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Mark and Gina Rosson have promoted the art of dance in Lake County for more than two decades.
In 1994 the couple opened Spotlight Dance Center in Willoughby Hills and 10 years ago moved the business to Mentor.
“One of the reasons we moved from Willoughby Hills to Mentor is that we noticed we were getting about 40 percent of our students from there. We have just blossomed here from day one. There’s no looking back,” Mark said.
“It’s a place for all children to come and concentrate on something they love. We try to create a positive, motivating environment for the children. This is by far the most important thing to us,” Gina said.
Recitals giving all Spotlight dancers an opportunity to be on stage have taken place at Mentor High School for the past 13 years.
As with other operations, the novel coronavirus has presented challenges which have been partially met through online demonstrations. Local dance enthusiasts as well as those from England, India and other parts of the world have been introduced to the center and its activities via the internet.
Now up and running again, the studio is in full swing while following state guidelines including safe distancing, limited class sizes and sanitation procedures.
Kevin Malecek, director of economic development and international trade for Mentor, is pleased with the center’s success.
“Spotlight Dance Center’s 10-year anniversary is another shining example of how lifestyle, service-oriented businesses can thrive through both prosperous and challenging times in the City of Mentor,” he said.