HOW DO I KNOW WHAT CLASS LEVEL IS RIGHT FOR MY DANCER?
Student placement in classes is at the discretion of the MDM teaching staff. Midwest Dance Mechanix has a set curriculum for our varying class levels to ensure comprehensive dance training. Some levels are more difficult for students than others and it is not uncommon for a student to remain in a given level for 1 - 2 years.
We take time to thoughtfully consider each student as we determine class placement. We weigh many factors such as age, technical ability, experience, learning style, as well as emotional and physical maturity when determining the best possible fit for every dancer. We aim to group like students together for optimal learning and progress.
We individually evaluate each student at the end of the Fall and Spring sessions and give students written progress reports. If a dancer is ready to move to a new class level, it will be communicated through the bi-annual progress report.
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WHEN IS MY DANCER READY FOR A NEW CLASS LEVEL?
MDM's class levels include an established curriculum within each level that must be mastered before moving to the next level. This curriculum includes vocabulary, positions, concepts, and foundational technique for each dance step. It is similar to the building blocks of mathematics... you can't learn to multiply until you can add, and you can't divide until you can multiply. It is a similar process in dance education and our curriculum is designed to ensure that proper technique is learned before moving to the next level.
In addition to mastering the skills within the curriculum, a dancers age, maturity, and attendance also contribute to ensuring that each dancer is in the class level that allows them to experience success.
If a parent or dancer requires additional feedback beyond the written progress report, they are welcome to make an appointmet with a staff member by
ATTENDANCE & TARDINESS
Regular attendance at all classes is necessary in order to maintain progress. Attendance is a strong consideration when placing students in classes and performances.
If a dancer needs to miss a class due to illness, they are welcome to make up with any class at the same skill level. Please notify our office of all absences by emailing
If a student misses more than four classes in a row without notifying the `office, they will be un-enrolled from the class. Since a spot was held for the student, they will be liable for tuition through the end of the month in which they were un-enrolled.
If a student is more than 15 minutes late to a class, for safely purposes, the student will be asked to observe the class. The beginning portion of each class is dedicated to warming up and if a dancer misses this portion of the class, they risk an injury. That is why they will be asked to observe rather than participate if they are more than 15 mintues late.
COMMUNICATION REGARDING ABSENCES
Students who will be missing class need to call the MDM office at 316-337-5299 or email email@example.com.
Please DO NOT contact any teachers directly via their personal phone or email.
Our office staff will ensure that each instructor is notified of your dancers absence.