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Follow Your Passion, and success will follow you.~Terri Guillemets

 

Grosse Pointe's premiere dance and performing arts school!

 

Grosse Pointe's Premiere Dance and Performing Arts School We believe dance education is valuable. Research has shown the physical, social, emotional and cognitive benefits of dance education in young children. In addition, our students learn that dance brings rewards far beyond a trophy—we have seen our dancers develop a passion for and commitment to the arts throughout their higher education and beyond.

Many of our dancers have gone on to schools such as Julliard, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University. They have been accepted at prestigious summer programs from American Ballet Theater, Juilliard, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Met, Alvin Ailey, Kirov Academy of Ballet, Chicago Ballet, and Sarasota Ballet. And many have remained dedicated to dance, whether through dancing for professional companies, teaching, or dance journalism.

 

Phone

(313) 886-1365

mackavenuedance.com

 

Location

20945 Mack Ave
Grosse Pointe Woods 48236
 

Hours

M-F 4p–8p* (Fri 6p)
Sat 10a–2p
Su Closed

Our Teachers

Mary Lou Parker Artistic Director & Owner  

Mary Lou Parker

Artistic Director & Owner

 

Tatiana kitlak Lead Ballet Instructor, Vaganova Ballet Born and raised in the USSR, Ms. Kitlak began her ballet training at the Odessa State School of Choreography in the Ukraine. She graduated in the class of the direct student of A. Vaganova and the world famous ballet instructor, Julius Plaht. Ms. Kitlak earned her degree in classical ballet at the Odessa State Choreographic School with Julius Placht, AllaSheveleova and NataliyaBarusheva as her mentors and instructors. She later went on to perform in such ballets as Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Gizelle, Paquita, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Carmen, Masquerade and many others. Her career has taken her to Japan, Finland, China, Canada and Hungary.

Tatiana kitlak

Lead Ballet Instructor, Vaganova Ballet

Born and raised in the USSR, Ms. Kitlak began her ballet training at the Odessa State School of Choreography in the Ukraine. She graduated in the class of the direct student of A. Vaganova and the world famous ballet instructor, Julius Plaht.

Ms. Kitlak earned her degree in classical ballet at the Odessa State Choreographic School with Julius Placht, AllaSheveleova and NataliyaBarusheva as her mentors and instructors. She later went on to perform in such ballets as Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Gizelle, Paquita, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Carmen, Masquerade and many others. Her career has taken her to Japan, Finland, China, Canada and Hungary.

Cori Vokal Callahan Dance Instructor: Musical Theatre, Jazz & Tap Cori’s passion for dance started at the young age of three. This passion for dance led her to discover all talents in performance; dancing, singing and acting. Cori’s professional training began at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She attended as a dance major and performed with Jazz Dance Theatre. In 1997, she continued on to become a Radio City Rockette for seven years. Returning back to Michigan, Cori performed at the Motor City and MGM Casinos. She has been an active member with the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA for over twelve years and has acted in numerous commercials both regionally and nationally. Cori has been teaching and choreographing for over 15 years. She has choreographed numerous productions for Grosse Pointe Public Schools. Her choreography has won numerous awards for originality and entertainment. She is happy to be entering her seventh season with Grosse Pointe Dance Center.

Cori Vokal Callahan

Dance Instructor: Musical Theatre, Jazz & Tap

Cori’s passion for dance started at the young age of three. This passion for dance led her to discover all talents in performance; dancing, singing and acting.

Cori’s professional training began at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She attended as a dance major and performed with Jazz Dance Theatre. In 1997, she continued on to become a Radio City Rockette for seven years. Returning back to Michigan, Cori performed at the Motor City and MGM Casinos. She has been an active member with the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA for over twelve years and has acted in numerous commercials both regionally and nationally.

Cori has been teaching and choreographing for over 15 years. She has choreographed numerous productions for Grosse Pointe Public Schools. Her choreography has won numerous awards for originality and entertainment. She is happy to be entering her seventh season with Grosse Pointe Dance Center.

Kristy Begley Dance Instructor: Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Creative Movement Kristie’s passion for dance and performing arts began at age three.  She branched out into stage acting, which led to feature films and her first role as a background dancer in the Lifetime movie, “America.” Other opportunities arose and she landed a role alongside Miley Cyrus in the feature film “LOL,” also starring Demi Moore and Ashley Greene. After high school graduation, she was invited to attend a summer-long dance intensive at International Dance Academy in Los Angeles, A desire to dance professionally in Detroit led to a brief time with Detroit Pistons Automotion Dance Team. She then moved on to become a member of Detroit Pride, the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders, Upon completing her time with Detroit Pride and earning a degree in fine arts from Henry Ford College, her love for dance and teaching inspired her to seek a position as a dance instructor. Kiristie has been an instructor at Grosse Pointe Dance Center for the past three years.

Kristy Begley

Dance Instructor: Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Creative Movement

Kristie’s passion for dance and performing arts began at age three.  She branched out into stage acting, which led to feature films and her first role as a background dancer in the Lifetime movie, “America.” Other opportunities arose and she landed a role alongside Miley Cyrus in the feature film “LOL,” also starring Demi Moore and Ashley Greene.

