A grass-roots, letter-writing campaign to redesign a dance studio brought federal funds to the Winchester Cultural Center.
On Friday, the Winchester Star Catchers and jazz, modern, hip-hop and ballet students unveiled the new dance studio, near McLeod Drive and Desert Inn Road.
Previously, the floor was concrete overlaid with tile. Now, the Marley-style dance floor is suspended with plenty of resilience, which most dancers prefer.
The studio was requested about five years ago by the Friends of Winchester Park, a neighborhood group. Dancers wrote letters rquesting funding, and the Clark County Parks and Recreation Department secured federal grant money to build the studio.
In addition to the ballet, Old English country dance, Mexican folkloric dance, hip hop, jazz and modern dance classes, exercise and martial arts classes will use the studio. Those classes are available to the public, and fees vary. The studio is also available to rent, but a rental fee has not been established.