The need for fun and recreation close to home -- particularly through the world of dance -- inspired Croton mom Tiffany Booher to open her aptly named new studio, Inspire Dance and Tumble.

The need for fun and recreation close to home -- particularly through the world of dance -- inspired Croton mom Tiffany Booher to open her aptly named new studio, Inspire Dance and Tumble.

The studio offers classes in tap, ballet, tumbling, cheerleading and even toddler playgroups and teen/adult dance classes.

Beginning dancers and gymnasts are encouraged to pre-register Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7, at the studio 10444 Crouse Willison Road, Johnstown, for a tuition discount.

"There's nothing like this nearby," Booher said. "I think it will be so great, not only for people to have this opportunity but for us to do performances at community events."

The road to owning her own studio actually began when Booher was only 6 years old.

"I took a tap class that year, and I loved it," she said. "The next year, I was enrolled in every class they offered."

By the time she was 10, Booher, who grew up in the Grove City area, was part of an off-Broadway production of "Guys and Dolls." She was chosen to dance in a Dublin dance company at age 12, making her the youngest member of the group. At the same time, she was taking part in solo dance competitions.

Having danced and trained with adults and professionals for so long, Booher found herself teaching youngsters for the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department by the time she was just 16. She choreographed routines for ages 3-12 that were performed in street shows, parades and recitals.

Though her own passion veered off toward the world of competitive cheerleading in high school, Booher had found her niche in teaching.

Dance was put on a temporary hold for a while as she focused on motherhood and marriage and did some substitute teaching.

"I kept feeling like I'd put so much into it, I needed to do something with all that experience," Booher said. "I wanted to share that gift with other people. It's not something I wanted to waste."

The dance enthusiast married Croton area native Curt Booher and moved to the community four years ago. They have four sons: Cameron, Alex, Kaden and Brody.

"For a while I didn't know anyone, but I could definitely see the need for something like this (studio) out here," Booher said. "And this is a dream that started a long time ago . Continuously, God showed us this was His will."

Tommy Tucker, pastor at the Vineyard Community Church, knew the Boohers from his congregation and encouraged Tiffany to open her studio in Vineyard's old church building. It was not being used, he said, and sits in front of the new church building on Crouse Willison Road.

From there, Booher said things kept falling into place. Someone she didn't even know practically begged her to take $1,500 worth of enormous mirrors off his hands. Insurance costs came wildly lower than the couple had anticipated.

For now, Booher is teaching all the classes herself and is reaching out to beginners of all ages.

"This is a great opportunity for home schoolers," Booher said. "And there are a lot of programs for preschoolers, of course, because it gives them something to be part of, a chance to learn coordination, social skills, balance and exercise."

Dance, movement, play and fitness classes are offered for age groups from pre-schoolers to adults. Details are available on the studio Web site, www.inspiredanceandtumble.com.

Pre-registration will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7 at the adjacent church building while last-minute construction continues at the studio. There will be a five percent discount on tuition.

An open house to tour the studio will be held Sept. 26, with registration still available if space is, Booher said. Classes begin Oct. 6.

For more information, call 740-973-0605 or visit the studio's Web site, where a registration packet can be printed.