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MLDC CELEBRATES ITS 31st YEAR!
Mary Lorraine's Dance Center is celebrating its 31st year of business! Over the course of 30 years, we have created the finest dance program with outstanding teachers and wonderful families. While other dance schools have come and gone - we have stood the test of time by providing quality training in a family friendly environment!
We are proud to announce that we received the Millard Business Association Small Business of the Year Award.
We have also received the Impact Award from Impact Dance Competition for making a difference in the world through our community service.
Mary Lorraine has also been name a Mother of Merit by the American Mothers Association for her work in the community and an excellent mother figure.
We received the Best of Omaha Award for 2019 and the "2018 Omaha Award" for Dance Schools.
Join us our top notch program knowing that we have 30 years of business experience and you can have confidence in our business ethics and strong technical teaching. Our staff combined has over 70 years teaching experience and many more of dance training!
CRAFT FAIR at MLDC
We will be holding our 3rd Annual Craft Fair on November 15th, 1-5 p.m. Admission is $3 at the door. 40+ vendors - Come get your Christmas shopping done all in on place! Following the city mandate, masks must be worn.
In this uncertain time, MLDC strives to take every precautionary safety measure while still giving our students a sense of normalcy by attending dance class in person in the studio. Families who have a student who is "high risk" or a family member who is "high risk" may submit a request to do class virtually through Zoom.
Upon entry, all students' hands are sanitized. All studio floors and barres are sanitized between classes as well as any touchable surfaces in the lobby and restrooms.
Social Distancing is maintained in the classroom.
Students enter in the front door of the studio and exit out the backdoor. Dance bags are kept separated on the lobby floor.
Since Omaha's COVID-19 numbers are high at the moment, we will be starting with our Fall session 202 with all students being required to wear masks to class. Older students who are working at a more physical level will be given breaks in the hall to remove their masks while they are socially distanced.
Should a family member or the student become ill, classes are filmed and offered on Zoom.
ATTIRE FOR DANCE CLASSES
Attend our Open House/Attire Sale to be properly outfitted for your first dance class. August 17th and 18th 5-8 p.m. nightly at MLDC.
PRESCHOOL, KINDERGARTEN, ALL CLASSES WITH BALLET - Black Leotard (with out a skirt), pink tights, pink ballet shoes.
TAP CLASSES - Kindergarten through Level 5 - low heel, tie, tan tap shoe
Level 6 and up - character tan tap shoe
Advanced - Black oxford tap and character tan tap shoes
HIP HOP- Black, form fitting exercise wear. No sports bras worn alone or writing across the seat of pants. Black Hip Hop sneaker
LEAPS/TURNS AND ALL JAZZ CLASSES - Black, form fitting exercise wear. No sports bras worn alone or writing across the seat of pants. Tan jazz shoe.
LYRICAL - Black, form fitting exercise wear and lyrical half soles.
Hair must be worn up for all classes. Bun required for Ballet and Jazz classes because of turning movements.
All items are available through our front desk at very reasonable prices.
MLDC and Distinguished Young Women of America
This is a great organization, reinforcing terrific values in our young women and providing college scholarships.
MLDC has a terrific bond with this organization in that our state winners from the following years have all been MLDC students.
MLDC has been home to Nebraska's Distinguished Young Woman of 1984 - Stacey Olsan Fletcher, 2012 - Julia Carlson, 2013 - Maddy Miller, 2014 - Breanna Burklund, 2015 - Rachel Lee and 2018 - Simeon Saub. Many other MLDC girls have also competed and reaped the rewards of this terrific experience including 4 years of free college tuition! Way to go girls!
If you know of a high school junior who is interested in participating in this year's contest for an amazing learning experience and the chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarship money, please have them contact Stacey Fletcher on the Distinguished Young Women of Nebraska Facebook page.
MLDC Wins Small Business of the Year Award!
The Millard Business Association has named Mary Lorraine's Dance Center as the "Small Business of the Year". The award was received at the Millard Business Association Gala. Included in the recognition was our 23 years in business, touching the lives of thousands of children and their families through dance and our community service. Thank you MBA!!! And thank you MLDC families and staff past and present for making us the best place to study dance!
MLDC HAS BEAUTIFUL STUDIOS!
We have been in our home at 5330 S. 136th St. in Deerfield Plaza since the fall of 2007 and are loving it! Our location has 3 studios - all spacious with wood dance floors, more spacious common areas, larger restrooms, better parking and more services! Observation windows into each dance room. Check out our virtual tour on this website.
Across from the Millard soccer fields, you can grocery shop, get your hair cut, mail packages or simply relax - all while our child attends dance class! Stop in and check us out! You'll be as crazy about it as we are!
MLDC GIVES BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY
1080 food items were donated to the Millard Business Association's Project Wee Care in our annual food drive. Bringing an item earned you the privilege of wearing your jammies to class and culminated in our movie night!
