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Medina Centre For Dance Art

MCDA is one of the leading dance institutions in northeast Ohio.  At our school, we aim to encourage a widespread love of dance, welcoming children and adults who can’t help but feel the rhythm!  Established in 2002, we aim to create a positive, welcoming environment that is encouraging for all.

About Our Dance Studio

Located within the historic district of the city of Medina, Medina Centre for Dance Art is the most comprehensive dance facility in the county. We have 3 spacious studios and offer many different styles of dance for students from ages 2 through 102!

MCDA offers a range of dance styles and class levels for all ages and abilities. Whether you are aiming for a professional career, looking to stay fit, or interested in exploring dance arts, we have a class for you.

The teachers at MCDA have a vast range of experience across dance styles. Our collective approach is to share our love of dance while being supportive and encouraging.

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Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is to create a world where everyone can access the magic of dance. We have witnessed firsthand how dance can build character, confidence, and friendships. This beautiful, enriching art is an incredible tool to teach body awareness, self-discipline, and teamwork.

Through our service of teaching dance, we strive to empower confident, focused, and happy dancers.  MCDA teaches healthy living, leadership, respect, and kindness to our students.

Our Mission

At MCDA, we empower confidence, support healthy living, and integrate valuable life lessons while encouraging creativity and maintaining high standards and values for our staff and students.  Our goal is to be a positive influence on the whole dancer’s life

Our Values

MCDA is Empowering
– confident, focused, and happy dancers
– young people to create a better world
– dancers in a healthy and active environment

MCDA Supports Healthy Living
– a learning environment that encourages individuality
– cultivating healthy and supportive relationships
– a well-balanced approach to developing a healthy mind, body, and soul

MCDA Teaches Practical Life Lessons
– integrating life lessons in dance class
– punctuality and preparedness
– respect for individual differences and strengths
– courage and confidence

MCDA Encourages Creativity
– fostering individual growth
– supporting self-expression
– inspiring originality and imagination

MCDA Supports High Values and Standards
– ideals that every parent will appreciate
– age-appropriate practices and performances
– a professional and friendly class setting

Our Staff

The Medina Centre for Dance Art team of accredited and friendly dance instructors have a wide range of skills and experiences they share with our students.

Kelly Parks


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Mary Quigley


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Jennifer Hilvert


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Courtney Houdek


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Connie Laettner

Program Director & Teacher/Choreographer

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Rebecca Schoenbaechler


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Chelsea Spence


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Kaylyn Meyers


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Missy Marquette

DOFI (Director of First Impressions)

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Alex Ponomarenko


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Miranda Bogard


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Leslie Bell

Costume/Retail Coordinator & Dance Team Director

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Melissa Bilikam

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Give Your Child The Gift of Dance!

Foster a love of dance in an upbeat, positive environment. As a student, your child will grow their confidence and abilities while making friends for life. Get started with a free trial lesson today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the Enroll Now button. You will be redirected to a registration form where you can sign up for one or more of our dance classes. At the end of your registration, you will be directed to enter your credit card information and make your payment.

MCDA uses a monthly auto-pay system.  Once you enroll tuition is auto-charged on the 1st of the month.   If you enroll after the start date, tuition is prorated for classes you may have missed.

Dancers who are not feeling well are encouraged to stay home until they are fever-free for 24 hours and no longer have symptoms that would be contagious. Once a dancer is feeling better, they may schedule a make-up class in the same level of dance at your earliest convenience.

If a dancer is injured, we strongly encourage them to come to class and watch. This allows them to take notes, see their friends, and continue learning. Once the dance is released to move and groove, they may schedule make-up classes in the same level of dance at their earliest convenience.

Thirty-four(34) weeks starting in the fall and concluding with the spring recital.
Summer Session is 6- weeks in June and July.

The MCDA dance program setup is around a 34-week curriculum that runs from August 2023 to May 2024. Once you are enrolled that spot is reserved for you for the duration of the season. All missed classes can be made up in a comparable or lower-level class. Credits or refunds will not be given for dropped or missed classes. If you are dismissed for un-sportsman-like behavior by the dancer or parent, no refund or credit will be given. In cases of moving or medical emergency, credit may be given upon receipt of a doctor’s certificate. Adjustments are made by number of classes taken vs. number of classes remaining in the season. If a student needs to drop (i.e., illness or moving) written notification is required prior to the 5th of the month.

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