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 bounced back 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 when she was 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 around the village.
“I can’t tell you how many people I have taught in this area. We’ve been around, “ said Provan, who added that former students had 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.
Asked about her favorite dance style, Provan replied, “Tap. There have been many years and many hits.”
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 staff 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 all skill levels.
And the summer program, which runs from July 5 to August 9, will be available for the same broad age spectrum and will include a variety of dance and exercise classes, with more opportunities for private lessons.
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 email at [email protected]
Provan said that while her students have participated in dance competitions in the past, she has chosen to focus more on teaching in recent years.
But his students get 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 dancing 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 be found in other areas of life. .
She said she saw students’ grades improve after they enrolled in her school.
And the added Provan dance can be a great stress reliever at any age and, while waiting for your doctor’s approval, can help injured people on the road to recovery.
She noted that an elevator provides easy access to the studios on the second floor of the school.