Teen / Adult Beginning Contemporary (ages 13 and up)

Starting DateSeptember 9, 2018

Ending DateMay 19, 2019


Ticket Prices$168 / semester

Time 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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Event Description

Instructor Mackenzie Lewis

This class will infuse methods of ballet, jazz, and modern, creating a fluid style of movement that encourages self-expression. This class will introduce students with a prior dance background to an intermediate/advanced warm-up, a series of across the floor combinations, and a culmination of choreography at the end of class. The goal is to develop strong, versatile dancers that can intelligently handle any dance style.

dress requirement: leotards and shorts or fitted dancewear, no shoes required

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Dance Studio

Mackenzie Lewis holds a B.A. in dance from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities along with a dance education minor from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. Lewis has been the Artistic Director of the Phipps Dance Theater for the past seven seasons, and the Artistic Director of the Junior Phipps Dance Company for the past five seasons. Lewis has been teaching technique classes at The Phipps since 2010, as well as choreographing for the Phipps Dance Company and theatrical productions at the center. Lewis teaches and choreographs throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding communities for colleges and universities, high school dance teams, and other dance studios. Lewis enjoys every aspect of dancing, choreographing, teaching and performing, and is so grateful to make her passion her career.

Click here to see our full Dance Program 2018-2019 Schedule.


The Dance Program this year runs 32 weeks. Dance program classes begin September 9, 2018, second semester begins January 20. Ballroom and Latin quarters begin September 9, November 4, January 20, and March 24. We do not have classes November 19 – 25, December 22 – January 4, March 18 – 23, or April 21.

Phipps Dance Policies


  • Classes cancelled because of inclement weather will not be rescheduled.
  • Instructor’s approval needed for placement unless it is a Beginning or Foundations class.
  • It is common to stay in the same level of a class for two or more years. Instructor approval is needed in order to advance to the next level.
  • An instructor may decide to move a student to a more appropriate class.
  • New students are not accepted after November 17, except for Ballroom & Latin.
  • Dancers must be the specified age by September 1, 2018

Registration and Payment

  • Dance fees are billed on a semester rate, except for Ballroom & Latin and Dance Companies, which are billed on a quarterly rate. The full dance year consists of two semesters, and we assume that students will continue second semester unless notified otherwise.
  • All class fees must be paid in advance to attend class. If needed, contact the office to arrange a payment plan.
  • New students are not accepted after November 17, except for Ballroom & Latin.
  • All class and costume fees must be paid in full to participate in the recitals.
  • Dance terms begin on September 9 and January 20. You are responsible for making sure your fees are paid for the next semester before the class begins. We will send billing notices before the fees are due, but you are responsible even if you don’t receive the notice in a timely fashion.
  • A student will only be allowed to attend class if payment has been made.


  • If a student tries a class and does not wish to continue, the student may withdraw by notifying the office within 8 weeks of starting and receive a refund for the remaining weeks. No refunds will be given for classes quit after 8 weeks, except in cases of injury, long-term illness, or extraordinary circumstances.
  • In order to withdraw from a class, you must notify the administrative office, and not just your teacher.

Class Policies

  • No gum, food, or drinks, except water, are permitted in the dance studios.
  • Do not wear street shoes in the dance studios.
  • Remove jewelry and secure hair back, if needed.
  • Turn off your cell phone prior to class.
  • Do not leave valuables in the hallway.
  • Parents may wait outside the classroom but are not permitted in the dance studio during class, unless invited by the instructor.

Costumes / Recitals

  • Recital costumes are ordered in early December. If you do not intend to participate in the recital, you must notify your instructor prior to December 1. If you do not notify the instructor, a costume will be ordered and you are responsible for paying for it.
  • All class and costume fees must be paid in full to participate in the recitals.
  • Preballet/Tap recitals will be May 15.
  • All other recitals will be on May 18 (ages 8-12) and May 19 (teen and adult classes). There is also a mandatory dress rehearsal on May 17.


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