Macrina Academy of Dance (MAD) was born in 2020 from the heart of Annemarie Macrina, the Owner and Artistic Director of MAD. She created MAD to provide a welcoming environment for children through the art of dance. At MAD, we believe that hard work and perseverance should be taught in a fun and nurturing atmosphere. We combine leading dance programs with a place of caring for the well being and growth of each child. Our goal is to teach kindness, courage, respect, and determination both on and off the stage. These values are the foundation on which MAD was created. Join us and become part of the MAD family!Stay hungry. Be humble. Get MAD!

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We are so incredibly proud of these dancers for going above and beyond with their hard work and dedication. Winning the ADCC Studio of Excellence Award was an honor. Without the continued support from teachers, families, and friends, this would not have been possible.

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MAD Class Descriptions

*Classes missed due to illness, weather and holidays may be made up in a comparable class

I Can Dance - Ages 3-5

This class is for our little movers that are ready to get up and DANCE! In this class they will be introduced to all genres of dance: ballet, jazz, hip hop and tap as well as learn how to move creatively.
They will do one dance in the recital.
● Girls - Any color leotard/tutu or skirt/tights/pink ballet slippers/white tap shoes
● Boys - Comfortable shorts or pants/fitted shirt (nothing too baggy) black ballet shoes (or jazz shoes) black tap shoes

Tiny Tumblers - Ages 4-5

For your little ones that are on the move and ready to TUMBLE!! This class is a basic tumbling class that will teach the proper way to do rolls, bridges, handstands and more! We will stretch and learn leaps and jumps. They will perform one dance at the end of the year recital.Attire:
● Girls - Any color leotard/shorts/capris/leggings/no shoes or tights
● Boys - shorts/pants/fitted shirt/no shoes

HIP HOP Tumblers - Ages 5-7

For all those kiddos that love hip hop and want to learn how to tumble, this is the class for you! This class is a beginner hip hop class mixed with the basics of tumbling. We will put it altogether in a dance for the end of the year recital.Attire:
● Girls- leotards/shorts/capris/leggings/no shoes or tights
● Boys-shorts/pants/fitted shirt/no shoes

Tumbling - Student(s) will be placed in a class based on level and age.

Students will learn basic tumbling skills that include cartwheels, bridges, and walkovers. They will stretch, learn flexibility and demonstrate proper technique when performing a tumbling skill. Students will work on skills according to their own individual level. They will perform one dance at the end of the year recital.Attire:
● Girls - Leotard/shorts/capris/leggings/no shoes or tights
● Boys - shorts/pants/fitted shirt/no shoes

Ballet/Jazz - Child will enroll based on age.

This class is for anyone that wants to learn both styles, ballet and jazz. This is a great class for anyone who is thinking about doing more classes in the future with competitive dance, or if the student just wants to learn both styles. If the student is looking to improve technique, we recommend taking this class along with a ballet technique class. They will perform two dances at the end of the year recital, one in each style.Attire:
● Girls - Leotard/tights/ballet skirt/shorts for jazz or leggings/ballet shoes/tan jazz booties
● Boys - Shorts/ Pants/ Comfortable but not too baggy shirt

Hip Hop - Student(s) will be placed in a class based on their age.

Students will learn rhythm, coordination and musicality while learning various styles of hip hop.Attire:
● Girls - leggings/capris/sweatpants/shorts only if wearing tights/ comfortable shirt, nothing too baggy. Black Dance Sneaker, No street shoes.
● Boys - comfortable clothing/Black Dance Sneaker, No street shoes


Calling all B-Boys and B-Girls...this athletic style of street dance will introduce you to some unique moves. You will gain strength and confidence while having fun. They will perform one dance at the end of the year recital.Attire:
● Boys and Girls - Comfortable Clothing/Shoes can be street shoes but please do not wear them right from the outside. Whatever pair you want to wear in class, bring them with you.


A technical dance form demanding grace and precision. Ballet will instill balance, control and flexibility. There are various levels of technique within this style. This is a technique class only. There are no dances performed at the end of the year recital.
*The director will place the student in the correct level
● Girls - ballet pink tights/black leotard/ hair in a bun
● Young Men - black shorts or black fitted pants/ white V-Neck or Black fitted shirt (sleeveless or regular)

Jazz Tech and Stretch

A dance style where the students will learn technique, flexibility, strength and coordination along with tricks and turns. This is a high energy class where students will have fun and learn different combinations. There can be various levels within this style of dance.Attire:
● Girls - suntan leggings and dance shorts or black leggings/leotard any color (NO TANK TOPS) tan jazz bootie
● Young Men - Black Shorts/ Black Jazz Pants/ Comfortable but not too baggy shirt

Strength And Conditioning

This class is a highly aerobic, cardio based class that will strengthen and condition any dancer or athlete. We will concentrate on toning and getting stronger while incorporating dance. This is a mandatory class for anyone who is on the MAD Flyers.Attire: Same as jazz tech and stretch


Find your connection to your center and the floor in a somatic approach to modern technique. Modern will also help you build improvisational and compositional skills you can apply to any technique class. There are various levels within this style.Attire:
● Girls - Leotard/ Leggings/Capris/Jazz Pants/ No Shoes
● Young Men - Black Shorts/ Black Jazz Pants/ Comfortable but not too baggy shirt


Students will learn rhythm and musicality while tapping to different styles of music. Type of Tap Shoe to be determined by the teacher after classes begin. This will depend on the level of the students in the class.Attire:
● Girls - Leotard/Capris/Leggings
● Boys - Comfortable clothes

Elements of Improv. and Composition:

Ages 13+ for the Advanced Dancer, who may be thinking about dance as a career.
In this class the students will be introduced to different methods to build their improv and compositional skills. We will use different prompts, props, and prose to inspire movement. Students will be challenged to step outside their comfort zones and explore the infinite ways their bodies can move. This is not a performing class.
● Girls and Young Men - Comfortable dance clothing/ dance shoes up to the discretion of the teacher.

