$50 Deposit due upon registration to save your enrollment.  Remaining camp fee will be due on the first day of camp.   In the event that any camp must be cancelled due to circumstance surrounding COVID-19, MDM will refund all deposits and any payments made towards camp tuition.

SPACE IS LIMITED in all summer camps! Register early to secure your spot!

Social distancing and limited class sizes will be used according to state of Kansas guidelines. Increased sanitation and germ prevention measures will be used as well.

 

 

 

 

Come and "Wing" it with Master Tap Instructor, Miss Courtney Runft, for a day of tap technique, refinement, improv, musicality games and more!  MDM is lucky to have Miss Runft on staff this summer and we want to ensure that our dancers have an opportunity to learn and grow from her wealth of tap knowledge and experience! Miss Runft is a NYC based dance instructor who specializes in tap (bio below).  Her fun, energetic, and easy to understand teaching style is loved by students across the nation. This workshop is guaranteed to both challenge and encourage any tap dancer looking to grow and refine their skills! 

 

Workshop includes  an hour of tap technique, 30 minutes of tap improv, and 30 minutes of combo work and/or musicality games.  Space is LIMITED so we can utilize social distancing! Workshop can be in-studio OR on Zoom from your home.

3 CLASS LEVELS:

Social distancing and overall class sizes will be used in all classes so space is very limited in all levels.

9:00 AM: Beginning | Appropriate for students who took Tap Level 2 or 3 in Spring 2020.

11:30 AM: Intermediate | Appropriate for students who took Tap Level 4 or 5 in Spring 2020.

2:00 PM: Advanced | Appropriate for students who took Advanced Tap 1 or 2 in Spring 2020. 

DATE: Friday, July 31st

COST:  $75

ABOUT MISS RUNFT:

Courtney Runft, a native of Wichita Kansas, received her early dance training at Rogers Ballet with Sharon Rogers. She continued her training with Stan Rogers at Friends University and, while there, had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Melonie Buchanan Murray and Francisco Martinez. She moved to New York in 2005 to pursue a career in the dance field and has since studied with Brenda Bufalino, Derick K. Grant, Jared Grimes, Michelle Dorrance and Lynn Schwab. She is the former American Tap Dance Foundation Registrar and Director of the Tap City Junior Ensemble as well as the General Manager for Dorrance Dance. Courtney has a passion for teaching and has been on faculty at the American Tap Dance Foundation and Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival, and a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center. She can be seen in the April 2010 issue of Dance Spirit Magazine and is featured in the May 2013 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine. Courtney was one of Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies and was the Assistant to the Choreographer of Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel. Currently, she is the Dance Teacher at St. Luke’s School and on tap faculty at Rosie’s Theater Kids. 

 

 

 

 

MDM’s special Student Choreography Camp is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for dancers to push themselves to move from simply following steps to creating steps of their own. Open to dancers ages 11-18**, our Choreography Camp will give each participant an opportunity to learn about famous choreographers as well as helpful hints for creating original works. Please note that only dancers ages 14 and up will be invited to create their own choreography and choreographing an original piece is optional. Dancers who are either too young or choose not to choreograph will learn these emerging choreographer pieces and experience a wide variety of choreography styles. This camp ends with a Showcase performance, featuring the original works, held at Wichita Center for Performing Arts (date and time TBD).

AGES: 11 - 18 | Must be 14 to choreograph | Social distancing and overall class sizes will be used.

DATES: JUNE 8th - 11th

TIME:    9 am - 12 pm (time may be extended if needed)

COST:  $150*

* Showcase performance at Wichita Center for Performing Arts included | Tickets to the Showcase will be sold separately.  THIS IS TENTATIVE dependent on COVID-19 guidelines and allowances.

*$50 deposit required to enroll.  Remaining tuition due on the first day of camp. If circumstances related to COVID-19 ultimately prevent camp from being held, MDM will refund all camp deposits and any payments made towards camp tuition.

** Camp enrollment prerequisites: Enrollment is open to students who meet the age requirements and are currently placed in Teen Ballet 3 or Advanced Ballet 1, 2 or 3.

