Fall 2019 Newsletter



The 2020 June Recital will be Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th at the Woodside High School Performing Arts Center. The performances include all MPAD students and the day & time that each class will dance will be determined in April. Costumes will be ordered for dancers from Pre Dance & Tap through all Level III classes and must be paid for by January 18th. Students will be measured in class at the beginning of January and an email will be sent to each class with costume price and details of payment options. Level IV and above classes will be asked to purchase an accessory to wear with their regular class attire.


RAD Ballet Exams for Primary through Advanced II levels are scheduled for March 9th-16th 2020.  Deadline to sign up for all exams is November 27th 2019. Students who wish to take the exam in Primary and Grade 1 are required to take a minimum of two ballet classes a week starting no later than the week of Jan 6th 2020 through the exam date in order to attain a stronger achievement. It is mandatory for exam students in Ballet 2 and above to have taken a minimum of two ballet classes per week starting in September 2019. Please visit our RAD page to learn more about the RAD curriculum and exams.


  • Thanksgiving break: Thursday November 28th through Sunday December 1st 2019. Please make up the class(es) you will miss – there are no refunds for missed classes due to Thanksgiving break.
  • Winter break: Monday December 23rd, 2019 through Sunday January 5th, 2020.

Please note: From Monday August 19th to Saturday December 21st, there are 18 weeks (4 1/2 months of tuition) therefore August is half month tuition & September, October, November and December are full month tuition. From Monday January 6th to Friday June 5th, there are 22 weeks (5 1/2 months of tuition) therefore June is half month tuition.

There are no classes on Saturday June 6th. Please make up the class you will miss. There are no refunds for missed classes due to the Recital.


A warm welcome to new faculty member Brandi Minter, who will be taking over Miss Kimberly’s Thursday classes. Miss Brandi is a former student of MPAD and she is thrilled to be back teaching in the school. Check out Miss Brandi’s bio on our Faculty page.


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We are pleased to announce our third WINTER INTENSIVE from January 2nd through January 4th 2020, for Intermediate, Inter/Advanced and Advanced level students. Classes will be offered in classical ballet, pointe, contemporary and other dance genres, and taught by Erin Yarbrough (Smuin Ballet), Kristin Elliott (former American Ballet Theater & Stuttgart Ballet), Michael Lowe (Artistic Director Menlowe Ballet) with additional teachers TBA. Students can register for one, two, or all three days. More information and registration forms are now available from the MPAD Office and online at www.menloparkacademyofdance.com/programs/mpad-winter-intensive/

Don’t miss this fun and informative winter program in our school!

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MPAD Summer Intensive for Intermediate and Advanced students will be June 8th through June 19th, 2020. The Intensive offers elite instruction in classical ballet technique, pointe, variations, pas de deux, contemporary, jazz and African dance. Lectures and Q&A sessions covering a variety of dance-related topics will be offered. The program is two weeks of all-day classes and culminates in an on-stage performance that family and friends can attend on June 19th.  Brochures and registration will be available early January 2020.  Visit our website to view a video presenting the program.

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The Junior Summer Intensive will offer a week of all day classes June 22nd – June 27th, 2020. A second week of Junior Summer Intensive classes may be added from July 6th – 11th, 2020 depending upon interest. The Junior Intensive offers elite instruction in classical ballet technique, contemporary ballet, jazz and musical theatre for Grade 3, 4 & 5 level students (must have completed Ballet 3). This fun program culminates in a studio performance that friends and family can attend. Brochures and registration will be available January 2020.

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Classes are scheduled to start July 6th, 2018. Please join us for another exciting summer!

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It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker blends the magic and awe of a traditional Nutcracker with inspiration from Frank Capra’s iconic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Menlowe’s delightful production has been embraced by audiences for its warmth, humor, and original blending of these two classic tales. Adults appreciate the ballet’s humor, message, and world-class dancing, while youngsters perch on their seats as dancing dolls magically appear, toy soldiers battle mischievous mice, snowflakes swirl, and a beautiful angel appears. Joining the 20 professional dancers of Menlowe Ballet are 90 students from the company’s official school, Menlo Park Academy of Dance. Performances run December 14-16 & 21-23 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets available: www.menloweballet.org. For group tickets: lisa@menloweballet.org

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Congratulations to former students Louise Hautefeuille and Zoe Bliss Magnussen. Both Louise and Zoe studied at MPAD for 11 years in the same classes!
Louise is now in the Corps de Ballet at Boston Ballet and Zoe is an apprentice at New York City Ballet.

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 Please contact the MPAD office if you have any questions.

Main office 1163 El Camino Real:


Monday-Friday 10am-6pm. Closed 12:30-1pm for lunch.

[email protected]

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Bohannon Office 3925 Bohannon Drive:


Monday-Wednesday 3:30-6:30pm. Thursday 3:30-6pm. Friday 3-6pm. Saturday 8:30am-12:30pm.

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All dates are listed on our calendar page.



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