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Manasquan Music & Dance Academy provides experiential arts education and performance opportunities to the community at large. We provide instruction in music and dance, both group lessons and private. Our curriculum approaches outcomes that range from individual performance to small collaborative groups to large ensembles. MMDA’s curriculum takes a unique approach allowing the beginner student to explore different disciplines in the arts as rotations in a trimester format. MMDA holds the strong belief that the arts are interconnected and should be realized with that premise in mind therefore our student outcomes reflect this philosophy.
In addition, Manasquan Music & Dance Academy is committed to public performance, outreach and partnerships with existing businesses and arts institutions. The directors of Manasquan Music & Dance Academy are passionate and successful teachers, artists, and business individuals who understand the power of collaboration. We visualize a thriving arts center that partners with the community to raise access to the arts.
MMDA Dance Policies
Students are required to be enrolled for the full dance season (Sept.-June). Monthly auto-payments are due on the first of the month. No refunds will be given for missed classes. In case of student absence(s), student may attend other classes of the same level/age group depending on availability.
Our lessons continue year-round. All private lesson students pay on a month-to-month basis. Tuition is due the first day of the month. Late fee of $15 will be assessed every 2 weeks of nonpayment. The cost of EACH private lesson is $40 for each half hour lesson ($160/month, for 4 ½-hour lessons), and $75 for each hour-long lesson ($300/month for 4 1-hour lessons).
There is a one-time registration fee of $25 due upon enrollment. This is to be paid once every year.
Students can only miss 4 sessions per class once recital choreography begins in January. If more than 4 class sessions are missed, the student/family must supply a doctor’s note for the 5th class missed. Any absences exceeding 5, regardless of reason or doctor’s note will result in the student being taken out of recital number for that class. Vacations will not be counted as excused absences.
There are no credits or refunds given for missed lessons.
The student must attend a comparable class as a makeup within 30 days of their missed class.
These makeups are to honor your tuition payments and continued education for your child. Makeup classes are NOT a substitute for a missed class/rehearsal absence for recital.
Students can make up classes missed due to school (MMDA) closing for inclement weather. These classes may be made up by attending an equivalent class. Classes missed due to the school closing because of inclement weather do NOT count toward the 4 allotted absences a student has for each class.
For information on our Competition Attendance Policy, please see the “Competition Philosophy” document in the MMDA Dance Welcome Packet.
There are no credits or refunds given for missed lessons.
DANCEWEAR DRESS CODE
Dress Codes Promote: Professionalism, Proper Technical Corrections, Unity & Discipline, A sense of achievement as the dancer reaches new levels.
Manasquan Music and Dance Academy does require students to comply to the following Dress Code. The MMDA-logo Leotard for Level I, II, & III dancers must be purchased at the Front Desk. Please fill out the Body Wear Order Form in the MMDA Dance Welcome Packet.
All other items must be purchased at Coppelia Dancewear in Spring Lake, NJ. Inform Coppelia that you are an MMDA family and they will help you purchase the specific dancewear pieces required by MMDA.
Required Attire to be Purchased at Coppelia:
Foxy Ballerina Level I & II:
Powder Blue Leotard (short sleeve)
Leather Ballet Slippers
A Powder Blue dance skirt is optional.
Levels I & II & III:
Pink Tights for Ballet Class and Tan Tights for all other Dance Classes
Black Dance Skirts are optional for Levels I, II, & III
Maroon Dance Skirts are optional for Level III
Pink Ballet Slippers for Ballet
Foot Undies for Lyrical, Contemporary, and Acro
Jazz Shoes for Jazz
Black Tap shoes for Tap
Sneakers for Hip Hop
Pink Pre-Pointe shoes with pink elastics and satin ribbon are optional for Ballet Pre-Pointe (this class is by invitation)
Pink Pointe shoes for Ballet Pointe class with pink elastics and satin ribbon (this class is by invitation)
Address: 1107 Third Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 0762
Owner: Mary Ann D’Agostino
There will be one recital during the school year in June. Any recital fees, costume fees, tickets, etc. are not included in tuition. You will receive information concerning rehearsal and performance dates, costumes, and tickets via email, hand-outs, and notices posted on our bulletin board. Costumes for all recital dances are distributed only when all outstanding payment balances have been reconciled. Costume deposits are due by December 1st ($25 per costume).
