continued But it wasn’t that simple. There were open spaces in the roof and snow piled up on the third floor, the structure needed a lot of work and there was basically no electricity or plumbing on the top two floors, Patty said. They ended up gutting the entire building. “At one point you could see through to the basement,” Allison said.
One of the main reasons for opening a dance studio was to have a place that the Burritt’s two daughters, who have been dancers since age three and had recently graduated from college, could dance together whenever they were home in Cazenovia, and maybe, Patty said with a laugh, entice them to move home for good.
Allison, who recently graduated from Ithaca College with a master’s degree in communication and business, and also taught Zumba classes in Ithaca, said she got involved at first to help her mother out with the business. On a visit home to Cazenovia she met the man who is now her fiancée and that prompted her to decide to not only stay and help out, but also become the manager of the studio.
“Being a dancer my whole life [with a business degree], I thought it was a perfect fit,” Allison said.
The renovated building at 52-54 Albany St., now boasts four new two-bedroom apartments on the top two floors — with a new elevator for access — and two dance/fitness studios on the ground floor, each approximately 800 square feet. Both are typical dance studios with wood floors and mirrors spanning one entire wall, but they also contain a “floating dance floor” under the wood that cushions impact and is better for people’s knees and other joints, Allison said. There is a sound system in both studios, as well as a “floating ceiling” that absorbs the sound so it will not reach the apartments upstairs, she said.