“Now, it’s my turn,” Adonica Struhar said was her thought when she heard of a Kansas City dance studio in need of help.
Struhar received money to help rebuild her dance studio Spotlight School of Dance in Creston this past April’s tornado, and in return she sent money to another dance studio to pay it forward.
Last April, Spotlight School of Dance, 701 W. Townline St., suffered a total loss after the April 14 tornado slashed its way through Creston. The dance studio lost the roof and had water damage.
“The roof ... had been peeled off and was dumped in the high school parking lot,” said Struhar, “and some of it was just flapping down behind. And, of course, anything that was on the roof, like the air conditioners.”
Rain spilled into the studio through cracks in the concrete ceiling, causing water damage.
“There was just a potential of mold that they took out everything, down to the concrete floor and all of the studs in the walls,” Struhar said. “And, that meant everything: all the mirrors, all the ballet barres, everything.”
The tornado hit Creston two weeks before the dancers were to perform at a recital held at Southwestern Community College, which later was relocated to Creston High School because of damage to the college.
Dance classes were relocated to the Elk’s Club for a week after the disaster. Both the dance floor and dining room floor were used. Then, classes were relocated to Creston High School until after the recital.
The final relocation was to Lincon School, which the studio shared with Southern Prairie YMCA.
“Demolition started pretty much right after, ... and we moved some walls and stuff,” said Struhar. “But, we didn’t get moved back in till October. It was Nov. 1 when we actually got to start (classes).”
Pay it forward
The past year, when a tornado tore through Joplin, Mo., Karen’s School of Dance, owned by Nicole Druin, was completely destroyed. Spotlight School of Dance donated music to Druin. When Struhar’s dance studio was destroyed, Druin sent money to help pay for damages.
“Because she had been given so much, she thought, ‘Now it’s my turn to give back.’ So that’s what she and her students had decided,” said Struhar.
Druin called and told Struhar she would send money. She sent approximately $2,000, and also called for emotional support.
“So, then, we were at a dance competition the weekend of Feb. 22, and I heard on the news that this studio in Kansas City had lost their roof because of all the snow,” Struhar said. “And, I just knew that it was my turn. So I called her, and told her who I was and what I was doing.”
Struhar sent approximately $2,000 to Priscilla and Dana’s Dance Studio, owned by Priscilla Brogoto and Dana McGuire.
Originally from Corning, Struhar began dancing when she was 9. She went to college, but came home when she heard the dance studio in Corning was closing.
“I learned that in Corning the studio was going to close, and I moved home and opened it up with 17 students,” Struhar said. “Fifteen years later, we’re celebrating our 15th year. We have 10 members on faculty, and about 250 students now.”
Struhar opened the studio in Creston approximately seven years ago, and plans to open a third dance floor there. Struhar teaches ballet, tap, broadway, jazz, tumbling and others to all ages.