Friday we told you about a dance studio in Brunswick County that had closed its doors on short notice. Now the owner of the studio is speaking out. The Southport-Oak Island studio of dance closed after a business deal between the original owner, and an instructor went sour. Monday we found out what that means for parents who have already paid. Dance studio owner Iryna Hampton said, "I wasn't expecting to close up the doors, I was expecting for classes to continue until the recital." Hampton ran the Southport-Oak Island Studio of Dance for nearly a year. She says she had to shut down after a business deal fell through. "It would be quite some time before I know exactly what's going to happen. For the parents I will give refunds for what I have as soon as possible along with a letter with an explanation with what really happened," Hampton said. She says the bad deal is going to cost parents who paid for the entire year's tuition up front. "I would have to come up with my personal money to give refunds and that's hard," Hampton said. Hampton says parents who paid March's tuition will get a full refund, but the money that was supposed to go towards costumes for an upcoming recital is another story. "At least half of the deposit for the costumes will be returned," Hampton said. Hampton says she is sad to see the studio close and wishes the best for the students. "I believe that the children know that I really love them. I still do and I wish everything the best for them," Hampton said. She says any parents with questions can feel free to contact her. One of the dance instructors who used to teach for her will be opening her own studio called "Inspirations Dance," where Southport-Oak Island Studio of Dance used to be.
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