After high school graduation, she was invited to attend a summer-long dance intensive at International Dance Academy in Los Angeles, A desire to dance professionally in Detroit led to a brief time with Detroit Pistons Automotion Dance Team. She then moved on to become a member of Detroit Pride, the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders, Upon completing her time with Detroit Pride and earning a degree in fine arts from Henry Ford College, her love for dance and teaching inspired her to seek a position as a dance instructor.

Kiristie has been an instructor at Grosse Pointe Dance Center for the past three years.

 
Marguerite Wooley Dance Instructor: Modern, Contemporary, Jazz & Hip Hop As a youth, Margueritetrained with Dance Ensemble West under the direction of Sarah Carlson as well as Dance Alliance Repertory Company. She earned her bachelors degree in Dance Education from Wayne State University. She is an aspiring dance educator, choreographer and dancer. She worked with Big Red Wall Dance in the Spring of 2014 and performed as a guest in their debut concert. She interned with McDonald and Selznik Associates Dance Agency in Los Angeles in the Summer of 2013 and i interned with ARTLAB J dance in the heart of Detroit. Marguerite has choreographed and directed 2 dance film shorts and looks forward to creating more.

Marguerite Wooley

Dance Instructor: Modern, Contemporary, Jazz & Hip Hop

As a youth, Margueritetrained with Dance Ensemble West under the direction of Sarah Carlson as well as Dance Alliance Repertory Company. She earned her bachelors degree in Dance Education from Wayne State University. She is an aspiring dance educator, choreographer and dancer. She worked with Big Red Wall Dance in the Spring of 2014 and performed as a guest in their debut concert. She interned with McDonald and Selznik Associates Dance Agency in Los Angeles in the Summer of 2013 and i interned with ARTLAB J dance in the heart of Detroit. Marguerite has choreographed and directed 2 dance film shorts and looks forward to creating more.

stephanie plansker Dance Instructor: Cecchetti Ballet Department: Stephanie, a licentiate member of the Cecchetti Council of America, holds a B.A. in English and Dance from the University of North Texas. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Cecchetti Council of America, a national organization, which trains examines and offers certification for teachers and students in classical ballet. She is also a member of the Summer School Committee of the CCA and serves as secretary for the organization. Stephanie has performed with many modern and ballet companies in Texas and has also performed in many industrials. She now focuses on teaching and sharing her love of dance to the upcoming generation. She is a frequent guest teacher for student workshops and intensives, sharing her love of Pilates, ballet, lyrical, and modern. She has successfully presented students and teachers for certification in the Cecchetti Method. Many of Stephanie’s former students can be found performing and teaching throughout the world.    

stephanie plansker

Dance Instructor: Cecchetti Ballet
Department:

Stephanie, a licentiate member of the Cecchetti Council of America, holds a B.A. in English and Dance from the University of North Texas. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Cecchetti Council of America, a national organization, which trains examines and offers certification for teachers and students in classical ballet. She is also a member of the Summer School Committee of the CCA and serves as secretary for the organization.

Stephanie has performed with many modern and ballet companies in Texas and has also performed in many industrials. She now focuses on teaching and sharing her love of dance to the upcoming generation. She is a frequent guest teacher for student workshops and intensives, sharing her love of Pilates, ballet, lyrical, and modern. She has successfully presented students and teachers for certification in the Cecchetti Method. Many of Stephanie’s former students can be found performing and teaching throughout the world.

 

 

Nicole Gerkey Dance Instructor: Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz & Pre Dance Nicole found her passion for dance at a young age, training in various styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and contemporary.  She has also passed grades one through five of her student exams in the Cecchetti Ballet Method. Today, Nicole is continuing that passion at Wayne State University as a Dance major and Communication Studies major.  During her first year she was a member of Wayne State’s Dance Company One under the direction of Biba Bell. In this company she collaborated choreographically with dancers, toured all over the Detroit area performing for children in elementary and middle schools.  She recently performed in Wayne State’s production of “Oklahoma!” as a member of the ensemble, performing choreography by Meg Paul. Nicole hopes to continue to grow as a performer and a choreographer as she finishes school at WSU and cannot wait to share her love of dance with the students of Grosse Pointe Dance Center.

Nicole Gerkey

Dance Instructor: Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz & Pre Dance

Nicole found her passion for dance at a young age, training in various styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and contemporary.  She has also passed grades one through five of her student exams in the Cecchetti Ballet Method.
Today, Nicole is continuing that passion at Wayne State University as a Dance major and Communication Studies major.  During her first year she was a member of Wayne State’s Dance Company One under the direction of Biba Bell. In this company she collaborated choreographically with dancers, toured all over the Detroit area performing for children in elementary and middle schools.  She recently performed in Wayne State’s production of “Oklahoma!” as a member of the ensemble, performing choreography by Meg Paul. Nicole hopes to continue to grow as a performer and a choreographer as she finishes school at WSU and cannot wait to share her love of dance with the students of Grosse Pointe Dance Center.