Costume balances are due March 1st. An additional $10 is also due for recital tights.
Upon the receipt of tuition payment, parents or legal guardians agree that Manasquan Music and Dance Academy shall in no manner be liable for any accident, injury, loss, theft, or damage which may be sustained on the premises in conjunction with any school-related activity or function.
Manasquan Music and Dance Academy does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, nationality, ethnic origins, religious beliefs, gender, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or in the administration of its educational policies.
DANCE STYLES/GENRES REFERENCE
Ballet - The classical foundation of all dance. Barre, center floor exercises, stretch, strength, balance, posture, body placement. Strong focus on technique and terminology. Some partnering work for int/adv students. Requires: pink ballet slippers (leather for Level I dancers, choice of canvas or leather for all other levels), ballet-pink tights, black leotard. Ages 2.5-Adult.
Pointe - (just in case someone asks) What is the difference between Pointe and Ballet? Pointework is for the advanced Level III dancer. Pre-Pointe classes are a prerequisite. Students must be evaluated and invited to pointe classes as well as maintain at least one separate ballet technique class throughout the year in conjunction with a Pointe class. Class involves variations/character study (choreography) from Classical Story Ballets (i.e. Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker). Ages 12-Adult.
Teen Beginner Ballet - Level I & II: 11-18 years. Introduction to ballet for the teen beginner. This is a traditional ballet class with a barre and center floor portion to each class. Introduces the dancer to basic ballet concepts, terminology, alignment, positions, and steps. Strong emphasis on technique, musicality, and combinations.
Pre-Ballet/Foxy Ballerina - Foxy Level I: 2-2.5 years. Foxy Level II: 3-4 years. Foxy Level III: 4-5 years. Introduction to ballet and creative movement. Fun and energetic. Instructors keep children happily engaged while learning basic dance movements and stretching exercises. Gentle, gradual introduction of classical ballet concepts and tools: scarves, barre, fairy wings, balance beam, parachute, etc.
Ballet/Tap - Level I/4-5 years. Introduces structured dance environment while allowing children to enjoy creative and imaginative movement focusing on rhythm, gross motor coordination, and beginning dance skills in both ballet and tap. Large focus on ballet.
Jazz - Combines technique of ballet with modern and current forms of popular dance. Has own vocabulary and movement styles. Emphasis on musicality, rhythm, and style. Explores Broadway and contemporary styles. Focus on proper technique, stretching, and development of performance skills. Tan tights, black leotard, jazz shoes required. Levels II & III.
Hip Hop - Combines street dance with funk, jazz, and contemporary. Focuses on isolations, musicality, and dynamics to execute energetic expression. No other dance experience necessary. If you are ONLY taking Hip Hop, you are not required to take the ballet class mandatory for all other styles of dance. Basic gym clothes, sneakers, comfortable clothing to allow movement. Levels I & II.
Tap - Concentrates on the fundamentals of rhythm, timing, and musicality. Beginner classes (Level II/7-11 years) focus on the isolations of the heels and toes, correct body placement, and vocabulary. Intermediate classes (Level III/10-16 years old) further develop skills as well as clarity of sound and increasing speed and finesse. Tan tights, black leotard, tap shoes required.
Contemporary/Lyrical/Modern - What is the difference between these three? Lyrical focuses on emotional expression, fluid movements, and artistry. Contemporary is more avant-garde and depends on the stylistic vision of the teacher/choreographer/director. Modern often relates to specific techniques of dance: i.e. Martha Graham technique, Horton technique, Bob Fosse, Isadora Duncan technique… Lyrical bridges the gap between Ballet and Modern/Contemporary. These styles of dance may often be taught on a combo-class setting and focus largely on choreographic story/vision. Requires pink tights, black leotard, and for footwear—may use ballet slippers, foot undies, or bare feet; may depend on choreography and preference of instructor.
