Performing Arts Division Classes (PAD)

ycd2The Performing Arts Division (PAD) offers a curriculum designed to meet the needs of today’s dancer with a curriculum based in the classical Russian tradition as well as contemporary dance forms and ideas. The dance classes are taught by a renowned faculty along with piano accompaniment.

The study of classical ballet is approached gradually, developing from the exercises at the barre. Those exercises are brought to the center, starting with simple combinations of steps. Only when the student gains the necessary strength and command of technique, can the beauty and wisdom of classical dancing be revealed.

Placement classes are required for PAD students.  Level placements are determined by the faculty and based on technical ability and strength. Students ages 8-18 are eligible. Placement for pointe is a decision made at the discretion of the faculty. Appropriate strength and muscular development is necessary for pointe work. Students must be in Level III to be considered for pointe. PAD students must enroll for the full year program and should expect to be in each level for two to three years with training hours increasing accordingly each year.

Students are provided with performance opportunities throughout the year. A hallmark of the school is its relationship with MDT’s professional dance company and partnerships with organizations that offer students more arts experiences and challenges.

For more information or questions, please email school@mndance.org.

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Classes

Please check the bulletin board on the 6th floor and/or the online Parent/Student Bulletin Board for specific Weekly Class Schedules during the school year.  Additional rehearsal and creative workshop hours will be added accordingly to students Saturday schedules between 2:30-5:30 as we prepare for performances and showings. The online Bulletin Board is password protected. If you do not know the password, please email school@mndance.org or call 612-338-0627. 

Tuition amounts listed are for entire school year; September 6, 2016 – June 2, 2017. A one-time $25.00 new family fee will be applied at the time of enrollment for new students to the school. 

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Level I @ 4 Hours per week: $1315.00

Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:30 PM Ballet/Conditioning
Saturdays 2:00 – 4:00 PM Contemporary/Creative Workshop

LEVEL II @ 7.25 Hours per week: $2245.00

Mondays 5:15 – 7:00 PM Ballet
Tuesdays 5:15 – 6:45 PM Ballet
Thursdays 5:15 – 6:45 PM Ballet or Contemporary
Saturdays noon – 1:30 PM Contemporary or Ballet
Saturdays 1:30 – 2:30 PM Creative Workshop

LEVEL III @ 10 Hours per week: $3096.00

Mondays 4:30 – 6:00 PM Ballet/Pointe
Tuesdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM Ballet/Pointe
Thursdays 4:30 – 6:30 PM Ballet/Pointe or Contemporary/CW
Fridays 4:30 – 6:30 PM Ballet/Pointe
Saturdays 12:00 – 2:00 PM Ballet/Pointe or Contemporary/CW

LEVEL IV @ 13.5 Hours per week: $3932.00

Mondays 4:30 – 6:30 PM Ballet/Pointe
Tuesdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM Ballet/Pointe
Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:30 PM Ballet/Pointe
Thursdays 4:30 – 6:30 PM Ballet/Pointe
Fridays 4:30 – 7:00 PM Contemporary/Creative Workshop
Saturdays 12:00 – 1:30 PM Ballet
Saturdays 1:30 – 2:30 PM Pointe/Repertory

LEVEL V @ 15.75 Hours per week: $4300.00

Mondays 4:30 – 6:45 PM Ballet/Pointe
Tuesdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM Ballet/Pointe
Wednesdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM Ballet/Pointe
Thursdays 4:30 – 6:30 PM Ballet/Pointe
Fridays 4:30 – 7:30 PM Ballet/Pointe/Contemporary
Saturdays noon – 1:30 PM Ballet
Saturdays 2:30 – 4:30 PM Pointe/Repertory

LEVEL VI @ 16.25 Hours per week: $4435.00

Mondays 4:30 – 6:45 PM Ballet/Pointe
Tuesdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM Ballet/Pointe
Wednesdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM Ballet/Pointe
Thursdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM Ballet/Pointe
Fridays 4:30 – 7:30 PM Ballet/Pointe/Contemporary
Saturdays noon – 1:30 PM Ballet
Saturdays 2:30 – 4:30 PM Pointe/Repertory

Pre-Professional Trainee Program @ 19 Hours per week: $5187.00

Part of the Performing Arts Division, the Pre-Professional Trainee Program provides students interested in additional training opportunities the ability to partake in more classes and expand their experience. Pre-Professional Trainees are expected to attend all classes outlined in the PPT schedule with the option of taking all Level VI classes.

