Chamber Steps Up to Help Struggling U.S. Dance Club

Members are encouraged to attend a networking event to help the long-established dance studio continue operating.

The  has fallen on hard times, but fellow  members are working to help bring new business to the studio.

Over the past few months, Ellen Seelen, who owns and manages the U.S. Dance Club, has had to deal with hardships including a car accident, the loss of one instructor and struggles with the bank. 

“Things are going a little nuts,” Seelen, who has , said.

According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 85 percent of small business owners in the country still think the economy is "on the wrong track" and 52 percent said the biggest issue facing them is "the general economic climate."

The dance studio offers private lessons seven days a week, and the first lesson is free to help generate more customers. However, recent events such as the  and  had lower turnouts than expected. 

“It has been a terrible time,” she said.

The  on March 9 led to the business losing $400 that night alone.

“It is very difficult,” Seelen said. “I don’t have a lot of money to pay my bills.”

The Rocky Hill Chamber of Commerce has stepped into help the dance studio.  has been in contact with banks, chamber members, Community Economic Development Fund President Donna Wertenbach and other businesses to assist the struggling dance club.

“I hope to get her some financial advice,” Carr said.

He is hoping for a large turnout from local business owners and chambers members this Friday for the monthly  breakfast, which will be held at the U.S. Dance Club. The event will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and refreshments will be served.

Carr said Friday’s event is a chance for the community to "make a statement."

“This is an opportunity to promote social capital,” Carr said. “If I can get people talking about social capital, I will be happy about that.”

The  is a chance for chamber members to network, eat breakfast and discuss topics affecting small businesses. The format of the event was  and will be held at different businesses in town, instead of always at the .

No matter what happens Friday morning, Seelan says she will keep the doors of the studio open as long as she can.

“I am not giving up the ship,” she said.

To register for the event, please call the chamber at 860-258-7633, email execdir@rhchamber.org or visit their website.

For more information about the U.S. Dance Club, call 860-529-2888 or 860-967-1649 or visit the club's website.

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