MAC Dance Academy
MAC Dance Academy is a classically taught dance studio that fosters individuality and fun for all dancers.
This low-key, low-cost program provides extraordinary dance instruction in ballet, tap, and jazz, and also touches on contemporary, hip-hop, and gymnastics — all in a safe, fun learning environment.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Masks are required while inside the building. Sanitizer and hand-washing sinks are available on site. Guardians will not be allowed inside the building during class unless absolutely necessary. We ask that all guardians do a self-assessment with your child(ren) at home before coming to dance class: Check for increased temperature, nausea, vomiting, coughing or sore throat. Have you or has anyone in your household been tested for COVID-19, come in contact with anyone who has COVID-19, been exposed to COVID-19, or traveled out of the state recently? Please abide by state rules and regulations. If you are experiencing any symptoms or answer "yes" to any of the aforementioned questions, please do not allow your child to attend MAC Dance.
In the event of a statewide shut down, MAC Dance Academy will close and tuition for any remaining classes will be reimbursed at a prorated amount. If and when it is safe to reopen, at the discretion of the MAC staff, MAC Dance may reopen with an altered schedule or modified programs.
Interested in trying out the Dance Academy, but not sure if your child will enjoy it? The MAC offers a FREE trial on the first day of classes, subject to availability. Come see what it’s all about! Please call (508) 748-1266 to find out more or to schedule a trial class.
About the Instructor
Erin Murphy is a classically taught dancer specializing in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and gymnastics. She has many years of dance experience, she was on the Old Rochester Regional High School Dance Team, and assisted Miss Teah as a dance instructor at the MAC from 2009-2013.
Classes and Schedule | 2021-2022
MAC Dance Academy runs during the school year with two ten-week sessions and a five-week winter session in between.
Cost per 10 class session: $175 MAC members | $195 nonmembers
Cost per 5 class session: $95 for MAC members | $105 for nonmembers
Dancers must wear masks while inside the Marion Art Center.
MAC Dance Academy runs based on the number of enrolled students, and fees are nonrefundable once a session has started. In any case where the MAC or the instructor(s) must cancel some classes or a full session, the MAC will refund the cost of any remaining sessions, minus any discounts or special offers provided for registering for multiple sessions.
Please note: Current MAC membership at the Family level (or above) is required for discounted Dance Academy tuition. If you are uncertain if your membership is current, please call the MAC at (508) 748-1266.
Spring Session 2022 (10 classes): Monday, March 7 - Monday, May 23 (Parent Watch Day TBD)
No Dance on April 18 or May 16
Classes do not meet on Holidays or School Vacation Days
Students will be placed in classes based on approximate age. No previous dance experience is required for any age group.
- Preschool (children ages 3 to 4) 4:00–4:30pm*
- Beginner (ages 5 to 7) 4:30–5:00pm*
- Intermediate (ages 8 to 10) 5:00-5:30pm*
- Stay tuned - Preteen (up to age 12) 5:30-6:00pm*
*Classes, age groups, and schedule subject to change or cancellation based on enrollment.
Preschool dance class is designed as an introduction to ballet, tap, and basic mat work, with a heavy focus on movement and music. It is very free form, and some children will follow along and participate while others will play and dance around on their own and that is OKAY. This class is supposed to be EXPLORATORY and FUN. Leotard, tights, ballet slippers, and tap shoes are required.
Beginner dance classes are designed for children ready to explore ballet, tap, and basic tumbling skills. There will be weekly lessons in classical dance instruction, but still lots of fun games and activities each week. Leotard, tights, ballet slippers and tap shoes are required.
Intermediate dance class has been designed for the student ready to focus their skills on ballet and tap with some exploratory lessons some weeks in jazz and tumbling. Leotard, convertible tights, ballet slippers and tap shoes are required.
Pre-teen (coming in Spring 2022) dance class has been designed for students ages approximately 10-12 years old looking for a fun and laid back approach to dance. There is no prior dance experience needed for this class, but it is also a nice progression of you have previously taken classes through MAC Dance Academy. We will be spending our time focusing on ballet, tap, and jazz, but may also spend time exploring contemporary, hip hop and other mediums of dance. Leotard, convertible tights, ballet slippers and tap shoes are required.
Girls: plain, long-sleeved, black leotards , pink tights, pink ballet slippers, and black tap shoes. A ballet skirt is optional. Hair should always be pulled back.
Boys: black pants, black tee shirt, and black ballet slippers and tap shoes.
Most tap shoes now come with elastic straps. Please purchase these if possible. Otherwise, please replace the ribbon with black elastic to make it easier for students to change from ballet to tap shoes; Lisa at Body and Sole Dance Supply [link] (331 State Road, N. Dartmouth) has a list of everything needed for MAC dancers.
Any school cancellations in the ORR school district will also cancel dance class. If Miss Teah is unable to make a class there will be a substitute or class will be cancelled via email.
Classes Meet on Mondays
1/17 No Dance
(NO Parent Watch Day)
4/18 No Dance
5/16 No Dance
(Parent Watch Day TBD)