 

 

 

 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

NEW TIK TOK'S, SAME FUN!

We had such a good time at our first Tok Tok Camp that we are bringing it back for ROUND 2!

If you had fun at the first camp, come back for MORE as we will be learning NEW Tik Tok's for Take 2!

Join us for TIK TOK TASTIC day of trendy dancing! MDM is launching its own TikTok channel and we want YOU to be a part of it! Spend the day learning your favorite TikTok dances and then be a part of our official TikTok channel launch as we post your group performances. Get ready to have tons of fun as you get your TikTok GROOVE on! 

AGES: 6 - 18 | Social distancing and overall class size limits, based on age, will be used.

DATE: JULY 24th

TIME:   12:30 - 3:30 pm

COST:  $60

We’re not in Kansas anymore! Join us for a week of song and dance as we follow the yellow brick road to discover the brains, courage, and heart associated with creating musical theatre performances. Each day, dancers will revisit their favorite songs from the Land of Oz with vocal training from Amy Menas, local voice coach and owner of The Studio (see details below), and choreography set to songs fromThe Wizard of Oz and Wicked Broadway soundtracks. Before clicking their heels to return HOME, participants will create some Glinda-approved crafts and assist in creating their own costuming for the closing performance which will be held on Thursday at 11:30 am (dependent on COVID-19 allowances and guidelines).  

AGES: 7 - 14 | Dancers will be grouped based on age and ability | Social distancing and overall class size limits will be used according to state of Kansas guidelines.

DATES: JULY 27th - 30th

TIME:    9 am - 12 pm

COST:  $155*

*Craft supplies, T-shirt, daily vocal training with Amy Menas and, mini performance featuring both singing and dance.

$50 non-refundable deposit due upon registration to hold your space. Remaining balance will be due on the first day of the camp. If circumstances related to COVID-19 ultimately prevent camp from being held, MDM will refund ALL camp deposits and any payments made towards camp tuition.

This camp brought to you in partnership with

About Vocal Coach, Amy Menas:

Amy graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor  of Music in Voice. She has been teaching private voice for over 25 years. Amy has worked in the Catholic schools as vocal music teacher (Pre-K through 8th grades), taught and continues to teach musical theatre classes, workshops and has directed musicals for Wichita Children's Theatre, Music Theatre for Young People and as musical director for Music Theatre Wichita’s yearly fundraiser, Curtain Up.  Amy owns The Studio which provides vocal coaching to young people ages 7-18.  Focusing on musical theatre voice and performance, her students have performed in Matilda on Broadway, cast numerous leading children's roles for Music Theatre Wichita and won multiple vocal competitions. She currently has 9 students pursuing a BFA in musical theatre/theatre at top college programs around the country.  Midwest Dance Mechanix is proud to partner with Ms. Menas to bring her talent and experience to the camp participants!  Visit her Facebook page for more information!

 

 

 

 

Come out, come out wherever you are!  Calling all munchkin dancers to join the MDM Lollipop Guild as we jump, turn, and leap our way down the yellow brick road! Tiny dancers will enjoy a week of munchkin games, wicked crafts, Ozian stories, yellow brick road dance and fashion shows, lots o' lollipops, and maybe even a visit from Glinda herself! Before remembering there's no place like home, our Lollipop Guild will treat guests to a final performance on Thursday at 11:15 am. 

AGES: 3 - 6 | Dancers will be grouped by age and ability | Social distancing and overall class size limits will be used according to state of Kansas guidelines.

DATES: JULY 27th - 30th 

TIME:    9 am - 12 pm

COST:  $140*

* Craft supplies & thematic T-shirt included in camp fee.

$50 non-refundable deposit due upon registration to hold your space. Remaining balance will be due on the first day of the intensive.  If circumstances related to COVID-19 ultimately prevent camp from being held, MDM will refund ALL deposits and any payments made towards camp tuition.

