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 leaders, the Main Street Dance Company owner was forced by the pandemic to take time off last year.
But she and her staff rebounded to a new place — the second floor of the Wintersville Post Office at 201 Luray Drive — and the same desire to share their love of dance with others.
Provan said she started dancing at age 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 at various locations in the village.
“I can’t tell you how many people I’ve taught in this area. We’ve been around,” said Provan, who added that former students grew up to be instructors for her.
“I couldn’t do it without all the teachers and helpers,” she said.
Provan’s current staff includes instructors Chrissy Nicosia, who also serves as office manager; Hannah Winkler, Alli Miller, Samantha Nicosie, Paulette Yacoviello, Heidi Winkler and Andrea Albaugh.
Asked about her favorite dance 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 all dancing, while lyrical dancing, a form of ballet that involves storytelling, has become hugely popular with young people in recent years.
In addition to various dance styles, Provan and its staff offer classes in tumbling, aerobics, and other exercises.
“We will also have a combo course for the little ones,” she said.
Provan noted that his students over the years ranged in age from 3 to 80 and all skill levels.
And the summer program, which runs from July 5 to August 9, will be available for the same wide range of ages and will include a variety of dance classes and exercises, with more opportunities for individual instruction.
June 15 is the deadline to register, and information can be obtained through Cathie Provan’s Main Street Dance Company dance studio Facebook page or by email at 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 her students have the opportunity to show off their talents in local parades and an annual recital.
The next school recital will take place on June 12 at the Steubenville Masonic Temple. Reflecting the school’s different dance styles, the theme will be “Everything is fine.”
Provan said she is proud to present an age-appropriate program that everyone can enjoy.
“Dancing is tasteful, professional and fun”, said Chrissy Nicosia, who added that the dancers’ costumes are modest and their makeup is minimal.
“We want kids to look like kids” added Samantha, her daughter and fellow instructor.
Provan said regardless of a student’s age, dancing can build confidence and requires focus, dedication and other skills and traits that can carry over to other aspects of life.
She said she saw students’ grades improve after enrolling in her school.
And Provan added that dancing can be a great way to relieve stress at any age and, pending her doctor’s approval, can help injured people on the road to recovery.
She noted that an elevator provides easy access to the school’s second floor studios.