Dance studio owners hope to offer positive outlet for youths in Greenfield

  • Danny Guzman and Rebecca Bustillos are opening StyleFx, a hip-hop dance studio at 158 Main St., Suite 9, in Greenfield. An all-ages open house will be held June 23, June 24 and June 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Danny Guzman and Rebecca Bustillos are opening StyleFx, a hip-hop dance studio at 158 Main St., Suite 9, in Greenfield. An all-ages open house will be held June 23, June 24 and June 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 6/17/2021 3:10:33 PM

GREENFIELD — For one local dancer, hip-hop has always been a kind of therapy, an art form that has helped her cope with many personal struggles.

And now, with her partner Danny Guzman, Rebecca Bustillos hopes to bring that same benefit of art and expression to the people of Greenfield — a city she’s already developed a rapport with after 15 years of working and dancing in the community — with the opening of the StyleFx hip-hop studio on Main Street.

The hip-hop studio, at 158 Main St., Suite 9, plans to hold an all-ages open house on June 23, June 24 and June 25, from 3 to 6 p.m.

“We just want to give back to the community,” said Bustillos, 38, a dance instructor at Greenfield Community College.

Bustillos, who lives in Gardner, moved to the area about 15 years ago, when she started taking classes at GCC.

“When I started the dance program at GCC, they didn’t offer much hip-hop,” she said. “I was kind of devastated.”

So with the guidance of a mentor, she started Crazefaze, an all-female hip-hop crew that continues to train and perform together more than a decade after it was first formed.

“I really just started this group because I wanted other women to dance with,” Bustillos explained.

After college, Bustillos taught in different studios in Western Massachusetts, including Karen’s Dance Studio for 10 years. Between Karen’s Dance Studio and Crazefaze, she gradually grew a clientele base that has followed her through the years.

So when dance studios closed as a result of the pandemic, she had students and parents reaching out about holding outdoor or Zoom classes last summer.

“All through COVID I was getting messages from parents that the kids missed me and wanted to take a class,” she said. “These kids have been following me everywhere I go. … It’s more of a dance family. It’s crazy the growth you see.”

The outdoor classes she held for the students transitioned into a desire to build something bigger with Guzman, to create a business out of their mutual passion.

“It’s the first time in 15 years I’m free,” she said, referencing the retail job she lost during the pandemic. “So we might as well try it now.”

In May, they took over the space located roughly above Nam’s Taekwondo on Main Street and for the last month, they’ve been doing minor renovations and prepping for classes.

Guzman, 34, who has more than a decade of teaching experience as well, said StyleFx will not only be about dance; it’ll offer fitness and health classes, too. He added that although it is a specialty facility for hip-hop, they do expect to have guest teachers in every once in a while.

“We’re going to teach kids to have self-respect, and to respect others,” he said.

The core principles of hip-hop — peace, love, unity and having fun — are a big part of how the studio will operate.

“Our vision is to create a safe space and safe environment for the youth,” he said. “They need something positive; they need positive outlets. Greenfield needs something different and unique.”

Noting that registration will be open in the next few weeks, Bustillos and Guzman said that while there will be some classes over the summer, the studio will be fully functional by fall.

“Dance has always been my therapy and it’s really gotten me through all my struggles in life,” Bustillos said. “I’m doing this for the youth in the community.”

For more information, visit the studio’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Styl3Fx or email styl3fx@gmail.com.

Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne


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