stood in her new 3,000-square-foot studio. "Some culture."
Opened Wednesday, Middleton's school joins a $20-million project that
includes a Brazilian steak house, crepeorie, sports
bar/nightclub/restaurant and other retail stores. Atop the businesses is
a 146-unit senior housing complex.
At the Media Dance Arts Center, Middleton will offer classes to the
public in a range of dance styles.
With 75 students, Middleton has taught ballet and other forms of dance
for more than 20 years. She was once jazz pianist Chuck Corea's
Before she moved in to her space, Middleton installed wood floors, a
bathroom, central air conditioning and full-body length mirrors into the
formerly unoccupied space.
While her "silent opening" didn't raise many eyebrows, Middleton said
she plans to christen her dance studio in style next month at a formal
ribbon cutting. Her school will perform the ballet "Les Sylphides" for
city officials and the public.
Located at 237 E. Palm Ave., Middleton's studio sits just off the
street on a walkway that cuts through Media Village to Magnolia
Media Village developer Frank Gangi said he was glad to sign Middleton
to a lease to fill up space that has been vacant since the project opened
a year ago. Gangi said the business will complement the new 276-seat
Burbank Center Stage, the former Natural History Museum now home to
Colony Studio Theatre.
"We were looking more for tenants that were offering entertainment
venues," Gangi said. "That's what is happening downtown."