Oglebay Institute School of Dance Holds Opens House Aug. 25

Oglebay Institute's School of Dance

Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance is now accepting new students and will hold an open house Saturday, August 25. The event takes place from 10 am. – 1 p.m. at the dance studios, located at 1330 National Road, Wheeling – just behind the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling. The event is free. All students and parents interested in learning more about dance classes for all ages at Oglebay Institute are invited to attend.

Attendees will meet dance instructors, tour the studios and talk with current students. You’ll learn about the school’s wide range of offerings in ballet, fitness, hip hop, jazz, lyrical dance, pointe, folk dance, tap, tumbling and more.

Enjoy free refreshments. You can win some great door prizes, too. Sign up to win a warm-up suit, tickets to the annual “Raising the Barre” gala and a free dance class.

“We are opening our doors and inviting new students to join our dynamic program and experience the many benefits dance can bring to their lives,” OI director of dance Cheryl Pompeo said. “Dance is so much more than entertainment, it’s fitness, self-expression, poise, teamwork, discipline and confidence.  I encourage people of all ages and genders to dance and move.”

Oglebay Institute has offered dance for nearly 90 years. The program continues to grow each year.

In addition to classes, Pompeo said Oglebay Institute dancers have numerous opportunities to perform publicly, including a fall ballet, numerous performance of “The Nutcracker” and a spring dance concert.

Oglebay Institute dancers take part in National Dance Week Celebrations in both Wheeling and Charleston and perform at the West Virginia Dance Festival.

Study with Expert Instructors & Special Guest Artists

Students can also study with guest artists in special workshops and dance intensive programs. The School also offers a pre-professional program for advanced students.

“In addition to our regular classes, our dancers can study with highly accomplished guest faculty from throughout the region,” Pompeo said. “These programs provide opportunities for intense, focused training that helps students prepare for success in today’s diverse world of dance.”

About Oglebay Institute

Oglebay Institute is a nonprofit organization begun in 1930 and operates six venues in Wheeling: the School of Dance; Stifel Fine Arts Center; the Schrader Environmental Education Center; the Mansion Museum; the Glass Museum; and the Towngate Theatre.

Find Out More

For more information, call 304-242-7700 or visit  www.oionline.com