WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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But what about when dancing is not only your part-time passion, but also your full- time profession? Just as Dancing with the Stars pairs a celebrity novice with a professional dancer, many studio owners like Olga Kinnard make their living coaching and competing with their students. Kinnard had been running a studio in Allston for many years, but wanted more space to expand her offerings and host social dances. When she saw the warehouse on Prescott Street in Wellesley Hills that had been used to store luxury cars, she fell in love. She put in hours of sweat equity to transform it into Dance Republic: a dance and fitness studio by day and chic nightclub on weekends when it hosts social dances open to the general public. But in the process of rehabbing it, she injured her back. The pain was so intense, she simply couldn't dance for months and months. It was a devastating setback, not only for her, but also her dance partner and fellow Dance Republic instructor Ferenc Nemeth. The pair competes at the highest levels and 139 w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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