"Dancing on the stage is a very different skill than dancing in class."  ~ Miss Jana Owen

At MDM, we believe that giving dancers as many stage opportunities as possible will help them grow and develop. Dancing on stage requires a different skill set than dancing within the classroom... it requires dancers to manage nerves, remember choreography and utilize performance skills to entertain the audience. It is on the stage where many dancers grow into confident, poised and excited performers!

We are pleased to offer all enrolled students two recital performance opportunities each year; Holiday Showcase and Spring Recital.  All students are encouraged to participate, but are not required.  Students are expected to be at all of their classes, as well as a mandatory dress rehearsal, if they wish to participate in these performances. Students are required to attend mandatory dress rehearsals.

In addition to the two annual recital performances, our two speciality companies perform different showcases and full length performances each year. These performances are open to the public and are a great way to learn more about our performance companies, as well as for younger dancers to watch To learn more about our specialty performance groups, click the links below:

MDM Competition Company

En Avant Youth Ballet Company

Fall Ballet

The Fall Ballet is a special performance featuring classical ballet variations  as well as original contemporary and classical ballet choreography performed by the members of the En Avant ballet company.  It takes place in early October and is a wonderful opportunity to observe the emphasis on technique that is taught to our ballet students.  For more information about our En Avant ballet company, click here.  

Holiday Showcase

​The Holiday Showcase is one of two recitals performed by all enrolled students at Midwest Dance Mechanix.  It takes place in early December and tickets for reserved seating are available.  Students performing in the Holiday Showcase will rent a costume from the MDM costume inventory for approximately $20 - $25.  Costume rental fees are approximately $15 per costume. A professional DVD of the performance will be available for purchase for approximately $25.

Company Showcase

​In early Spring, our MDM Competition Company performs a showcase of the dances they have prepared to take to various dance competitions.  This is an excellent opportunity to watch the extraordinary talent and hard work of our Company members.  For more information about our Competition Company, click here


Our Spring Recital takes place in May and showcases the skills and talents of all enrolled dancers. It is the highlight of the year as we get to showcase the growth and improvement of the dancers throughout the year. Costumes for the Spring Recital are purchased and are the dancers to keep after the recital. Tickets for reserved seating are available. A professional DVD of the performance will be available for purchase for approximately $25.  Professional pictures of individual dancers and of group dances will be taken at the studio and will be available for purchase.