You’ll soon be able to learn some new dance moves, outfit yourself in style, and strut your stuff at a (socially distanced) event with the opening or expansion of several new businesses in the Village at Sandhill.

Beyond Words Dance Academy is opening in a 4,500-sq.-ft. space at 493-3 Town Center Place. Owner Jasmine Edney said the business will relocate from its current location in Lake Carolina once construction on the new space is complete and plans to open April 1.

Beyond Words offers dance classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, musical theatre, conditioning, stretch and conditioning, and tumbling for ages 2–18, including some adult classes. The academy’s competitive dance team for ages 5–18 has won regional and national titles and awards, according to Edney, a northeast Columbia native with more than 14 years of dance teaching experience.

“Growing up in the competitive dance world in the early ’90s, the atmosphere wasn't very diverse,” she said. “I love that my dance studio attracts dancers from various backgrounds, body sizes, cultures, and more. We seem to be the melting pot of dance studios where dancers feel most comfortable being 100% themselves. We train dancers to be elite in all styles, but we also nurture our students to become the best people and additions to our community.”

RBK Styles + Fashion is relocating from Columbia Place Mall to 494-2 Town Center Place. The 2,550-sq.-ft. store is a “one-stop shop for women, men and children,” according to Kevin Riley, who co-owns the business with his wife, Brandi.

“We’re a family-owned business offering an array of services to meet the latest fashion trends,” Riley said. “We’re excited about the transition and building relationships within the Sandhills area.”

Riley said the store will open within the next couple of weeks.

Also in the same block at Sandhill, 494 Event Center is expanding just four months after opening in November 2020.

“We received a wonderful response and a large number of bookings,” said owner LaDon Mathews. “The down side of the single-room venue and the reason for the expansion is to give people who want the experience of the traditional ceremony setup an opportunity to walk down the aisle versus getting married in the reception hall. When we announced the new expansion we received even more interest from clients looking for a venue with two separate spaces.”

The expansion will add 2,750-sq.-ft. of space to the event venue’s original 5,000-sq.-ft. The new space will be attached to the reception ballroom and accommodate an estimated 150 guests with a setup of chairs, an aisle and an altar. The altar area will have draping from ceiling to floor, and crystal chandeliers will hang above the aisle, Mathews said.

“There’s an ongoing need in Columbia for wedding venues and event spaces despite the current situation we’re facing with the virus,” he said. “We’re very surprised to make a decision to open and commit to more space in the middle of a pandemic but we have faith it will do well.”

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