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.
Enroll for group lessons at a time that suits you.
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.
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
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
Kelly is the Owner/Director of MCDA. She has been training dancers for over 35 years. Miss Kelly has a B.A in Dance Management from Baldwin Wallace University and a Masters in Art Administration from Akron University. Kelly and is a member of the National Dance Association, the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association, and the National Dance Education Organization.
She serves the community through involvement with Leadership Medina County and by serving on the board of directors for Main Street Medina and the Medina Arts Council. Miss Kelly is also the Dance Moderator for Padua Franciscan High School and an Adjunct Professor at Baldwin Wallace University.
Kelly and her husband Scott of 29 years have 3 adult daughters, and they are all active in dance and theatre arts.
“I truly believe it is a privilege to share dance education with each of my students. I love watching them grow, achieve their goals, and succeed in school, community, and DANCE! “
Mary and her husband, Kevin have loved living in Medina for over thirty-five years. They are proud of their three adult daughters and four perfectly wonderful grandchildren. Mary studied dance as a Ford Foundation Scholar under Alex Martin and performed with the Cleveland Ballet Guild and Oakland Ballet. She has taught for more than twenty -five years in Northeast Ohio at various studios, the last fifteen at MCDA teaching ballet technique, pointe, and most recently coaching dancers for the Youth American Grand Prix Competition. She appreciates the high quality of dancing balanced with the fun atmosphere at MCDA!
Chelsea Spence has been teaching at MCDA since 2015. She is trained in and enjoys teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern. Chelsea graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Business. During her time there, she performed in faculty performances and choreographed for student performances, as well as taking her choreography to the American College Dance Festival. After college, she interned with Ad Deum Dance Company and taught at multiple studios in Houston, TX, before relocating to Ohio. Chelsea enjoys getting to learn and create with all ages of dancers here at MCDA, and getting to watch them discover confidence and a love for the art of dance.
Jennifer Hilvert has been a dance instructor at the Medina Center for Dance Art for the past five years. She began dancing at a young age and has been a dance instructor for 33 years. Jennifer was studio trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and tumbling, supplemented with training from numerous programs and conventions. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education, Recreation, Fitness and Dance from Northern Kentucky University. At NKU, Jennifer was a member and choreographer for the university Theater Dance Troupe.
For several years, Jennifer danced with a professional company, “The Dance Connection,” performing at concerts and special events. As a faculty member of “The Energy Source,” directed by Jayson Michaels, she traveled to many dance studios throughout the Midwest as a guest teacher and choreographer and judged for a national dance competition. Jennifer was the choreographer and co-director for musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Annie, and Crazy for You.
Jennifer has worked with numerous college and high school dance teams and was the Head Dance Coach and Choreographer for the Northern Kentucky University Norse Dance Team for 19 years. Her choreography has won awards for creativity and most entertaining. She has a unique style and technique that showcases her versatility, and she loves to share her gift with children and adults through dance.
Courtney has been dancing since the age of 3. Growing up she studied under Dee Hillier, Jennifer Naso Marinis, Kathie Nejman, and Dana Soroczak and has trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, pointe, character jazz, lyrical and pom. She has taken dance classes from Broadway Dance Center in NYC. She attended Brunswick High School and performed with their dance team all four years. She then graduated from Kent State University in May 2019 with a B.A. in Applied Communication. While at Kent State, she was a member of the Kent State University Dance Team and competed at the National Dance Alliance in Daytona Beach, Florida. Her junior year, the team made Kent State history by making it to finals for the first time! Courtney currently dances for the Cleveland Indians Strikers and trains with the Cleveland Dance Project. She attends as many masterclasses around the area as she can and she is excited to share her passion for dance with her students.
Diana has studied dance since the age of three and has over 40 years of teaching experience. Diana was a dance studio owner for over 25 years. She is currently on the board of directors for the Ohio Chapter of Dance Masters of America and manages their yearly scholarship competition.
Diana has choreographed countless recitals and competitive routines. She choreographed the tap numbers in “Singin’ in The Rain” for the Strongsville Middle School. She is currently the Tap Choreographer for the Cleveland Dance Project Season 6.5. In addition, Diana has judged various dance competitions and auditions.
Diana is certified to teach Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Acrobatics from Dance Masters of America. She continues her training each summer by taking Master Classes. In the past, she has taken master classes with such notables as Sandman Sims and Savion Glover for Tap, Stepp Stewart, Steven Boyd, Bob Rizzo for Jazz, and Rennie Davis for Hip-Hop. Diana has a BA degree from Cleveland State University and performed in college showcases.
Diana’s desire is to keep Tap relevant and fun.
Connie is the Program Director & a Dance Educator at MCDA. She has been teaching dance for over 20 years and this is her first year with MCDA. Connie teaches Broadway, Tap, early childhood dance, as well as other styles. She has been singing and dancing for over 30 years, beginning with her training at the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts and continuing at Baldwin-Wallace University where she earned her B.A. in Dance in 2003. She is a teaching artist for dance outreach programs that serve underprivileged children in Cleveland and is both a choreographer and actor in local community theatres. She lives in Brunswick, LOVES her cats and dogs, and enjoys gardening with her kids!
Rebecca has a passion for dance and teaching children. She has been teaching dance in NorthEast Ohio for over 10 years, and has danced since she was 5 years old. Growing up she studied under Brenda and Christopher Stygar, Kimberly Lawver, Andrew Carroll, Cydney Spohn, Christina Foisie, Mary Ann Black, Tom Smith and more. She has trained in ballet, pointe, modern, and jazz. Rebecca has her Bachelor’s of Art degree in Dance from the University of Akron. Here she got the opportunity to take master classes from multiple companies, and perform in a number of shows. She has performed in many Nutcrackers as various roles, and other ballets such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Rebecca lives in Medina, Ohio with her husband and 3 children, and is excited to teach at MCDA.
