CUMBERLAND - Several performers that local audiences have seen in a variety of roles from murder mystery trains to the first amateur production of "Cats," produced at Potomac State College in Keyser are now part of a new dance studio.

Steppin' Out School of Dance will offer summer classes from June 19 to Aug. 19 at the Gallitzin Center, a multipurpose building on the campus of the Church of St. Patrick, 201 N. Centre St.

Natalie Fisher is the director, instructor and choreographer of the new school, which also includes Danny Durr as an instructor and choreographer.

Classes are available weekly, offering tap, jazz, ballet, modern and hip-hop dance styles for both boys and girls, ages 3 through 18.

Fisher said the classes are divided into age groups with "Little Steps" for 3- to 5-year-olds; Beginner for 6- to 9-year-olds, Intermediate for 10- to 14-year-olds and Advanced for the 15 to 19-year-old age group.

"Students choose the classes they wish to take in order to become more well-rounded in dance and receive a solid technical foundation," she said.

Fisher has been dancing for 21 years. She attended Shenandoah University Conservatory of Dance where she studied tap, jazz, ballet and modern dance.

She has participated in numerous workshops and conventions and has choreographed locally. Most recently, Fisher choreographed the Potomac State College production of "Cats."

Durr has been a local performer, choreographer and director and has been seen in productions at the Cumberland Theatre, New Embassy Theatre, Frostburg State University and Potomac State, as well as appearing in the murder mysteries of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

He most recently appeared as Mr. Mistofolees in the Potomac State production of "Cats."

Durr, a senior at Frostburg State University majoring in music with a minor in theater, said he is looking forward to being part of the new studio.

Assistant teaching for Steppin' Out this summer will be Kaitlyn Dye, who has been dancing for 15 years. She has performed in various competitions and attended many conventions. She also had the opportunity to perform with the International Russian Ballet in "The Nutcracker."

She, too, was a part of the "Cats" production in Keyser, appearing as Tantomile. Dye is currently attending the Rockette Summer Program.

Also assistant teaching for the summer program will be Samantha Dihel.

Classes are paid weekly, are one hour in length and are scheduled throughout the day Monday through Thursday with Musical Theatre on Fridays for ages 11 and up.

For additional information or to register for classes call Fisher at (301) 759-0214 or e-mail steppinoutstaff@hotmail.com.

Registration will continue through June 24 for the summer classes and those students who sign up for the summer program will receive a discount on their tuition for fall registration and classes.

Mona Ridder can be reached at mridder@times-news.com.

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