Q&A: Dance stu­dio owner re­sponds

The Covington News - - LOCAL - Ques­tion and an­swers from emails ex­changed with Star­bound Dance Stu­dio owner Va­lerie Odom.

Why did the busi­ness shut down? And why did it shut down on such short no­tice?

The busi­ness shut down due to a lack of money to keep the doors open. The short no­tice was be­cause I was try­ing my hard­est to keep it run­ning. I fought til the bit­ter end to keep those doors open.

par­ents re­cently?

With re­gard to re­spond­ing to par­ents, the busi­ness num­ber was my per­sonal cell phone num­ber that I had to change when I closed the busi­ness. How­ever, the email for the stu­dio is still open.

How much will you re­fund them?

With re­gard to re­funds, as men­tioned in the email I sent to all of the par­ents for whom I had email ad­dresses, I fully in­tend to re­fund them. I just told them, and I re­it­er­ate now, that I don’t have a time frame for when that will be hap­pen­ing. What they will be re­funded for was also men­tioned in that email.

Are you leav­ing New­ton County and sell­ing your home?

Whether or not I am mov­ing out of New­ton County is truly no con­cern to any­one and cer­tainly not to the whole of the cit­i­zens of this county. The sale of my home also is of no con­cern as it has ab­so­lutely noth­ing to do with the dance stu­dio. How­ever, no, my home is not up for sale.

We saw other me­dia re­ports about a pre­vi­ous Chap­ter 13 bankruptcy. Ob­vi­ously some people be­lieve this cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. What is your re­sponse to that?

Ad­dress­ing the Chap­ter 13 bankruptcy, that was com­pletely paid back and dis­charged over four years ago, which is well be­fore I be­gan work­ing in Por­terdale and long be­fore open­ing that stu­dio. I think it was ma­li­cious for it to have even been brought up.

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