Class Descriptions

Music & Movement (Ages 18 months-3 yrs old):

This class is an introduction to musicality geared toward dancers ages 18 months-3 years old. We will focus on creative movement, body awareness, rhythm, and tempo.  Parents are welcome to start the class with their dancer but are eventually encouraged to make this an independent class for their dancer.

Required Attire:  Any dance clothes that is comfortable to dance and move in and black ballet slippers.

Fairytale Ballet (Ages 3-6):

Fairytale ballet is a magical ballet class filled with imagination, wonder and creativity.  Each week is centered around a different princess, fairytale character or storybook character.  We will dance, move, act out and dress up in this 45-minute class that provides dancers with ballet technique as well as magical excitement.

Required Attire:  Any color leotard and pink ballet slippers. Dancers may also wear tutus, skirts, tights or leggings.

Ballet/Tap (Ages 3-6):

This is a combination class including ballet and tap. Students will learn technique, terminology, and musicality in both styles. Students will also work on leaps, turns, and choreography. This class is designed for students looking for a more technique filled class (compared to Fairytale Ballet).

Required Attire:  Any color leotard, dancers may also wear tutus, skirts, tights or leggings. This class requires pink ballet slippers and black tap shoes that can be purchased at the studio.

Pre-Acro (Ages 3-6)

Acro is a style of dance that combines gymnastics skills. At this level, dancers will study creative movement, and safely learn the basics of tumbling.  Students use hoops, trampolines, mats, and beams in this class and are encouraged to express their creativity and develop an appreciation for different styles of dance.

Required Attire: Leotard (gymnastics or dance) and fitted shorts. Hair must be pulled back and dancers do not need shoes.

Tot's Rock (Ages 3-6)

Musicality, rhythm and creativity are the key components of this fun, urban-style class. Dancers will learning the basics of different hip-hop styles and jazz terminology to some of their favorite music and get to express their own personalities in this high energy class.

Required Attire:  Any dance clothes that is comfortable to dance and move in and black ballet slippers.  No strict dress code.

 

Ballet

Ballet is the basic foundation for most forms of dance. Ballet provides the technique you need to flourish in all other dance styles. Improving balance, posture, flexibility and self-confidence Meraki ballet classes ensure dancers know proper technique and terminology.

Required Attire:

Primary Ballet: Ages 3-6 Pink leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair must be pulled back in a bun.

Ballet 1: Ages 6-9 Pink leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair must be pulled back in a bun.

Ballet 2: Ages 7-12 Teal leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers.  Hair must be pulled back in a bun.

​Ballet 3 and 4: Ages 10 & up Black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair must be pulled back into a bun.

​Pointe and Pre-Pointe: (require teacher placement and dancers must also be enrolled in an additional ballet class): Black leotard, pink tights, pointe shoes, ballet slippers and optional black ballet skirt. Hair must be pulled back in a bun.

 

​Tap

Expanding on our previous tap program, students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Dancers in these classes work on rhythm, musicality and choreography.

Required Attire:  Leotard, tights, dance clothes that are comfortable to move in.  Dancers will need tan tap shoes.

Tap: Ages 8 and up

Jazz

Jazz dance is an American dance form which evolves and changes with the latest popular styles. Jazz is a fun, upbeat style that has a firm technique and strength base. Jazz is a great form of dance for any age, developing strength and flexibility, while teaching important technique and performance skills.

Required Attire: Leotard or fitted top, fitted shorts/fitted capris, jazz pants, etc. Tan jazz shoes. Hair: must be pulled back from face.

Jazz 3: Ages 10 & up

Jazz 4: (require teacher placement or placement test from last season)

Jazz/Tap

This is a combination class including jazz and tap. Students will learn technique, terminology, and musicality in both styles. Students will also work on leaps, turns, and choreography. The first half of class will be jazz and the second half will be tap.

Required Attire: Leotard or fitted top, fitted shorts/fitted capris, jazz pants, etc. Tan jazz shoes. Black tap shoes. Hair: must be pulled back from face.