 

 

 

 

Any dancer who loves Disney’s Frozen II will surely not be bothered by the cold in this fun, fancy and frozen dancing journey! The Fancy Freeze: A Frozen Adventure takes tiny dancers on a fanciful expedition into the unexplored through ballet, tap and creative movement. On their way to the annual Fancy Freeze dance party in the frozen forest, dancers will encounter icy dance adventures, wander through Whimsical Windy Woods, and even conquer Polar Peak! Through these challenges, they will keep their sense of adventure but also never stop being fancy! Full of whimsy, wit, adventure, fancy frocks, frozen crafts and more, this camp will crystallize into pure frozen fun!

 

This camp will meet on selected FROZEN FRIDAY'S in June and July.  Choose Session 1 or Session 2 or if you your dancer can't get enough of the Frozen Fun, choose BOTH!

AGES: 3 - 6 |  Dancers will be grouped by age and ability | Social distancing and overall class size limits will be used according to state of Kansas guidelines.

SESSION 1 DATES: JUNE 12th, 19th, 26th

SESSION 3 DATES: JULY 10th, 17th, 24th

TIME:  10 am - 12 pm

COST:  $75* per session

Craft supplies & thematic T-shirt included in camp fee.

$50 non-refundable deposit due upon registration to hold your space. Remaining balance will be due on the first day of the intensive. If circumstances related to COVID-19 ultimately prevent camp from being held, MDM will refund ALL deposits and any payments made towards camp tuition.

 

 

 

 

On your marks, get set… DANCE! We are off and dancing for the 2020 MDM Dance Olympics! These competitors will jump, leap, turn and tap their way to the finish line during a fun-filled week of dance, conditioning, crafts, games and more! Dancers will compete in a variety of Olympic style dance "events" including strength and stretch, conditioning, theraband, Acro, Hip Hop and a few classics (ballet, jazz and tap) to round out a week of medal worthy training. Whether you place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, everyone is a WINNER at the closing ceremony where dancers will compete their final performance for parents and friends at 11:30 am on Thursday. Go for the gold this summer and join us for the 1st ever MDM Dance Olympics! 

AGES: 3 - 14 |  Dancers will be grouped by age and ability | Social distancing and overall class size limits will be used according to state of Kansas guidelines.

DATES: JULY 13th - 16th

TIME:  9 am - 12 pm

COST:  $140

Craft supplies & thematic T-shirt included in camp fee.  And trophies too!

$50 non-refundable deposit due upon registration to hold your space. Remaining balance will be due on the first day of the intensive. If circumstances related to COVID-19 ultimately prevent camp from being held, MDM will refund ALL deposits and any payments made towards camp tuition.

 

 

 

 

Technique - a skillful or efficient way of doing or achieving something.  Are you ready to hone your craft and focus on the skill, precision and mastery that dance requires?  Come dance with us and elevate your technique.  Dancers will take class in a variety of styles including jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap, lyrical, ballroom and contemporary with our knowledgeable in-house instructors as well as some exciting special Master instructors (SEE BELOW!).  Don’t let your technique take a summer break… join us and take your dancing to the next level!  This Intensive is strongly recommended for our Competition Company and En Avant Youth Ballet dancers.

AGES: 8 - 18 |  Dancers will be grouped by Fall 2020 Jazz Placement Level 

10 PERSON MAX ENROLLMENT PER GROUP, so space is limited!

If camp fills, please put your dancer on the wait list and we will evaluate opportunties for additional classes.

DATES: AUGUST 7th - 9th

TIME:  1 pm -5 pm

COST:  $185

$50 non-refundable deposit due upon registration to hold your space. Remaining balance will be due on the first day of the intensive.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ENROLLMENT IS BASED ON THE DANCERS JAZZ LEVEL PLACEMENT FOR FALL 2020

LIVE FROM LOS ANGELES!

RAY LEEPER

PRODUCER, CHOREOGRAPHER &

MASTER JAZZ INSTRUCTOR

ABOUT MR. LEEPER:

Talented and creative, Ray Leeper is quickly rising through the ranks and establishing himself as one of Hollywood’s leading creative directors, producers, choreographers, and master educators. His provocative and powerful style, his innovative vision and outgoing character, makes him highly sought after in this field.

