OUR mission & values

our dance family...

At MDM, we consider ourselves a FAMILY.  A dance family where dancers are supported and encouraged to accomplish their goals in a nurturing and positive environment. We set our standards high and believe in recognizing each student for their individual accomplishments and progress. Teaching and building a strong foundation of technique across all dance disciplines is fundamental to our curriculum and mission. We believe being well trained is more important than being well rehearsed and that dance training is life training. We invite you to review our core values and promises as you consider becoming a member of our dance family.  

  • Progressive curriculum used for all age levels across all dance disciplines 

  • Use of progress sheets for mastery of curriculum skills for Tiny Dancer, Mini, Junior & Teen divisions

  • Use of visual imagery and manual adjustments for execution of proper technique

  • MDM "Class Structure" focuses on proper warm up, technique drills, and  muscle memory based progressions

  • Use of goal setting sheets and self evaluation models to assist students in defining and reaching their personal goals

TECHNIQUE 

FOCUSED

CURRICULUM

QUALIFIED & WELL TRAINED INSTRUCTORS

  • All of our instructors are college educated and highlytrained in their respective dance discipline

  • 5 Progressing Ballet Technique™ certified ballet instructors on staff

  • Biannual training for all staff members and an ongoing commitment to continuing education to stay abreast of artistic and technical trends and developments

  • Acrobatic Arts™ certified instructors on staff

  • Monthly staff meetings & one on one direction helps ensure a cohesive & experienced faculty

HIGH EXPECTATIONS IN A FUN ENVIRONMENT

  • Code of Conduct and classroom expectations are clearly defined 

  • Students are recognized for individual progress over perfection and effort over execution

  • Music selections and dress codes are age appropriate with a commitment to modesty and inclusiveness

  • Education provided for both dancers and parents in making the transition from high school to the next step in dance

  • A commitment to safeguarding the physical and mental health of all students (see below)

A COMMITMENT TO HEALTH & SAFETY

Midwest Dance Mechanix, its instructors and staff members are fully committed to providing a safe and healthy environment in which dancers can maximize their potential. Our commitment to health and safety includes both physical and mental health. To ensure that our dancers are both physically and mentally healthy, we commit to the following practices & beliefs.

PHYSICAL HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS

  • Regarding Strength Training: In additional to regular flexibility and stretching drills that are essential for safe dancing, MDM also utilizes Progressing Ballet Technique™ (PBT). PBT is a wonderful compliment to not only ballet technique, but the technique of our dancers across all dance disciplines due to its focus on muscle strengthening. The chance to isolate muscles and muscles groups to help dancers maintain proper body alignment while creating correct muscle memory is invaluable to all dancers.  This training also works to reduce the risk injury since dancers are strengthening the correct muscles to support their technique.

  • Regarding Proper Technique Development: Dance isn't a sprint, it's a marathon... a very intricate and beautiful marathon that requires years of technical training.  Most dancers are either born with a propensity for strength or flexibility.  Dancers run the least amount of injury risk when they balance strength and flexibility.  At MDM, we work with dancers on an individual basis to both strengthen and stretch them at a pace that maintains their natural strength and works to increase what doesn't come as naturally.  This effort to create balance in our dancer's is one of many ways that we work to reduce the risk of injury and create a long, successful path for them in the future.  We do not endorse "forcing" dancers to do perform any skill or technique that is contrary to their own bodies natural ability and could potentially cause injury.  

  • Professional Physical Therapy PartnershipWhen/if an injury should arise, we work to refer dancers to the proper medical professionals that understand the demands on a dancers body to help get them back in the studio, safely and efficiently. We are currently in the process of developing a physical therapy partnership with Advanced Physical Therapy for ongoing assessment and education for all of our dancers.

EMTOTIONAL HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS

  • Regarding Body Image & Shape:   At MDM, we wave an eager farewell to the unrealistic standards of weight and body-style for dancers of the past, and are elated to welcome an era of strong, healthy and beautiful dancers in a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes.  Midwest Dance Mechanix welcomes diversity and individuality and does not discrimate due to size, shape, age, race or gender.  All are welcome and all are capable of achieving their own unique potential.  

  • Regarding Dancer Education & Health:  A dancer's body is their instrument and keeping it in top physical condition is vital to their success.  We commit to educating our dancers about proper nutrition, hydration, muscle recovery, rest, growth mindset, goal setting, mental muscle development and how to maintain their overall health amidst the many physical and emotional demands of dance

  • Regarding Class Environment & Individual Progress:  Dance is such an intricate and complicated endeavor.  It is equal parts artistry and altheticism. With so much work to be done to create, sculpt and train these dancers, often teachers focus only on what's wrong instead of what's right.  At MDM, we strive to empower our dancers to achieve their goals by tackling both physical and mental roadblocks through honest and fair individual assessment.  Our job is to help dancers achieve THEIR goals and we firmly believe that this is best done through hardwork, a strong technical foundation and teachers who love, encourage and celebrate with your dancer every step of the way.

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