by Jen Graves
on Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Massive Monkees's hip-hop dance academy The Beacon is staying in the ID. This is the best news to come out of Storefronts Seattle this year—and possibly the best news to come out of Storefronts Seattle ever. Storefronts is the program (it's a program of the art-supporting organization Shunpike) that puts arts groups in empty retail spots, usually only temporarily. But Massive Monkees has done so well having its own space in the old Milwaukee Hotel that they're signing a long-term lease with building owner Coho Real Estate. Huzzah!
The Beacon's full schedule of classes for adults and kids is here. I took a curious, intermittently reluctant, totally inexperienced 9-year-old there, and he started pulling new moves right away, and insisted on going back. The teachers, the energy, the studio—the Beacon's pretty great.