Welcome to Kinderdance®!

Dance and Gymnastics programs have always been favorites for children and parents. Kinderdance® is the largest and fastest growing franchisor in this profitable field bringing these programs to child care centers and other viable locations. Find out why a Kinderdance® franchise can be your best choice for business self-sufficiency.

What is Kinderdance®?

Kinderdance® is the original nationwide developmental dance, gymnastics and movement program combined with academic readiness skills specifically designed for children ages 2 to 8. What makes the Kinderdance® program unique is that it incorporates educational concepts in a developmentally designed curriculum that teaches the total child. Special emphasis is placed on building self-confidence and self-esteem in young children.

Kinderdance® offers four program. Kinderdance® and Kindergym® for ages 3 to 5, Kindertots® for age 2 and KindercomboTM for ages 6 to 8. Preschool age children learn the basics of ballet, tap, gymnastics, creative movement and motor development skills, while learning their numbers, colors, shapes and songs. School-age children 6 to 8 are involved in a combination of ballet, tap and modern dance classes.

...because children learn with their bodies as well as their minds.

A Brief History of Kinderdance®

In 1979, Carol Kay Harsell was looking for ways to expand her successful dance studio business. After consulting with entrepreneur Bernard Friedman, she expanded the school's offerings by including a program for very young students. The latter, however, was only partially successful. Friedman then suggested to Harsell that she bring the classes to the students rather than vice versa. Within a month she had more than 60 children at a local childcare center signed up. Within six months she had 30 childcare facilities, as well as the local school system involved. In 1981 Kinderdance® was incorporated as a franchisor. Today there are more than 100 successful franchises in operation in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.

Why Should I Become a Kinderdance® Franchisee?

Kinderdance® is the largest and fastest growing developmental dance, gymnastics and movement program for young people today. You will be teaching your classes at child-care centers, schools and other similar facilities and thus will not need a studio in which to operate. This can be a major saving!

As a Kinderdance® franchisee you become part of the preschool experience, yet retain your independence. You can set your own schedule and your own hours. You can also carry a small inventory of Kinderdance® customized dancewear to generate extra income. Without a studio to support you are nearly free of any overhead expenses and you'll be part of the $28 billion children's service industry!

Some of the pluses are listed below.

  • No dance experience required!
  • Low Investment & low overhead.
  • Simple business procedures.
  • Exploding customer demand.
  • No nights or weekends (unless by choice).
  • Comprehensive training & support programs.
  • Adorable customers.
  • Since 1994 Entrepreneur Magazine has consistently placed Kinderdance® in its "Franchise 500" annual listing.

Do You Provide Supplies and On-Going Support?

From leotards to business cards, from music to business forms, Kinderdance® provides an initial supply of over 70 items you will need to start and run your Kinderdance® franchise. Here is just some of what this program includes.

  • Operations Manual
  • Marketing and Advertising Help
  • Management Assistance
  • "Quick Start" Program
  • Original Curriculum and Music

What Levels of Kinderdance® franchises are available?

There are three choices with Kinderdance®.


Designed for the person who wants to teach all the classes by themselves on a part-time basis, each Bronze Level franchisee is authorized to teach in up to six locations* within their area.


Designed for people who want to teach the Kinderdance® programs themselves, or with a teacher on a full or part time basis, each Silver Level franchise is authorized to teach in up to 12 locations* in their area.


Designed for people who want to market and train others, this gives you unlimited locations in an exclusive territory of up to a 400,000 population (determined by city, county, or zip code boundaries). You may or may not choose to teach the program yourself.

*Multiple programs and classes may be taught at all locations.

Here's What Our Franchisees Say About Us!

"My Kinderdance® experience has been personally rewarding and purchasing a Kinderdance® franchise has proven to be one of the better decisions I have made during my life."
Darcy Christman, Camas, Washington

"Opening a Kinderdance® franchise in New York City was extremely challenging, marketing and teaching via subway and bus rather than a car. After a year and a half, I have over 600 children enrolled in the program and employ three teachers.
Carol Baird, New York, New York

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