MADC MASTER CLASS SERIES

ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY MASTER CLASSES (AGES 13 & UP) SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD & SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH   1:00-2:30 COST: $25 PER CLASS REGISTER NOW

ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY MASTER CLASSES (AGES 13 & UP)

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD & SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH   1:00-2:30

COST: $25 PER CLASS

REGISTER NOW

 
 

JOSHUA PELATZKY.

Joshua Pelatzky, originally from California, received most of his training in Dallas, Texas, beginning with Irish Step then moving into other forms. At 15, he was asked to join the Bruce Wood Modern Dance Company as an apprentice before becoming a company member the following season. He continued his training at the Alvin Ailey School, Broadway Theatre Project and Ballet Magnificat.

He has performed in musicals such as The Music Man, Bye Bye Birdie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and was offered a swing role in the first National Tour of ‘CATS’ at 16. Joshua has also been seen in industrials for Bob Mackie, J.C. Penney, L’Oreal and the Designers Institute Foundation Fighting AIDS. He staged an industrial for Diesel in the south of Italy, for which he also performed in. He made an appearance in Opera Pacific's ‘Aida’ in Orange County, simultaneously serving as assistant choreographer. Joshua was featured on Style.com/Vogue in their ‘Model Challenge’ series. He has assisted Michèle Assaf in many endeavors, one of the latest being the Learning Channel’s Medical Miracles featuring Phineas Newborn and the Tezero Live @ DVD series, where he was a featured dancer as well. He was fortunate to have appeared onstage with Patti Labelle, Kelly Clarkson and Prince. Joshua has performed pieces of many choreographers, some of them being Mandy Moore, Desmond Richardson, Dee Caspary, Wes Veldink, Nacho Duato and Bruno Collinet. Recently he was seen in the MTV VMA's performing choreography by Travis Wall. And was a featured performer in Terry Beeman’s ‘Mental Head Circus.’ Joshua went to Australia where he was a cast member of Debbie Allen’s ‘Freeze Frame.’ He also recently finished performing in Miami for Dee Caspary’s show ‘Seems Like Forever Ago’ and is excited to be assisting Wes Veldink on his upcoming piece in Broadway Bares. Joshua can also be seen in NYC’s ‘Fall For Dance’ this season dancing the work of Joshua Bergasse.

Joshua has received many awards for choreography including Choreographer of the Year and Young Choreographer of the Year. He has been featured in several showcases internationally including Carnival, Broadway Underground, Sirens After Dark, Botega, World Dance Movement and Broadway a Tropea. Joshua choreographed and danced in the Darwin Deez' music video 'DNA' which landed him a nomination for a UK Music Video Award. He has also been commissioned to set site specific work for art gallery openings. He has taught contemporary and street jazz throughout 15 different countries. Joshua teach guest classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and at The EDGE in Los Angeles. Also follow him around the world at World Dance Movement.

 
 

MACK AVENUE DANCE COMPANIES

MADC is a pre-professional student company of dancers age 12 and up representing the Mack Avenue Dance Center. Company members’ work with experienced teachers and guest artists from around the world, exposing them to varied teaching and choreographic styles. MADC cultivates serious-minded dancers and equips them with the technique, strength, consistency, refinement, artistry, knowledge, and professionalism necessary to pursue a college education or career in dance.

Company and Apprentices are very selective groups.

MACK AVENUE DANCE COMPANY Divisions:

 MADC 1 (ages 13 - 18)

MADC 2(ages 11 - 15)

**Multiple pieces can be set on Company Members.  Solos are awarded only to Company. Pieces will be performed at several showcases throughout the year; a tentative schedule is included at the end of this letter, but we are still looking for non-competitive performance opportunities.**

Level of Commitment

Students must commit to taking all of their classes. Dancers are allowed three unexcused absents per season. Unexcused absents do not include times your child is sick or pre- approved (by Director) or absent due to a school related activity. (Give at least 1 week notice).

All students auditioning for the EDP must be current on tuition. NO EXCEPTIONS! EDP students register for the full year (September – May) and should be prepared to commit themselves for this entire period of time.Students must be able to handle being corrected and evaluated.

All dancers must arrive 10 minutes before class and be ready to go when the class starts. Enter the class with a positive attitude ready to work hard and aspire to inspire your classmates.

Rehearsals and choreography days are mandatory! Above unexcused absences cannot be used on choreography days. These days are usually the only day that an outside choreographer can come into town. If you can’t make it to these practices you will be removed from the piece.

Solos (MADC ONLY), duet/trios and Small group pieces will be offered to dancers at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

ELITE DANCE PROGRAM "EDP"

Mack Avenue Dance Center’s Pre- Professional Training Program.

EDP provides a comprehensive training curriculum for dancers ages 8-18 with classes in ballet, jazz, modern dance and a variety of other techniques to create a well-rounded and versatile dancer. The focus is on technique, artistry, performance, and instilling in dancers the work ethic and commitment they need to succeed in a college or arts program, as well as in the professional world.  The goal is an expressive, well-rounded, versatile dancer.  EDP students’ work with experienced teachers and guest artists, which exposes the students to varied teaching and choreographic styles.

