The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Vision 2013

April 28, 2013

Business capsules (Sherry to Your) 04/28/2013

JOHNSTOWN — Sherry Lynn’s Ballroom Dance Center

Located: 646 Main St., Johnstown.

Leadership: Brian and Sherry Lynn Harshberger, owners and operators.

Employment: Three ballroom instructors and one Zumba instructor and looking to hire another instructor.

History: Established in 1999 and expanded to a full-service dance studio in 2005.

General: Sherry Lynn’s center provides dance lessons for young adults, teens, persons with special needs and senior citizens. Dance lessons are taught in both private and group settings in more than 20 styles of partner dancing. Students arrive weekly for classes from Cambria, Somerset, Indiana and Blair counties. In addition to studio classes, outreach programs are held off-site at Greater Johnstown elementary and middle schools each week.

Programs also are available at Pitt-Johnstown. The studio continues to grow with a steady flow of new students. Since 2005, the business has increased 50 percent and continues to increase at about 10 percent per year. Most of the growth came from adding take-home customized DVDs, home study courses and practice materials.

In 2012, the studio expanded to teach beginner guitar lessons. Improvements to the studio included concrete sidewalk repair, new rug, leather couch, remodeled stage and storage area. Installation of new windows is planned this year.

The staff attended numerous trainings in new dance techniques, styles, teaching ideas and Zumba choreography.

Also in 2012, the dance center held its first charity ball to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Western Pennsylvania. Twice each month, groups from the Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped in Ebensburg and Johnstown take classes at the studio. The studio hopes to expand to include people from United Cerebral Palsy and any person confined to a wheelchair. Sherry Lynn’s is in the beginning stages of creating an online bridal choreography coaching device to help couples prepare for weddings. Information will become available in more detail on the website by the end of the year.

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