Young Children’s Division

The Young Children’s Division (YCD) offers a joyful introduction to dance for girls and boys ages 3.5 to 11. Students explore movement through imagery, music, and self-expression.

Registration for the 2018-19 school year is now open. See below for class schedules and descriptions. If you have questions, please email school@mndance.org or call 612-338-0627.

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2018-19 Class Schedule

Session I

YCD: Ages 3-4  ($270.00)
September 4 – January 22 | Tuesdays: 11:00am – 12:00pm

YCD: Age 4  ($270.00)
September 8 – January 26 | Saturdays: 10:00am – 11:00am

YCD: Age 5  ($270.00)
September 8 – January 26 | Saturdays: 11:00am – 12:00pm

YCD: Age 6  ($270.00)
September 8 – January 26 | Saturdays: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Intro to Dance: Ages 4-6  ($270.00)
September 9 – January 27 | Sundays: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Intermediate: Ages 7-9 ($355.00)
September 8 – January 26 | Saturdays: 9:30am – 11:00am

Boys Class I  ($8 registration fee)
September 5 – January 23 | Wednesdays: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Boys Class II  ($8 registration fee)
September 5 – January 23 | Wednesdays: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Session II

YCD: Ages 3-4  ($270.00)
January 29 – May 25 | Tuesdays: 11:00am – 12:00pm

YCD: Age 4  ($270.00)
February 2 – May 25 | Saturdays: 10:00am – 11:00am

YCD: Age 5  ($270.00)
February 2 – May 25 | Saturdays: 11:00am – 12:00pm

YCD: Age 6  ($270.00)
February 2 – May 25 | Saturdays: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Intro to Dance: Ages 4-6  ($270.00)
February 3 – May 25 | Sundays: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Intermediate: Ages 7-9 ($355.00)
February 2 – May 25 | Saturdays: 9:30am – 11:00am

Boys Class I  ($8 registration fee)
January 30 – May 25 | Wednesdays: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Boys Class II  ($8 registration fee)
January 30 – May 25 | Wednesdays: 6:00pm – 7:00pm


Class Descriptions

YCD and Intro to Dance: Ages 3.5-6
These age-appropriate classes are the joyful prelude to formal ballet and contemporary training. Young dancers will develop their understanding of rhythm and enhance their coordination as they explore fundamental dance movements in a welcoming, group-class environment. Creativity and self-expression are encouraged.

Intermediate 
At the Intermediate level, young dancers train in ballet and contemporary dance with a heightened focus on alignment, musicality, and terminology. These classes prepare students for entrance into the Performing Arts Division.

Boys Classes
MDT offers tuition-free classes for boys, ages 5 to 11. The classes are designed to give boys a welcoming introduction to dance, with emphasis on enhancing athletic skills, flexibility, coordination, and strength.


Registration Information

A new family fee of $25.00 (not applicable to tuition) is applied with registration for students who are new to MDT. Full payment is due on or before the first day of class.

Students enrolled in Session I who wish to continue in Session II must register online for Session II.

YCD students must be the appropriate age for a particular level by the first day of the session.

Students who completed their first year of Intermediate last year should register for that level again this year.

Class placement should not be adjusted between 2018 and 2019 sessions unless prior approval is received from MDT faculty. Continuity in the learning environment allows for more progress through the curriculum.

MDT has a minimum enrollment policy of 5 students per class. If minimum enrollment is not met by the end of the third week of classes, MDT may cancel the class and provide alternative options to students.

MDT&S Student Handbook 17-18


2018-19 YCD Calendar

SEPTEMBER
Tuesday 9/4   Session I begins
Saturday 9/8   School Open House

OCTOBER
Wednesday 10/31   Halloween; no YCD classes

NOVEMBER
Monday 11/19 – Sunday 11/26   Thanksgiving week; no YCD classes

DECEMBER
Friday 12/14-23   Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy
Monday 12/17 – Sunday 1/6   Winter Break; no YCD classes

JANUARY
Wednesday 1/9  Classes resume for YCD
Tuesday 1/29  Session II begins for YCD

APRIL
Monday 4/15 – Sunday 4/21  Spring Break; no YCD classes
 
MAY
Thursday 5/23   Strawberry Festival: A Student Showcase – tech/dress rehearsal
Friday 5/24   Strawberry Festival: A Student Showcase – 6:00pm
Saturday 5/25   Strawberry Festival: A Student Showcase – 1:00pm

View the complete school/company calendar here.


Performance Information

YCD offers two performance opportunities at the end of each session.

YCD Showcase

The YCD Student Showcase takes place at the end of Session I on Saturday, January 26 in Studio 6A at 2pm and includes all YCD students. Students should arrive at MDT at noon for warm-up and rehearsal on January 26. No regular classes are held January 26.

  • It is important that students arrive promptly at noon so that they are present for warm-up class and final rehearsals.
  • Students should wear what they normally wear to class, unless informed otherwise by their teacher. It is not necessary to purchase anything.
  • Young Children’s Division students who usually attend on Saturdays will not have regular class on January 26, but please note that some Performing Arts Division classes are being held that day.
  • This event is open to all YCD families and is free of charge.
  • If your child is unable to participate in the showcase, please inform the teacher as soon as possible.
  • All students who want to continue with Session II should register for the same class they took for Session I. Enroll for Session II by January 26.

Strawberry Festival: A Student Showcase

Strawberry Festival is the year-end performance for all students in the School, including Performing Arts Division and Young Children’s Division. Performance dates are Friday, May 24 at 6:00pm and Saturday, May 25 at 1:00pm at The Cowles Center. Students will be required to attend a dress rehearsal on Thursday, May 23. Please note that this is Memorial Day weekend. Tickets can be purchase through The Cowles Center website, and MDT Season Subscribers receive a 30% discount on tickets.


Class Attire

Girls

Any color leotard, convertible or stirrup tights. and pink ballet slippers.

Boys

White fitted t-shirt, elastic waist shorts, white socks, and white ballet slippers. Each student in the Boys Division will be given t-shirt and shorts, which remain the property of MDT&S and must be returned to the office when the student has finished using them or has outgrown them. Families will be responsible for obtaining white socks and white ballet shoes for their child.