At the back, from left, are Studio One members Greta Tapper, Jenny Pettigrew, Elizabeth O’Connor, Jasmine Turner and Kyra Herzberger. In front are Anne-Marie Richards and Elena Lowry. Photo: Kate Russell.

Community studio needs support

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A vibrant multi-use studio in central Nelson could be facing closure if it can’t drum up more members and support.

Studio One on Rutherford Mews is home to a collective of performers who offer classes ranging from belly dance, burlesque, pole, theatre, flow arts, yoga and improv.

But despite “going really well” after opening mid last year, it could have to close its doors due to the effects of Covid-19.

“We had a really nice membership, we were getting lots of hires – but then lockdown hit and a lot of our income stream just dried right up,” says member Elena Lowry.

“Obviously, we’re still paying for the rent, the power – those ongoing costs. We’d hate to lose this space.”

Elena describes the studio as “a little treasure”.

“I’ve been a performer and a teacher for a long time and spaces like this with decent flooring, lighting and mirrors are not an easy find.”

The studio is also for hire for short-term or long-term stints and has even hosted unicorn dance parties, theatre practitioners and photographers.

“It’s so multi-use. There’re heaps of options, so people can just come in and try it and decide if they want to be a member.”

Elena says the collective was formed from a need for a space for fringe artists.

“We’re a pretty friendly bunch and we want to support people to have a place to create, play and teach. We love it here and we don’t want to lose it.”

To raise some funds, the studio has created a Givealittle page and they are also holding a fundraising show on Saturday, 3 October at 8pm.

“There will be pole, belly dance, flow arts and burlesque – a bit of everything. It’s a pretty stacked show in terms of performers,” says member Jasmine Turner.

Tickets for the show are available from Eventfinda.

Jasmine says, now we are at Alert Level 1, they are hoping people will feel like it’s safe enough to come out and try a class.

“We want other people to know it exists – it’s here and we’re ready for you.”

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