Bay Roberts dance studio remembers Quinn Butt
The new studio at Catherine’s Dance Studio in Bay Roberts has everything you’d expect such a space to contain.
There’s a boom box for music, a couple of balance bars and a wall of mirrors to help students with their form.
This studio is different from all the rest. It’s dedicated to Quinn Butt and her love of dance. Walking into the room, Quinn’s first recital outfit is hung in a framed box on the far wall.
There’s little pink slippers, a black vest, bedazzled cat’s ears and pictures of the five-yearold.
Above the box are the words ‘Quinn’s Studio’ and it serves as studio owner Catherine Simmons’ tribute to her onetime student. Fittingly, the pre-school and kindergarten classes primarily take place in the new studio.
“I think it’s important for students here, and anyone else that comes, takes a moment and think about her,” said Simmons. “This will be a reminder forever for this little girl.”
The studio was dedicated Sept. 11 with both a private and public ceremony. Quinn’s mother Andrea cut a pink ribbon to officially open the space.
It’s a ceremony that was a couple of months in the making. Catherine approached the family first and asked if it was OK to name the studio in Quinn’s honour.
“(Her mother) gave me the blessing for this space from the moment I mentioned it to her,” Catherine said.
For two years, Quinn danced at the Catherine’s. When Quinn and her mother moved to Paradise, it forced them to find a different studio.
In the short period of time at Catherine’s, she learned the nuances of the art form and exhibited the energy she became known for.
Quinn took the tots and the three-year-old classes.
“Quinn was a ball of energy and happiness,” said Simmons. “She was always smiling, ready to have fun and always paid close attention. She was a really keen little girl from the time she came in.”
The monument to Quinn is more than a framed dance outfit and some stenciled letters on the wall. The colours used to paint the room are purple and pink, which were her favourite.
They’re colours that are still seen around the area as people show their support for the family.
“They will stay pink and purple forever,” said Simmons. “The shade may change as years go by, but they will always be pink and purple.” There’s something else, too. A portrait of Quinn hangs next to the door. It’s from a dance recital before she moved away.
Her tutu is polka dotted and she’s in the middle of her routine. Arms out and palms facing upwards, Quinn appears to be asking the audience for a little help.
As young dancers learn steps and routines, Quinn keeps a close eye on them.
The picture is there so dancers can wave goodbye to the blonde-headed girl every time they leave the studio.
“It was the natural thing to do for her,” said Simmons. “This way she can dance forever.”
Catherine Simmons (left) and Quinn Butt’s mother Andrea Gosse opened Quinn’s Studio at Catherine’s Dance Studio in Bay Roberts on Sept. 11.
Quinn’s Studio is a monument to five-year-old Quinn Butt.
The framed box containing Quinn’s first recital outfit is the centrepiece of the new studio.