Ray’s work spans the spectrum from television, movies, and commercials to off –Broadway and music videos. He has choreographed some for some of the most popular televisions shows, most recently on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, where he managed to win the love of millions of viewers each week. He has worked past seasons of Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, All My Children, One Life to Live, Big Bang Theory, X-Factor UK, and America’s Got Talent. His big screen credits include, They Shoot Divas, Don’t They starring Jennifer Beals the short film, This Island, as well as starring himself in the films, Move, and I Dream of Dance.

Originally from Los Angeles, Ray always knew he wanted to be a choreographer. At 9 years old, he was cast as the Artful Dodger in the musical “Oliver!” and the choreographer suggested dance training to his mom. There weren’t many boys training at that time so he desperately tried to keep it a secret and continued to play sports. At 13, the kids found out and he was bullied, but preserved and started to focus on his dance training and love of choreography.

 

His long career has including working with such artist as Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Nick Cannon, Nile Rodgers, Kelly Rowland, Kathryn Jenkins and Geri Halliwell. His favorites include Cher because of her willingness to collaborate & humbleness and Matthew Morrison for his professionalism. Creative Director credits include Franco Dragone’s INDIA and One Love, So YouThink You Can Dance, Matthew Morrison’s Where It All Began tour and NKOTB/BSD tour, IL DIVO World Tour, X-Factor European Tour.

All the components combined are what Ray appreciates most about the creative process and has collected a vast of commercial credits for international brands as Pepsi and Levis, working with Hollywood notables like famed director, Nigel Dick for Sierra Mist and BAFTA award-winning director Phil Heyes for American Idol & X-Factor UK.

Ray has recently directed and choreographed the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway musical, One Day, as well as the Off-Broadway show Mental – the Musical and also other notable Off- Broadway shows, Inappropriate and Nightlife. He was awarded the esteemed “Best Choreography Award” for his work on Common Grounds in the New York Musical Theater Festival and the prestigious “Gold Leo Award” for Excellence in Choreography at the Kennedy Center.

After 30 years to contributing to teaching world, and being one of the most sought after choreographers and master teachers in the United States, Ray now spends his time dedicated to his new creative endeavors, producing original content and choreographing for television and film.

This California native enjoys reading autobiographies, interior decorating, entertaining at his house and going to museums to enjoy art.

brian markum

ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF

MUSIC THEATRE WICHITA

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ABOUT MR. MARCUM:

Brian J. Marcum is a director, choreographer, dancer and professor. As a director and choreographer, Brian's work has been seen all over the country. On Broadway, Brian was the Associate Choreographer of the holiday hit, ELF - The Musical. He has also directed and/or choreographed for The North Carolina Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita, Alpine Theatre Project, Lyric Theatre of Oklahomaand Summer Repertory Theatre among others. As a dancer, Brian performed in 6 Broadway shows, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm, Saturday Night Fever, the TONY award winning revival of 42nd Street, The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman, Spamalot and The Drowsy Chaperone. He has toured nationally with Annie Get Your Gunand State Fair and internationally with The Who’s Tommy. He has performed at many of the best regional theatres in the country as well as the best theme parks in the world including, DisneyWorld and TokyoDisneyland. He has danced with the world famous Radio City Rockettes in both the Christmas Spectacular and the Spring Spectacular and has performed numerous times on the TONY Awards, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, in music videos and the movie of The Producers. Brian teaches master classes all over the country and has toured with Dance Olympus, taught for Broadway Theatre Connection, Southern Association of Dance Masters, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Oklahoma Dance Masters, Dance Masters of America and Lachey Arts. He has been on the dance faculty at Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and both Broadway Dance Center and Ballet Arts in NYC. Brian spent 6 years as an Associate Professor of Dance in the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University and is now a dance professor in the musical theatre school at Syracuse University where he teaches tap, jazz and theatre dance. 

