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


On Monday, May 27, The Cowles Center will be closed and MDT will not offer any open classes.


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.

May 24 – Brittany Fridenstine-Keefe
May 31 – Matthew Keefe

June 7 – Sally Rousse
June 14 – Yuki Tokuda
June 21 – Jeffrey Hankinson
June 28 – Matthew Keefe

July 5 – Sally Rousse
July 12 – Yuki Toku​da​
July 19 – Jeffrey Hankinson
July 26 – Matthew Keefe

August 2 – Sally Rousse
August 9 – Peggy Seipp-Roy
August 16 – Peggy Seipp-Roy
August 23 – Matthew Keefe
August 30 – Yuki Tokuda

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.

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 Hassan Ingraham Studio 6B
Tuesdays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Chris Hannon Studio 6A
Beginning-Intermediate Ballet
Mondays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Yuki Tokuda Studio 6A
Saturdays 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Jill Lile Studio 6A
Intermediate Ballet
Wednesdays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Solana Temple Studio 6A
Intermediate-Advanced Ballet
Sundays 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Sally Rousse 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 Yuki Tokuda Studio 6A
Intermediate Pointe
Sundays 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM Sally Rousse Studio 6A