Danika Bielek, director of the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, thinks it's fitting the academy's new location is in a building once used as a school.

The academy is moving from its previous location on East Broadway to the old Washington Elementary School building, a former school now converted to office space. Bielek is excited the old school will serve as a place for education once again.

"We love that it's a school and that it's well suited for us," said Bielek. "It just feels good. ... It's the right place to be."

The Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts was founded in 1996 and offers classes in the arts, such as music, including piano, organ, guitar, and Suzuki and traditional strings; dance; Kindermusik; voice; and acting.

Bielek said the academy had been looking for another location for a few years, and their lease at their previous facility was running out. They had looked at the Washington school building and loved the location, but at the time a space with its own point of entry was not available. However, another business' move eventually opened up an ideal spot for BCAPA.

BCAPA staff and volunteers began moving equipment at the end of June. They had to tear up the dance floors and clean out storage. Some pianos were given away to the public. Bielek is thankful for all the volunteers that helped out and brought trailers, trucks and vans to load up supplies.

BCAPA has the use of seven spaces in their new building, including two music studios, a main office, two dance rooms, and a storage room. BCAPA also will have the ability to rent additional space in the future, if needed.

Bielek likes being close to other organizations in the Washington school building. For example, moms can drop off their children for lessons at BCAPA and then work out at the Curves location in the same building.

The academy plans to host a grand opening event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 at its new location at 400 S. Main. Guests will have an opportunity to tour the academy, talk with faculty, enjoy refreshments and try free sample classes.

For more information about BCAPA, call 283-4902.