Mondays 9:30 – 11:00 AM Adv/Pro Ballet
Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:00 AM Adv/Pro Ballet
Tuesdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM Ballet/Pointe
Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:00 AM Adv/Pro Ballet
Thursdays 9:30 – 11:00 AM Adv/Pro Ballet
Thursdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM Ballet/Pointe
Fridays 9:30 – 11:00 AM Adv/Pro Ballet
Fridays 4:30 – 7:30 PM Ballet/Pointe/Contemporary
Saturdays noon – 1:30 PM Ballet
Saturdays 2:30 – 4:30 PM Pointe/Repertory

2016-2017 PAD Schedule

September 6, 2016 – June 2, 2017

September 6-11 First Week of Classes
September 10 School Open House
October 30 PAD Up Close & Personal
November 22 – 27 Thanksgiving Break – No Classes
December 19 – January 1 Winter Break – No Classes
April 10 – 16 Spring Break – No Classes
May 26-27 Strawberry Festival, A Student Showcase
May 29 Memorial Day – No Classes
May 30 – June 2 Last Week of Classes/Conferences

Performance Information

Students will have formal and informal performance opportunities throughout the year, including Up Close & Personal showings and the year-end student showcase.

Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy

Enrollment in MDT’s PAD program does not guarantee participation in Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy. Dancers will be invited or may audition within their class time.

Strawberry Festival: A Student Showcase

Strawberry Festival is the year-end performance for all students in the School, including PAD, YCD and Boys Classes. Performance dates are May 26 at 6:00pm & May 27 at 1:00pm  at The Cowles Center (Dress Rehearsal afternoon/evening of May 25). Please note this is Memorial Day weekend.  More information to follow.


Class Attire

Each class level has a specific colored leotard.  Click here to download the order form.


Work Study

Minnesota Dance Theatre & School offers work study to qualifying families in the form of reduced tuition for hours contributed.  For more information, contact school@mndance.org. Click here here to download the work study application.

 


Summer Audition Tours at MDT

Date Organization Event Time Studio
Saturday, January 7 Next Generation Ballet Registration 4:30-5:00pm 6A
Auditions 5:00-6:30pm 6A
Boston Ballet Registration 6:30-7:00pm 6A
Auditions 7:00-9:00pm 6A
Sunday, January 8 Royal Winnipeg Ballet Registration 8:45-9:45am 6A
Audition ages 10-12 9:45-10:45am 6A
Break 10:45-11:00am
Q & A 11:00-11:30am 6B
Break 11:30am-1:15pm
Ballet Master Class,ages 10-13 1:15-2:45pm 6A
Break 2:45-3:00pm
Audition ages 13+ 3:00-3:45pm 6A
Friday, January 13 Ballet Arizona Registration 6:00-6:30pm 6A
Auditions 6:30-8:00pm 6A
Saturday, February 4 Washington School of Ballet Registration 3:30-4:00pm 6A
Auditions 4:00-6:00pm 6A
Sunday, February 5 Ballet Austin Registration 12:30-1:30pm 6A
Auditions 1:30-3:30pm 6A
Ellison Ballet Registration 3:00-3:30pm 6A
Auditions ages 12-14 3:30-5:00pm 6A
Auditions ages 15-19 5:00-6:30pm 6A
Sunday, February 19 Nutmeg Ballet Registration 1:30-2:15 6A
Auditions 2:15-4:00 6A