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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!
OPEN HOUSE IN AUGUST
We will be holding Open House on Monday, August 19th and Tuesday August 20th,
New and prospective students please come between 5-7:00 p.m. any night.
Returning students please come between 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. any night.
We will have all dance attire needed on hand.
MLDC CELEBRATES ITS 30th YEAR!
Mary Lorraine's Dance Center is celebrating its 30th year of business! Over the course of 29 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 29 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!
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. 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.
30th birthday Bash August 11th 2-4 p.m.
Sunday August 11th marks the start of MLDC's 30th year of teaching dance. We will celebrate with a "Bash" including face painting, balloons, games, a dance party, cup cakes and more. We hope you'll join us on our "special day"!
ATTIRE FOR DANCE CLASSES
Attend our Open House/Attire Sale to be properly outfitted for your first dance class. August 19th and 20th 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 - Kind, 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 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.
This year 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.
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 in March.
Michelle Pugh, a former MLDC dancer and now professional contemporary dancer in Denver with two well known companies was a guest teacher in April.
Sarah Jo Fazio returned to us for her 5th visit from NYC to teacher 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!!
Angie Sellers - reknown teacher and choreographer for the East Coast has taught both master classes and set choreography for us.< br>
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 2019-20
CLASSES RESUME: September 3 .2019
COSTUME DEPOSITS DUE: October 6th
FALL BREAK: OCT. 15, 16 , 19 .2019(Monday classes will meet to make up for Labor Day and Thursday classes will meet to make up Halloween)
HALLOWEEN: Thursday, October 31st. We will NOT have any classes and we will make up this day on Thursday, October 17th.
VISITORS' WEEK AND QUARTER TWO BEGINS: Nov. 4th-9th - Tuition is due on Monday of this week - (come see what we've learned!)
THANKSGIVING BREAK: NOVEMBER 25th-30th, 2019 (gobble, gobble!)
CONCERT FEE - $40 DUE DEC. 1ST (yes, we are already planning!)
CHRISTMAS VACATION: DEC. 23rd-Jan 4th, 2020 (Ho!Ho!Ho!)
VISITORS' WEEK AND QUARTER THREE BEGINS: Jan.20th-25th. 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 10th-15th (brrrrrrrr)
SPRING BREAK: March 16th-21st, 2020 (At last!)
VISITORS' WEEK AND QUARTER 4 BEGINS: March 30th-April 4th, 2020 Tuition is Due on the Monday of this week (Come see how our dances are coming along and practice applauding for the big show!)
COSTUME WEEK Studio B April 6th -11th
Studio A and C April 13th-18th
PHOTO WEEK: April 20th - 25th 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 16th - 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. We are awaiting final approval.
MEMORIAL DAY: MAY 25th, CLOSED (Relax! Summer is on its way!)
May 30th is Dress Rehearsal 12-6 p.m. at Elkhorn South High School, Performances on Sunday, May 31st 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. (Your hard work finally shows when you shine onstage!)
SUMMER CLASSES BEGIN : MONDAY, JUNE 8th, 2020