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.

Registration  2017-18 will be open August 4. The class schedules and tuition amounts have been updated for 2017-18.

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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 5, 2017 – June 1, 2018. 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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2017-2018 Performing Arts Division Class Schedule (subject to change)

Tuition amounts listed are for entire school year; September 5, 2017 through June 1, 2018.

All Level I students who have completed two years of Level I should register for Level II.

LEVEL I @ 3.25 Hours per week: $1038.00

Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Saturdays 2:00 – 3:45 PM

LEVEL II @ 5.25 Hours per week: $1581.00

Mondays 5:00 – 6:45 PM
Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Saturdays 2:00 – 4:00 PM

LEVEL III @ 10 Hours per week: $3008.00

Mondays 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Thursdays 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Fridays 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Saturdays 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Saturdays 1:00 – 2:30 PM

LEVEL IV @ 11.5 Hours per week: $3255.00

Mondays 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Tuesdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Thursdays 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Fridays 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Saturdays 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Saturdays 1:00 – 2:30 PM

 

LEVEL V & VI @ 16.25 Hours per week: $4310.00

Mondays 4:30 – 6:45 PM
Tuesdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Wednesdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Thursdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Fridays 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Saturdays noon – 2:00 PM
Saturdays 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Pre-Professional Trainee Program @ 19 Hours per week: $5039.00

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. Audition is required for placement in this program.

Mondays 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Tuesdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Thursdays 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Thursdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Fridays 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Fridays 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Saturdays noon – 2:00 PM
Saturdays 2:00 – 4:00 PM

2017-2018 PAD Schedule

September 5, 2017 – June 1, 2018

September 5-10 First Week of Classes
September 9 School Open House
October 22 PAD Up Close & Personal, 4pm
November 21 – 26 Thanksgiving Break – No Classes
December 18 – January 7 Winter Break – No Classes
March 26 – April 1 Spring Break – No Classes
May 25-26 Strawberry Festival, A Student Showcase
May 28 Memorial Day – No Classes
May 29– June 1 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 25 at 6:00pm & May 26 at 1:00pm  at The Cowles Center (Dress Rehearsal afternoon/evening of May 24). Please note this is Memorial Day weekend.  More information to follow.


Class Attire

Each class level has a specific colored leotard.  Click here for the updated order form.  Saturday is uniform-free day, unless there is an Up Close & Personal showcase.


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.