Metayer Conservatory for the ARts

If your child is interested in dance classes, consider registering them in the Metayer Conservatory for the Arts! Metayer Dance Theatre (MDT), founded by Regine Metayer in 2019, is an organization that strives to elevate the art of dance by offering performance and learning opportunities to dance students of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

MDT aspires to do this by providing access to pre-professional ballet training, on par with top tier programs nationwide. This also includes in-depth exposure to resident faculty as well as guest artists from across the world, preparation for college auditions, opportunities to engage with professional choreography, and the challenge of learning and executing full-length classical ballets.

Metayer classes are divided into 3 levels based on age and ability: Early Steps Division, Little Steps Division, and Open Division.

Early Steps Division

Ages 2-7

EARLY STEPS FOR TODDLERS (AGES 2-3)

This 45-minute class will provide your child’s first exposure to basic acro and dance skills, terminology, rhythm, and music in a nurturing environment. This weekly class is an excellent introduction to movement that will help young children use their imagination while developing essential motor skills and memory in a classroom environment. Student do NOT perform in studio performance.  Dancers must be 2 years old and toilet trained by August 1st.

 

Dress Code

  • She/Her/Hers:

    • Any Color Leotard and ballet skirt

    • Theatrical Pink Tights, Pink capezio or bloch ballet slippers

    • Hair must be pulled back out of face in ballet bun

  • He/Him/His:

    • White t shirt, black shorts and black ballet slippers​

PRE BALLET 1: Combo Ballet & Tap

(AGE 4-5)

This 55 min weekly movement and tap class is a great introduction to dance for preschoolers.  It helps young dancers use their imagination while developing basic motor skills, rhythm and memory in a classroom environment.  Dancers must be 4 years old and toilet trained by August 1st. 

Dress Code

  • She/Her/Hers:

    • Pink Leotard

    • Theatrical Pink Tights, Pink capezio or bloch Ballet Slippers, and black tap shoes

    • Hair must be pulled back out of face in ballet bun

  • He/Him/His:

    • White t-shirt, black tights, black ballet slippers and black tap shoes​

PRE BALLET 2: Combo Ballet, Tap & Jazz (AGE 6-7)

This weekly combination class of Ballet, Tap and Jazz helps young dancers continue to build their dance education with an emphasis on counting music and an introduction to basic Jazz steps.  Dancers must be 6 years old by August 1st. 

Dress Code

  • She/Her/Hers:

    • Burgundy Leotard

    • Theatrical Pink Tights, Pink capezio or bloch Ballet Slippers, black tap shoes

    • Hair must be pulled back out of face in ballet bun

  • He/Him/His:

    • White t shirt, black tights and black ballet slippers and black tap shoes​

jazzpop (AGE 4-5)

This 45 min high energy class is a mixture of jazz and hip hop. The class will begin with a warm up focusing on flexibility and stretching. Students will do across the floor drills and combinations. With the help of ballet technique, the student will be dancing to the beat all class long!

Little Steps Division

Ages 8+

PRIMARY: Ballet, Tap, & Jazz (Ages 8-10) 

Proper posture, body positions, and alignment will be taught.  Class structure and discipline are also emphasized, and musicality and creativity are explored through improvisation. These weekly classes help young dancers to build their dance education.  Dancers must be 8 years old by August 1st. 

Dress Code

  • She/Her/Hers:​

    • Lavender Leotard

    • Theatrical Pink Tights and Pink capezio or bloch Ballet Slippers, black tap shoes

    • Hair must be pulled back out of face in ballet bun

  • He/Him/His

    • White t shirt, black tights and black ballet slippers, black tap shoes

BALLET 1 (Ages 11+) 

The structure of this ballet class enhances students’ physical and mental discipline while re-affirming posture, placement, flexibility, and strength. Students learn performance skills and basic music fundamentals while cultivating self-confidence and presence. Students receive the individual attention they need whether they have had previous experience or are absolute beginners.  Intro level classes are offered in Ballet, tap,Jazz and contemporary. While no prior dance experience is required, however having some dance experience is a plus.

Dress Code  

  • She/Her/Hers:

    • Black Leotard

    • Theatrical Pink Tights and Pink capezio or bloch Ballet Slippers

    • Hair must be pulled back out of face in ballet bun

  • He/Him/His:

    • White t shirt, black tights, white socks and white ballet slippers

Open Division

Ages 4+

Acrobatics and Flexibility (Ages 4+)

Acro is a style of dance which combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Students are carefully placed in the appropriate level based upon their technical skills, physical development, and strength. The physical and artistic well-being of the student is the consideration in determining level placement. Because of the nature of this program, it is not unusual to spend more than one year in the same level. These classes run between 45 to 60 minutes weekly depending on the level. Because of the nature of this program, it is not unusual to spend more than one session in the same level.

 

Acro 1 (Age 4-5) 45min

Acro 2 (Age 6-7) 1hr

Acro 3 (Age 9-10)

Acro 4 (Age 11+)

Dress Code

  • She/Her/Hers and He/Him/His:

  • Any colored leotard and black or any colored short

  • Shoes: barefoot

** No baggy shirts, skirts or tights are allowed.  Hair must be pulled back out of face to a ponytail or bun**