Open Division

MDT’s Open Division offers ballet classes for adults and teens ages 16 and up. From absolute beginner to advanced professional, all are welcome to experience the joy of dance. 

Drop-in classes are offered seven days a week with live piano accompaniment. Ballet Fundamentals and special workshops require preregistration.

Follow the link below for answers to frequently asked questions.

Read FAQ's

Q: I’ve never taken ballet before. Which class should I take?

A: We strongly recommend that absolute beginners take our Ballet Fundamentals series which which offers the basics of ballet vocabulary and technique, preparing for Beginning Ballet.

Q: I haven’t danced in several years, which class should I take?

A: We suggest starting with Beginning Ballet class to get your muscle memory back and then move into Beginning-Intermediate when you feel ready. Some students take a combination of these classes.

Q: When do classes begin?

A: Our adult classes are ongoing throughout the year; there are no start dates except for Ballet Fundamentals or other special workshops.

Q: How do I register?

A: Most of our classes for adults are open, meaning you can start whenever you like and take as many or as few classes as you like, paying for a single class at a time or purchasing a class card. Ballet Fundamentals and other special workshops do require preregistration, and the link to register can be found on this page.

Q: What is the dress code?

A: There is no dress code for open classes, but we recommend that whatever you wear allows for full range of motion and shows the line of your body (e.g. tights and leotard or t-shirt and leggings).

Q: Do I need ballet slippers?

A: You will want ballet slippers eventually. Grand Jete in St. Paul is an excellent source for dance shoes: 975 Grand Avenue, St. Paul 55105, 651-227-0331. If you are unable to acquire shoes before your first class, you can start in 100% cotton socks.

Q: Will I be the only adult in the Beginning Class?

A: The students in all our classes range in age from 16 – 70. Attendance varies from night to night, so it is always a different mix.

Q: Is there a difference between Beginning Ballet and Ballet Fundamentals?

A: Yes. Ballet Fundamentals is the first step in our adult program and is meant for students with no prior experience. Students with previous but not extensive ballet classes or who complete our Fundamentals class are best suited for Beginning Ballet.

Q: Which classes offer pointe work?

A: Pointe is taught in the Intermediate with Pointe class on Sunday afternoon.

Q: Do you offer any Modern or Jazz classes?

A: Not on a regular basis. We occasionally offer special workshops taught by guest artists. These offerings are posted on the home page and on our school bulletin boards.

Q: How do I find out if classes are cancelled?

A: Occasionally, classes are cancelled due to severe weather or holidays. Whenever possible, these cancellations will be posted on the home page and on our main phone line.

Registration & Tuition

Single Class: $15 / Barre: $10 / 5-Class Card: $60 / 10-Class Card: $110

For single classes and class cards, please arrive early to pay at the studio before class begins. For Fundamentals, registration is required in advance of the session start date.  Please check the bulletin board outside of the MDT office on 6th floor for updated studio information. We accept check or cash only for single classes; for Fundamentals registration and class cards, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, checks or cash.  A 3% processing fee will be added to all credit card transactions.

    • Single 90-Minute Classes $15
    • 60-Minute Classes or Barre $10
    • 30-Minute Pointe Classes $5
    • 10-Class Card $110
    • 5-Class Card $60
    • 10 Pointe-Class Card $40

Adult Open Class Division Schedule

Ballet Fundamentals
Tuesdays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Jill Lyle Studio 6B
Thursdays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Zachary Tuazon Studio 6B
Tuesdays & Thursdays* 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Jill Lyle & Zachary Tuazon Studio 6B
If you’ve always dreamed of doing ballet but never had the chance to take lessons, this class is for you! Learn the basics of ballet alongside other adults in this fun program. Ballet classes are a great way to gain strength and flexibility, improve posture and balance, and reduce stress in a noncompetitive atmosphere.
Spring Session: April 3 – June 21, 2018 (12 weeks)Summer Session: July 10 – August, 2018 (8 weeks)

*both Tuesday and Thursday taught by Jill Lile for Summer

12 week sessions: $160.00 – early bird discount of $10 off if you register more than 2 weeks early!

8 weeks sessions: $110.00 –  early bird discount of $10 off if you register more than 2 weeks early!

Please Note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED for the Ballet Fundamentals class series.





Pilates Mat Class
Thursdays 8:15AM – 9:15AM Kari Schire Studio 6C
 Summer Session: June 28 – August 16, 2018 MDT_Pilates_26 $80 •Register up to two weeks before session begins for $5 off

Preregistration is required


Kari Schire is a Stott Certified Pilates instructor. Her classes focus on core strength, proper alignment, and moving more efficiently. As a professional dancer, she also focuses on creating harmony for the body’s natural imbalances.








Beginning Ballet
Sundays 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Ellie Ahmann Studio 6B
Tuesdays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Marcia Keegan Studio 6A


Beginning-Intermediate Ballet
Mondays 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM Marcia Keegan Studio 6A
Saturdays 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Jill Lile Studio 6A


Intermediate Ballet
Wednesdays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Marcia Keegan Studio 6A
Thursdays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Sally Rousse Studio 6A


Intermediate-Advanced Ballet
Sundays 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Marcia Keegan Studio 6A


Advanced-Professional Ballet
Mondays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Lirena Branitski Studio 6A
Tuesdays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Lise Houlton Studio 6A
Wednesdays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Lirena Branitski Studio 6A
Thursdays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Justin Leaf Studio 6A
Fridays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Sally Rousse Studio 6A
Saturdays 10:30 AM – Noon Justin Leaf Studio 6A


Beginning-Intermediate Pointe
Mondays 8:15 PM – 8:45 PM Marcia Keegan Studio 6A
Intermediate Pointe
Thursdays 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM Sally Rousse Studio 6A


Intermediate-Advanced Pointe
Sundays 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM Marcia Keegan Studio 6A