Young Children’s Division

The Young Children’s Division (YCD) offers a joyful introduction to dance for girls and boys ages 4 to 11. Students explore movement through imagery, music, and self-expression.

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. See below for class schedules and descriptions. If you have questions, please email or call 612-338-0627.

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2019-2020 Young Children’s Division and Boys Division

Session I

YCD: Age 4 ($272.70) September 7 – January 25 | Saturdays: 10:00am – 11:00am

YCD: Age 5  ($272.70) September 7 – January 25 | Saturdays: 11:00am – 12:00pm

YCD: Age 6  ($272.70) September 7 – January 25 | Saturdays: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Intermediate: Ages 7-9 ($358.55) September 7 – January 25 | Saturdays: 9:30am – 11:00am

Boys Class I  (tuition-free, $8 registration fee) September 4 – January 22 | Wednesdays: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Boys Class II  (tuition free, $8 registration fee) September 5 – January 22 | Wednesdays: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Session II

YCD: Age 4  ($272.70) February 1 – May 23 | Saturdays: 10:00am – 11:00am

YCD: Age 5  ($272.70) February 1 – May 23 | Saturdays: 11:00am – 12:00pm

YCD: Age 6  ($272.70) February 1 – May 23 | Saturdays: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Intermediate: Ages 7-9 ($358.55) February 1 – May 23 | Saturdays: 9:30am – 11:00am

Boys Class I  ($8 registration fee) January 29 – May 20 | Wednesdays: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Boys Class II  ($8 registration fee) January 29 – May 20 | Wednesdays: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

YCD and Boys Summer Intensive 2019

Boys Class I (tuition-free, $8.00 registration fee) | June 12 – July 24 | Wednesdays | 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Boys Class II (tuition-free, $8.00 registration fee) | June 12 – July 24 | Wednesdays | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Intermediate: Ages 7-9 ($106.00) | June 4 – June 27 | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 5:00pm – 6:15pm

Class Descriptions

YCD and Intro to Dance: Ages 4-6
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. The essential difference with “Intro to Dance” is that it is offered on Sundays, allowing children who are only available on that day to register.

At the Intermediate level, young dancers ages 7 to 9 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 2019 and 2020 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.

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School Calendar 2019-2020

Subject to change. Please note that MDT follows Minneapolis Public Schools example of when to cancel classes due to extreme weather.


7/29 PAD Nutcracker Workshop


8/5 Company rehearsal period begins


9/3 School Session begins for YCD, PAD and Boys

9/7 School Open House


10/11-20 MDT’s Fall Season @ the LAB

10/19 UC&P PAD III – VI @ the LAB, 4:30pm

10/26 UC&P and Halloween Parade PAD I – II @ MDT 6A, 3pm


11/11 – 16 PAD/YCD Parent Observation Week

11/25 – 12/1 Thanksgiving Week Holiday No classes for PAD/YCD/Boys


12/28   Nutcracker Sneak Peek @ 4pm

12/9 Winter Break; no classes PAD/YCD/Boys

12/13 – 23 Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy @ the State

12/15, 23 Festivi-Tea


1/2 MDT Company returns

1/6 School classes resume

1/17 – 19 Carmina Burana @ The Cowles

1/25 YCD Showcase Session I, 2pm in Studio 6A

1/27 YCD, Boys Session II begins


2/24 – 29 PAD Observation Week

MARCH 3/14 Celebrate Loyce Houlton, Playhouse, 2pm


4/3 – 5   The Enchantment @ The Cowles

4/6 – 4/12 Spring Break; no classes PAD, YCD Boys

4/25 PAD I, II UC&P In Studio 6A @ 2pm


5/1 – 12 Spring Rep @ The Playhouse

5/2 PAD III-VI UC&P In Studio 6A @ 2pm

5/22, 23 Strawberry Festival, A Student Showcase 6pm and 1pm

5/26-29 School Conferences Available. Contact to schedule an appointment.


6/8 June 3 Week Summer Intensive

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 22 at 6:00pm and Saturday, May 23 at 1:00pm at The Cowles Center. Students will be required to attend a dress rehearsal on Thursday, May 21. 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


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


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.