DANVILLE, MONTOUR COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — What was once a beacon for creativity in Montour County now stands in ruins after a devastating fire. Efforts are underway to keep the spirit of dance alive, despite tragedy.
The pink Karen Gronsky School of Dance building on Center Street has been a staple in the Danville community for years. Flames broke out at the structure Monday morning, destroying all props and memorabilia inside. Owner Karen Gronsky says she’s thankful none of her young dancers were hurt.
Alex Witcoskie and his four-year-old daughter Zoee came to see what was left of her favorite place to dance on Wednesday. Just a few hours after he heard about the fire, he stepped in to help.
“For the whole dance family that all supports and is behind Miss Karen, we all decided that starting the GoFundMe page for her would be a tremendous help,” Witcoskie said.
“I am like so humbled,” Gronsky said.
In just two days, the fundraiser collected nearly $7,000. Witcoskie says money raised will go towards a new studio and supplies. He says it’s small way to thank Gronsky, who has been a teacher and mentor to children for 26 years.
“It turned around. My children are the light, the love, and the inspiration. And their parents and their families. They’re really giving it to me,” Gronsky said.
Gronsky says the response from the community has been overwhelming. She looks forward to welcoming dancers back to a new location soon, but until then, she’s encouraging hope and positivity.
“All of these years, that was kind of like our motto: ‘No matter what happens, always keep on dancing,” Gronsky said.
Officials surveyed the scene Wednesday and say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.