Fall 2018 Newsletter



The 2019 June Recital will be Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th 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 19th. 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 the month of March 2019 The actual dates have not been confirmed yet by the RAD but we are tentatively booked in to start the examinations on March 4th. Deadline to sign up for all exams is December 22nd 2018. Miss Sarah will advise if your child is ready for a ballet exam. 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 on January 7th, 2019 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 2018. Please visit our RAD page to learn more about the RAD curriculum and exams.


  • Thanksgiving break: Thursday November 22nd through Sunday November 25th 2018. Please make up the class(es) you will miss – there are no refunds for missed classes due to Thanksgiving break.
  • Winter break: Monday December 24th, 2018 through Sunday January 6th, 2019.

Please note: From Monday August 20th to Saturday December 22nd, there are 18 weeks (4 1/2months of tuition) therefore August was a half month tuition & December is a full month tuition. From Monday January 7th to Friday June 7th, there are 22 weeks (5 1/2 months of tuition) therefore June is half month tuition.


We are pleased to announce our second WINTER INTENSIVE from January 2nd through January 5th 2019, 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), Ommi Pipit Suksun (former SF Ballet & Ballet San Jose), Michael Lowe (Artistic Director Menlowe Ballet) with additional teachers TBA. Students can register for one, two, three or all four 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!



MPAD Summer Intensive for Intermediate and Advanced students will be June 10th through June 21st, 2019. 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 21st. Brochures and registration will be available January 7th, 2019. Visit our website to view a video presenting the program.



The Junior Summer Intensive will offer a week of all day classes June 24th – June 29th, 2019. A second week of Junior Summer Intensive classes may be added from July 8th – 13th, 2019 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 7th, 2019.


Classes are scheduled to start July 8th, 2018. Please join us for another exciting summer!



Buy some Sees Candy for the Holidays!  Download the order form  here. Order forms will also be available in the studio office starting Monday October 29thOrders are due by Wednesday November 21st and candy will be distributed December 3rd.. Thanks for supporting the MPAD team scholarship fund!



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

Please contact the MPAD office if you have any questions.

Office hours are Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 9am-1pm. 650-323-5292

All dates are listed on our calendar page at www.menloparkacademyofdance.com