After a twelve year break from the dance floor, Toledoan Sue Hays had enough— she was ready to get back on her toes.
“I was anxious to get my kids into dance lessons,” says Hays. “I was immediately missing those dancing days, so I started teaching lessons as the same studio where I had once danced. It wasn’t long before I opened my own business in the basement of my home with 25 students.”
That was in 1991. Since then, Hays has danced up a storm, bringing her business’s modest beginnings up the stairs, out of the basement and into a building, where she opened Mini Motions Dance Center with 150 students.
Mini Motions recently made a big move to a larger building. Earlier this year, Hays became the owner of Tremainsville Hall, not far from their former location.
In the new locale, Mini Motions still offers the same large variety of classes to choose from, including hip hop, modern, ballet, cheer, and gymnastics, tap, to keep children on their toes. Mini Motions also offers classes for play groups, weddings, Girl Scout troops, and cheer groups. To keep dancers on pointe, gymnastics and technique classes are also available for beginners to those advanced in their craft.
A Toledo Area Parent Family Favorite, Mini Motions won #1 Dance Studio, the #1 Mom owned business, and the #2 Gymnastics Center in 2016.
A leap of faith
Since opening the doors to Mini Motions 25 years ago, Hays has helped students of all ages strut their stuff. Hays brings her lifelong love of dance to each class— she’s been a dancer all her life. She started dancing at age 4, and kept on her feet through high school.
“I wanted to become a Solid Gold Dancer. You have to be my age to know who they are,” says Hays, laughing. “I also always wanted to be a dance teacher and possibly have my own studio.”
Now she does.
Mini Motions Dance Studio | 2437 Tremainsville Rd.
419-473-0999 | minimotionsdance.com