This group requires a high level of commitment, a passion for dance, hard work, and a drive for self- improvement, and is primarily for those students who want to take their performance of dance to a much higher level. The program not only develops children into well-rounded dancers, but also enhances and boosts self-esteem, perseverance, social skills, academic achievement and a healthy lifestyle.

Participation in this program requires a serious commitment from both the student and his or her family. Students will be considered for acceptance into the Elite Dance Program when it is felt that they have the technical ability physical strength and performance quality required for competitive dance. They must also have shown that they have the discipline and determination to commit to a serious dance program..

Requirements:

Dancers ages 8 and up are eligible for this program based on audition and/or director recommendation.  Progression into and within EDP depends on the skill of the dancer and his/her ability to consistently demonstrate the correct alignment, strong technique, and ability to take corrections necessary to move efficiently and safely.  (All ages as of November 1st, 2017)

Curriculum:

The Elite Dance Program is organized in “packages” which provide the recommended minimum number of classes per week for each level. EDP dancers may choose electives allowing them to build a focus in a particular discipline, according to teacher recommendation, aptitude and interest.

EDP Program Divisions

Petite Elite(ages 8-10)

Junior Elite (ages 10-13)

MADC 2 (ages 11-15)

MADC 1 (ages 13 and up)

The following is a list of package requirements for each EDP level. Additional classes: $20 per class per month.  Dance Crew $30 per crew, per month.

PETITE ELITE (ages 8-10)              Tuition: $150 mo. 9 months

60-minute Ballet class                               

60-minute Jazz class

45-minute Tap class

JUNIOR ELITE (ages 10-13)                      Tuition: $200 mo. 9 months

60 or 75 minute Ballet class

30-minute Pointe or Pre Pointe class

45-minute Lyrical class

60-minute Jazz class

60-minute Conditioning / leaps & turns class

MADC 2 (ages 11-15)         Tuition: $260 mo. 9 months

60-minute Ballet class                              

75-minute Ballet clas                                  

30-minute Pointe class (girls only)   60-minute Jazz class              

60-minute Modern class

60-minute Conditioning / Leaps & Turns class

 

MACK AVENUE DANCE COMPANY(ages 13 & up) Tuition $275 mo. 9 months

90-minute Ballet class

30-minute Pointe class

60 or 75-minute Ballet class

75-minute Jazz class

75-minute Modern class

75-minute Conditioning / Leaps & Turns

 

TUITION

Tuition includes 9 months of regular tuition (September-May)

Not included: shoes, tights, dancewear, costumes, accessories, make-up, travel, solo, duo-trio or small group choreography or solo, duo/trio or small group competition entrance fees, convention fees, summer boot camps or intensives

Discount: 5% discount if paid in full by September 1st.Family Discount: There is a discount for multiple family members participating in the program.

 *Installment Plan: nine equal payments, with first and last payment due at registration. The remaining seven installments are due on the first of each month beginning on October 1st. A late fee of $10.00 will be assessed on the fifth of each month in which payment is delinquent.

Trimester payment plan:  3 equal payments, with the first due at registration, second in December and final payment in March.

Yearly payment:  Must be paid by Sept. 1st.  5% discount

 

CLASSES

2017-2018 CLASS SCHEDULE (click here)

Not sure what class or classes to take? These are the classes we offer. Read the descriptions and find the classes that you are interested in.  Aside from Early Dance Division Classes for ages 3-6, most of these classes have Levels 1-4. Students are placed in levels at GPDC director’s discretion.

We are committed to keeping class sizes manageable so that each student is given the individual attention they need to succeed. If a class is full, you may choose to be added to the waitlist or consider enrolling at a different time or different day. If you need suggestions, call or email the studio..

 
 
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EARLY DANCE DIVISION – ages 2 1/2 - 5

The Early Dance Division offers classes in Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Pre- Jazz, Pre-Tap to children ages 2 1/2 - 5. Ages are listed simply as guidelines for placement. Students progress best when placed in levels most appropriate to their abilities. Students in this division will participate in one performance of our year-end recital.

 

 

 
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CHILD & YOUTH DANCE DIVISION – ages 6-12

The discipline and vocabulary of traditional ballet, tap, hip hop, modern and jazz is taught to children ages 6-12, in Levels 1-3.  We strongly urge younger students who have an interest in moving into our Elite Dance Program to take multiple ballet classes a week.  In addition to ballet classes we also encourage adding jazz, modern, tap or hip-hop for dancers who desire versatility in movements and style.

Changes and advancements for children to their next level of study in dance are made only upon the recommendations of the faculty and/or Director. The MADC class syllabus has been designed as a two-year program of study. Students are evaluated constantly and will be advanced to the next level depending upon his/her progress. Ability is the only criteria for advancement, not age.

 
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TEEN & ADULT DANCE PROGRAMS – ages 12 & UP

The Teen, Adult dance program at Mack Avenue Dance Center is without a doubt one of the leading dance training programs for young adults available in Michigan.

