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Leo T. Kehl with a line formation of students, most wearing tap or ballroom shoes. In addition to operation of the Kehl School of Dance in Madison, Kehl provided instruction in all forms of dance to teachers in Chicago and Milwaukee. Image ID: 28788. Creation Date: August 13, 1929.
Leo T. Kehl with a line formation of dance students. August 13, 1929. Image ID 28788.

Images from the Kehl School of Dance - Madison

The Kehl School of Dance in Madison celebrated its 125th Anniversary in June 2005. Founded by Frederick W. Kehl in 1880 as Kehl's Dancing Academy, it has been operated by family members ever since - first by his son Leo, and more recently by Leo's daughters: Virginia Lee Mackesey, Jo Jean Janus, and Jo Ann McDermott.

The collection includes posed individual and group shots of Kehl students in full costume; images of public events (such as a flag drill at Henry Vilas Park in 1911 and the "living flag" demonstration on the Capitol steps in 1900); shots of marquees advertising Kehl's Dance Troupe, the interior and exterior of the dance studio and the Capitol Bowling Alley; and images of dance and entertainment professionals.

View images from the Kehl School of Dance and take a "step" back in time!

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