History of Main Stage Center for the arts

Laurie Papovich

Laurie Papovich

Main Stage Center for the Arts was established by Laurie Papovich in 1979 with only 23 students under the name of Laurie Krasnicki School of Dance. Originally located in Warren and New Baltimore, MI. Classes were held in a rented room in a church located on 9 mile and Schoenher and the New Baltimore Recreation Center. Laurie soon realized that her dance school was out growing the current space. In 1986 she relocated to the Warren/Centerline Community Center. 

By 1990 Laurie was again in search of a new home and found the perfect small town to open the Armada studio.  She walked up an old staircase, above the hair salon, and instantly was reminded of New York. That’s all it took for her to envision the studio space that we called home for over 25 years.  In 2018, we moved across the street to the first floor of a beautifully renovated 3,000 sqf space. Laurie has been a staple in the town of Armada, being one of the longest original business owners.  The ice cream Shoppe, Licks, even named a desert after her “The Miss Laurie” drink.  


In 2000 Laurie Krasnicki School of Dance gained a co-owner, Regina Ihns, and was renamed Main Stage Center for the Arts as homage to both studios being located on Main Street.  That same year, the New Baltimore location moved to Green street and developed their first production of Finding Neverland.  Main Stage prides itself on offering audiences and students the most professional and entertaining productions.  In 2008 Main Stage Center for the Arts, New Baltimore location, once again outgrew the space it was occupying and moved to our current 5,000 sqf. location. 

 The stellar reputation and high achievements that Laurie and her staff has accomplished with their students, both in and out of the studio, is why enrollment continues to grow and Laurie can proudly celebrate her 41st year of business this fall. Laurie has managed to run a successful business while maintaining her commitment to the technical and artistic education of dance. Laurie Papovich’s hard work, dedication, and commitment to the art of dance has trained and shaped many wonderful adults and professional dancers. The greatest achievement, is the alumni that still returns to visit and the multi-generation of dancers and teachers that make Main Stage Center for the Arts the success it is today. Laurie’s legacy continues on with the wonderful staff that has been trained by her.  Having a cohesive group of teachers with the same training philosophy is rare and one component that makes Main Stage students so successful.

Laurie and Regina have always believed you have to dream for it to become reality. Main Stage Center for the Arts is proof of that. 

Many opportunities and blessings have come to Main Stage Center for the arts and we are excited to announce that as of September 2019 Main Stage Center for the Arts will be joining Armada Public schools and leading the Academy’s Dance Program. We will be educating dancers and students 5th-12thgrade.  

Laurie, Regina and their staff is always ready for the next step the studio will take and is honored to serve the Armada and New Baltimore areas with quality dance instruction.