Special Dance Workshop with Mary Patterson

​Learn and participate with Marilyn School of Dance Alumni, Miss Mary, in Ballet, Modern and Choreography/Composition.

Miss Mary is a dance major graduate of UW – Madison, she has also studied at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Summer Intensive, Milwaukee Ballet‘s Summer Intensive and the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters Teacher Training School. She has done a cultural exchange at the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, and the Dance Education Laboratory in NY and performed with Philadanco. She receives her Master’s Degree in Dance Therapy this May.

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Early Childhood Movement and Music Discovery - Imaginative gross motor skill exploration, creativity, musicality, tumbling, friends and fun. Each level builds on the prior level. Basic ballet and musical theater steps are learned along with the appropriate terminology. Workshops are for 4-5 weeks and may be repeated as the themes vary. You & Wee Workshops consist of an adult and child 18 months and up. Tu Twos Workshops are for our terrific 2-3 year olds. Kidlet thru KidDance 2 are for the full school year and range from ages 3 1/2 to 2nd Grade.

Classic Ballet Technique - The foundation of our program, offered in level Ballet I through Ballet IV. Training begins in 3rd grade. Level III and up must be taken twice per week. (Time: 1 - 1 hour and 45 minutes)

Pointe - Instruction begins after a solid foundation in classical ballet has been established. Shoes are subject to instructor's approval. Pre, Beginning and Intermediate levels are available. Must be taken with a twice per week technique class.

​Tap - All levels of tap from the Early Childhood Program through Tap IV. Must be taken with a technique class through 5th grade.

Modern - This is a free expressive style of dance allowing and encouraging individual, creative movement and improv. Middle School and High School level or teacher's authorization. Must have taken upper level Ballet.

Jazz - The many styles of Jazz dance include classical, lyrical, Broadway and percussive. Jazz is stylized Ballet. Children's Jazz may be started in 2nd grade and Jazz I in 5th grade. Must be taken with a technique class through 5th grade.

​Hip Hop - It ranges from very placed isolations, to quick rhythmical moves, to "pop and lock," to jazz influenced moves with athletic floor work.

Precision - Synchronized and powerful! Whether you're perfecting your skills for Dance Team, Pompoms, Cheerleading or Competition, this class is for you! Can be started in 4th grade.

Irish - Be your own “Lord of the Dance” and learn the basics of Traditional Irish Dance jigs and reels. Uplifting music and excellent cardio work out! Can be started in 3rd grade.

Lyrical - A more balletic and emotive style of jazz that acts out the lyrics of the music.  Previous dance experience is recommended. Middle School or High School and up.

Adult Classes - Learn an art form, exercise, relax from your busy day and have fun. Included in sporadic sessions are Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop & Yoga Bootie.

Special Workshops - Throughout the year we offer sporadic workshops. Call for the most recent info.