Open Division

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.

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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.


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 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)


Option 1: Tuesdays, July 11 – August 29, 2017 (8 weeks)

$100 until 6/27, $110 after 6/27

Option 2: Thursdays, July 13 – August 31 (8 weeks)

$100 until 6/27, $110 after 6/27

Option 3: Tuesdays AND Thursdays, July 11 – August 31 (16 classes in 8 weeks)

$200 until 6/27, $220 after 6/27

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




New for Summer!   Pilates Mat Class
Thursdays 8:15AM – 9:15AM Kari Schire Studio 6C
$80 • Register by June 1 and get $5 off     Preregistration is required 

Enhance your dance technique and get in shape for the summer!

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 Marcia Keegan Studio 6A


Intermediate-Advanced Ballet
Sundays 11:15 PM – 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 beginning May 22, 2017
Mondays – NEW! 8:15 PM – 8:45 PM Marcia Keegan Studio 6A
Intermediate Pointe
Thursdays 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM Marcia Keegan Studio 6A


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


*Summer Substitutes and Guest Teachers, morning classes:

Sat 6/24 Sally Rousse

Fri 6/30 Justin Leaf

Mon 7/10 Kaitlyn Gilliland, Guest Teacher
Wed 7/12 Kaitlyn Gilliland, Guest Teacher

Mon 7/17 Helen Hatch, Guest Teacher
Wed 7/19 Helen Hatch, Guest Teacher
Fri 7/21 Helen Hatch, Guest Teacher

Mon 7/24 Raina Gilliland, Guest Teacher
Wed 7/26 Raina Gilliland, Guest Teacher
Fri 7/28 Raina Gilliland, Guest Teacher

Mon 7/31 Justin Leaf
Wed 8/2 Justin Leaf
Sat 8/5 Sally Rousse