SYCAMORE – Alana Dean has loved dancing ever since she was a young girl.
“I’ve been dancing for 24 years and my younger siblings danced,” said Dean, 27. “I just never stopped dancing. It’s always been something I loved.”
Dean is the owner and artistic director of Ovation Performing Arts Studio, 502 N. Main St. in Sycamore. Dean opened up the studio after receiving a business degree from Augustana College five years ago.
The studio is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Aug. 15. The studio will offer open enrollment during the month of August for $5. The cost to join is normally $50.
The studio offers lessons of all styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, competitive dance, ballroom, wedding preparation and musical theater. The studio also offers tumbling, voice and beginner piano lessons.
“Dance is for anyone and everyone, no matter their age,” Dean said. “We have students ages 3 to 78. Kids need positive affirmation and they need to be given a space to be themselves, be safe and have fun. They should be kids while they can because they grow up so fast.”
Dance classes have two recitals a year: one in June and one in December, both held in the Genoa-Kingston High School auditorium. The June recital had to be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Classes were held virtually for about three months and have now resumed to be held in person. There is an average of four students per class.
Regan Creadon of Genoa, 12, takes private lessons, musical theater, hip hop and tumbling classes at the studio.
“What I like the most is that everyone is super supportive of each other,” Creadon said. “Even if the girls are a year younger or older, we all get along and support one another. I also like that we’re not only told but shown how to do our steps and dances.”
Regan’s mom, Jennifer Creadon, said that she has seen “tremendous growth, creativity and maturity” in her daughter since Regan started taking lessons in 2016.
“She never ever complains about going to practice,” Jennifer Creadon said. “We usually get there early. She loves dancing, she loves the friends she’s made. The dance studio is great for serious dancers or those that just want to have fun.”
Regan Creadon said that she loves to dance and will continue to take lessons in the future.
“I enjoy dancing because it allows me to express myself in a fluid movement,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
For information about Ovation Performing Arts Studio, call 815-991-5937 or email email@example.com.