Dance Exploration at the Castle Rock Com

Dance Exploration at the Castle Rock Community Recreation Center is a Recreational, Non-Competitive dance program for children ages 18 months to 12. Our program is designed for beginning to intermediate skilled dancers who have never danced before or have had very little dance training in the past. We follow the teaching methodology of the Dance to Learn® Curriculum. Dance to Learn® is designed with the whole child in mind to ensure that they dance, learn and grow at each stage of their dance training. Each class provides our students with an educational, engaging and enriching opportunity to explore a monthly theme, examine a weekly concept and exhibit technical skills in the dance genre they are learning. 

About Us!

Dance Exploration at the Castle Rock Com

Our Mission is to instill a love of dance in the youngest of dancers through educational, engaging and enriching Curriculum brought to us by Dance to Learn®. We have created a dance program that allows the dancers who join us at the Castle Rock Community Recreation Center with the opportunity to dance, learn and grow with us during their early years of dance training. When they leave our program, they will have a general knowledge and understanding of dance concepts, elements and basic technique.

Our Mission


Dance Exploration _ Castle Rock Rec Cent

Jessica Strong


Jessica is a retired ballerina. She studied at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and went on to perform professionally in the studio company. Eventually she moved on to perform as a professional ballerina for 7 seasons with Ballet Ariel in Denver. She still performs in musical theatre productions across the Denver Metro area. 

She is the Director and Owner of Exploration Kids! Enrichment an after school performing arts program. As well as the Creative Director of the Dance to Learn® Curriculum.


Leslie Medcalf

Account Manager/
Administrative Assistant

Leslie is a Florida native who moved to Colorado in 2017 with her husband, Grady and her 3 children, Rylee, Cole and Cannon. She loves living in Castle Rock, but misses the beach. She comes to us with many years of experience in the dance industry in all roles from performer, to instructor to studio management. In her spare time, besides quality time with her family, Leslie enjoys being the team mom for her daughter's Allstar cheer team, traveling and working out.

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