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It took months in a hot real-estate market, but Jennifer Kliegel has finally found a new home for her Park Slope Dance Studio — though it’s not technically in Park Slope anymore.

An institution for more than three decades, Kliegel’s studio on Seventh Avenue at Union Street closed in June after the landlord refused to renew the lease.

She’ll reopen on Sept. 29 at 630 Sackett St., between Third and Fourth avenues.

“I found this space because I went across Fourth Avenue,” Kliegel said. “We’re all going to be doing it [to find] reasonable rent and a long-term lease.”

Though satisfied with the end result, Kliegel still felt burned by the white-hot Park Slope real-estate market.

“There was never any money discussion with me,” she said. “I feel deceived.”

That said, she was pleased that she could create a new studio “from the ground up” in what was once a garage. Now she’ll have air-condition and spring-loaded floors — a mini-Mark Morris facility, if you will.

Not all of Kliegel’s 500 students, who range in age from 2 to 75, will make the trek west, but her loyal customers were dancing at the good news.

“It’s the only great dance studio in the neighborhood for children,” said Theresa Davis, whose 12-year-old daughter, Olivia, has been taking lessons for nine years.

The would-be diva, like her mother, was pleased to hear that Kliegel would be carrying on.

“Jennifer’s just like a kid, she’s so fun,” Olivia said. “Being here makes you feel like you’re around something great.”

Kliegel’s previous landlords, George and Nicholas Kotsonis, were not available for comment.

Updated 4:32 pm, July 9, 2018
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