MARTINS FERRY – The Martins Ferry Dance Factory is entering its 14th year of operation and is accepting new students for a variety of its summer programs.
Jessica Trout, co-owner of The Dance Factory with Ashley Pietro, said the studio, which recently won the Best of Martins Ferry 2021 local business award, accepts boys and girls ages 18 months to 18 years old. She said they offer both recreational and competitive dancing.
“Anyone of any level is welcome. We offer all kinds of dance, ” she said.
The studio also offers encouragement classes, a bodybuilding and conditioning class for boys, as well as private and group lessons.
Trout said he moved to his new location along Fourth Street just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. She said she and Pietro were delighted people would stop and visit the brand new facility.
“People can come and visit the building and meet the staff”, she said.
The Dance Factory participates in competitions in the tri-state area. Trout said 10 students have already won multiple regional titles this year and are preparing for the nationals, which will be held this summer in Sandusky, Ohio.
Trout said owners and students have been looking forward to this year’s showcase, which has taken place every year since the company opened in its original location in 2007. The studio’s annual event, with the theme “A season for dancing”, will take place at 11 a.m. on June 5 outside at the Saint-Clairsville amphitheater. Trout said every dancer who competes will be performing what they’ve learned over the past year at the event.
“Last year’s event was really cool. Everyone had fun “ she said.
With the coronavirus restrictions that were in place last year, the show has been moved outside to help keep everyone safe.
“We wanted to make sure that everyone could still watch the show for their children and family members,” she added.
The showcase is open to the public at a cost.
Trout said The Dance Factory provides a comfortable environment for all students to learn while having fun.
“We treat all of our students the same whether you are recreational or competitive. It’s a great learning environment. We have highly qualified staff, all graduates in child development ”. she said. “We make sure that when the kids come here, they feel welcome and loved.”
She said the studio also had dancewear, shoes and bags available for purchase.
The dance studio is accepting entries for its summer dance programs and the 2021-2022 dance season. The summer program begins in June, while the dance season begins in early September. Those interested in registering can call Trout at 740-275-1253 or stop by the new facility from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. For more information, visit tdfdancefactory.com or the studio’s social media pages.