Olga Dunn Dance Co. to stay downtown

GREAT BARRINGTON— For the Olga Dunn Dance Company, downtown Great Barrington is home.

Owner Olga Dunn said she ran the dance company and school out of a Main Street studio for 36 years. When the building that housed the studio was listed for sale, the company moved to the historic Great Barrington Train Station, where it stayed for five years. When the train station was listed for sale in May, the dance company moved its home again, this time to Saint James Place, located at 352 Main St.

“This is the 44th year that we’re in existence, and we have kept our studio within a three-block radius,” she said. “That’s pretty amazing.”

But, she said, staying downtown also getting harder.

The company, which does regular performances and offers a variety of dance classes for all ages through about seven instructors, has been dancing in the shared space in Saint James Place since mid-July. They will officially debut in the new space Monday, Sept. 16. Still, Dunn said she is hesitant to make any long-term plans in this or any other building as the real estate market in town is too hot right now.

“Great Barrington is in flux,” Dunn said. “You can see it as you drive down the road. There are new buildings and new vacancies everywhere. This is definitely a town that is going through a lot of changes.”

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