TARYN OUELLETTE

ballet/pilates reformer at

kansas city BALLET SCHOOL

ABOUT MS. OUELLETTE:

Taryn began dancing in Iowa City, IA, at Terpsichore School of Dance, as well as at the University of Iowa. She continued her training in Kansas City, at Somerset Ballet Centre, the Kansas City Ballet School, and at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. She attended summer intensives and workshops at the Kansas City Ballet School, Milwaukee Ballet School, Connecticut Ballet, and Ballet Nouveau Colorado. She has had the privilege to train extensively in New York, at Steps on Broadway and at Peridance Capezio Center, also pursuing opportunities as a freelance artist. Taryn has enjoyed having the opportunity to work with Kansas City area dance companies, including Storling Dance Theater and City In Motion. Taryn has been teaching ballet for over ten years, and is an American Ballet Theatre certified teacher, having successfully completed the ABT teacher training intensives in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering, of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Teachers Workshop, studying the CPYB teaching syllabus and methodologies developed by Marcia Dale Weary. Taryn is a certified Pilates instructor, with training through both Stott Pilates and the Kane School. She received her Pilates training and certifications in NYC, where she also attended the Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries (FAMI) workshop at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2010 and 2012. Taryn greatly enjoys teaching people of all ages and abilities, and is very happy to be a part of the Kansas City Ballet School.

ANDIE STITT

HIP HOP CHOREOGRAPHER & INSTRUCTOR 

ABOUT MS. STITT:

Andie Stitt grew up in Kansas City, Kansas where she began dance training at the age of four.  She took from many different teachers at studios, conventions, camps and workshops throughout her elementary years.  In high school, she was given the experience of a lifetime to travel with a well-known convention to assist famous choreographers.  She continued training at numerous studios, and decided to take her dance knowledge to the next level by attending Wichita State University to become a dance major.  In May of 2014, Andie graduated from Wichita State with a BFA focused in dance.  Since then, Andie has had countless amazing opportunities.  She was hired directly out of Wichita State’s dance program as an adjunct professor. She recently got a job at Arts Partners as a teaching artist.  With the help of Arts Partners, she travels to low-income schools, and teaches dance to at risk children.  She spends most weekends traveling and teaching master classes or camps at studios throughout the Midwest. At the University of Kansas she teaches Hip-Hop and a Rhythm Tap. She is honored and humbled to have the opportunity to work with so many talented dancers young and old.

CHAD VAUGHT

JAZZ & CONTEMPORARY INSTRUCTOR

ABOUT MR. VAUGHT:

Chad Vaught is a Wichita, Kansas native. He graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in dance in 2017. There, he danced in works by Trisha Brown, Stefanie Batten Bland, James Sewell, and Ori Flomin, along with creating his own works. He has danced as a guest with James Sewell Ballet, Bruce Wood Dance, and performed in the Dallas Opera’s Samson et Dalila and Carmen, as well as Dallas Theater Center’s Hairspray. In 2017, Chad joined Dallas Black Dance Theater: Encore! for their 2017/2018 season, and later joined Bruce Wood Dance for their 2018/2019 season. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2019, Chad has appeared in Ryan Murphy’s adaption of The Prom and Plan-B Entertainment’sChicago. Choreography credits include Tisch School of the Arts, Wanderlust Dance Project III, and EXCHANGE Choreography Festival.

COURTNEY RUNFT

TAP INSTRUCTOR

ABOUT MS. RUNFT:

Courtney Runft, a native of Wichita Kansas, received her early dance training at Rogers Ballet with Sharon Rogers. She continued her training with Stan Rogers at Friends University and, while there, had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Melonie Buchanan Murray and Francisco Martinez. She moved to New York in 2005 to pursue a career in the dance field and has since studied with Brenda Bufalino, Derick K. Grant, Jared Grimes, Michelle Dorrance and Lynn Schwab. She is the former American Tap Dance Foundation Registrar and Director of the Tap City Junior Ensemble as well as the General Manager for Dorrance Dance. Courtney has a passion for teaching and has been on faculty at the American Tap Dance Foundation and Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival, and a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center. She can be seen in the April 2010 issue of Dance Spirit Magazine and is featured in the May 2013 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine. Courtney was one of Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies and was the Assistant to the Choreographer of Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel. Currently, she is the Dance Teacher at St. Luke’s School and on tap faculty at Rosie’s Theater Kids. 

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