Dance academy

Ringle opens dance academy during pandemic

FREMONT – Opening a business is always risky, but if there is a pandemic, the chances of success become even worse. Nonetheless, Kassandra Ringle jumped at the chance to buy the old Fremont Ballet Academy, move it to downtown Fremont, and rename it Kassandra’s Dance Academy.

Still, Kassandra’s Dance Academy is thriving, so Ringle will be offering more classes in 2021 to accommodate students who couldn’t get into her 2020 classes.

“I strongly believe that things happen for a reason, and things fell into place,” Ringle said. “I believe they will work. If I can be successful during a pandemic, then when it’s over, the studio will thrive even more.

Ringle started taking dance lessons when she was 3 years old, continued to take lessons throughout her childhood, and earned a minor in dance at Ohio State University. She taught dance for several years at a Fostoria dance studio and is the owner of Rose Leaf Flowers in Tiffin. She bought the dance studio in August from Heidi Vander Boon.

“People told me they hoped I would continue what Miss Heidi did,” Ringle said. “That’s why a lot of them came back, because we have the same vision. I try to follow a biblical pattern, with tasteful costumes.

Vander Boon is happy that her dance school is in good hands.

Kassandra Ringle dances with students at Kassandra's Dance Academy, which opened in August.  Ringle took a risk buying the dance studio amid the pandemic.  Now it's working so well that she plans to expand the academy's class schedule in January.

“Kassandra has excellent academic and professional training which prepared her for this adventure. More importantly, her passion for dance is engaging. Opportunities to study ballet and more at its academy will reach a wide variety of young people in the community who are eager to dance,” said Vander Boon. “I believe that under Kassandra’s instruction, students will develop their confidence and character not just as dancers but as individuals.”

Ringle moved the studio downtown, where she receives support from Downtown Fremont and its executive director, Kristie Bilger.

“It’s nice to be downtown. They do a lot to help new businesses,” Ringle said. “I can text or call about anything and they can usually help.”

Ringle will expand its class schedule starting in January.

“I’m going to have a new set of classes because a lot of my classes are full,” she said.

Kassandra’s Dance Academy offers a variety of dance classes for children ages 3 to adult. The class schedule includes ballet, jazz, lyrics, hip-hop, tap, fitness and tumbling. The studio is offering a Mommy and Me class, and new in 2021 will be a musical theater class and dance birthday party options for kids.

The dance academy is taking special precautions during the pandemic. Class sizes are small to allow for social distancing; rooms are disinfected between classes and masks are worn at all times. Online Zoom courses could be offered in 2021.

“We plan to have a spring recital, if that’s for sure,” she said. “Maybe it’s outside.”

To give his students the opportunity to perform safely during the pandemic, some of them performed outdoors at the recent Fremont Tree Lighting Ceremony.

“The girls were so excited to dance to the Christmas tree lighting. They really want to play,” Ringle said.

Winter semester classes begin January 11. Registration can be done online, by calling the studio, or during in-person registration on January 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. More information on upcoming courses can be found by visiting kassandrasdanceacademy.com or by calling 419-332-0550. Kassandra’s dance studio is located at 219 S. Front St.

Contact correspondent Sheri Trusty at [email protected]