Classes and methodology are designed specifically to impact and garner swift progression in teenage dancers, guaranteeing unsurpassed instruction in both the recreational, and competitive programs. We provide a fun, high energy, and positive environment for all of our dancers.

No distinction is made between student types, as “recreational” students, who choose to dance for pure enjoyment or physical activity, are given no less consideration then their competitive counterparts who have chosen to make dance their primary extracurricular pursuit. Regardless of program concentration, all students are given the tools needed to exceed expectations and excel to their individual fullest potential.
These hallmarks are made possible only by hosting one of the greatest faculty teams in the region. Students are afforded the distinct privilege of training with only the most skilled and experienced dance educators in the area.

 

CLASS Descriptions

 
 
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Jazz:

Our Jazz Program brings dancers an intensive work out that combines technique, flexibility, and strength training.  Dancers in this class will learn how to execute technical moves and perform seamless transitions.  Our jazz students learn to understand musicality, fluidity, technique, and transition.  All jazz techniques are presented to our students, from lyrical to Broadway.  Jazz at Mack Avenue Dance Center gives our dancers a chance to experience all jazz styles, which gives them a well-rounded edge.  Class starts with a warm up and stretch, then progresses to across the floor, center work, barre, and finally a combination taught at the end of class.  Available for ages 6 and up.

 

 

 

 
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Ballet:

By combining numerous styles of Ballet, the dancers will learn a wide variety of placement, movement, and body position.

Mack Avenue Dance Center offers a Cecchetti Syllabus in addition to the Vagonova (Russian) training that is taught under the direction of Ms. Tatiana Kitlak.

Mary Lou Parker and Stephanie Plansker are certified by the Cecchetti Council of America , and under their instruction MADC students will progress through the Cecchetti ranks, developing a strong foundation that supports and enhances their dance ability in all disciplines.

What is the Cecchetti Ballet Program?

The Cecchetti Council of America is an organization dedicated to maintaining the standards and method of ballet training established by Cav. Enrico Cecchetti.  The organization uses his teaching and writings in a sequence of grades, carefully measured as to degree of difficulty and physical development, and provides a system of accredited examinations to test the student’s proficiency within those grades.  The Cecchetti method offers many rewards to the individual as each grade is successfully completed.

Students should realize that there is a specific goal to their Cecchetti class. Our goal is to take pride in the accomplishment of receiving a Cecchetti Certificate that was earned with hard work through self-discipline, commitment and dedication.

Parents, students and instructors should realize that working toward the Cecchetti examinations will require determination and tenacity for all involved. Students will feel their bodies strengthen as well as their minds and have a great time doing so. Students are NOT required, nor are we obligated in any way to send all students in for their Cecchetti exams.  Students will take their exams when we feel they are best prepared and ready to be tested.

 
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Pre Pointe and pointe – ages 10 & up

Requirements: Adequate foot flexibility.  Student must demonstrate proficiency in technical training.  Student must be enrolled in two or more ballet technique classes.

Pre-Pointe is an introductory class for girls ages 10 + up that covers elementary Pointe technique.  Emphasis is on proper body alignment, usage of a firm demi plie, correct usage of battement tendue, placement on demi Pointe (releve) and the strengthening of abdominal muscles, and ankles.  Advancement to working on Pointe is awarded on an individual basis. We will allow a student to progress on Pointe, regardless of age, only if they demonstrate certain abilities.  This is in the best interest of the student’s long term health and safety

 

 

 
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Modern

This class incorporates a combination of different styles of modern dance with a more athletic style of movement including fall and release, moving the body off its center, and learning how to use the floor and space in many different ways. This class allow for more exploration of movement, and more freedom to dance outside the specific form of traditional ballet. Students will learn combinations as well as use their own creativity to improvise freely to music.  Ages 9 & up.

 

 

Tap

From the classic styles of Broadway to the innovative rhythm of “hoofing”, the Mack Avenue Dance Center tap program has it all.  Classes focus on endurance, accuracy, timing, clarity, speed and footwork.  Each step is carefully broken down, shown and taught to our students with complete explanation.  Class starts with a warm up, then progresses to across the floor and center work. Tap at MADC will motivate and inspire you.  Classes are available to ages 4 through adult.

 

 
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Hip-Hop
This stylized urban movement is about personal style, expression, and re-invention and contains such movements as popping, locking, and breaking. This high energy, athletic, fast paced class can be taught to anyone with a passion to move, so no dance experience is required, but be prepared to sweat!!    

 

 

Required Supporting classes

  • To take Modern or Lyrical classes, students must take Ballet as well.
  • Intermediate through Advanced Jazz students must take Leaps and Turns class and Ballet as well.

 

 

Creative Movement – age 2 ½ – 3 (age 3 by October 1st)

This class specializes in fostering the love of movement and music in the littlest of dancers. The class will develop your child’s coordination as well as an understanding of basic dance concepts.  Listening and concentration will improve because of the structured environment of the dance class.  Through this enjoyable educational experience, students will learn to use dance as a creative means of self-expression.  These little dancers also participate in the end of the year recital.

