Artistic Dance Exchange Weekend


  • Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America

  • 3800 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425


A free tap Master Class with Elliot Bradley takes place from 6:00-8:00 pm. The workshop is open to all participants. Join if you would like!


  • Check-in: On Saturday morning please check in with Jen for your convention wristband. Each dancer must wear the wristband throughout the weekend.

  • Please arrive between 7:00 am – 7:15 am. The Opening Session begins at 7:30 am.

  • All MDA dancers will be placed into either the Junior Room (8-11 years) or Teen/Senior Room (12+). Based upon age and ability, some 12+ dancers may be placed into the Junior room. MDA believes the convention experience should be positive and fun while still providing quality learning and instruction. Based upon our professional opinions and experience, some 12+ students may not yet be ready for the pace and difficulty of a convention Senior room. Therefore some 12+ students may be assigned to the Junior room rather than the Senior room.

  • Saturday classes for both the Junior and Senior rooms run from 7:45 am to 1:45 pm.

  • Lunch break will be 11:45-12:30 pm. Please pack a lunch for your student.


  • Please arrive between 7:00 am – 7:15 am and head directly to your ballroom (i.e. Junior or Senior room). The first class begins promptly at 7:30 am.

  • Sunday classes run 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. The dancers will again have a 45 minute lunch break and 2 separate 15 minute breaks.

  • 4:00 pm the Closing Show and Stage Workshop takes place. All MDA dancers should attend the Closing Show. In addition to the performances, awards/scholarships from the weekend will be handed out.

  • 4:30 pm: End of convention. Head home and get some rest!


This piece will be the opening number of the Closing Show and will be choreographed by Miles Keeney. For those participating in the Stage Workshop, here is the rehearsal

Rehearsal Time:

  • Saturday January 1/26 from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Sunday January 1/27 Tech Rehearsal from 7:15 am -7:25 am

Stage Workshop Costume Guidelines:

  •  Black and Red clothing. For Example: black sweatshirt with red top underneath

If you are still interested in participating in the Stage Workshop, you can still register onsite. Registration for The Stage Workshop closes Saturday at 12:30 pm. Please register and pay at the registration desk. Space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.


The MDA Senior Company will be competing their small group routine, Hallelujah, on Saturday night. Come watch and cheer them on if you would like. The competition begins at 5:30 pm. A more specific time will be available later this week.

If you have any questions, please let us know.