Let’s Dance studio

Sydney Hasselbalch, 12, of Kearney, left, Erin Kuehn, 17, of Minden, center, and Alexandra Dusky, 14, of Kearney practice their tap routine at the Let’s Dance studio in Kearney Monday evening. Let’s Dance will have its annual recital at 6 p.m. Saturday at Kearney High School.

KEARNEY — A Kearney dance studio will begin offering classes in Minden next month.

Let’s Dance will open a studio in downtown Minden at 521 N. Colorado St., and will offer classes in tap, clogging, ballet, pointe, tumbling and other dance styles.

Terrell Nordhausen opened the first Let’s Dance studio at 810 E. 56th St. in Kearney two years ago, and said the studio has more than doubled its number of students since then. Nordhausen previously operated studios around the area in Lexington, Minden and Shelton, and said she recently had parents reach out to her to bring her classes back in Minden.

“We get registrations almost daily,” Nordhausen said. “Word of mouth has just been huge.”

So far, 42 students have signed up for classes in Minden. Nordhausen said registrations are coming from Axtell, Upland, Wilcox and Hildreth — and from all age groups.

“We knew we had several students who hadn’t danced since we left because the commute wasn’t possible,” Nordhausen said. “We did know some of them would be coming back. We’re a pretty technical studio, and that’s something they were looking for.”

Summer classes will be offered three days a week in Minden and registration is open until the end of June. Registration for fall classes will begin in August, with the possibility of more classes being offered if there’s interest.

Erin Kuehn, 17, of Minden said she’s excited for Let’s Dance to start classes in her hometown. Kuehn has been dancing since she was 3 and currently attends classes at Let’s Dance in Kearney. She’ll be a student teacher at the Minden studio.

“I’m glad I get to be able to teach,” Kuehn said. “I’m excited for that because I get to teach the little girls.”

Kuehn said she likes to dance because it’s a way to express herself.

“It’s kind of like a getaway, almost. You can learn a lot about yourself through dance,” she said. “It taught me a lot of responsibility because when it does come to recital time, you’re responsible for remembering the dance, remembering the counts to the choreography, just all the details.”

Let’s Dance’s Kearney studio has more than 100 students and offers classes five days a week. The studio will have its annual recital at 6 p.m. Saturday at Kearney High School. Tickets are $5, with some available at the door.

Nordhausen said she enjoys seeing the evolution that occurs in her students.

“They’re up on a big stage in front of everybody dancing, something they never thought they could do the day they walked in the door,” she said. “So just the confidence we build in them and teach them ... that’s the reward at the end of the year for doing that.”

For more information or to register for classes, visit www.letsdancekearney.com

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