Kehl School of Dance: Offers sitting ballet classes for first time in Madison

Contact: Jo Matzner, 608.616-9088 or [email protected]

Kehl School of Dance is pleased to announce two sitting ballet classes, one for children and one for adults, beginning in January. These classes are not “adaptive” ballet; rather they are regular ballet classes, concentrating on basic ballet technique, for anyone with limited ability to stand who wants to learn ballet and exercise their upper body. The instructor, Jo Matzner, believes that basic ballet technique will prepare students to participate in any ballet class. If you have never taken a ballet class, haven’t taken a class since childhood, or thought that you couldn’t do ballet following the onset of a disability, these classes will help you develop (or redevelop) the basics. These sessions will focus on upper body movement.

Classes begin on January 19, 2014, and will run for four Sundays, with a second session beginning on February 16. Children’s classes run from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, and adult classes run from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. The four-week sessions are $60, and there is a 33% discount if you register for both four-week sessions. This is a special introductory price since we are offering these classes for the first time.

The classes are open to people who use assistive devices, which could include a wheelchair. Class participants should have upper body mobility.

Most ballet dancers wear a leotard, tights, and ballet slippers. If you already have these items, please wear them for class. Otherwise, dancewear can be purchased from the Kehl School or please wear a shirt on your upper body that is a solid color and fitted so the teacher can see your movement.

If you have questions about the class structure, ability of your dancer, or other in-class concerns, please call (608) 616-9088 or email [email protected]

If you have questions about enrolling in this class, please contact the Kehl School at (608) 819-6501. Registration information is available on-line at