At what age can my child begin taking classes at MDSB?
Students must be at least 3 years old to enroll in our Creative Movement class. Otherwise, we welcome children of all ages.
How does MDSB determine which class level my child should take?
Teachers will observe new students in a placement class. Based on technique, coordination, and maturity level, the teacher will recommend an appropriate level. Please know that often students are expected to spend at least one to two years in a particular level before moving up to the next. Level advancements happen once a year, at the end of each spring semester.
How do I register my child for classes?
After your child has taken a placement class and a level has been determined by one of our teachers, you may register online at your convenience. If you have trouble registering for a class, you may contact our office during regular office hours for assistance at 323-965-0333.
How much do classes cost?
MDSB operates similarly to an academic school in that families pay for a full semester of classes. Specific tuition amount will depend on your child’s level, the number of classes they register for in a week, and how long the semester lasts. Spring is the longest semester, so it will always cost more than Fall or Summer semesters. MDSB classes start at $25 per hour.
May I bring my child to a class occasionally and just pay for individual classes?
Unfortunately, no. MDSB does not offer "drop-in" classes. Students must be registered for classes for an entire semester and tuition will be calculated as such. We do this because we strongly believe that practicing ballet routinely is the only way to gain benefit from it.
Does MDSB offer classes for boys?
Yes! We offer four levels of boys’ classes for students ages 3 to 18 years old. 3 to 4 year old boys are welcome to join our Creative Movement classes. At around 5 years old, we separate the boys from girls and offer classes designed specifically for boys, taught by male instructors.
What about classes for adults?
We currently offer Intermediate/Advanced level classes for adults. Classes are $22 each, or you may purchase a 10-class card for $155 or a 5-class card for $85. There is not a specific dress code for our adult classes, but we do expect appropriate dance attire and proper ballet shoes be worn in the classroom. Please see our schedule on our Adult Class page.
If I have more than one child registered in the school, do I get a discount?
Yes! If there is more than one student in your family, we offer a 10% sibling discount on the lesser of the two tuitions. Any additional students (more than 2) will also receive the 10% discount.
Are parents allowed to watch the class?
Not from inside the classroom, however If a teacher leaves the door propped open, parents may quietly sit in the hallway to observe. If a class in being held in a room with a window, parents may observe through the window. Very young, new students who are taking a placement class may need to have a parent in the room on his or her first day. In these cases, parents are allowed to be in the room, per the teachers’ discretion.
What happens if my child misses a class?
Students are allowed to take a make-up class, provided that it’s taken within the current semester. Make-up classes do not roll-over to the next semester.
How many students are in a class?
Classes will vary depending on the level. Our pre-ballet classes, for example, do not exceed 12 students. For upper level classes however, the average is 15 students
What is Dance Arts Academy? Is that a part of MDSB?
Dance Arts Academy is the organization which owns and operates the actual studio facility. MDSB simply rents studio space from them. They hold their own dance classes and have a separate staff.
What should my child wear to class?
Please review the Class page for your child’s level uniform information and what we consider proper dance attire.
Where can I buy ballet shoes and leotards?
MDSB sells leotards, skirts, tights, and shoes through our studio office. Dancewear can be purchased at any store providing it meets our class uniform requirements. A few stores we suggest: The Dance Store and Karabel Dancewear
Where is The Dance Store?
2509 S. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca. 90034 (310) 271-3664 www.thedancestore.com
Where is Karabel Dancewear?
4621 Van Nuys Blvd Sherman Oaks, CA. (818) 385-1635 www.karabel.com
Do you rent tutus and costumes for performances other than those at MDSB? What about for Halloween or parties?
Are there any other expenses not indicated on the Class Price list?
MDSB charges $30 for each registration. A $45 installment fee is added to those paying tuition using our installment plan. Class uniforms are an additional cost, as are shoes and other dance accessories. There are also additional fees associated with participation in The Nutcracker, spring performance, the Summer Intensive program, and private lessons.
Are private lessons offered?
Yes, private lessons are available to enrolled students only. Scheduling must be handled through the office and not through the teachers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Where do I park?
Unfortunately, MDSB has lost our main parking facilities. Two hour parking is available on 8th or Detroit. Some spaces are metered; some are permit only after 6pm. There is no parking on La Brea between 4pm & 7pm Monday – Friday. Please read all signs carefully.