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June 21, 2014

Dryden dance studio set to open

Dance

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Tre Bella’s Dancing Studio owners Shannon and Aaron Osburn, background, stand with their daughters, from left, Morganne Wandall, 15, Brooklynn Osburn, 6, and Isabella Osburn, 10, at the new Dryden dance studio.

By EMMETT NENO
Staff Reporter
eneno@cortlandstandard.net

DRYDEN — Dancing brings with it a whole host of benefits, Shannon Osburn says.
As the mother of three girls who dance, with the last two having danced for more than seven years, Osburn has witnessed the positive effects that accompany this form of recreation, including dedication, self confidence and lasting friendships.
“It really prepares people as I think about my day job,” she said. “You need to understand teamwork and rely on each other if you are going to dance together (and those skills transfer to the outside world as well).”
Recognizing the importance of dancing, Osburn and her husband, Aaron, decided to open their own studio in Dryden, Tres Bellas’ Dancing Studio at 15 W. Main St., which will start summer classes and camps July 14.
The studio also will run classes September through May, according to its website.
The couple’s daughters had been attending a small dance studio in Berkshire, and it was time for them to move on to a bigger studio to keep learning, Osburn said.
The closest studios were in Lansing and Groton, so the couple decided to open their own studio, she said.
“It just seemed to meet all needs,” she said. “We got to bring a great opportunity to Dryden, we got to meet the needs of our girls, and we got to provide an opportunity for our girls to work through college if they so desire.”
Neither Osburn, the assistant director of custom development at Cornell University, nor her husband, a carpenter in the union, could work full-time at the studio, so they decided to hire an office manager to keep things running smoothly, she said.
Osburn and her husband also have hired four dance instructors with experiences in backgrounds such as jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet and lyrical.
Things have been progressing smoothly in preparing the studio for classes, and it was ready for its grand opening during Dryden Dairy Day, she said.
With 276 people on its Facebook page, the studio has found people in the community to be very welcoming, Osburn said.
During Dryden Dairy Day, people who do not have dancers in their family approached her and informed Osburn how happy they were the studio was coming to the area, she said.
Osburn appreciates the support and wants the studio to become a part of the community, she said.
Instructor Emily Dean, who approached Osburn about working at the studio, said she was drawn to Osburn’s perspective of dancing. Many studios tend to turn dancing into a negative pursuit through focusing on body image, but she and Osburn agree it needs to be about expression, she said.
“I feel like the only way I can express myself is through dance, and it’s made me more of a positive person and happier,” Dean said.
The instructors want their students to use their time dancing to express their emotions, she said.
The other instructors are Kerra Matolka, Carolyn Crawford and Adrienne Seccia.
Osburn also intends to keep parents well-informed about the studio’s activities through its website and Facebook page, she said. Through good studio management, effective communication, and knowledgeable instructors, the studio will be able to offer a quality program, Osburn said.
“It’s a very wonderful opportunity for students, so I think parents should give it a shot,” she said. “Even trying it once — a summer class session or a camp — is a good idea.”
More information is available on the studio’s website at www.trebellasdance.com.

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