WICHITA — When Kelcy Mohr took over Julie Keeling’s dance studio after her unexpected death in 2010, she says she saw a quote that Keeling had taped to her desk at her studio:
“What is it that I can give to you today to make you feel better about yourself,” the quote said.
“This sums up Julie’s personality and teaching style perfectly,” Mohr says. “I vowed to keep that philosophy in my teaching every day.”
With that in mind, Mohr is expanding her Kelcy’s Dance Studio and Kelcy’s Platinum Dance Co. – formerly Keeling’s Gift of Dance – to Carriage Parkway on Central just east of Edgemoor.
“We still have the same philosophy that the studio’s always had,” Mohr says. “We’re going to keep it the same, but we’re going to be able to offer more.”
The grand opening will be in August.
Mohr says Keeling owned the studio for three decades and had it at three different places where she lived. The current studio at 27 N. Cypress is the last place that Keeling lived and taught. Mohr and her family now live there, and she says she’ll continue to teach young children and some solo and duo lessons there.
“I still always want to teach from home,” Mohr says. “It’s kind of intimate.”