Carolyn Hoffman took some time off last year, closing her Main Street Dance Academy as she thought she needed to step back a bit.
It appears it was the break she needed as she is set to reopen the academy this fall.
"I just kind of felt like I've been rejuvenated and have new motivation to start again," Hoffman said.
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Carolyn Hoffman is getting ready to reopen the Main Street Dance Academy after taking a year off from the business.
Though Hoffman continued to provide private lessons at the studio, the public academy took a year off with a return to classes this fall. Hoffman is a nationally certified instructor who has taught dance for more than 20 years in Marshalltown.
Students in the classes range from ages 3 up through college with some adults mixed in. Hoffman said dance builds self-esteem, confidence and discipline, and provides a way to stay physically fit.
"It's the character-building aspect of dance that I enjoy," Hoffman said.
The studio provides dance instruction in ballet and pointe, jazz, lyrical and contemporary, flamenco and tap.
A special workshop will be held on breakdance and hip-hop dancing Saturday at the studio, led by guest artist Zach Benson. The breakdance classes will be from 9 to 10 a.m. for ages 5 to 11 and 10 to 11 a.m. for ages 12 and older, and the hip-hop dance class will be from 11 a.m. to noon for all ages. Cost for the workshop is $10 per class and participants can sign up at the door.
Sign up for fall classes is from 4 to 8 p.m. July 9 to 11 at the studio at 6 W. Main Street. For more information call 641-752-3000.
"I'm just excited to be able to offer this again and be a part of Main Street again," Hoffman said.