Open Division

MDT’s Open Division offers ballet classes for adults and teens, ages 16 and up. Class levels range from absolute beginner to advanced professional. All are welcome!

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

Read FAQ's

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

A: We recommend that you begin with our Ballet Fundamentals series, offering the basics of ballet vocabulary and technique, preparing you for Beginning Ballet.

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

A: We recommend starting with Beginning Ballet class and then take 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. Ballet Fundamentals or other special workshops have specific start dates.

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 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 classes and class cards can be purchased before class begins. For Ballet Fundamentals and special workshops, preregistration is required. We accept check or cash only for single classes. For class card purchases, we also accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express). A 3% processing fee is added to all credit card transactions.

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

Open Division Updates

WINTER WEATHER UPDATES

In case of severe winter weather, class cancellations will be posted here.

UPDATE ON MARCIA KEEGAN’S CLASSES

All of us at Minnesota Dance Theatre are deeply saddened by the passing of faculty member Marcia Keegan. She was a beloved teacher for the Open Division for many years, known for her kindness, generosity of spirit, and love for dance. As one of her students said today, “I will cherish every moment of love, selfless giving, and pearls of wisdom that Marcia shared with all of us in the Open Division.”

Marcia’s classes will continue as scheduled with a variety of guest teachers through the end of April.
Check back here for updates.

  • Sundays, Intermediate-Advanced Ballet and Pointe 11:15am-1:15pm – Sally Rousse
  • Mondays, Beginning-Intermediate Ballet and Pointe 7-9pm – Yuki Tokuda
  • Tuesdays, Beginning Ballet 7-8:30pm – Chris Hannon
  • Wednesdays, Intermediate Ballet 7-8:30pm – Solana Temple

FRIDAY GUEST TEACHERS – ADVANCED-PROFESSIONAL BALLET

For the next few months, we will offer guest teachers for Friday morning advanced-professional ballet. Check here for an updated list of guest teachers.

March 15 – Yuki Tokuda
March 22 – Katie Johnson
March 29 – Jeffrey Hankinson
April 5 – Sally Rousse
April 12 – Katie Johnson
April 19 – Brittany Fridenstine-Keefe
April 26 – Jeffrey Hankinson
May 3 – Yuki Tokuda
May 10 – Matthew Keefe
May 17 – Sally Rousse
May 24 – Brittany Fridenstine-Keefe
May 31 – Matthew Keefe

SUNDAY BEGINNING BALLET

Ellie Ahmann’s will no longer be teaching the Sunday Beginning Ballet class after March 17. We thank her for her many years of devoted service and wish her well as her career path takes her in new directions.

Ellie’s last class will be Sunday, March 17, and Hassan Ingraham will teach this class on March 24 and 31. Stay tuned as we firm up a new permanent teacher for this class.

OPEN DIVISION OPEN HOUSE – MARCH 23 & 24

MDT’s biannual Open Division Open House includes free ballet class for adults, discount class cards, and an MDT company showing.

Saturday, March 23

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 24

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

10% Discount on MDT class cards!

  • Offer valid at MDT open classes, Monday, March 18 – Sunday, March 24
  • Cash, check, or credit card are accepted. A 3% processing fee is added to credit card transactions.
  • MDT class cards have no expiration date.

Ballet Fundamentals I & II | Quarterly Workshops

Learn the basics of ballet alongside other adults and teens, ages 16 and up. Fundamentals I is a basic introduction for the absolute beginner. Fundamentals II is slightly more advanced and can be taken repeatedly until ready to progress to the beginning level drop-in classes.

  • Fundamentals I with Hassan Ingraham
    Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
  • Fundamentals II with Zachary Tuazon
    Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm

The fall, winter, and spring sessions include 12 classes and costs $160. The summer session includes 8 classes and costs $110. Receive a $10 discount when you register at least two weeks in advance.

Spring Session: April 2, 2019 – June 20, 2019 (12 weeks)
Summer Session: July 9, 2019 – August 29, 2019 (8 weeks)

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Ongoing Open Classes

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 7:00 PM – 8:30 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
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 Raina Gilliland Studio 6A
Wednesdays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Lirena Branitski Studio 6A
Thursdays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Justin Leaf Studio 6A
Thursdays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Matthew Keefe Studio 6A
Fridays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Guest teacher Studio 6A
Saturdays 10:30 AM – Noon Justin Leaf Studio 6A
Beginning-Intermediate Pointe
Mondays 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM Marcia Keegan Studio 6A
Intermediate Pointe
Sundays 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM Marcia Keegan Studio 6A