DENTON — Katie Callahan, Owner of On Your Toes Dance Studio, was recognized by the Caroline County Commissioners during the Tuesday, June 9 zoom meeting for achieving 25 years of business.
Callahan started dancing at the age of three in 1979 and spent 16 years dancing before taking over and running her own studio in Denton in 1995 at the age of 19. Born and raised in Caroline County, she is a 1994 graduate of North Caroline High School.
Over the past 25 years, Callahan has seen two generations of dancers coming through her dance classes.
“I started dancing as a young kid and learned a lot,” Callahan said. “A lot of kids that started dancing with me years ago have now brought their kids.”
In the last quarter century, Callahan’s proudest moment was being able to teach dance to 180-200 different students per year.
“I have been able to teach thousands of kids dance over the years and I am very proud of that accomplishment,” she said. “Dance has really taught a lot of my students self confidence, respect and morals. I didn’t realize that this would turn into a safe zone for kids.”
On Your Toes Dance Studio has provided a lot of kids with positivity over the years and that alone has been a big factor in the success of the business.
“I had a individual come up to me recently who was a student more than 20 years ago who had cerebral palsy who said because of how I taught him to place his foot properly and the technique behind it that it prevented him from having multiple surgeries that doctors thought he would need,” she said. “Having a positive impact on people has really made the last 25 years so worth it to me.
Unfortunately after 25 years, the business had to close their doors due to the effects of COVID-19 and a series of other unfortunate events. There last day was Monday, June 8.
“I definitely want to thank my mom and dad for all their support over the years,” she said. “I definitely have the same work ethic as them and a lot of my success has come from them and I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish.”
“The studio had a great reputation and I had a great relationship with the kids. They always knew there was no judgement. They were able to learn different types of dance under one roof. This was my passion and wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
“I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to all the loyal dance families over the past 25 years. It has been a wonderful journey and I look forward to continuing to stay in touch with as many of you as I can. I would like to thank my fellow instructors and assistants who have worked with me over the years. It has been my privilege and pleasure to serve many aspiring dancers. You have helped make my business successful and I will always cherish the many great memories.”