Crash studio Dancespace 383 plans to reopen

The car wedged in the back wall of the dance studio. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI
The car wedged in the back wall of the dance studio. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

The owners of Dancespace 383 are determined to resume classes as soon as possible after a car smashed through the Wollongong dance studio on Tuesday morning.

The car ploughed through the building's front glass doors, through the studio and became wedged in a side double-brick wall just after 11am.

Preschool-aged children and their parents had just finished a dance and creative play class inside the studio.

Four people were taken to Wollongong hospital following the crash, including a 30-year-old woman with a broken leg.

Studio owner Donna Shingler said her main concern was supporting the children and parents in the aftermath of the incident.

"[The woman] is a close friend, a really good friend and our concern is for her. We are looking at ways in which we can support the family," she said.

"We're a bit numb and shocked, really shocked.

"Of course it will sit with us for a bit. You don't expect your day is going to go like that."

The car was driven by Ms Shingler's 83-year-old father, with his wife in the passenger seat. Ms Shingler said her parents were shaken but otherwise uninjured.

She hoped private dance classes would resume this weekend, as the building was declared structurally sound by emergency services, and repairs would begin soon.

Sergeant Robert Burlin from the Southern Region Crash Investigation Unit said investigations into the cause of the crash were continuing. Police have spoken to several witnesses and the vehicle is yet to be examined.

The driver of the car, 83-year-old Ray Reeve, said the incident "happened so quickly".

"I tried like I've never tried so hard in all my life to miss those people and to stop the car," he said. "I just could not manage to do it."

Mr Reeve said he was very distressed about the incident.


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