School Age Recreational
Find just the right dance classes! At Kehl we have Creative Programs such as Musical Theater, Lyrical, Hip Hop and more! Recreational Dance is for kids that just want to dance for fun, and Dance Focus Programs for more serious study. View detailed class descriptions below.
Ballet is the fundamental for all dance. Ballet encourages proper technique, posture and muscular strength. Younger dancers start with movement, which includes gross and fine motor skill development, and move at a faster pace. We use fun songs they may know. Classes are generally 30 minutes and designed to be combined with tap. As they get older, dancers are introduced to “barre” work, which provides the basic warm-up used by all dancers, including professionals. Classes labeled Ballet incorporate technical skills and performance skills, and perform a ballet dance designed to highlight the skills they have learned that year.
Ballet provides the basis for all forms of dance and should be taken first, or concurrently with tap. Ballet encourages proper technique, posture and muscular strength. It provides the dance terminology used in other forms of dance.
A fusion of dance styles designed to be extraordinarily creative and expressive. Ranging from athletic to theatrical to soft and beautiful, this type of dance is showcased weekly on “So You Think You Can Dance”. Our contemporary/lyrical classes require an understanding of basic jazz and ballet terminology.
Learn the latest funk moves. Rhythm, coordination and body isolations are the focus of this fast-paced class.
Kehl instructors attend conventions to learn the latest and greatest hip hop! Is Hip Hop your thing? Join one of our competition Hip Hop Crews!
Jazz is a high-energy form of dance set to popular music. The fundamentals of jazz involve body isolations, jumps, leaps, turns, lots of fun and exercise!
Dancers can begin jazz in 2nd grade and Pre-Jazz in kindergarten.
Experienced jazz dancers are invited to audition for our Dance Teams! Dance teams perform and compete different styles of jazz dancing each year. Dancers must be in at least 3rd grade to audition. See Dance Teams section for more information.
Tap dance is performed wearing special “tap” shoes. Tap has fun names such as “Buffalo” and Maxi Ford”, and students learn the “real” tap terminology. Students learn basic tap steps and put them together in exciting combinations using high-energy music. Tap is a special type of dance, which encourages development of musicality and promotes coordination, especially with the feet. Great for soccer players!
Kehl has a very strong tap program with exciting choreography and two award-winning performance tap teams, Footlights and Tel-Tones. See the Dance Team section for more information.
Musical Theater class focuses on the performance aspects of dance, including staging, acting, improvisation, auditioning, and theater vocabulary. Classwork draws from ballet and jazz foundations with a focus on Broadway influence and story-telling ability. This class performs in the recital.