"It is with great regrets and a broken heart that I have to close down Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet," posted founder Beth Vages on Facebook Sept. 8. "This is not something I want to do as I love all my students."
Vages has moved to New York City "for many reasons," she continued, "and have tried every way to go back and forth but the commute is impossible and the expense is prohibitive."
She invited former students and their families to stay in touch with her on Facebook through the page for her New York dance instruction business, Children's Warehouse.
Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet alumnus Devon Lodge went on to attend Juilliard School, from which he was selected earlier this year to take part in the Assemblée Internationale 2013 in Toronto, the Martha's Vineyard Times reported in April.