Morgantown Dance Studio (MDS) is a project of Morgantown Dance, a not-for-profit community arts organization. Classes at the MDS are designed both for those who may wish to pursue a career in dance, and for students of all ages who simply wish to enjoy the many benefits of dance. Instructors place students at appropriate levels according to age, experience, and mastery of basic technique. For young children, social and physical development, rather than age, determine placement.
MDS is a community program operated entirely by volunteers. We are a not-for-profit, non-competitive school dedicated to providing our students with top-quality training and exposing the community to the disciplines and diversity of dance.
Teachers at Morgantown Dance Studio adhere to syllabi when determining the level of a student and when teaching their Foundations and Ballet classes. Foundations, Morgantown Dance’s own curriculum, is based on the National Dance Education Organization Standards and is divided into Ballet, Jazz, Acro/Flex, Modern, and Tap. All teachers are trained in the new curriculum and follow an outline with learning objectives for each age group. Ballet syllabi (Ballet I, II, III and split-level classes) at Morgantown Dance Studio are based on the Russian Vaganova syllabus.
Starting in the Fall of 2009, MDS began providing dance belts for all ballet students. Students must wear their dance belt to every ballet class that they attend. The studio will provide one belt per dancer, and any replacement belts will be the responsibility of the dancer.