On this page you will be able to get all the answers to your questions about our performing arts school in Melbourne. For more information, don't hesitate to call us on (03) 9397 7639.
HOW CAN I ENROL MY CHILD?
Simply contact our office on (03) 9397 7639 or complete an enquiry form and one of our staff will happily assist you. As soon as we have determined an appropriate program for your child, enrolment forms will be sent to you for completion. Your child will then be booked into a complimentary trial lesson at which point no payment is required. Once your child has confirmed their selected program, all enrolment forms must be returned along with a $50 deposit. This is not an additional fee, but rather a holding deposit for your child. This amount is then deducted from your term fee and reflected on your invoice.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE YELLOW, GREEN & BLUE PROGRAMS?
These colours represent a unique combination. Below are the details for each combination to help you understand what is styles are involved in each program.
Yellow Program: This program allows students to have the freedom to partake in one or more classes on offer for their applicable level. One or more Yellow Program classes can also be combined with the Blue or Green programs. Exciting options include Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet and Technique classes.
Green Program: Students are required to participate in ALL the classes within this program. Program includes Jazz, Hip Hop or Acrobatics, Musical Theatre and Progressions (Technique).
Blue Program: Students are required to participate in ALL the classes within this program. Program includes Ballet, Pointe (where applicable), Progressing Ballet Technique, Progressions, and also Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop or Acrobatics.
IS MDX JUST A DANCE SCHOOL?
No, MDX is not just a dance studio or dance school. MDX is a highly specialised performing arts school. MDX offers professional tuition in singing, dancing and acting/musical theatre. To find out more about our classes, contact MDX and one of our representatives will help you.
WHAT TYPE OF BALLET SYLLABUS DOES MDX TEACH?
The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet. Based on the Russian (Vaganova) Method of Classical Ballet.
CAN I WATCH MY CHILD'S CLASS?
To maintain student focus, parents and friends of MDX students are not permitted in classes throughout the term. However, MDX conducts Open Week in the final week of Terms 1 and 2 where family and friends of MDX are invited to view all classes.
HOW IS THE PERFORMANCE OF MY CHILD ASSESSED?
MDX has developed a unique syllabus for the performing arts that outlines what is essential for all students to learn during their time at MDX. The syllabus provides a technical, theoretical and social set of standards at every level that students work towards. The students are assessed on their progress and this is then reflected in a report to parents at the end of Terms 2 and 4. Additionally, external examinations take place on an annual basis for students studying the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (ACB) syllabus.
WHAT ANNUAL PERFORMANCES WILL MY CHILD PARTICIPATE IN?
The dance and musical theatre students of MDX work towards two performances each year. Firstly the MDX Junior Stage Show/Dance Challenge, that is generally held in June, followed by our Grand Annual Production in November. All MDX singing students have the opportunity to individually perform at the MDX Vocal Soiree in May, and the Voice Recital held in November every year.
WHAT COSTS SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN PARTICIPATING IN EACH PERFORMANCE?
MDX Junior Stage and Dance Challenge:
A participation fee of $50 per student is required. This fee is allocated to the cost of hiring the theatre, professional staff and props required to run the performance.
MDX End of Year Production: A production levy of $100 per student is required. Once again, this fee helps contribute to the overall cost of the production including theatre hire, audio/lighting and visual equipment, professional staff and props used throughout the performances. Students will require the purchase of costumes for this performance. These are sourced and supplied to students by MDX with no further sewing or sequining required by students or parents. As an estimate, students will require one costume per dance style being taught and each costume can cost between $50.00 - $90.00. All costumes become property of the student once paid for in full.
DO PARENTS HELP BACKSTAGE OR WATCH THE SHOW?
No. MDX employs professional carers, dressers, teachers and backstage crew to run the operations of our productions. All staff employed hold a Working With Children Check.
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the MDX office in Melbourne on (03) 9397 7639.
DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO WEAR A UNIFORM TO CLASS?
All students train in MDX uniform attire. MDX has a range of affordable MDX apparel for all students to select from including; T-Shirts, Singlets, Sports Crops, Shorts, Leggings, Jumpers and Sweatpants. Students are required to wear the MDX uniform to ALL classes and to and from all performances.
Furthermore, students are to wear tight fitted clothing to all classes (except Hip Hop, where loose fitting clothing is permitted). Track-pants, jean-wear or non-stretch pants are not permitted. Jewellery is not permitted in class (watches, bracelets, rings, etc).
Hair is to be worn up and back off the face at all times unless indicated otherwise. All students must have the correct footwear for all classes.
Ballet students: Students ballet attire must include the correct colour leotard (refer to specifications) and pink ballet tights. Warm up pullies are permitted but must be removed once instructed/warm. Jewellery is not permitted in class (watches, bracelets, rings, etc). Hair to be worn in a neat, tight bun at all times. Failure to meet these requirements may result in the student not being permitted into class.
WHAT IF MY CHILD MISSES A DANCE CLASS?
All students are entitled to makeup lessons for any dance classes they miss due to illness, school events, family and/or public holidays. Makeup lessons can be done in any dance classes in the students respective level and all makeup classes must be completed by the end of each term.