December 14, 2018
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New Zumba studio opens in storied Kennebunk location

KENNEBUNK, Maine — An empty fitness studio at 8 York St. will soon have new life and energy.

Joyce Bagshaw, a local certified Zumba instructor, is opening danceworks at the former location of the Pura Vida Studio.

The studio has been vacant since last summer. It was formerly occupied by Alexis Wright, 30, of Wells, who has been charged with running a prostitution operation out of her business and a nearby office space.

“I am very excited and looking forward to creating a studio filled with joy and fitness,” said Bagshaw, who helped organize A Zumba Celebration in Kennebunk in January as a way to move away from the negative publicity surrounding the prostitution scandal and highlight the positive aspects of Zumba.

Bagshaw said she plans to open the studio with scheduled classes by the third week in March. She hopes to offer dance classes as well as Zumba fitness classes and special events.

According to a mission statement, “Danceworks is dedicated to providing a positive environment for instructors and students alike in the pursuit of dance, dance fitness and speciality disciplines. It’s aim is to create a place for developing skills, enhancing knowledge and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through classes. In addition, there will be scheduled special events that will provide training sessions for the purpose of furthering the skills of instructors as well as planned social/fitness events to benefit charity organizations. The purpose of these classes and special events will also provide a place for the local community to network and share in mutual goals and social interactions.”

There will be a danceworks website at It is under construction and will be up and running soon.

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