In the Fall of 2018 one of our dance moms was in a terrible car accident. MLDC families contributed to a fund to help her family with house cleaning, food and Christmas gifts.
In 2019 one of our dance dads went through a liver transplant. Our MLDC students contributed 50 cents to wear green for St. Patrick's Day, raising over $500 to help with the dad's medical expenses.
Winter of 2019 we gathered coats and shoes for school children in south Omaha who were in need of warm clothing.
Mary Lorraine goes out into the community contributing her time speaking at Career Days and teach dance to elementary students through Millard Public Schools Paybac Partner program.
In 2020 we wore 1990's attire to raise $200 for the American Cancer Society. MLDC is so MUCH MORE than dance!
MASTER TEACHERS VISIT MLDC
MLDC believes in the importance of exposing our students to other teachers and their styles. We create several opportunities each year for our students to benefit from these experiences.
Past master teachers have included:
Nick Drago - Professional Dancer/choreography visited to set choreography on our competition team.
Ashley Becker - Point Park University Graduate and Director of Quest Intensive.
Nicholas Drago and Grant Chenok of FLOW 40 (based out of L.A.)
Geoff Meyer and Jose' Silva of the Lion King cast.
Master Teacher Avram Gold, formerly of the Houston Ballet and The Omaha Theatre Ballet was a guest teacher at MLDC.
Michelle Pugh, a former MLDC dancer and now professional contemporary dancer in Denver with two well known companies was a guest teacher.
Sarah Jo Fazio and Angie Sellers returned to us for their 7th visit from NYC to teach master classes and set choreography for our award winning competition team.
MLDC was honored to present Master Teacher Leigh Anne Wencker in our school. Ms. Wencker is a former Radio City Rockette and has appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast, Steel Pier as well as in Thoroughly Modern Millie and a workshop production of Fosse as it prepared for Broadway. Ms. Wencker has her degree in dance from Webster University's Performing Arts Conservatory and has a wealth of knowledge about the professional life of a dancer. We shared a wonderful day with her!
Amy Schulke from Just Plain Dancin' of Ontario, CA worked with MLDC dancers. Her studio has been ranked the #1 competitive studio in the U.S. by Dancer Magazine. It was a fabulous opportunity for our dancers to learn from the nation's best!!
Danielle Laurion - contemporary master teacher
Bosco - Master Hip Hop teacher from L.A. has been to MLDC twice
Jeremy McQueen from NYC - studied with Alvin Ailey, has danced with numerous companies and the Radio City Music Hall show.
What a great experience for our students!
CALENDAR/VACATIONS for 2020-21
CLASSES RESUME: September 8, 2020
COSTUME DEPOSITS DUE: October 6th
FALL BREAK: OCT. 13,14,15, 17 th(Monday classes will meet to make up for Labor Day)
VISITORS' WEEK AND QUARTER TWO BEGINS: Nov. 9th-14th - Tuition is due on Monday of this week - (come see what we've learned!)
THANKSGIVING BREAK: NOVEMBER 23-28th (gobble, gobble!)
CONCERT FEE - $40 DUE DEC. 1ST (yes, we are already planning!)
CHRISTMAS VACATION: DEC. 21st-Jan 3rd, 2021 (Ho!Ho!Ho!)
VISITORS' WEEK AND QUARTER THREE BEGINS: Jan. 25th-30th. Tuition is due on Monday of this week this week - (Oh boy - costumes and dances are revealed this day - don't miss!)
WINTER BREAK: FEBRUARY 8th-14th (brrrrrrrr)
VISITORS' WEEK AND QUARTER 4 BEGINS: March 29th - April 3rd Tuition is Due on the Monday of this week (Come see how our dances are coming along and practice applauding for the big show!)
SPRING BREAK: April 5-10th (At last!)
COSTUME WEEK Studio B April 12th-17th
Studio A and C April 1th-23rd
PHOTO WEEK: April 26th-May 1st Come dressed in your costume with hair and makeup done - ready to have your picture taken - say CHEESE!
IN STUDIO DRESS REHEARSAL IS THE LAST CLASS YOUR CLASS MEETS BEFORE HEADING TO THE THEATRE FOR YOUR PERFORMANCE
DanceFest DANCE CONCERT: May 15th - Theatre TBD. Dress Rehearsal in the morning with shows at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Please note these are the requested dates and times at this facility. With the uncertainty in our world due to COVID-19 we ask that you be patient with the details. This is the date we are hoping for.
MEMORIAL DAY: MAY 31st, CLOSED (Relax! Summer is on its way!)
June 5th is Dress Rehearsal 12-6 p.m. at Elkhorn South High School, Performances on Sunday, June 6th at ESHS. Show times at 1:30 and 6 p.m. Please note these are the requested dates and times at this facility. We are awaiting final approval. With the uncertainty in our world due to COVID-19 we ask that you be patient with the details. This is the date we are hoping for. (Your hard work finally shows when you shine onstage!)
SUMMER CLASSES BEGIN : MONDAY, JUNE 8th, 2020