Pre- Ballet: age 4-5

This class will introduce younger students to basic ballet vocabulary and technique in a structured yet fun setting. Simple coordination, musicality, rhythm and concentration will be emphasized. Students are encouraged to explore space and enjoy dancing.

Pre Jazz: – age 4-5

Pre-Jazz class is offered for 4-5 yr olds and is a wonderful intro to the Jazz dance style. Students will participate in Warm ups, across the floor work, center work on technique, and much more!

Pre- Tap: – age 4-5

Pre-Tap students begin to learn simple tap steps and rhythms.  Emphasis is placed on musicality.  Students will begin to develop grace, confidence and artistic expression needed for further studies in dance.

Hippity Hop: – age 4-5

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TUITION & BILLING OPTIONS

Students may choose between Yearly, Trimester and Monthly payments.  Classes are enrolled for the Full school year starting September 11, 2017 – May 19, 2018.  There are 34 weeks in the dance school year.

Yearly Tuition

  1. 5% discount
  2. Tuition paid in full by October 1st
  3. Paid by check, money order

Trimester Payment

  1. 5% discount
  2. First payment, + registration fee due upon registration
  3. Second payment, is due by December 1st
  4. Third payment, is due by March 1st.
  5. Paid by check, money order or credit card

Monthly Payment

  1. First payment (September & June) due at registration
  2. 8 additional payments due on the 1st of each month, October – May.
  3. Paid by automatic credit card or bank card deduction required.

 

Tuition Policies 2017-18

Registration: 

A $30.00 non-refundable registration fee per student, or $45 per family is applied annually for each registration received.  The registration fee is active for one full year, which includes both Fall/Winter and Summer sessions.

 

Tuition  

Tuition rates are based on a 34-week program and divided into 9 equal monthly installments due on the first of each month prior to service. Holiday and prescheduled studio closures are taken into account when tuition rates are figured. Tuition amounts will remain the same regardless of studio closures. Tuition payments are non-refundable. Cash, Checks, (for trimester or yearly payments),  VISA, Mastercard,and American Express are accepted. Cash accounts must be approved. Credit cards are required to hold a place in our classes.

 

Payment Policies

Mack Avenue Dance Center requires that all SCHOOL YEAR students pay for their first month’s tuition at the time of registration. Thereafter, tuition is due on the 1st of every month for the remaining 8 months, Oct. – May. Tuition is a yearly sum divided into 9 equal monthly payments. Unpaid students will not be admitted into class. Tuition remains the same regardless of the number of weeks in a month or holidays. Tuition is non refundable, non transferable between dancers, and not credited due to missed or dropped classes. Dancers ARE permitted to transfer from one class to another without fees. Unpaid students will not be permitted to participate in any recitals. If you choose monthly payments, your credit card will be billed automatically on the 1st of the month. You can call the office during business hours (Mon-Fri 4:00-7:00) at 313-886-1365 requesting to pay by check at least 5 days prior to the 1st of the month. You are responsible for keeping your account current and updating your account information should your card be declined or your card expires. You may do so by logging into our customer portal at anytime. Please mail all payments to: Mack Avenue Dance Center, 20945 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI48236.  There will be a fee of $27 for any check returned by the bank. There will be a $15 late charge automatically added to accounts paid after the 10th of the month.

 

All tuition payments, costume charges, registration and recital fees are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable.

FALL / SPRING CLASS RATES 2017-18

 

30 minutes                               $36                              3 hrs 45 min weekly    $193

45 minutes                               $48                              4 hours weekly            $202

1 hour weekly                         $64                              4 hrs 15 min weekly    $210

1 hour 15 min weekly             $71                              4.5 hours weekly         $219

1.5 hours weekly                     $89                              4 hrs 45 min weekly    $229

1 hr. 45 min weekly                $106                            5 hours weekly            $236

2 hours weekly                        $118                            5 hrs 15 min weekly    $244

2 hrs 15 min weely                  $128                            5.5 hours weekly         $252

2.5 hours weekly                     $144                            5 hrs 45 min weekly    $258

2 hrs 45 min weekly                $155                            6 hours weekly            $260

3 hours                                    $170                            6.5 hours weekly         $271

3 hrs 15 min weekly                $178                            7 hours weekly            $282

3.5 hours weekly                     $190                            7.5 hours weekly         $291

 

Individual Unlimited Classes             $350

Family Unlimited Classes                   $550

 

OTHER FEES:

Annual Registration Fee:                      $30

Family Registration Fee:                      $45

Late Payment Fee:                               $15

Returned check Fee:                            $27

 

Private Lessons:

Hours

Rate Per Class (PAID AT THE TIME OF LESSON)

30 minutes - $30

45 minutes - $45

1 hour - $60

1 hour (2 people)$40/person

1 hour(3 people)$30/person

DROP-IN:

$15 – 45 minute class
$18 – 60 minute class

$20 – 75-90 minute class

Only students choosing MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN WITH AUTOMATIC CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS will be able to register online.

