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There was a time when Lindsey Paolella thought she'd never dance again.
But when her dance studio, Platinum Dance, has its grand opening today, it will mark the revival of a long-held dream for her.
"What better place to put it than in Windham, because that's where I live now," said Paolella, owner of the studio at 8924 Maple Grove Road. "There's nothing for kids to do here."
The grand opening, which takes place from 1 to 4 p.m., will feature a balloon launch, refreshments, auctions and giveaways.
Paolella had been dancing for most of her life but stopped because of "a number of factors in my life."
One of those was a crash, which happened when she was seven months pregnant. She experienced many injuries, including a broken hip and several torn tendons in her knee.
"I didn't think I'd ever be able to dance again," she said.
But at the time, her biggest concern was her son, Dominic, who will be 6 on Sept. 13. The boy was born two months premature but is now thriving.
"You would never be able to tell he was a premie," she said. "He plays football and tee-ball. He kind of wants to take part in everything."
She also is the mother of an 18-month-old daughter, Aubrina.
After teaching dance in Aurora, Paolella decided it was time to open her own studio in her hometown.
The dance studio, once a Circle K, most recently housed a second hand shop. The 4,000 square foot building includes the studio, a waiting area, sales of apparel, and even a place for students to do homework before classes start.
She said the schools and community have been very good to her, and art classes are even making posters to decorate the walls.
"I didn't know how receptive people would be," she said. "It's something positive for the kids. It's been overwhelmingly positive."
She said she's had several requests from people in Warren, Freedom, and Shalersville. In addition to children's classes, the school also is offering classes to adults in activities such as Zumba and yoga.
The school is accepting new students through October. For information, call Paolella at 330-348-3953.
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