Main Street Dance Gets Creative: June 2021

by John Conway
HURLEYVILLE, June 2021—Sherma Williams, who has operated Main Street Dance for nearly 25 years, has always been creative. It is part of who she is. So, when the restrictions resulting from the COVID pandemic threatened the studio’s annual recital, it wasn’t difficult for her to think outside the box. But even she was surprised at the solution that presented itself.
Ms. Williams says Main Street Dance participants have been showcased in an annual recital every year since she started the business in Liberty in 1997. That tradition continued every year since she moved to the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre building in 2016. That is, until COVID forced her to cancel the recital in 2020. This year, even as the COVID restrictions were slow to ease, Ms. Williams promised she wasn’t going to let that happen again.
“Although not a traditional way of showcasing our dance recital, Main Street Dance Studio is so excited and pleased to announce that our annual dance recital will be debuted on the big screen this year,” Ms. Williams says, adding that this year’s performance will be showcased at the Fair Oaks Drive-In in the town of Wallkill on June 10.
“We are very happy that our dancers will be able to watch the recital this year with their families,” she says, pointing out a silver lining to the necessary change.
Approximately 80 dancers, ranging in age from three to adult, will perform in a number of styles, including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical and ballroom. The ballroom dancers have been training at Osorio DanceSport, also located at the Performing Arts Centre in Hurleyville.
Tickets to view the recital will be $15 per person, but there is a limit to the number of cars they can admit, so no tickets will be available for purchase at the gate.
“We have been told we have a 150-car maximum,” Ms. Williams says.
Dancers families will be given first priority in ticket sales, but there may be additional tickets available. Call Main Street Dance to find out more at (845) 796-6589.