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Wildfire Dance Studio

Wildfire Dance Studio has been impacting children through the art of dance for over 40 years! As a parent, you make choices about activities for your child – choices to make them stronger, to make them happier, to help them grow into successful young adults.  It has been Wildfire Dance Studio’s mission to provide classes that do just that . . . and that has been the key to their success!

Their dance program draws girls and boys ages 3–18 from Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. Families may enroll their children at either of their two studio locations, Ashtabula or Lake County. Additionally, they are thrilled to announce that the Lake County studio has just been completely renovated and remodeled!  As a state-of-the-art dance facility, it now boasts many enhanced features including a much larger studio space, complete with sprung floors, a Marley dance surface, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and brighter lighting.  Please stop by to see it for yourself!  Wildfire Dance Studio has also just become an approved ACE Ohio provider for the 2023-2024 academic year!  This means that many of their families will be eligible for $1,000 of reimbursement for dance classes, which nearly covers the tuition for two weekly classes! 

The Lake County studio location presently offers recreational dance classes for ages 3-18 in the styles of ballet, contemporary, jazz, musical theater, and hip hop, as well as combination classes in pom/jazz, contemporary/street jazz and cheerleading/pom.  They also offer a series of acrobatic arts classes with certified staff that elevates overall athletic acuity.  Foundational curriculum of all classes is focused on creating an enjoyable experience for the students while improving coordination, rhythm, agility, self-esteem and overall confidence. 

Many of their students aspire to continue dance in college.  Admission to post-secondary dance programs and teams is highly competitive.  Precision of movement is key for collegiate endeavors. They are proud to have four college-bound seniors that have accepted spots on these teams for the 2023-2024 year.  Their success “can be attributed to the diverse technical training and performance experience in many genres that they have acquired as dancers at Wildfire Dance Studio,” said the owner and director of the studio, Scott DeCola.  DeCola has danced professionally, touring domestically and internationally with numerous companies including Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Joffrey Ballet II, Ohio Ballet and the Richmond Ballet before returning to his native northeast Ohio home.

Wildfire Dance Studio also has a nationally recognized competitive dance program, winning the Studio of Excellence Award three times in the past two years.  Older dancers can compete as members of their dance company.  These dancers have chosen to prioritize dance above other activities, and will be competing at UDA Nationals in Orlando, Florida next spring.  The younger teams, ages 5–12, are challenged with more advanced stage choreography.  “If a recreational dance student finds that dance is more than a pass-time activity, we have the competitive option for them,” said DeCola.  “We have something for everyone who enjoys music and movement!”

Fall classes begin on September 11, but they continue to accept enrollment through the months of September and October.  If you are new to the studio and would like to try a free class, call them at 440-789-9541.  For more inbfo visit