The Dance Department offers high quality instruction in a variety of movement styles and techniques both for students ages 3.5 to adult who want to explore dance for personal enjoyment, and those who want to prepare for a career in dance. Enrollment in group dance classes averages 15 - 18 students in order to promote more individual attention and sustained progress. Private classes are also available, where possible, by request. Classes are 60 minutes in duration, or 90 minutes for “combo” classes, in the following disciplines:
- African Dance
- Creative Movement/Young Dancers
- Hip Hop
- Dance Ensemble
- Adult Classes
Mind-Builders also offers FREE/donation Fit4Life adult classes to promote health and fitness, including:
Registration for dance classes
Dance classes begin in October and end in May with a recital. Fall registration begins in May, and continues until mid-March if space is available in the class. Students are grouped according to age for students 9 and under, and according to ability for ages students10 and up. Check the class schedule for complete information.
Merit Dance Scholarship Program
This is a special program for the most dedicated dance students ages 11 to 18 who pass an audition and maintain a satisfactory academic level in school. The objectives of the program are to help students achieve high levels of technique and performance skills, as they hone their abilities in pursuit of their goals. Merit Scholars are also trained to assist the dance teachers in the classes of the younger and beginner level students.
Mind-Builders Dance Ensemble/Pre-Professional Workshop
By Audition or Invitation Only -- For the student pursuing professional experience and training focused on learning dance repertory and technically advanced performing techniques. Students have the opportunity of working with several choreographers and learning several dances over the season. The students in the Dance Ensemble participate in community performances and are featured in Mind-Builders Kwanzaa, Heroes Day and Annual Dance Recital.