Kaylyn has been dancing since the age of 4. Growing up she studied under Tammy Manning, Julie Novak, Traci Church, Krista Juderjan and Emily Westfall. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, pointe, lyrical and pom. Kaylyn graduated from Kent State University in December of 2019 with a B.A. in Science of Education and a Minor in Mild to Moderate Special Education. While at Kent State, she was a member of their dance team all four years and competed at the National Dance Alliance in Daytona Beach, Florida. Her junior year, the team made Kent State history by making it to finals for the first time. She currently dances and trains with the Cleveland Dance Project. She is so excited to be a part of the MCDA family and share her love and passion for dance with her students.
Missy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Akron. At the U of A, Missy performed with the Touring Ensemble, Choreographer’s Workshop and Repertory Dance Company. She has choreographed for Our Lady of the Elms Show Choir, Cuyahoga Falls MM’s, Kent HS production of Oliver and Stow HS production of Beauty and the Beast. In 2001 she opened Marquette School of Dance(Grace in Motion) in Stow where she was the owner and director for 21 years. She furthered her education in New York City by attending classes at the Broadway Dance Center and taking part in Broadway Master Class workshops with cast members from Aladdin, Lion King and Wicked. She has attended numerous conventions and has been a member of Rhee Gold’s International Dance Entrepreneurs Association. Endorsing and aligning with their code of ethics of quality dance education with maintaining age appropriateness, high standards and integrity in business customer service and classroom management. She also has been blessed to attend Gold’s DanceLife Teacher Conference and Business Owner’s Retreat. She currently is a teaching artist with Art Sparks. She loves her little family, our doodle pup, her faith and all things farmhouse mixed in with some Cleveland sports, writing and journaling and of course spending time at the beach! She is excited to be a part of the MCDA team as the Director of First Response.
Alex has grown up dancing at MCDA since a young age and has had her heart set on being a teacher for years. With a focus on Ballet and Pointe, she has also taken Jazz, Modern, Tap, and Hip Hop classes. She had the pleasure of studying under Kelly Parks, Mary Quigley, Rebecca Schoenbaechler, Chelsea Spence, and more. During her years as a student assistant and teacher apprentice at MCDA, she has helped with numerous early childhood classes and Ballet classes.
At Buckeye High School, she led a nonprofit, the Buckeye Blanket Buddies, whose mission was to help provide necessities for underprivileged children in the community. Alex was also on the Buckeye High School dance team for two years led by Tammy Manning. She is currently in pursuit of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance at the University of Akron and is learning from Julie Schullo, Alec Lytton, Colleen Barnes, and more. She has taken several masterclasses from Laura Alonso, the Gibney Company, Alexandra Barbier, BRKFST Dance Company, The Era Footwork Collective, and slowdanger. She has also danced in the University of Akron’s Nutcracker as well as the University of Akron Dance Company’s performance “Connect”. Alex is dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming environment where kids can learn and express themselves in a fun and understandable way. She enjoys teaching the technique, terminology, and performance quality that comes with dance.
Meet Gina, our dynamic Office Coordinator at Medina Centre for Dance Art (MCDA). With a diverse background encompassing a professional experience as a Singer-Songwriter, Secretarial/Administrative Assistant, and Photographer, Gina seamlessly blends artistic passion with administrative expertise. Her vibrant personality and warm approach guarantee a smooth and enjoyable experience for our dancers and the wider community. Beyond her dedication to MCDA, Gina finds joy in her family, thrifting, traveling, and all things creative. She is excited to be a member of our administrative team, contributing to the elevation of the world of dance!
Miranda began her dance training at age 5 before she began her competitive dance training at age 7. Throughout her dancing career, she has performed for various community events, traveled to perform at the Orange Bowl halftime show, and has competed at regional, national, and world championships. In high school, Miranda was a member of the Medina High School Beeliners where she also was an assistant dance teacher at her studio. After graduating, Miranda went on to become a full dance teacher and hasn’t stopped since! Miranda teaches Jazz, Acro, Hip Hop, and other various styles. She continues her training with master dance teacher classes and has even discovered a love for Musical Theatre. After moving with her family and teaching dance for a few years in Columbus, she is thrilled to be back in NE Ohio. When not at the studio or theater, Miranda can be found with her husband and son either snuggling their cats at home in Westfield Center or at Walt Disney World!
Leslie is a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University where she received her B.A. in Arts Management & Entrepreneurship with a minor in Dance. While she was at BW, Leslie was on the exec board for the hip hop dance group and choreographed the performances for the team. She has choreographed 9 musicals for her high school and community theatre productions, and has aided in the choreography for the BW spring dance concert for the past two years.
This past summer, Leslie was able to continue her hip hop training as an intern with 10K Movement, where she got to teach hip hop fundamentals to elementary school aged students!
Leslie is excited to meet all her students this year and be a part of the MCDA family!
Melissa and her husband have lived in Medina with their two wonderful children since 2014. Melissa danced through childhood and studied dance briefly at Ohio State University. After having spent many years as a full-time Mom, she is happy to have the opportunity to serve the students and families of MCDA in her role at the studio. In her free time, Melissa enjoys reading, hiking, live music, and serving the community as co-founder of a local non-profit.
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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.
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.