Niagara Gazette

Features

October 23, 2013

Ballroom dancing TV shows increase attendance at local dance studios

Niagara Gazette — If people aren’t yet convinced that truly anybody can dance, they likely didn’t see actress Valerie Harper on the television show “Dancing with the Stars.”

Harper, once a star on the beloved 1970s sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” gamely competed in ABC’s ballroom dance competition despite struggling with terminal lung cancer.

Her persistance to carry on despite physical challenges and her ever-smiling optimistic spirit probably did as much for the dance industry as it did for the story lines on the show. But, on a show that pairs dance professionals with compelling non-professionals, it fits the premise that those who take the time to put in the hard work of learning to dance seem to thoroughly enjoy their newfound abilities to move out on the floor.

And while nearly every wedding proves that non-dancers are still the silent, seated majority, owners of local dance studios report a growing number of couples are stepping up to learn to dance at studios in the Niagara region.

“That’s the main reason people come into the studio. They like that show,” said Serge Komar, who recently opened a ballroom dance studio called Dance Like a Star with Serge in Lewiston. “Everybody wants to be like them,” said Komar, who actually is just like the professionals on the show.  Raised in the Ukraine, he’s been dancing professionally around the world since he was 21, and still competes today with his partner and studio owner, Gail Halim, owner of Gail’s Tobacco and Gas in Sanborn.

He says that once students try his $25 introductory package, most don’t have to be sold to sign up for more classes. 

“They’re normal people who have a job, do their stuff at home and they also want to try new skills for themselves,” he said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Features
  • NIA UB diabetic art 041914 UB's D-Link helps teens deal with diabetes Adolescence is stressful enough, but going through it with a chronic disease that requires multiple daily injections and finger pricks, as well as a fair amount of mental math, is asking a lot of the average teen.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE 140330 Kidney Soldier 5.jpg Vet wins 'life lottery' with new kidney On a recent weekday afternoon two Niagara Falls brothers were picked up by a private limo and taken to a nearby airport runway where a private plane was waiting to whisk them away to Pittsburgh.

    April 14, 2014 4 Photos

  • NIA Tom T mug TOM'S CORNER: Bringing your own parts to repair shop is a bad idea The Gazette has partnered with local automotive expert Tom Torbjornsen to publish his weekly national column. Tom's Corner will appear in Thursday's editions.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • SUN LIFE POUND 1 040614.jpg Rock n' roll fitness

    April 12, 2014 3 Photos

  • SUN LIFE Farms 1 040614.jpg NIAGARA COUNTY: Effort to get fresh food to the needy is energized by new venture.

    Tom Tower thinks it's a crime to throw away good food. The gentleman farmer from Youngstown is noted for his passion for agricultural craftsmanship, so seeing his carefully grown produce lying wasted in the field causes him great distress. He was one of the first farmers in the region to bring his apples by the truckload to the Western New York Food Bank. It was pure logic and generosity that prompted him to do so, but when the food bank received some state money to buy fresh produce, Tower and Justin Guerin, food bank director, worked out a deal. One month would be a donation, the next month, the bank would pay a fair price for the apples.

    April 12, 2014 4 Photos

  • NIA Tom T mug 041014 TOM'S CORNER: An update on the technology of electric vehicles The Gazette has partnered with local automotive expert Tom Torbjornsen to publish his weekly national column. Tom's Corner will appear in Thursday's editions.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Partners in Art art 1 040914 Partners in Art comes to the Carnegie Center Teachers, students and guests gathered on Saturday afternoon at the Carnegie Art Center to welcome the annual Partners in Art studio exhibit to it's new home for 2014.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Deputy Sheriff's Assoc art 1 040714 Niagara County Sheriff's association looking for pieces of past The Niagara County Deputy Sheriff's Association is looking for old pictures, uniforms, equipment and any other memorabilia from the more than 200 year history of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • NIA Biz column mug 040714 IN BUSINESS: Leadership Niagara honored at weekend event Molly Anderson, director of Leadership Niagara, was presented with an award for "Excellence in Innovation" by the Association of Leadership Programs on Friday at the Southeast Regional Conference in Atlanta.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Tom T mug TOM'S CORNER: Dealing with diesel vehicle service requirements The Gazette has partnered with local automotive expert Tom Torbjornsen to publish his weekly national column. Tom's Corner will appear in Thursday's editions.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page