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Dance Unlimited has new home on Miami Street

PHOTOS BY NICOLE WALBY Above is the outside of the new building housing Dance Unlimited, and below is part of the new space at 672 Miami St.

Dance Unlimited is settling in its new home on Miami Street, celebrating 38 years of dance education.

Dance Unlimited was started by Mary Jo Murry, a history professor at Heidelberg University. For years, classes took place on Heidelberg’s campus until moving the dance studio moved into the Tiffin Mall. It’s now moving into a new studio at 672 Miami St.

Cynthia Weaver, studio director, said the studio has been residing in the new space since April.

The move was prompted to find a nicer facility, Weaver said.

“This building had the potential and is a great space,” she said. “We have been able to make it our own.”

Even though the space is smaller, Weaver said the new studio is, “perfect for what they need.”

Dance Unlimited offers classes in ballet, jazz, modern dance, hip hop and tap. Weaver said there is also a class for students with special needs and two new classes in musical theater. Classes accept students from 3 years old through high school-aged students. Classes are taught by a staff of 10 teachers.

Rachel Hummel-Sass, dance teacher who handles marketing, said she began with Dance Unlimited as a student and later became a teacher.

“Dance helps students grow in their own expression,” she said. “Teachers here make connections with each of the students that last over time.”

Hummel-Sass said she and the other staff, “feel at home” in the new space.

An open house to see the new studio and meet the teachers is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Dec. 14. The event will feature refreshments and raffles.

The studio continues to engage with the local community by scheduling performances for area nursing home residents. Upcoming, students will be performing at 2 p.m. on Dec. 14 at St. Francis Home and at Autumnwood in the spring.

Students also walk in the annual Halloween Parade sponsored by the Tiffin Developmental Center.

There will be a Choreography Showcase at 7 p.m. on April 4 at Columbian High School, 300 S. Monroe St. Students who wish to participate are to choose their music, choreograph their routine, and conduct their own rehearsals and costuming. Students will be coached and supervised by teachers.

“This is a unique opportunity to give students the chance to present their original work,” Hummel-Sass said.

Each year, students and teachers work toward the end-of-the year performance at the Ritz Theater, with this year’s recital at 7 p.m. on June 13 and at 2 p.m. on June 14.

Seeing the students’ personal growth is what Weaver looks forward to each year.

“Seeing the kids develop over time and gain self-confidence is incredible to see,” she said.

For more information, visit the Dance Unlimited Facebook page or call (415) 517-3347. Dance Unlimited is to have a new, user-friendly website — danceunllimitedtiffin.com — available Dec. 10.

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