Drop-in ballet classes are offered for adults (ages 16 and older) from all walks of life who wish to enjoy the physical and aesthetic benefits of dance. Classes in this division provide opportunities for exercise, stretching and toning of the body and an appreciation of dance as an art form in a noncompetitive atmosphere. The Adult Open Class FAQ’s can be viewed, below.
Q: I’ve never taken ballet before, which class should I take?
A: Ballet Fundamentals (when available) or 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 up through Beginning – Intermediate as you feel comfortable. 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 session start dates (except for Ballet Fundamentals) – you can start whenever you like.
Q: How do I register?
A: Our adult classes are “open,” (except Ballet Fundamentals) meaning you can start whenever you like and take as many or as few classes as you like on a pay as you come basis. You are only required to sign a Release and Indemnification Form available on the Registration section of the School menu.
Q: What is the dress code?
A: There is no dress code. As long as the instructor can see the form of your body to make corrections, we recommend: tights & leotard, t-shirt & leggings or shorts, etc..
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.
Open Division Open House
Saturday, March 25 &
Sunday, March 26
- Free ballet classes for adults and teens (ages 16+)
- 10% off class cards (valid March 20-26)
- Special limited-time offer for discount tickets to MDT’s Spring Season
- a chance to win free tickets
Open Division Open House Schedule
Saturday, March 25
- 8:45am – 12:30pm Discount class cards available, 6th floor lobby
- 9:00am – 10:20am FREE Beginning-Intermediate Ballet, Studio 6A
- 10:25am – 10:35am MDT company showing, Studio 6A
- 10:40am – Noon FREE Advanced-Professional Ballet, Studio 6A
Sunday, March 26
- 11:00am – 1:30pm Discount class cards available, 6th floor lobby
- 11:15am – 1:15pm FREE Intermediate-Advanced Ballet with Pointe, Studio 6A
- 11:30am – 1:00pm FREE Beginning Ballet, Studio 6B
All are activities offered on the 6th floor of The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis.
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
|Tuesdays||7:00 PM – 8:30 PM||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.Fall Session: September 6 – November 22, 2016 (12 weeks)Winter Session: January 3 – March 21, 2017 (12 weeks)Spring Session: April 4 – June 20, 2017 (12 weeks)
Summer Session: July 11 – August 29, 2017 (8 weeks)
Please Note: Pre-registration is REQUIRED for the Ballet Fundamentals class series.
|Sundays||11:30 AM – 1:00 PM||Ellie Ahmann||Studio 6B|
|Tuesdays||7:00 PM – 8:30 PM||Kerry Parker*||Studio 6A|
|Mondays||6:45 PM – 8:15 PM||Marcia Keegan||Studio 6A|
|Saturdays||9:00 AM – 10:30 AM||Jill Lile||Studio 6A|
|Wednesdays||7:00 PM – 8:30 PM||Marcia Keegan||Studio 6A|
|Thursdays||7:00 PM – 8:30 PM||Kerry Parker||Studio 6A|
|Sundays||11:15 PM – 12:45 PM||Marcia Keegan||Studio 6A|
|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||Kerry Parker||Studio 6A|
|Saturdays||10:30 AM – Noon||Justin Leaf||Studio 6A|
|Thursdays||8:30 PM – 9:00 PM||Kerry Parker||Studio 6A|
|Sundays||12:45 PM – 1:15 PM||Marcia Keegan||Studio 6A|
* beginning Tuesday, October 4th, Marcia Keegan will be teaching instead of Kerry Parker