WINTERSVILLE – Cathie Provan has been teaching dance for 50 years and she’s not slowing down, having recently moved to a new location while offering a new summer program for all ages including adults.
Like many business owners, the owner of the Main Street Dance Company was forced by the pandemic to take time off last year.
But she and her staff have rebounded to a new location – the second floor of the Wintersville Post Office at 201 Luray Drive – and the same willingness to share their love of dancing with others.
Provan said she started dancing at the age of 5 and as a young woman opened her first dance school while continuing to work at her family’s restaurant in New Philadelphia.
Since her husband’s job brought her to Wintersville years ago, she has overseen dance studios in various locations throughout the village.
“I can’t tell you how many people I have taught in this area. We have been around ”, said Provan, who added that former students have grown up to be instructors for her.
“I couldn’t do it without all the teachers and assistants” she said.
Provan’s current staff includes instructors Chrissy Nicosia, who also serves as office manager; Hannah Winkler, Alli Miller, Samantha Nicosia, Paulette Yacoviello, Heidi Winkler and Andrea Albaugh.
When asked about her favorite dancing style, Provan replied: “Tap. It’s been a lot of years and a lot of hammering.
But she said learning ballet provides a good foundation for any dance, while lyrical dance, a form of ballet that involves storytelling, has become very popular with young people in recent years.
In addition to various dance styles, Provan and her team provide classes in tumbling, aerobics and other exercises.
“We will also have a combined course for the little ones” she said.
Provan noted that his students over the years ranged from 3 to 80 years old and of all skill levels.
And the summer program, which runs from July 5 to August 9, will be available for the same wide age range and will include a variety of dance and exercise classes, with more opportunities for one-on-one instruction.
June 15 is the deadline to register, and information can be obtained through the Facebook page of the dance studio at Main Street Dance Company of Cathie Provan or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Provan said that although her students have competed in dance competitions in the past, she has chosen to focus more on teaching in recent years.
But his students have the opportunity to show off their talents in local parades and an annual recital.
The school’s next recital will be on June 12 at the Steubenville Masonic Temple. Reflecting the different dance styles of the school, the theme will be “Everything is fine.”
Provan said she takes pride in presenting an age-appropriate program that anyone can enjoy.
“The dance is tasteful, professional and fun” said Chrissy Nicosia, who added that the dancers’ costumes are modest and their makeup is minimal.
“We want children to look like children” added Samantha, her daughter and fellow instructor.
Provan said that regardless of a student’s age, dancing can build self-confidence and requires focus, dedication, and other skills and traits that can carry over into other areas of life. .
She said she saw students’ grades improve after enrolling in her school.
And Provan added that dancing can be a great stress reliever at any age and, pending her doctor’s approval, can help injured people recover.
She noted that an elevator provides easy access to the studios on the second floor of the school.