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New dance studio built in Connellsville

| Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

Kayley Kosisko and Rachael Addis, owners of Premier Dance Center, will open at the center's new location on Aug. 13.

The newly built studio is located at 1102 S. Arch St., Suite B, in Connellsville. Both ladies are excited to be at the new address. It was built to their specifications by 3-D Development of Connellsville. The adjoining business is Draybella Salon. The complex is directly across the street from Falcon Stadium.

The new dance center is bright and beautiful. The waiting area is relaxed and inviting. The owners wanted to make the entire dance studio like a house because for a lot of kids it is their second home, so they created a peaceful environment, they said. The waiting area has windows that provide a viewing area where parents can observe classes on designated dates.

Office manager Lori Kosisko, Kayley's mom, also has her own office. Now people can easily walk through the waiting area to deal with her.

The bathroom is handicapped accessible and a nice size.

"We have more space in the class area and a harlequin dance floor, which is a slip resistant safety surface. It's a professional dance floor, you can do every style of dance on it," Addis said.

The studio colors are hot pink, black and white.

The studio was formerly located in the Connellsville Community Center.

Classes offered are jazz, contemporary, tap, pointe, hip hop, ballet, acro/gymnastics, contortion, a preschool combo class, and an all boys hip hop, ages potty-trained through 18.

Addis and Kosisko are excited about the all boys classes and are happy to see boys interested in studying all forms of dance, knowing that it builds self-esteem.

Addis and Kosisko are friends and danced together for years at Danceworks by Melanie. They also later taught at that studio.

Both started taking dance at an early age. Their parents were looking for a creative outlet for all the energy they had. Over the years they would find themselves still at the studio long after everyone else was gone. They realized they had similar goals.

"We both wanted the same things and our timing was perfect. We've been in business together now going on our third year and we're looking forward to a long future in business together. We're very confident. We'll continue to work hard," Kosisko said.

The studio has a competition team that is hand-picked by Addis and Kosisko. It is separate from the regular classes. The team attends three competitions a year where scoring is done by category and/or age group, awards are given and an overall is presented.

Addis and Kosisko said they choreograph differently than many others and have won awards, which makes them proud.

When they create a routine they go with the intention of winning. They credit the kids for ultimately making it happen with the dance, but the teachers enjoy the success. They won an overall in their first year. As instructors they aim for the choreograph award and when they win -- it's a great feeling.

Addis and Kosisko attend two conventions each year where they are able to learn many new things to implement in their business and classes, including new techniques, interaction skills to better work with students and parents and a wide range of other topics.

Kosisko and Addis both believe that one of the best parts of dance is the relationships you develop. "The students are awesome. Every student is special. Every one has something that we would miss if they weren't in class anymore. We get close with them, they get close with us and they know how much we care about them. My fiance often takes a back seat to dance, other parts of my life get put on hold because of dance," Kosisko said.

The ladies don't believe the "Dance Moms" reality television show accurately portrays the world of dance. "We treat the students with respect and they in turn do the same for us. We can have a great studio, with great technique and great results by treating everyone in a professional way. In no way does anything on that TV show happen here. If someone has not danced before, they may watch that show, then never want to dance. We are very structured, but we don't belittle anyone, we praise them," Addis said.

Addis and Kosisko are committed to placing their dance students in classes based on their potential, technique and ability, not on their age. They want to insure that each individual is in a class that will allow him or her to learn to their fullest ability.

Addis and Kosisko have both met many of the people who have either danced or choreographed on their favorite TV show "So You Think You Can Dance." The dance instructors also enjoy "Dancing With The Stars" and any other dance shows. Some of the well-known choreographers the two have taken classes from are Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey, Kim McSwain, Billy Bell, Ray Leeper, Mark Meismer, Mandy Moore, Doug Caldwell, Ivan Koumaev, Bobby Newberry, Chebar Williams, Anthony Morigerato, Misha Gabriel, Mike Minery, Katy Spreadbury, and current "So You Think You Can Dance" contestant Melanie Moore.

Addis and Kosisko recently hired Charles Lowery to the staff. He will be assisting with the classes.

"He's been in the school musicals, he was 'Teen Angel' in Grease this year and did a fantastic job. He's a great dancer and really good with the kids," Addis said.

Kosisko and Addis are very appreciative of the help they've had getting their new dance center ready. "My dad, George, hobbled along after recent knee surgery to supervise and oversee. We laugh because he made sure all the pictures were hanging straight," Kosisko said. "We thank the 3-D Development guys for all their hard work and for being so willing to be sure our vision was captured. They were very accommodating."

"We have a great friendship and a great partnership. We love what we're doing, we're very proud of Premier Dance Center and our hearts are really in it. This is the best decision we've ever made, and we both expect that we will be here for a long time," Addis said.

The public is invited to attend the grand opening and open house, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 13. This is also the date and time for fall class registration. For more information, call 724-603-3659.

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