Curriculum and Policies

We offer quality instruction from beginner through advanced, ages 2 1/2 to adult. 

Dance Curriculum

  • Ballet
  • Cecchetti Ballet (Ballet Technique class in preparation for Cecchetti syllabus graded examinations)
  • Pointe (By invitation only)
  • Jazz (ages 5 & up)
  • Tap
  • Hip Hop (ages 5 & up)
  • Creative Movement (ages 2 1/2)
  • Turns and Leaps Class
  • Lyrical (must be accompanied by a Ballet class)
  • Modern/Contemporary                                            
  • Musical Theatre
  • Irish (ages 7 & up)
  • Pom Pon (ages 5 & up)
  • Kids Fitness Classes
  • Pound Fitness (1 hour)
  • Barre Fitness classes (55 min)
  • Pilates Mat classes (55 in)
  • MESD Performance Companies and Competition Groups (by audition only)


Tuition Policies

Please click on our Tuition page in the left column for our current tuition rates.

Tuition is based on the number of classes per year and divided into monthly payments.  Monthly payments remain the same regardless of the number of weeks per month, school closures, or absences. 

Payment is due in advance on the 1st of each month.  Payments received after the 7th of the month will incur a $20.00 late fee.  We do not pro-rate classes.  There is no credit for missed lessons.  Makeup classes are available.  Please contact the studio for scheduling. 

Payments may be paid by cash, money order or check at the studio.  Checks or money orders should be made payable to Mary Ellen Studio of Dance.  We do not accept post dated checks.  Any checks returned due to non-sufficient funds (NSF) will be charged a $25.00 fee.  NEW:  We are in the process of setting up on-line credit card payment.  


Dance Attire 

Proper dance attire is required for all classes.  No street clothing will be  allowed. 

Black leotard (any style) and pink tights must be worn for ballet and creative movement classes.  Hair must be securely tied back.  Skirts are optional.  For creative movement classes the skirt must be part of the leotard.

Dance shorts and cotton/lycra dance pants (no longer than ankle length) are acceptable for all other classes.  Hair must be securely tied back.

Male dancers are required to wear black dance pants and a white t-shirt.


Dance Shoes (Revised 09-01-14)

Ballet and Creative Movement:  Pink ballet shoes are required for all students. 

Students age 6 & under need full sole “Bloch” 205 G Dansoft ballet shoe.

Students ages 7 & up need split sole pink ballet shoe style S0258G (single elastic strap).

All Competition and Performance Company dancers and students teen to adult need split sole ballet shoes with canvas at the arch - Bloch 203 L Prolite 11 with crossed elastic straps.  

Tap:  Beginners and all recreational dancers need Tan Bloch 352 Mary Jane Tan tap shoes performances.

Younger MESD Company dancers (Mites/Petites) need the Capezio 3800C in Caramel, Mary Jane style tap shoe as these have a better sound that the "Bloch" shoes.

Jr. thru Senior MESD Company Dancers along with Teen & Adult recreational dancers need the Bloch 338L Tap Flex (split sole) in Tan (lace up jazz style) tap shoe.  These shoes are also available in black. 

Adults:  All non competition adults please check with instructor as to which color will be required.  

If there are any questions concerning the style or color of tap shoes, please inquire before purchasing.

Jazz:  Capezio EJ2 in Caramel color.

Hip Hop:  Capezio DS11 Black sneaker. (MESD competition dancers may require a different Hip Hop shoe for performances).

Lyrical/Contemporary: Beginners and recreational dancers need Nude (padded DP-1).

Lyrical Company Members:  Bloch-Eclipse Turners in Tan.

Musical Theatre and Turns & Leaps:  Pink ballet shoes, Caramel color jazz shoes or dance paws are acceptable for class but may not necessarily be used in the dance recital. 

Pom Pon: Plain, thin white tennis shoes (1950's style) are recommended.  Jazz shoes may be required for the dance recital.

Irish: Capezio black “lace-up” jazz shoes with ties and black split soles are required.   

Note:  The exact style and color of shoe for our June recitals will be determined in December when costumes are displayed.  Should you have any question at all concerning the required dance shoe for your class, please contact the studio before you purchase. 


June recitals and costumes

Costume deposits for our June recital is due by November 1st.  These deposits usually cover most of the costume costs.  Any balances will be due by December 1st.  Being that costume deposits are due around the holidays, we will be accepting early payments.  There are no refunds on costumes.

Additional rehearsals for our June recitals may be scheduled at no additional cost. 

Further information concerning costumes and rehearsals will be included in future newsletters.


Liability/Media Release Form

Our liability/media release form must be signed prior to participating in class.  Dancers under the age of 18 years must have a parent/guardian signature.  The liability form will be available on the first day of classes.