Trimester and Yearly payment plan registration will only be accepted at the Mack Avenue Dance Center Offices, 20945 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI48236.  Please call 313-886-1365. Office hours are Monday – Thursday 4:00-7:00pm.  Tuition payment and registration fee are due at time of registration

Mack Avenue Dance center Policies

Withdrawal

There is a two-month minimum registration requirement for all classes. If a student wishes to discontinue classes before these two initial months are up, a WITHDRAWAL FORM (available at the front desk) must be given to the studio office by the 15th of the second month in advance to avoid further billing.  Payment drafts will continue until the studio is notified that a student is discontinuing. There are NO refunds given for discontinued classes or missed classes.

A WITHDRAWAL FORM must be submitted to the office by the 15th of any month to stop the NEXT month’s charges to your account. Any withdrawal forms completed after the 15th will be considered dated as the 15th of the next month.  For example, if your dancer decides to drop in October, you must submit the form by October 15th in order to avoid being charged for November.

Monthly tuition is computed on the entire school year and divided into equal monthly payments and is the same each month.  Phone calls, phone messages, or verbal notice are not accepted as a form of withdrawal.  Payments will continue until you notify GPDC to discontinue them. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 


Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend every class and to arrive on time. Progress in class depends upon the student’s regular attendance and consistent class participation. Important warm-up exercises are conducted at the beginning of class and arriving late to class causes disruption. At the teacher’s discretion, students who enter the class late for any reason may be asked to sit on the sidelines and observe. Students are allowed to make-up classes anytime during the term. Make-up classes must be of the same level and type. Any classes not made up during the term are forfeited.

  • Dancers at the intermediate level or above are only allowed three unexcused absences.
  • If you are sick and/or contagious, please stay home!  Students are requested to call the studio and report their absence, leaving a message on the answering machine if necessary.  Students should speak to their instructor later to determine a make-up class that they can attend.
  • Injured students are required to watch class and take notes.
  • Cell phones are permitted in the waiting area only.  They are to be turned off or put on silent mode before entering the dance studio.
  • Teachers have the responsibility to keep their class under control and the authority to dismiss any student who is uncooperative and/or a disruption to the class.

 


Class Cancellation Policy

Due to low attendance (less than 6 students) class may be cancelled. If appropriate, the class might be combined with another class at that same time or the student might transfer to another class on a different day. If an appropriate substitution cannot be made, the student is entitled to a refund.

 


Make-up Classes

Make-up classes are offered if classes are missed due to illness and if a 24-hour notice has been given to the office.  Make-up lessons will be limited to 3 per teaching year.  No refunds will be given for missed classes.  (School activities such as field trips, Spring Breaks, sports games, etc do not qualify for make-up classes).  No make-up classes will be permitted after April 1, 2018.


Class Observation

Observers are not allowed in class.  This is disrupting to the students and the class.  At the teachers discretion, there may be a “Parents observation” week during October and December for parents to watch their dancer in class.  Siblings are allowed during the observation class provided they do not cause a disturbance.  Flash photography is not permitted during observation.


Teacher/ Studio Director Consultations

Please contact the front desk during our business hours (Mon-Fri 4:00-7:00pm), first if you have a question or a need.  Usually, the front desk personnel are able to address your concerns in a brief conversation.  If you need to discuss anything further regarding your child, please arrange a meeting or request a phone call with the teacher or Studio Director through the Administrative Assistants at the front desk.  Sorry, but teachers do not have time to talk between classes.


Inclement Weather Policies

MADC follows the Grosse Pointe School District Calendar for most holidays and snowdays.   If school has not been canceled and weather conditions have worsened throughout the school day, please call the studio for updated cancellations.


Care of Students / Waiting Area

MADC is not responsible for providing before or after class care for students.  Out of concern for our students and their families, the following rules apply to the waiting area:

  • Students are not to be left at the school for excessive periods before or after their classes.
  • Children under eight years of age are not to be left in the waiting area/lobby without parental supervision.  Parents are required to supervise their child(ren) and limit their child(ren)’s noise level and behavior to prevent disruptions, reduce confusion, and make everyone’s wait quiet.
  • Students are to take all belongings home with them after each class.  MADC is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.  Personal items that are left behind are placed in the lost-and-found box.
  • Food, gum, and beverages (other than water) are NOT permitted in the waiting area or dance studios.  A student may bring a water bottle to class.  There are breaks for water during shoe and class changes.  Spills and garbage ruin the floor, attract bugs, and wreck the studio for the students and parents.  Be considerate of others!

Dress Code

Dance is about fun and discipline.  Part of the discipline of dance is to be properly attired.  When a teacher cannot see a person’s body working they cannot make corrections that will ultimately help the student. 

Attire is strictly enforced beginning the third week of classes.  To provide the most professional experience for your children, the faculty of Mack Avenue Dance Center will strictly enforce the dress code.   Inappropriate dress or behavior will not be allowed and may result in removal from the class by the teacher.

