Dancers are required to adhere to our dress code. Midwest Performing Arts is a professional school with professional faculty who expect proper attire and neatness.
Pre-Dance: Pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, black jazz shoes, and black tap shoes. Hair secured away from face in a bun. No tutus, we are saving that for the stage!
Ballet: Black leotard, pink tights under the leotard, pink ballet shoes. Hair secured away from face in a bun. Boys-White T-Shirt, black tights, black ballet shoes. No Skirts.
A proper ballet bun requires: ponytail elastic, bobby pins, a hair net and hair spray. Please make sure your bun is secure enough that it will hold the entire class.
Jazz: Solid color leotard with black tights or tight fitting leggings over the leotard (no jazz pants), black jazz shoes. Hair secured away from face in a bun. Boys- Solid color T-Shirt, black pants, and black jazz shoes. If a dancer has back to back classes with ballet, please wear the black tights, leggings or shorts over the pink tights.
Modern: Solid color leotard with black tights or tight fitting leggings (no jazz pants)over the leotard. Hair secured away from face in a bun. Boys- Solid color T-Shirt, black pants. No shoes, class is done bare feet. If a dancer has back to back classes with ballet, please wear the black tights, leggings or shorts over the pink tights.
Tap: Solid color leotard with black tights or leggings over the leotard (no jazz pants), tap shoes. Hair secured away from face in a bun. Boys- Solid color T-Shirt, black pants, and black tap shoes.
Hip Hop: Solid color T-shirt, camisole or leotard and jazz pants or other solid color loose fitting pant. Jazz sneakers or Hip Hop shoes (no gym shoes or outside shoes). For MPA Spring Concert Hip Hop shoe, click here. The Style # is WL6034 and the color is Gunmetal.
The school year at MPA begins in September and ends in June. MPA classes are structured on a full year syllabus, making it extremely important for students (and parents) to commit to enrollment for an entire school year.
Attendance and Make-up
Please notify the office in advance of any absences. Good attendance is critical to consistent progress and advancement. We encourage each student to make up any missed classes. Missed classes may be made up at the same or lower class level.
Classes begin on time. Late admittance to class is at the teacher’s discretion. Tardy students may be asked to observe class. This is to ensure the students safety as well as to not disrupt the flow of the class.
Parent observation is permitted at designated times only. This occurs two specific dates throughout the school year. These dates are posted on website and are located in the fall brochure. Prospective students and special case observation must be approved by the instructor or director at least one week prior. The training process is sensitive: outside presence may distract or inhibit the students. Parents/Guardians of 3-4 year olds are required to stay quietly in waiting areas.
Any classes cancelled by the instructor will be rescheduled for make-up. Any class cancelled due to lack of attendance will not be rescheduled. If only 2 students attend a class the teacher has the right to cancel class. If a student misses a class, please see the instructor for the best make-up class. Please notify the MPA office if your student will not be in attendance, for tardiness, and to check for class cancellations. For winter weather conditions, MPA follows the cancellation policy of the Waunakee School District. Make-ups for classes missed due to winter weather have been built into the schedule for the 2016/2017 school year. No extra make-ups will be scheduled.
MPA follows a No Refund Policy, so be sure the classes you choose fit your schedule and your child wants to dance. A trial class can be taken to ensure proper placement, however only fully registered (tuition paid) students can be guaranteed a space in class. A full refund will be given if MPA must cancel a class.
The MPA office staff are not allowed to give out student or teacher class information, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, or home addresses.
All students are asked to follow the dance etiquette rules stated in the Student Handbook. Please also remember: no chewing gum and food may be eaten in waiting areas only; no food or drinks in class or dressing room areas.
Notes to Parents
Please pick up children promptly after class and also adhere to the rules of the Student Handbook.