Coleen Kehl is the Founder of the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. and Stage Works Projects, Inc. She has studied dance since 1953 at her family’s studio, the Kehl School of Dance, Wisconsin Ballet Company, Stone-Camryn Ballet Chicago, Gus Giordano Jazz Company, Joe Tremaine in Los Angeles, Gelsey Kirkland, Barishnikov’s partner, has trained at the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters since 1962 and with a multitude of world renowned dance educators and performers throughout the country. Coleen danced with Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo as “Clara” in The Nutcracker Ballet and with the Wisconsin Ballet Company under the direction of Tibor Zana. The Kehl Family has the oldest dance studio in the country having trained dancers since 1880. She teaches master classes in classical ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, hula and musical theater. Coleen’s diverse musical theater background includes acting, dancing, singing, direction, and costume design with organizations in Madison, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. Coleen has choreographed full-length ballets such as The Nutcracker, Drakula, Christmas Carol and Peter Pan Ballet, regional and national award-winning competition pieces since 1989 as founder of the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. Dance Company and many theatrical productions including Brigadoon, West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Music Man, Wizard of Oz, Bye Bye Birdie, The Mikado, Once Upon A Mattress, Fiddler On The Roof, Pump Boys & Dinettes, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, and The Sound of Music. 2016 brings a celebration of 47 years of teaching and choreographing. Coleen is a member of Wisconsin Dance Council and has recently become a judge at dance competitions around the US. She is the 2011 recipient of the Wisconsin Dance Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award held in September, 2011 at Overture Center in Madison.
Coleen sold the business to Natalie in January of 2018 and it became the Stoughton Center for the Arts Inc. We are forever grateful to Miss Coleen for her time, talents and passion devoted to the arts and to the business she founded.