About Us

About Kinderdance®

Kinderdance® is the original worldwide dance, motor development, gymnastics, and fitness program that combines academic readiness skills which are specifically designed for children ages 2 to 12. What makes Kinderdance® unique is that all of our programs incorporate educational concepts in a developmentally designed curriculum that teaches to the total child. We place special emphasis on building self confidence and self-esteem in young children.

The Indian Extension

Learning Parachute India Private Ltd. (LPIPL) is the authorised sole master franchise owner and area developer for India. Kinderdance® was introduced to India in April 2009. Currently, Kinderdance® India has touched the lives of many young children between ages 2-8 years. Kinderdance has already touched the lives of many young children making a positive difference:

  • By conducting classes in pre-schools, public schools, international schools as part of the curriculum
  • Theme-based summer programs in various locations
  • After-school enrichment programs in all viable locations such as schools, pre-schools, clubhouses, amenities centers, art centers and many more during weekday evening and weekends.

Our presence through Franchising within Bangalore, Telangana State, Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, West Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and Kolkata.

Successful association with some of the following esteemed schools:

  • The Little Flower Public School, Bangalore
  • Amiown International Preschool, Delhi & Gurgaon
  • Smartkidz, Bangalore Pune and Hyderabad
  • All of Planet Kids within Bangalore
  • Sri Krishna International School
  • Delhi Public School, Gurgaon
  • National Hillview Public School
  • Parevertan School, Ghaziabad
  • New Rainbow Public School, Ghaziabad
  • St, Thomas Indian School, Bangalore
  • Florence High School, Basaveshwaranagar, Bangalore

Ms. Kirthana Ramarapu, Executive Director

Kirthana Ramarapu is the Executive Director for Learning Parachute, the All India Master Franchise owner for Kinderdance International Inc., USA based company, started in 1981 and now with over 100 Kinderdance® franchises operating in the United States, Canada, Singapore, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Hong Kong, China and Australia. Kinderdance® is the largest and fastest growing "Education through Dance, Motor Development, Gymnastics, Music and Fitness" program for young children today. Kinderdance was launched in Bangalore, India in April 2009.

Kirthana had her early education in Africa and completed her graduation from India. While living in the US, she extended her education in the field of Computers at UC, Berkeley and earned her technical expertise, customer interaction and people-skills through MNC companies. Moved back from US, attended child developmental courses to enhance her passion towards children. With a family background of enriching years in the field of education, she was always inclined towards this field. She continues to learn the art and understand the skills of dances of different forms like Katak, Kuchipudi etc. She was instrumental in creating the 5-W’s program on Music & Movement at Amity Owned Teacher training Centers.

Kirthana's love for education and passion for dance miraculously coincided with the Founder and President, Carol Kay Harsell which motivated her to perceive and explore her passion to work with kids. She instrumented this as her business as she was impressed with Kinderdance® teaching methods and procedures which are unique as the programs incorporate educational concepts in a developmentally designed curriculum that teaches to the total child. Kinderdance places special emphasis on building “Social-Skills”, "Self Confidence", "Self-Esteem" and addresses “Child Obesity” in young children.

Currently, Kinderdance has touched the lives of many young children between ages 2-8 years in India and currently has more than 5000 children in Kinderdance India system. She has strategically launched Kinderdance's unique concept in more than 5 major cities through Franchising and introducing it to prestigious pre-schools and schools as part of their curriculum.

She is currently in the process of expanding the Kinderdance® concept with the goal of making the company a successful movement program for young minds and also flourishing franchise operation in India.

The FoundersThe Founders

Carol Kay Harsell

Kinderdance® was originally conceived and developed by Ms. Harsell, who started dancing at the age of 3 and has been involved with dance and early childhood education ever since. She always had three major loves: education, dance and business, which motivated her to attend and graduate from Dance Educators of America, New York City Teacher Training School. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Dance, and a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Adapted Physical Education and Dance.