Modern - Beginner (Level II/9-12 years) students explore creative movement with a focus on Graham and Horton technique. Combines strength and stretching to lengthen the body. Intermediate/Advanced (Level III/12+ years) is for the dancer who enjoys intricate and physically complicated floor work as well as self-expression; beginner skills developed further.
Quick Basic Overview of Modern Techniques -
Martha Graham - “Cornerstone” of American modern dance. Mannerisms include characteristic tension, contractions, theatricality, “spiraling” of the spine and body. Powerful, dynamic. Dramatic and expressive qualities, distinctive floorwork.
Lester Horton - Native American Tribal influences, Japanese arm gestures, Balinese upper body isolations. Focus on the eyes, head, and hands. Hip circles. Unrestricted, dramatic freedom of expression.
Bob Fosse - Iconic Broadway choreography. Pigeon-toed stances, widespread palms, sinewy and meticulous isolations, and character study. Broadway Jazz influences: Chicago/Cabaret/Pippin/All That Jazz, etc.
Contemporary/Lyrical - (Level III/11+ years) Introduces students to the amazing capabilities of the body as a mean for artistic expression. Lyrical dance uses emotions and the mood of the music to elicit motion/movement. Contemporary dance involves basic concepts of modern, Afro-American, and improvisation. Strength, spatial awareness, flexibility, and rhythm will be developed.
Acro (Acro/Jazz) - Combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Defined by its athletic character, unique choreography which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics/gymnastics. Utilizes floor mats. Requires black leotard, tan tights, bare feet/foot undies. (Levels I & II/8 years and up).
Mommy & Me/Kinder Creative Movement - 1-2 years. Help your child discover movement and expression through a survey of simple musical instruments (tambourine, small drums, shakers, etc), dance, and imagination. Props, mats, rhythm instruments, and sing-along songs allow parents to help their children develop motor skills.
COMPETITION DANCE TEAM
Competition Team - Our Philosophy and Policies
Our goal at Manasquan Music and Dance Academy is to provide a quality dance education to recreational as well as serious dancers. Our objective is to help those dancers who wish to enter competitions by creating pieces and offering a variety of choreography styles that will help them improve their performance skills and refine their technique.
For a student to be on the MMDA dance team and to be entered into a competition he/she must sign up for a scheduled audition. All of the choreography is by invitation, and the faculty will select the groups, duo/trio partners and solos. Final decisions will be made by the director.
Families who have children who compete must be prepared for additional time and expenses that dance competitions involve. We will keep you informed of the added costs upfront and will make every effort to keep these costs sensible and affordable.
Once we give out our competition dates and rehearsal schedules, dancers must be available for these dates in order to make the commitment. Competition students must participate in one ballet class per week at MMDA. This will be MANDATORY and there will be NO EXCEPTIONS! We believe that ballet is the foundation to proper technique and is an absolute MUST especially if a student wishes to compete. Regardless of what competition genre the student is competing in, he/she is STILL required to attend the weekly mandatory ballet class.
For the numbers that your child will be competing in, we will assign a day and time for their rehearsal. This will consist of an extra class added on to your child’s regular weekly schedule, and you will be charged for an additional hourly class.
We expect our competition students to make rehearsals top priority and to attend each one. They should be on time to class and ready to learn their routine so they will be well prepared on competition day. Students are permitted to miss a minimum of three classes once competition choreography begins in January. Any student missing a rehearsal will be responsible to catch up on any choreography missed to the best of their ability. Any absences exceeding three, regardless of reason or doctor’s note will result in the student being taken out of the competition number. Vacations are not excused absences.
