Mainstage Center for the Arts acquires Kathy Henkel School of Dance

July 5, 2012 · Print This Article

Mainstage Center for the Arts, known for its popular Summer Stage program, show choirs, theatre productions and children’s classes, is growing by leaps and bounds as the new operator of the Kathy Henkel School of Dance, to be renamed The Studio at Mainstage Center for the Arts
– School of Dance. The change in management of the Washington Township school takes place June 13th.

“Washington Township is the home to a number of great dance studios. Mainstage Center for the Arts is happy to have acquired a top notch dance studio in the area,” said Joe Bretschneider, Mainstage’s co-founder and executive director. “We are happy that our headquarters will remain in Gloucester Township, our home for 24 years. Summer Stage, along with classes in acting, voice and musical instruments, as well as additional programs, will continue to be offered there. However, as a regional arts center, it is important for us to have a satellite location in the region. We are enthusiastic about this new, large satellite space.”

This opportunity for Mainstage came about when, after 18 years as a leader of dance education in South Jersey, Henkel decided to retire. At the same time, Mainstage was looking to expand its dance program. That program, currently housed at Camden County College, was limited by the amount of time Mainstage had access to the dance studio.

“We’re so excited about having unlimited access to the fully-functional dance facility at Cherry Tree Crossings, with its sprung floors, mirrors, Barres, and professional dance floor,” said Ed Fiscella, Mainstage co-founder and producing artistic director. “Perhaps even more exciting, is the fact that nearly all of Kathy’s instructors as well as our own dance instructors, are returning. This creates a very strong dance program at Mainstage Center for the Arts and will allow us to expand on the opportunities we offer to children in South Jersey.”

Mainstage will offer several genres of dance at the school for students ages three to 18 including: classical ballet and pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern and contemporary. Its Broadway and Kids in the Biz classes are designed to train students in musical theater dance and showmanship, as well as provide them with professional audition skills.

“My husband, Klaus and I are extremely excited that Mainstage will continue operating the dance school that we established 18 years ago. Their values toward children and the arts are very similar to ours. We believe that they will enhance the business with more classes and

performing opportunities for our students. Their presence will surely benefit the arts in Washington Township,” said Henkel.

Mainstage Center for the Arts plans a free Summer Dance Preview of its program July 16- 18, 475 Hurfville-Cross Keys Rd, Sewell, NJ. This event will provide students with the opportunity to meet instructors and preview courses. For more information about the Summer Dance Preview or the Studio at Mainstage Center for the Arts – School of Dance, call (856) 227- 3091.


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