Young Children’s Division (YCD)

A joyful introduction to dance for girls & boys ages 3 – 11. Students in the Young Children’s Division (YCD) explore movement through imagery, music and self-expression.

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In this fun-filled class, dancers celebrate literacy and discover how to bring a plot and characters to life through movement, music, and imagination.  As they journey through engaging storybooks like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Giraffes Don’t Dance, and Ooko, young learners are encouraged to identify patterns, colors, shapes, letters, and numbers in the studio and beyond.

Story Ballet age 4, 1:00-2:00pm has been cancelled until further notice.

Sundays 1:00 – 2:00 PM Studio 6C Age 4
Sundays 2:00 – 3:00 PM Studio 6C Ages 5-6


PREDANCE | $270/session

This class is a 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!

Tuesdays 11:00 – Noon Studio 6C Ages 3-4
Saturdays 10:00 – 11:00 AM Studio 6C Age 5
Saturdays 11:00 – Noon Studio 6C Age 4
Saturdays 11:00 – Noon Studio 6B Age 6

INTERMEDIATE | $355/session

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

Saturdays 9:30 – 11:00 AM Studio 6B Ages 7-9

BOYS CLASSES | $5 registration/session

Boys Class is an exclusive tuition-free program for boys ages 5-11. Boys classes are designed to enhance athletic skills, flexibility, coordination, and strength; all important aspects of this performance art form and cross-disciplinary training.

Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:00 PM Studio 6B Ages 5-7
Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:00 PM Studio 7A Ages 8-11


Introduction to Dance is an enriching opportunity for dancers to explore the movement fundamentals of both classical and contemporary dance in a weekly dance class format. Students will gain an understanding of physicality, artistry, and principles of alignment. No prior dance experience necessary. Beginners are welcome.

Sundays 1:00– 2:15 PM Studio 6B Ages 8-11

Additional Registration Information

A one-time $25.00 new family fee (not applicable to tuition) will be applied at the time of enrollment for new students to the school. Full payment is due on or before the first day of class.

PreDance and Story Ballet students must be the appropriate age for a particular level by the first day of classes.

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 2016-17 sessions unless prior approval is received from MDT&S. Progress through a curriculum is most successful for the student, the class, and the instructor when there is continuity in the learning environment.

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 16-17

2016-2017 YCD Schedule

SESSION I: September 6, 2016 – January 21, 2017

September 6-11 First Week of Classes
October 24 – 30 Parent Observation Week
November 22 – 27 Thanksgiving Break – No Classes
December 12 – January 1 Winter Break – No Classes
January 21 YCD Showcase @ 2:00 PM* – YCD/Boys Classes   *this is an updated, new time

SESSION II: January 30, 2017- May 27, 2017

January 30 – February 5 First Week of Classes
March 20-26 Parent Observation Week
April 10-16 Spring Break – No Classes
May 26-27 Strawberry Festival, A Student Showcase

Performance Information

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


YCD Student Showcase takes place at the end of Session I, January 21st at 2:00pm in Studio 6A, and includes all students in Story Ballet, Predance, Boys, and Intermediate classes. Students should arrive at MDT at 1pm for warm-up and rehearsal on January 21st. No regular classes are held January 21-22.

  • Young Children’s Division and Boys Program students perform in the January Showcase on Saturday 1/21 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in Studio 6A.
  • Call time for students participating in the Showcase is 1:00 pm.  It is important that students arrive promptly at 1:00 pm so that they are present for warm-up class and final rehearsals.
  • Young Children’s Division students who usually attend on Saturdays will not have class on January 21st, but please note that Performing Arts Division classes are being held that day.


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


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 will be provided their t-shirt and shorts. Families will be responsible for obtaining white socks and white ballet shoes for their student.