey.

She says the big stage at the civic sets it apart from others, along with dressing rooms and a backstage for all of her props.

15-year-old Rebecca Tunic teaches at the studio. She recalls her first recital on the music hall stage at 4-years-old.

“Anytime I think about my dancing I think of myself on that stage, not any other stage that one.”

Shockey says having the music hall in Omaha was the perfect fit for large competitions. Without the space, the studio may be forced to seek competition in larger cities, costing a lot of extra cash.

“I know a lot of studios have there and they will have to venture out and find new venues which will be very difficult.”

The city is looking for a developer of the downtown site. demolishing the building will cost anywhere from five to seven million dollars that could be paid for by the future developer.

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