Dance stu­dio re­vival

The Covington News - - LOCAL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­

Dancers and par­ents banded to­gether for the grand open­ing of the Rhythm El­e­ments Dance Stu­dio Satur­day morn­ing in Por­terdale in the space that was aban­doned by the pre­vi­ous owner.

“I have watched the episode that played out here, and the prod­uct. It is ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful. I think it’s a great place for chil­dren,” said Por­terdale Mayor Ar­line Chap­man.

Par­ents who were left with­out re­funded money and chil­dren who were left with­out a dance stu­dio and recital – both groups were left with­out an ex­pla­na­tion – re­mod­eled the stu­dio, bring­ing color, life and com­mu­nity to­gether.

Chap­man cut a rib­bon to com­mem­o­rate the day as Ja­son Croom, owner and in­struc­tor, held 15-minute dance demos for new and re­turn­ing stu­dents. The Amer­i­can Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Team “South West War­riors” made an ap­pear­ance at 3 p.m. to sup­port the stu­dio, whose dancers will per­form at the War­riors’ half­time show in Jan­uary. Cake and snacks were of­fered in cel­e­bra­tion, as par­ents could watch their kids re­turn to dance.

“We have worked so hard,” said Gina John­son, one of the co-own­ers of the stu­dio.

Kayla Robins/The Cov­ing­ton News

(Top) Erica Ra­hola, Alyson Rosado, Sophia John­son, Ja­son Croom and AJ Reid; (Left) Ja­son Croom, Cor­nelia Virella, Gina John­son and Me­gan Reid.

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