Welcome to the 2019/2020 Academy Dance Season! With so much on the docket this year, we want to ensure that all of our dancers and their families are informed and don’t miss out on any of the FUN! This page includes all important dates, deadlines, and information for our 2019-2020 season, including information about our upcoming Winter Holiday Celebration, Our 25th Anniversary Gala, Spring Recital, dress code and more!

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August 12-24 Free Dance Days
September 2 Labor Day, School Closed
September 7 Open House @ Oro Valley School
October 26 Halloween Recital @ Barnes & Noble
November 26-30 Thanksgiving, School Closed
December 2-7 Parent Observation Days
December 7 Dance Holiday Celebration, 2pm @ Oro Valley School
December 14 Music Ensembles Festival @ U of A Holsclaw Hall
December 23-January 5 Winter Break, School Closed
January 6 First Day of Spring Classes!
February 18-22 Rodeo Break, School Closed
March 2-7 Parent Observation Days
March 13 25th Anniversary Gala, Dress Rehearsal (select dancers performing) @ U of A
March 14 25th Anniversary Gala
March 23-28 Spring Break, School Closed
May 25 Memorial Day, School Closed
May 30 Spring Dance Recital, Dress Rehearsal (all dancers performing) @ U of A
May 31 Spring Dance Recital (all dancers performing) @ U of A
June 27 Last Day of Classes

Holiday Dance Celebration
Join us for our first ever Holiday Dance Celebration on Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 2pm at our Oro Valley location! We will have select dance performances, refreshments, games, and fun for the whole family. Dress up and have a ball with this free event.
25th Anniversary Gala
Help us celebrate 25 wonderful years! We will having a special performance on Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ U of A Crowder Hall, featuring select dance and music performances, faculty performances, and special guest surprises. Save the date! Dancers/classes selected to performing the Gala will be notified individually.
Spring Dance Recital: All Dancers
Please review the following dates before you commit to performing in our special Spring Recital. Dancers are expected to attend the full Tech/Dress Rehearsal in order to perform in the show. Parent Volunteers will be needed for both days so be sure to save the date!
Tech/Dress Rehearsal: May 30, 2020, 9-4pm*
*Exact schedule TBD, please plan to be available for the whole day
Performance: May 31, 2020, 2pm*
*Arrival time for dancers and parent volunteers TBD
Where: University of Arizona, Crowder Hall
Tickets: Available online or at the door. We will let you know when they go on sale! Assigned seating, first come first served.
Costume Fee: $75 child sizes, $85 adult sizes. Includes tights.
Recital Costume $ Due Date: December 15, 2019
Recital Photo Day: May 17, 2020, Oro Valley School, Times TBA
DVDs of the performance will be available for purchase


Classroom Etiquette
Ballet Classes Tight ballet bun
Other styles Ponytail or bun
Do not wear jewelry or hair accessories. No extra clothing other than approved dress code items. Dancers not in dress code may not be able to participate.

Bring a bag for shoes and a water bottle to class. No other food or drink permitted in the dance room. Use the bathroom BEFORE class or between classes. Excessive bathroom and water breaks are disruptive of class time. You are responsible for helping your young child in the bathroom.

Dancers should be respectful during class, raise their hands with questions, and be kind to others. Bodies should be still and quiet when not dancing. NO RUNNING AROUND, swinging on the barres, or horseplay. Dancers should thank their teachers after each lesson.

Level placement: Placement is at the discretion of the instructor and is not solely based upon age. Skill level, classroom behavior, and progression are considered.

Absences: When possible, please notify the Front Desk of any absences. Dancers may make up a missed class on a different day during a similar class with the same length of lesson. Please arrange this with the front desk ahead of time.

Parents: Please ensure your dancer is on time and arrives at least 5 minutes before class time, in proper uniform and ready to go. You may watch class from our lobby TV, and twice a year during Parent Observation Days (see dates).

Dress Code
Visit our Dress Code page for our detailed dress code and to purchase your items online at our discounted rate!

Performing Group
Ages 7+ with instructor permission
Want more opportunities to perform? Miss Hayley’s Performing Group is for you! Dancers must be enrolled in 2 technique classes per week to participate. Ask your instructor for details!
Private Lessons
Looking to take your dancing to the next level this year? Private Lessons are the fastest way to improve technique and build confidence. See the front desk for rates and instructor availability.

Meet Your 2019-2020 Dance Faculty!

Nicole Surran
Dance Program Coordinator, Dance Faculty
Miss Nicole began her dance training at the age of 5 at Tucson Regional Ballet. She has studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary and modern dance. She has attended pre-professional summer workshops at BalletMet, The Rock School, and State Street Ballet on full tuition scholarship. After high school, she danced with Condanza Contemporary Repertory Company for 5 seasons and was their Community Outreach Intern. Miss Nicole is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University and holds a BA in World History and a BS in Sociology. She holds an active AZ Fiduciary License and works full time for Pima County. When she is not dancing, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs. Miss Nicole is entering her 4th school year with Music & Dance Academy. She looks forward to another great year!
Hayley Mellum
Dance Faculty, Performing Group
Hayley Mellum began her dance training at the age of 3 in Tucson, AZ. She has trained at many local schools as well as with State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, CA. She performed with the Tucson Regional Ballet as well as the Breakout Adult Dance Company. In the summer of 2012, she was chosen to be a dance Ambassador with the Long Beach Ballet and went on tour throughout China. Miss Hayley started teaching dance at age 16 and is well rounded in styles like ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and lyrical. Miss Hayley is the director of Performing Group. This is her third year at Music & Dance Academy
Latricia George
Dance Faculty
Latricia George started dancing at 11 years old and hasn’t looked back since! A native of Chicago, she received her most influential training at Russell Talbert Dance Studio studying ballet. Ms. George went on to receive her BFA in Dance at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. While living in Tucson, she has danced with Esperanza Dance Project, and the Barbea Williams Performing Company. Ms. George started teaching at the Russell Talbert Dance Studio and took dance education courses during her time at Marymount. She is happy to be a part of the MADA family for the last 4 years.
Missy Helton
Dance Faculty
Missy Helton has been dancing since the age of 3. She started dancing with Tucson Regional Ballet where she performed in productions of A Southwest Nutcracker. She also studied with Ballet Tucson and performed in Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker. She attended summer programs at Burklyn Ballet in Vermont. Miss Missy loves teaching little ones and has worked as a preschool teacher. This is her second year at the Academy
Angela McGinty
Dance Faculty
Angela McGinty was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She began dancing in high school. In college, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education through Grand Canyon University, while performing with The Movement Source Dance Company. Angela currently teaches dance at Compass High School in East Tucson. She is excited to begin her first season with the Music & Dance Academy!