School Overview

2019-2020 School year now open for registration.

Training Tomorrow’s Dancers Today

Students in the MDT school are nurtured to reach their potential for artistry and self-confidence. Our dedicated faculty provides expert guidance for the student to grow both technically and artistically, not only to become a professional dancer, but also to cultivate the focus and self-discipline required for success in all areas of life.

Students of All Ages & Abilities

MDT offers classes for all levels of ability, open to a range of ages, from preschool to adult. Central to our purpose is inspiring and challenging students to achieve their best.

50 Years of History

Minnesota Dance Theatre & School is the official school of Minnesota Dance Theatre. Founded in 1962, and merged with Ballet Arts Minnesota in 2006, the school has achieved national recognition as a leading dance institution. The partnership of a professional performing company and a dance school is an essential part of the MDT vision.

Young Children’s Division (YCD)

A joyful introduction to ballet for girls and boys ages 3 1/2 to 11. Students in the Young Children’s Division (YCD) explore movement through imagery, music, and self-expression.
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Boys Classes

MDT&S offers tuition-free Boys classes for ages 5 to 11, focusing on coordination, alignment, and athleticism. Musicality, imagination and self-expression promote a fun and energetic classroom environment.
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Performing Arts Division (PAD)

Children and youth ages 8 to 18 are eligible to register for the Performing Arts Division, which provides a strong sequential curriculum in classical ballet, preparing the students to grow into professional-level dancers.
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Open Adult Division

Ballet classes are offered throughout the year, seven days a week, for adults, ages 16 and older. All are welcome to experience the joy of dance, both as an art form and as great exercise for the body.
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Summer Programs

MDT&S offers dance classes throughout the summer for Young Children’s Division (YCD) and Performing Arts Division (PAD). Students who have not studied at MDT&S previously are welcome to register.
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MDT occasionally offers conditioning workshops through its Open Division for adults. Also, Pilates instructor Jessica Cressey offers private lessons in MDT’s on-site Pilates studio.
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