Carrie Rengers

New dance studio to replace Care to Dance? in Delano

Rachel Chinn, left, Julian Ramos, center, and Piper Herrington are opening Sway Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio where Care to Dance? is in Delano.
Rachel Chinn, left, Julian Ramos, center, and Piper Herrington are opening Sway Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio where Care to Dance? is in Delano. Courtesy photo

Delano is losing a dance studio but gaining a new one all in the same week.

Steven Bohling is closing his Care to Dance? studio, and three of his instructors are opening Sway Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio in its place.

“He was … gracious enough to give us warning,” Piper Herrington says of the closing. “We decided to jump on the opportunity and open a studio.”

It’s at 1019 W. Douglas next to La Galette French Cafe & Deli.

Herrington, Rachel Chinn and Julian Ramos are partners in the new venture, which opens Friday.

Herrington says they’ll bring back a few things Care to Dance? used to have and implement some new things as well.

“We’re wanting to bring back monthly parties, which we used to have years ago,” Herrington says. “They were always themed.”

The parties give students a chance to practice, she says.

The trio is starting with a grand opening celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 9. There will be performances and general dancing for the public with live music from Herrington’s father, Kevin, whose stage name is “Kvn.”

There also will be food and drinks with a $10 admission.

Sway will have Halloween and Christmas parties this year as well before starting regular monthly parties in the new year.

The studio will have more group classes as well in a variety of styles of dance.

Herrington says Sway’s focus is on “anything that takes two people” to dance.

In the past, the studio has opened for others to host receptions and parties, and Herrington says she and her partners now want to make it more of an official venue.

“Delano is so up and coming,” she says.

There are three ballrooms in the studio.

Herrington says she and Chinn have more experience teaching, but Ramos brings a younger, fresher perspective, “which will hopefully make for a good collaboration between all three of us.”

Bohling opened his studio in 2006. He says he’s closing because of changes in his schedule with the Kansas Air National Guard and his desire to spend more time with family.

Also, Bohling says he’s heeding advice that he heard actor Jack Lemmon say.

“He said if you’ve done well in a business that you wanted to do well in, you should spend a good portion of your time sending the elevator back down.”

Bohling says he’s helped “hundreds if not thousands of dancers in this city” along with instructors, including Herrington, Chinn and Ramos.

“It’s their time,” he says. “It’s their time to shine.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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