First it was Hostel Buffalo-Niagara, learning that they might have to find a new home considering that their building is for sale. Now it’s the owners of Verve Dance Studio that have learned that they must find a new home after being a huge asset to the entire Buffalo community at 910 Main Street. It looks as if these are the types of things that we can start to expect, when a city is on the rise, unfortunately. Properties begin to look a lot more appealing, and longtime cultural tenants begin to feel the pressures of a growing city.
Now is the time to make sure that Verve lands on its feet. This is a completely new and different type of battle that the small arts and cultural institution faces. Since the onset 11 years ago, Verve has been a home for young urban dancers who have rallied around the grounding efforts of Buffalo B-boy Shane Depree Fry and Buffalo B-girl Stacy VanBlarcom.
Moving forward, a herculean effort must made by the community, to ensure that Verve finds a new home. First, a GoFundMe campaign has been launched. The funds raised will help Verve to identify, land, and fix up a new home base. Verve is also looking to the community to help identify potential locations.
Aside from crowdfunding, Hostel Buffalo-Niagara will be hosting a viewing of Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. The funds raised on that evening will be dedicated to Verve. The screening is set to take place on Wednesday, April 12, from 7 PM to 9 PM at the hostel, 667 Main Street, in Downtown Buffalo. You can visit the Facebook event here.
One thing is certain. Buffalo cannot lose Verve. It can’t lose its Hostel either. This is one of those “…be careful what you wish for” scenarios. Both of these institutions are not replaceable. They have become critical cultural components of Buffalo. Hopefully the community will continue to band together to ensure that quality of life remains intact for everyone, as Buffalo continues to evolve.
Photo by: Kelsey Schork