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Dance studio cuts in at University Plaza

Daniel Palm hated ballroom dancing as a youngster when his parents made him take lessons. But as a young adult he discovered he had a talent for it and went on to become a coach, judge and choreographer in what is called "sport dancing."

After more than 20 years in the business, Palm has opened Palm Dance Studio in University Plaza shopping center at 10395 Seminole Blvd.

He teaches children and adults all types of dancing, from the sedate fox trot to fiery Latin numbers, and coaches amateurs and professionals for competitions.

But back in the early 1970s, the St. Petersburg native was still looking for a career.

"My brother, who was in the dancing field before becoming a stockbroker, encouraged me to try it," Palm said. He went to work for an Arthur Murray studio and found his niche.

From Arthur Murray, he took a

job with independent dance schools, traveling around the country to various studios.

Palm said many people take dancing for the exercise, as well as for the fun of it.

"Doctors and psychiatrists have done studies that show dancing is extraordinarily good for the human body, physically as well as psychologically," he said. "Dancing reduces calories, tones muscles and releases stress."

Studio hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays. The studio's telephone number is 319-8670.

Family Dollar store

opens at Seminole Center

A Family Dollar store has opened at the Seminole Center, 11849 Seminole Blvd. The store's inventory includes clothing for children and adults, health and beauty aids and some dry goods.

"We're like a mini-mart, but we also have clothing," said store manager Carol Dinolfo, who has worked seven years for 40-year-old Dollar General Co., which is based in Charlotte, N.C.

The company has 2,500 stores in the East and South, she said, and Pinellas County has about 20 stores.

Hours at the new store are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The telephone number is 319-3700.

Chamber of Commerce

opens kiosk at mall

Starting Monday, the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce will have a kiosk-style information center at Seminole Mall. Shari Elter, who has worked 3{ years for the chamber, will work at the center as an information specialist.

In addition to providing information about the community, Mrs. Elter will answer questions about St. Petersburg Junior College, which shares the center.

"In a survey, our members said they wanted us to be more out in the public," said chamber executive director Patricia Schmoranz. "What could be more public than the mall in downtown Seminole?"

By mid-November, all telephone calls to the chamber will be answered by Mrs. Elter at the mall, she said.

"We're opening over there to tell people about our community _ where they can find supermarkets, veterinarians, lawyers, hospitals and schools," she said. "And with Stein Mart coming, the mall is going to be a real busy place."

The discount clothing chain is to open a 38,000-square-foot store at the mall in March.

In conjunction with the new information center, the chamber office at 8400 113th St. N is changing its schedule. Starting Monday, the chamber will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It will be closed Monday and Friday except by appointment.

"I'll be out in the community on Mondays and Fridays," said Mrs. Schmoranz, who has worked four years for the chamber. "I'm going to be more visible than I've been."

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