MPHdance offers classes in Classical Ballet, creative movement, choreography and improvisation for young dancers. Our mission is to teach sound technique, offering the young dancer a foundation for creative expression.
Mary Paula Hunter founded MPHdance (formerly esb) in 1999 and has been teaching, guiding, and mentoring young dancers ever since. She is the Artistic Director of JUMP!, an active choreographer, and 2014 Pell Award winner. She's twice won the RISCA Fellowship in Choreography and has performed throughout the US and NYC.
Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes
15 weeks of classes
September 4 - December 16, 2017.
Holidays: Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving
Makeups for 2 Monday holidays and 1 Thursday holiday should be made up within the semester.
DANCERS HAVE THE ENTIRE SEMESTER TO MAKEUP CLASSES DUE TO HOLIDAYS. SEND MPH AN EMAIL INFORMING HER OF YOUR MAKEUP CLASS AT LEAST ONE DAY BEFORE THE INTENDED MAKEUP.:
WEEKLY CLASS COMMITMENTS
CREATIVE MOVEMENT - ONE CLASS PER WEEK
BALLET I -- ONE CLASS PER WEEK
BALLET II -- ONE CLASS PER WEEK
BALLET III -- ONE CLASS PER WEEK -- YOUNG ELEMENTARY
BALLET III --- TWO CLASSS PER WEEK -- OLDER ELEMENTARY*
*Ballet II and III or Ballet IV and III
BALLET IV -- FIVE CLASSES PER WEEK OLDER MIDDLE SCHOOL/H.S.
BALLET IV -- FOUR CLASSES PER WEEK YOUNGER MIDDLE SCHOOL
BALLET IV -- THREE CLASSES PER WEEK ELEMENTARY
3:45-4:45 BALLET III
4:45-5:45 YOUNGER J
5:45-7:15 BALLET IV
5:30-7:00 BALLET IV* ALTERNATIVE CLASS FOR BALLET III W/ MPH APPROVAL
3:45 -4:45 Ballet I
4:45-5:45 BALLET II* BEST ALTERNATIVE CLASS FOR BALLET III STUDENTS
5:45 - 7:15 BALLET IV
3:15-4:30 BALLET IV
9:30-11:00 BALLET IV
CLASSES ARE TENTATIVE UNTIL SUFFICIENT ENROLLMENT IS DETERMINED.
The basis for our approach to teaching dance can be found in this class for 3 to 5 year olders. Dancers are encouraged to discover, expand, and edit their movement style through creative dramatics and improvisation. Stories, music (classical and jazz), and visual arts are at the root of the structured and free-form improvisation.
We teach Classical Ballet as a science and as a tool for expression. Dance students study this ever-evolving technique methodically, with attention to proper placement. The result is a a fluid and dynamic command of the vocabulary in all its variety. Musicality is stressed as well as a command of style, both historic and contemporary.
Levels of Ballet: Student age depends on background. Here is a general guide:
Ballet I: 6-7; Ballet II: 7-9; Ballet III: 10-12: Ballet IV: 12 and up
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A CLASS?
REGISTERING IS EASY!
You can always email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about which class would be appropriate for your child.
On this site, you’ll find an Info Sheet. Please print, fill out, and bring with you to the first class. This will serve as your registration for a one time trial class and/or the remainder of the semester. REGISTRATION OCCURS AT THE CLASS. Sometimes and rarely, a class is too full and volunteers shift to another class.
TRIAL CLASS: This is an opportunity to try a class for the cost of a single class/tuition package. This is for new students only (not returning students).
MPH/DANCE CLASSES is STILL located at
545 Pawtucket Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
BUT in different locations within the mill! Look for signs!
Located inside The Mills on the Providence/Pawtucket line in the Pawtucket Ave. and Main Street split.
Park in the lot adjacent to the mill,
entrance is facing the parking lot.
(ample free parking!)
PICK UP AND DROP OFF
LATE PICK UP: After five minutes, parents are charged $25 per five minutes thereafter. Example:
Class ends at 4:30, parent arrives at 4:40; parent is charged $25.
DROP OFF: Bring students into the facility.
PICK UP: Please come into the facility to pick up student at the door.
Parents wait in the hall outside the studio.
STUDENTS WILL NOT BE DISMISSED WITHOUT A PARENT IN THE FACILITY, VISIBLE TO MPH OR TEACHER.
INFO SHEET — PRINT AND BRING TO FIRST CLASS
WHO CAN PICKUP STUDENT? ADDRESS AND PHONE OF PERSON (S) AUTHORIZED TO PICKUP STUDENT
Sweats, tee, bare feet
tights, slippers (real ballet slippers), leotard
Camisole, tank, short sleeved leotards — dark colors/preferably black
Ballet Pink full-footed tights
Tight-fitting pink canvas/prefer or leather slippers with elastics sewn on
short-sleeve, tight-fitting, white tee
Black tights or biker shorts
black slippers, elastics sewn on
There will be a yearly recital at the end of the second semester. Date in May or early June TBA.
During the last class of the first semester in December, parents are welcome to visit the class during the last 15 minutes of class.
The JUMP! Connection
MPH/Dance is a studio where dancers come to train! JUMP! is a dance company for young dancers. We rehearse weekly and sometimes more often if we are preparing for a performance. There are three levels: Older, Younger, Jr. JUMP MPH is the director of both Jump! and MPH/dance. Go to jumpdanceco.org for info on JUMP! or email MPH @ email@example.com