MCDC for Young Dancers

Class Descriptions

The curriculum is designed to carry a child from the earliest movement experience through pre-professional level work, with a focus on developing self-confidence and a lifelong appreciation for dance and other art forms.

Courses are offered in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, hip hop and tap, allowing students to pursue the various genres of dance in a cross-curricular atmosphere. Students will learn the physical components of dance as well as historical and cultural concepts as they relate to the art form.

The annual spring concert culminates the spring semester of courses. The concert provides students the opportunity to broaden their pre-professional dance experience by performing on the College’s state-of-the-art Baker Theatre stage.

Creative Movement provides the young dancer with an introduction to movement and rhythmic concepts through a wide variety of learning activities. Students will develop pre-ballet skills as well as large and fine motor skills within a supportive environment that encourages group interaction.

Boys' Class: This high-energy class focuses on basic ballet, modern and jazz technique while sampling the styles of tap, hip hop, and creative movement. The class builds strength, flexibility, coordination and creativity.

Ballet: See Course Levels for complete description.

Jazz: See Course Levels for complete description.

Modern: See Course Levels for complete description.

Tap: See Course Levels for complete description.

Teen Technique & Performance is geared towards teen dance students, ages 12+ or by invitation. In order for students to experience beneficial improvements in their strength, flexibility, technique and artistry, it is recommended that students enroll in both days. This dedicated class for MCDC teen dancers will focus on building technical skills in Ballet and Modern/Jazz technique, and performance skills through creating and learning repertory. Along with mastery of technique through anatomically sound training, students will also be challenged to become "thinking-artists." Students will collaborate on creating group and solo projects, as well as learn and perform repertory taught by faculty and Muhlenberg College choreographers. Over the course of the year, students will participate in three public performances.