  • EARLY DANCE DIVISION:   Light Pink cap sleeve, solid color leotard (T1003) or Pink cap sleeve Dance Dress (T9011), Ballet pink tights (1915c) optional black dance shorts may be worn over tights in pre-tap, hippity-hop or pre jazz classes.  Pink ballet slippers (Daisy full sole leather (205c) for ballet or creative movement, Caramel buckle or Velcro tap shoes for tap (Capezio Mary Jane 3800c), Caramel jazz shoe for jazz or hippity-hop (Capezio Showstopper Jazz CPO5c) Order now
  • BALLET:   Black V-Neck Camisole Leotard (Capezio CC102 or CC102c) (no attached skirt), Capezio Ultra soft tights in ballet pink (1915, 1915c, 1916 or 1916c or Capezio seamed Mesh tights in Classic pink (9) for advanced classes, Capezio Hanami Light pink ballet slippers (2037w or 2037c Order now
  • POINTE & PRE POINTE:   Same as ballet, pink Pointe shoes (approved by instructor)
  • TAP:   Plain black leotard or biketard, any color tights, dance shorts( optional), black tap shoe (Capezio Fluid CG17 or CG17c)       Order now

  • MODERN:   Plain black leotard or unitard, black tights or black dance shorts, bare feet
  • JAZZ:    Plain black leotard, any color tights, black dance short or black capri pants (optional), caramel slip-on jazz shoe (Capezio Showstopper CPO5 or CPO5c) or nude footUndeez (H07 or H07c) Order now
  • HIP HOP:   Form fitting t-shirt or tank top, loose fitting pants or capri pants, tennis shoes or  Hip Hop shoes (based on instructor’s preference)
  • THEATER DANCE: Same as jazz dress code.  Instructor will specify shoe style.  Heels may be needed to be purchased at a later date.

  • BOYS:   White crew neck fitted shirt (W1560), Capezio black footed tights (10361m or 10361b) and black ballet shoes for ballet.  Older boys may need to wear a Dance Belt (Capezio (5935 or 5935y), Black sweat pants or shorts (W1559) may be worn for tap, jazz or modern. T-shirt and loose-fitting pants for hip hop. NO JEANS. Order now

*If you are in the Elite Dance Program


Class Level Assignments

Our professional staff will determine which classes are best suited for your dancer to ensure proper training.  Students should expect to stay in each level a minimum of 2 years.  Careful consideration is given to potential, ability to comprehend quickly, natural body-lines, maturity in applying corrections, and work ethic.  We try to place students in the most appropriate and challenging class for them.  Sometimes the teacher will determine that a student needs placed in a different class than what was originally assigned.  Should your child come home disappointed with their placement, it is your responsibility as a parent to remind them that hard work yields improvement.  They should work harder than ever and prove to their teacher that they deserve to be moved.

Please do not emphasize class levels with your dancer or with other parents and dancers.  That is ultimately detrimental to the student’s performance.  Your child’s progress is what is important.  Focus on the work-not the level.  Each child is unique and will progress according to their ability.

Beginning Pointe work:  Pointe is the most demanding genre of dance.  A student will be invited to take pointe when the teacher has determined, by careful observation, that the student is ready.  Beginning pointe before a student is ready increases the potential for injury.

Level 1 – 0-2 years of prior training

Level 2 – 3-5 years of prior training

Level 3- Minimum of 5 years of prior training

Level 4/5 – Advanced Level


Class Advancement

Changes and advancements for children to their next level of study in dance are made only upon the recommendations of the Faculty and/or Director. The GPDC class syllabus has been designed as a two-year program of study. Students are evaluated constantly and will be advanced to the next level depending upon his/her progress. Ability is the only criteria for advancement, not age.

Children progress at different rates due to physical and emotional differences. A student who is not promoted with others may well progress more rapidly than others as the body assimilates the dance techniques.


Class Etiquette

We want all of our students to have an enjoyable and educational experience.  Your child(ren) will be treated with courtesy and respect and we expect the same from them.  Please ensure that your dancer(s) observe the following rules:

  • Pay attention to your teacher.  Listen closely to your teacher to make sure that you are understanding directions and corrections.  Don’t talk with your friends during class.  Talking with your friends disrupts the class and makes it difficult for the teacher to communicate with the students.  Meet your friends before or after class for social fun.
  • Do not pull up or hang from the Ballet barres.  The barres are for balance and support only.  They can be pulled from the walls or you can get stuck in them if they are not used properly.
  • Come prepared to dance.  Proper attire and grooming with positive attitude, ambition, and energy are essential for success.
  • Show respect to your teacher and to the dancers in your class by being on time for the start of class.  Students who arrive late or leave early are disruptive to the class.    Avoid this by arriving early to allow yourself time to change into dance shoes, stretch, and to be ready to begin class on time.  Students who arrive 10 minutes after the scheduled class time are welcome to observe class; however, they will not be permitted to participate.  If a student needs to leave class early, they should notify the teacher before class begins.  Students may not leave class without first receiving permission from the teacher.

2017 Fall Schedule

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20945 Mack Avenue

Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. 48236

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