Class Descriptions

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.

Musical Theater 6-week Workshop

Ages 12+ $125

This 6 week Musical Theater workshop is for Middle School and High School Musical Theater and Choir Students.  Learn the basics skills needed in Ballet, Jazz and Tap to keep you competitive in the performing arts.  You will also receive training on Audition Skills and becoming a true Triple Threat. 

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.

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.

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.

Pre Pointe & Pointe – ages 9 & 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 9 + 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

Contemporary or Modern – ages 9 & up

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. 

Lyrical Dance

Welcome to the enchanting world of Lyrical Dance, a style that combines the fluidity of ballet, the expressiveness of contemporary dance, and the emotional storytelling of music. In this captivating class, dancers will embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and artistic expression.

Lyrical Dance is a genre that celebrates the seamless integration of movement and emotion. Through graceful and fluid choreography, dancers will learn to interpret music, convey narratives, and evoke genuine feelings through their movements. Lyrical Dance invites dancers to connect deeply with their emotions, translating them into breathtaking and heartfelt performances.

Throughout the class, dancers will engage in a series of warm-ups, across-the-floor exercises, and captivating choreography. They will delve into the exploration of dynamics, musicality, and improvisation, enabling them to develop their own unique style and interpretation.

Ballet/Lyrical Dance Combo

Lyrical Combo Dance Class, where the beauty of classical ballet merges with the emotional depth of lyrical dance. This unique fusion class is designed to inspire and challenge dancers of all levels, ages, and backgrounds.

Students will embark on a journey that combines the grace, precision, and technique of ballet with the expressive storytelling and fluidity of lyrical dance. By integrating these two complementary styles, dancers will cultivate versatility, musicality, and an enhanced understanding of artistic interpretation.

Tap – ages 4 & up

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.

Boys Only Dance

Calling all young gentlemen with a passion for movement and rhythm! Welcome to our Boys Only Dance Class, a unique and empowering experience designed specifically for boys ages 10 and up.

In this dynamic and supportive environment, boys will have the opportunity to explore various dance styles, express themselves creatively, and develop their physical abilities while building strength, coordination, and flexibility.

Led by our experienced and enthusiastic instructor Declan O’Connell, boys will delve into different genres such as jazz, ballet, tap and contemporary, embracing the power of each style’s unique movement vocabulary.

Our Boys Only Dance Class offers a safe and inclusive space where boys can connect with peers who share their interests and aspirations

Beyond the physical benefits, this class will promote discipline, concentration, and resilience, instilling valuable life skills that extend beyond the dance studio.

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 Contemporary, Modern or Lyrical classes, students must take Ballet as well.
  • Intermediate through Advanced Jazz students must take at least one Ballet class.
  • Pointe and Pre Pointe students, must be pre-approved by the instructor and must be registered for at least one Ballet class.

Creative Movement: age 2 1/2-3

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

Our Pre-Ballet class introduces young students to the enchanting world of ballet, emphasizing fundamental ballet vocabulary and technique. Within a structured yet enjoyable setting, students develop coordination, musicality, rhythm, and concentration skills. We encourage our students to explore and utilize the space around them, fostering a love for dancing and self-expression.

Pre-Jazz: age 4-5

The Pre-Jazz class is specifically designed for 4-5-year-olds and serves as a captivating introduction to the expressive Jazz dance style. Students actively engage in warm-ups, across-the-floor exercises, center work on technique, and more. This comprehensive class provides a solid foundation for future studies in Jazz dance, nurturing both technique and artistic expression.

Pre-Tap: age 4-5

In our Pre-Tap class, young students embark on a journey of learning simple tap steps and rhythms. With an emphasis on musicality, students gradually develop grace, confidence, and the ability to express themselves artistically through tap dance. This class sets the stage for further exploration and advancement in the world of dance.

Hippity Hop: age 4-5

This high-energy class serves as an introduction to hip hop dance for the younger student. Emphasizing popular dance steps with age appropriate music, this class focuses on rhythm, musicality, and basic footwork. Dancers will have a fantastic exposure to different types of dance, and it’s a great way to get kids moving!