Academy christens new home

BELLAIRE – A move, partly necessitated by a growing parking issue at its previous location may turn out to be a huge blessing for Turn It Out Dance Academy, co-owners Mandy Doyle and Lacey Baker and their throng of dance students.

That became evident last Saturday when the sisters held a grand opening at their newly built dance academy in their hometown of Bellaire.

When Doyle and Baker originally set out on their own, they took ownership of the former Dance Dimensions facility in Wheeling.

Now, Turn It Out’s hundreds of dance students have the luxury of practicing and performing in a state-of-the-art dance facility custom tailored to its students needs.

“My sister and I had a strong voice in the design of the facility,” Doyle said. “I have traveled across the U.S. and beyond as a guest teacher (in New York, California, Florida, Italy, etc.) and have seen many dance facilities.

“I tried to put the best elements I’ve encountered into my own dance academy. I worked closely with our contractor to create a state-of-the-art building specifically designed for dance that we are proud to call home.”

Doyle is also proud to again call her hometown home. When looking for a space for their growing business, Doyle and Baker wanted a location that provided the space they needed and could support the amenities they wanted. Bellaire, Doyle explained, offered all of that.

The new facility is 6,500 square feet. It houses a total of five dance studios, so Turn It Out staff is able to divide classes into smaller sizes and by levels. The large, main gym at the facility is able to be divided into two rooms, each with a 15-foot ceiling. Anyone who’s taken a tumbling class knows the higher the ceiling, the better.

What’s that mean for the owners and their students?

“The response has been outstanding,” Doyle said. “And worth all our efforts. Seeing the excitement on our students’ faces is incredibly rewarding. After all, it was designed for them.”

The parents are appreciating the six high definition television screens that stream a live feed from all the classrooms. That enables each parent to watch their child from the comfort of the lobby.

A high tech, sprung floor system is utilized to help protect dancers’ joints and muscles.

Turn It Out already had an experienced and quality staff and method of teaching. This facility just completes the puzzle.

“Our new facility and all its specialty designed elements take us to the top of the list for dance education in the area,” Doyle said.

Turn It Out Dance Academy is located at 3243 Belmont St.. For more information, call ((304) 243-1860, visit the academy on Facebook or on its website at

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