Ms. Harsell is a published author and has conducted research in early childhood education and communication through dance. She established the American Academy of Dance, Inc. in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has an extensive background in dance instruction, having taught people of all ages, levels and physical abilities in ballet, tap, acrobatics, jazz and creative movement.

She has also conducted dance and movement therapy workshops at local, state, national, and international conferences and has worked as a consultant to many Universities, YMCAs, Private and Public School Systems, Hospitals, and for the National Committee on Arts for the Handicapped.

As a performer she appeared with the New York City and New Jersey State Ballet Companies, and has performed and choreographed numerous solo and group concerts. She not only is a talented dancer/choreographer, but also won a scholarship for voice to the Master Works Chorus in New Jersey. Ms. Harsell has combined her talents in dance and voice to write original music and songs for the Kinderdance® programs. Since 1979 she has been solely devoted to developing curriculums and educating preschoolers through dance and training Kinderdance® Teachers and Franchisees in the Kinderdance® teaching methods and procedures which are successfully being taught to thousands of young children throughout the United States, and the World.

Kinderdance® founder Carol Kay Harsell (BA. Psy., BA. Dance, MA. PHED.) is the recipient of the "RELEVANT RESEARCH AWARD" (1985) in Dancing and Children, Dancing-Study and Teaching, and Child Development. She has also been awarded by a national panel of educators, the University of Oregon (College of Human Development and Performance) and Texas Woman's University (College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance).

Bernard Friedman

In 1980, Friedman teamed with Carol Kay Harsell and began the process of expanding the Kinderdance® concept with the goal of making the company a successful franchise operation. Friedman has an extensive background, both as a Franchisor and a Franchisee. From 1961 to 1973 he was instrumental in starting and developing several auto leasing and auto rental operations, two of which became nationally recognized franchise companies and ultimately were listed and marketed on the American Stock Exchange. In 1973, looking for a new challenge, he opened a new car dealership, becoming a Franchisee for Chrysler Corporation.

In 1979 he semi-retired and moved to Arizona, where he met and worked with Harsell at the American Academy of Dance. Together, they developed the Kinderdance® franchise concept. Prior to 1961, Friedman served in the merchant marines for 12 years, traveling around the world numerous times.

A brief history

In 1979, Carol Kay Harsell was busy running the American Academy of Dance, a successful dance school she founded in Scottsdale, Arizona. Harsell, who had great expectations for the school, was eager to expand her offerings and clientele. She looked to Bernard Friedman, businessman and entrepreneur, for ideas. After several months of hard work, Harsell and Friedman had more than tripled the size of the dance studio and raised the school's enrollment to more than 600 students, but enrollment in the academy's pre-school dance program, aptly named Kinderdance® , was still low. While talking one afternoon, Friedman asked Harsell why she thought that participation was limited? Harsell replied that it was because many young children were in child care centers and preschools. Friedman thought a few minutes and said "then why don't you bring the program to the children?" It was at that moment that the concept for Kinderdance® International was born.

The very next day, Harsell approached a local child care center and signed up six children for her Kinderdance® program. Thirty days later, more than 60 children were enrolled. Sensing that they were on to something big, Friedman marketed the Kinderdance® program to all of the child care centers in the greater Phoenix area. Six months after the original "on-site location", the Kinderdance® idea was off and running. Harsell and dance teachers from her studio were instructing classes in more than 30 child care centers around Phoenix, and were teaching in the Phoenix public school system.

By 1981, Harsell and Friedman were thrilled with the success of the Kinderdance® program. Clearly there was a demand for their innovative "on-site location" education through dance programs. Friedman and Harsell put their marketing and business experience to work, researching and developing an expansion plan for their new endeavor. Establishing Kinderdance® as a franchise organization seemed like the obvious answer. Both knew that other motivated people like themselves could successfully market the Kinderdance® programs to child care centers, preschools and other viable locations around the country.

In late 1981, Kinderdance® International was incorporated and in 1985, the first Kinderdance® franchise was opened in Houston, Texas.

Today there are over 100 Kinderdance® franchises throughout the United States, and the world!