Wempners' School of Dance - Classes for All Ages | Fond du Lac, WI

Serving Fond du Lac and surrounding communities

To share the art of dance with dedication creativity and inspiration to each

and every student

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At Wempners' School of Dance, we pride ourselves on the discipline of technique we teach in our classes. This gives students the opportunity to discover the Art of the Dance. The discipline and focus of technique training offers many benefits, such as conditioning, increased focus, concentration and memory, musicality, self-expression, and, of course, self-confidence.


That being said, we also believe that the benefits of dance should be available to everyone. But much like other sports and activities, not everybody advances at the same rate. There are those who enjoy dancing on a more casual level, and others that desire a more intense training, and Wempners' supports and supplies both.

Because we believe dance should be enjoyed by everyone, we are revising our class levels and requirements to better serve all of our students. This change requires us to throw out the idea that all children must advance at exactly the same pace as their peers. Dance is a discipline built on a progressive syllabus of technique, terminology and musicality. Therefore, students will accomplish these progressions at various rates. We as teachers and parents need to give them time, support and encouragement to achieve the requirements at each level of progression in order for them to succeed and enjoy their dance experience.


This NEW class curriculum will require students ages 7 and up to advance in levels based on their achievements, not their age or how long they have been dancing. This year will serve as a transition year in which students will be evaluated at the end of the year and placed in appropriate levels for the following year.




• Ann Kelly – Owner and director

• Mary Wempner- Founder, Instructor

• Allison Donovan- Instructor Ballet/Point

• Chantée Kelly – Instructor

• Suzanne Christian - Instructor

• Shari Mallatt - Instructor

• Nicole Solis - Instructor Modern/Hip Hop

• Marie Tarantino - Instructor

Discipline and technique to dance in style

From a Class of 35 to 500 Students

In 1974, Mary Wempner opened the Wempners' School of Dance in a small neighborhood grocery store, which was converted into a one room dance studio. At the time, the studio had 35 students and recitals were held in the studio.  


Later, Mary's daughter, Ann, started teaching at the studio.

Eventually, the studio grew to have over 500 students. Now the third generation of Mary's family is teaching at the studio, with Chantee and Leah. The current location has three studios on Main Street with hundreds of students and fully produced recitals at the Fond du Lac Performing Arts Center.

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Mary Wempner is a member of Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM).

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Rely on our 40-plus years of experience with our state-of-the-art dance facility. For your convenience, we have invested in professional Harlequin flooring to make dancing as easy and comfortable as possible.


Wempners' School of Dance holds three dance studios, a large viewing area, and a Dance Shoppe.

Our Mission

"To share the Art of DANCE with dedication, creativity and inspiration, to each and every student.“ - Ann Kelly, owner and director of wempner’s school of dance.


Wempner’s School of dance has provided Fond du Lac and surrounding communities with a service that not all smaller cities are as fortunate to have: that is the 'Art of Dance.’ With an open door, open heart environment, the school’s main goal has been and will always be to offer the best training it can provide to as many students as possible.