Community choreographs comeback after fire destroys dance studio

Sidney groups dancing once again after a fire destroyed studio.

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – The show will go on in Sidney for a group of young dancers who watched their studio go up in flames.

Thanks to community members who choreographed quite a comeback, children of all ages in Shelby County can dance their little hearts out this weekend.

Sharon’s School of Dance students will once again be tapping their feet and plie`-ing in at the recital, after a fire almost ruined the event.

In April, it took 100 fire fighters to battle the massive inferno at their historic downtown building, after a suspected drunk driver slammed into it, hit a gas line and caused significant damage.

All their sets destroyed and costumes damaged as the ceiling caved in, but owner Sharon Eikenberry said she never lost faith that her 140+ students would perform in the recital, which only comes around every two year, they’d been practicing for.

Eikenberry said a local theater group and skating rink offered them space to practice and several community members helped clean the smoked filled costumes.

The recital will take place at Sidney High School auditorium Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 2 pm.

Repairs on the dance studio are underway.  Eikenberry hopes to reopen in at the end of July. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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