Jazz/Tap 1: Ages 5 & up

Jazz/Tap 2: Ages 7 & up

Lyrical

Lyrical dance is a style of dance created by merging ballet and jazz. Taking the technique from these two styles, lyrical challenges dancers to interpret music and express emotion. It is recommended that dancers in this class have some experience in ballet and/or jazz.

Required Attire: Leotard or fitted top, fitted shorts/fitted capris, jazz pants, etc. and turner shoes. Hair: must be pulled back from face.

Lyrical 1: Ages 6-10

Lyrical 2: Ages 8 & up

Hip Hop

A high energy class that not only teaches hip hop movements and technique but also instills rhythm and precision. Students can take what they learn and apply it to various dance styles and settings. Classes may require a placement test.

Required Attire:  Any dance clothes that is comfortable to dance and move in and black hip-hop sneakers (available at MDA).

Hip Hop 1: Ages 5-9

Hip Hop 2: Ages 8-12

Hip Hop 3: Ages 10-14

Teen Hip Hop: Ages 13 & up

Acro/Contortion (Tumbling/Dance Technique)

Cirque de Soleil is taking over the dance world, and MDA is excited to move their strong acro program into a class that will help further our students dance careers. Students will learn gymnastic skills, improve flexibility and learn fun, exciting and breathtaking tricks. This program is designed to help children develop balance, coordination, and body awareness. As classes progress in levels students will learn tumbling skills that can be partnered with dance techniques, and learn how to create amazing acrobatic shapes with their bodies and friends. In past years the studio has not performed Acro dances in the recital, but we cannot wait to show you the amazing things that your kids are capable of using this new training program.

Required Attire:  Gymnastics or dance leotard, shorts/tank tops.  No shoes for this class.

Acro/Contortion 1 Ages 6 & up

Acro/Contortion 2, 3 & 4 (require teacher placement or placement test from last season)

Contemporary

Modern dance is a free, expressive style of dancing that started in the early 20th century as a reaction to classical ballet. We focus mostly on the Horton and Graham technique. Instructor permission is required to enter this class.

Required Attire: Leotard or fitted tank top and fitted shorts and turner shoes.

Contemporary 1: Ages 8 & up

Contemporary 2: Ages 10 & up

Poms/Cheer

Pom Dance can be performed with any type of dance style such as Jazz, Funk, Pop, or Hip-hop. This class focuses on kicks, turns, jumps and strength, as well as synchronization and clean, precise motions needed to be on a Cheerleading team or Poms squad.

Required Attire:  Any dance clothes that is comfortable to move in.  Tan jazz shoes are required for this class. Hair must be pulled back from face.

Poms/Cheer 1: Ages 5-7

Poms/Cheer 2: Ages 7 & up

Turns, Leaps & Technique

This class was created for the dancer who wants to give extra attention to improving the technique needed for advanced turns and leaps. Along with leap and turn combinations, this class will increase your flexibility, strength and endurance.

Required Attire: Leotard or fitted top, fitted shorts/fitted capris, jazz pants, etc. and turner shoes. Hair: must be pulled back from face.

Ages 8 & up

Musical Theater

Our Musical Theatre Class is about building confidence through movement, acting and singing.  It has been developed to build the skills necessary to communicate the dramatic content of musicality over a range of musical styles/categories.  Dancers will build on voice, movement, setting and staging, and musicality.  

Required Attire: Leotard or fitted top, fitted shorts/fitted capris, jazz pants, etc. and tan jazz shoes. Hair: must be pulled back from face.

Ages 6 and up

Pilates: Stretch & Strength for Dancers

Although Pilates is typically known for its fitness benefits it is an ideal cross conditioning program for dancers looking to improve their strength, balance, control, flexibility,  breathing and more. It aims at strengthening and lengthening the ballet muscles, increasing felinity and coordination.  Jump higher, turn better, move faster and take control of your performance and dancing technique.  This class is suggested for more committed dancers who wish to take their abilities to the next level.

Ages 9 & up

Adult Workout Classes

Drop your kids off and get your own workout in while waiting for your dancer to finish classes.  This hour long class is tailored to all levels and abilities!  We are EXCITED to sweat with you!!

Required Attire:  Yoga leggings, tank top or t-shirts and tennis shoes.