There are no credits or refunds given for missed lessons. Students must attend a comparable class as a makeup within 30 days of their missed class. These makeups are to honor your tuition payments and continued education for your child. Makeup classes are NOT a substitute for a missed class/rehearsal absence for competition or recital.
Students may make up classes that are missed due to school (MMDA) closing for inclement weather. These classes may be made up by attending an equivalent class. Classes missed due to the school closing because of inclement weather do NOT count toward the three allotted absences a student has for each competition class.
Please understand that these policies are intended to promote a fair and reasonable dance environment for all of the students as well as the teachers who are committed to your child’s success.
All competitive dancers are STRONGLY encouraged to take master classes offered by our guest teachers at MMDA during the year. It will be MANDATORY that competitive dancers commit to at least one week of master classes in the summer. (For more information see our “Competition Policy for MMDA Dancers” sheet in the MMDA Dance Welcome Packet). These classes are taught by our top teachers from NYC. They are provided to our students at a reasonable cost that is not likely to be found anywhere else locally. We expect our students and parents to take FULL advantage of these valuable classes! Students must also sustain an excellent attendance record during the year as well as be able to focus and work hard on a consistent basis in class. Teachers will expect students to apply any corrections given quickly and enthusiastically. Students are observed in class by their teacher to see how they are interacting with their fellow peers. They should be respectful, helpful and encouraging to one another!
We understand that parents, dancers and teachers will not always be in agreement with all decisions made such as class placement or casting. We ask parents to trust and respect our professionalism and the decisions made concerning competition. Any parent who speaks negatively about another student will cause their child to be removed from the competition team. We want to teach the students to be supportive of one another. Parents, we in turn request you set a good example for your child! In the professional dance world when a dancer isn’t selected for a particular role, it is accepted as part of the process. It is not a failure but an opportunity to grow and get stronger as an individual and dancer. Sometimes one door closes and another door opens! We try to relay this to our dancers and keep the atmosphere filled with positive encouragement.
Lastly we will be offering a special package to our MMDA competition team for dance wear. We will put together a specialized outfit that is cost effective for every competition team student. If your child is joining our team this dance wear MUST be purchased so they can represent our school. Everyone at MMDA will be offered dance wear, but if your child is on our team they will have a special symbol on their jacket that shows they are on the MMDA competition team!
Thank you for entrusting your children to our faculty of professionals at Manasquan Music and Dance Academy. We are dedicated to loving your children, putting their best interests at heart and teaching them how to be strong, amazing dancers!
In an effort to keep you informed, attached are the latest MMDA Dance Team updates:
We will be taking measurements for the students during their class time for costumes starting the first week in December. Costume deposits are due NO later than Dec. 1st ($25 per student, per costume); FULL balance to be paid by March 1. No costumes or tickets will be given out with any outstanding balances. Please know that although we do our best to size your child correctly for their costume, alterations may be needed. You have the option of taking your costume to a seamstress of your choice or we can provide you the name of someone who can assist you. Students are responsible for any extra alteration costs.
If your child has decided to audition for our Competition Team we are very excited to have them. This is where your child can be taken to the next level of dance and where their confidence can soar. Although we hold mandatory auditions, every child who wants to participate can make the team providing the child is respectful, works hard, is able to take corrections, displays a positive attitude and has excellent attendance. A child will not be turned away from an opportunity to be a part of the team but will be turned away if he/she cannot follow the standards that we set at MMDA. Teachers, along with the final say of the director, will place each child in the number they believe the student will best perform. Numbers may not be selected by child or parent. We ask parents to trust and respect our professionalism and the decisions made concerning competition. There is a zero tolerance policy for unprofessional or unsportsmanlike conduct. Negative comments about another student made by either parent or student, will result in removal from the Competition Team.
We are a dedicated collaborative group of teachers and artists committed to providing arts education and cultural opportunities to the community. Our dynamic curriculum provides exploration in all disciplines of the arts for all ages and promotes lifelong learning. We advocate for every individual and their pursuit of creativity. It is our passion to promote creativity, aesthetic awareness and cultural literacy.