Shortly after Kelcy Mohr moved her Kelcy dance studio from his house to Horse-drawn carriage park, the Arts Park the owners invited her to open a second studio on their campus on 29th Street between Woodlawn and Rock Road.
It was five years ago, and Mohr says the timing wasn’t right. Now, she said, it is.
This summer, it will open Kelcy’s dance studio at the art park where another studio was.
The previous owner “made it a nice space,” says Mohr. “It’s kind of an ideal setup.”
What she particularly likes is that it’s in a basement where fighting the summer heat won’t be a problem.
“It’s still really cool. “
There are currently 450 people enrolled in 65 classes per week, and Mohr says each class has a waiting list.
Plus, she says, “there are so many other courses that I wanted to offer. “
She currently teaches ballet, tap dance, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and acro-jazz, which is an acrobatic style of jazz.
In the new space, there will be a dedicated acro-jazz studio with gym mats, a back-handspring machine, crash pad and padded walls.
“We’ll just have a lot more equipment there to provide better courses,” Mohr says.
She will also begin offering a musical theater course.
The two companies have an area of 5,000 square feet with three studios.
Mohr teaches everyone from 3-year-olds to adults, including 60- and 70-year-olds taking tap dance lessons.
“Adult classes are really taking off, and it’s kind of an interesting new thing that not all studios have,” she says. “Anyone can be a dancer. “
Mohr renames his first studio Kelcy Dance Studio in Carriage Park. She says she likes that “Park” is one of the two names.
Its new Art Park space, where classes begin on June 3, will be on display with other Art Park businesses from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
“Everyone can somehow show off what they’re doing,” says Art Park co-owner Charles baughman.
The open house coincides with the 15th annual Art Park student art exhibition and will include a barbecue, tours and demonstrations by a chainsaw artist.
Baughman says he had to dismantle most of the musical instruments along the entrance to the art park because the wood on the piano rotted over the years.
Hutchinson-based artist Chad Humphrey converts tree trunks where instruments had been bolted into art tools such as pencils, pencils and paintbrushes.
Baughman says Humphrey will be demonstrating his work all afternoon.
“It’s pretty awesome what he can do.”
This story was originally published May 16, 2019 5:05 pm.