About the Studio

We are located in Audubon, Pa. Our new home has 2,776 square feet to welcome all of our new dancers and families! It will have two studios, Black and Gold, with the option of creating a third studio space. The dance studios will have a Stage Step flooring system with Marley overlay. Stay tuned for updated studio pictures!

Studio Rules

  • Be Respectful!

  • No gum, food, or drinks other than water permitted in the dance studios.

  • No cell phones allowed in class. Please keep them in your bags or in a safe place while you are in class.

  • Please keep your items in one location, for example in a locker.

  • If you are not in class, do not sit with your belongings spread out where others can trip over it or get hurt.

  • No running, yelling, or hanging on items (ballet barres) in or out of the classrooms.

  • Only dance shoes are to be worn in the classrooms.

  • Please label all your dancer’s belongings for class so nothing gets lost. Ballet shoes, jazz shoes, etc…

  • No student(s) will be permitted in the dance studio until your teacher calls you in and is ready for class.

  • If a dance studio is empty, please DO NOT allow your child to go in and run around to play. This is distracting to other classes and teachers.

  • No walking around the halls and bathrooms with bare feet. Please put on your shoes if you need to go to the bathroom.

MAD Company and Teams!

If you are interested in any of our advanced companies or teams, please email [email protected] to set up an evaluation.

MAD Company

The most advanced level
Experience: 3 to 5 years of advanced dance training
Performance: End of the year recital, mall performance, and community events ie. parades, fundraisers, ext.Competition: 3 competitionsClasses:

  • Tuesday night weekly company classes

  • 1 hour Jazz technique and stretch class

  • 1 Ballet Technique Class (student will be placed by faculty)

  • Company class will include rehearsal for a large group or production which will include all dancers

MAD Flyers

Tumbling and Acrobatic Company/Intermediate/Advanced LevelExperience: 3 years of tumbling/gymnastics experience/3 years of technical dance trainingPerformance: End of year recital and mall performance
Competition: 3 competitions

  • 1.5 hour Monday night MAD Flyer class

  • Strength and conditioning class

  • 1 Ballet Technique Class (student will be placed by faculty)

MAD Teams

All Levels: beginner to intermediateCompetition: 1 competitionClasses:

  • 1 Ballet Technique

  • 1 Jazz Technique

  • 1 Team class

  • Hip Hop team class (optional)

Classes take place throughout the week depending on level. Email [email protected] for details on how to audition.

Our MAD Teachers

Annemarie Macrina

Annemarie Macrina is the Founder, Owner, and Artistic Director of Macrina’s Academy of Dance. Annemarie brings a lifetime of passion for dance to Macrina’s Academy of Dance. Since the age of 3 Annemarie has expressed herself through dance by studying a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern and acrobatics. She has performed on countless stages in the Pennsylvania area including The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Philadelphia Civic Ballet Company, and has performed in several roles in the Nutcracker including one with the Donetsk Ballet. She has also entertained audiences on a Carnival Cruise, Disney World and in Rome, Italy.After graduating with honors from Beaver College (Arcadia University) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Annemarie taught in the Perkiomen Valley, Methacton, and Springford School Districts, while continuing to cultivate her love of dance. In 1995 when she shifted her focus from dance student to dance teacher, she unleashed her passion for choreography. Over the years she has taught at several local studios including The Conservatory of Music and Dance (Eagleville, PA), Shannon Carney Dance Academy (Silverdale, Pa), and Morton’s Dance Center (Landisville, Pa). Her teaching credits range from ballet, jazz and contemporary to hip hop, musical theater, tumbling and tap and has taught ages 3 through adult. She has choreographed for countless recitals and competition teams, including grand line productions. Her work has been recognized by judges with coveted entertainment awards at regional and national competitions.Annemarie is a devoted wife of 20 years and a loving mother of 4 children who are each growing up on the stage and finding their own passion for dance. Just as she has done with her own children, Annemarie has the unique ability to meet each and every dancer at their level and work with them to identify and achieve their full potential. She understands that dance is much more than stage performances; the culture of dance shapes individuals into confident young adults and competent leaders.
Annemarie would like to thank her family, especially her husband and children for all their help and support on this journey. Also to her friends that have been there to support her and make her dreams come true.

Jessica Afflerbach

Jessica Afflerbach is a dance educator, performer, choreographer and graduate of Muhlenberg College. She grew up, and is currently based in, the greater Philadelphia area where she teaches with Koresh Kids Dance. While in college she had the opportunity to work with, and perform works choreographed by, Trinette Singleton, Tiffany Mills, Heidi Cruz-Austin, and Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner. She is also currently a dancer with Ann Corrao and Co. She was trained to teach, and has worked under the direction of Teresa VanDenend Sorge and Megan Flynn using the Anne Green Gilbert Creative Dance Curriculum. She taught at the Muhlenberg Community Dance Center during her four years of college developing a somatic approach to teaching ballet technique.

Brittani Bacchi

Brittani Bacchi is an educator and dancer. She began dancing at the age of four, trained in ballet, jazz, modern, and tap, and danced competitively in middle and high school. Brittani received her Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education from Drexel University with a minor in Dance, and she later received a Masters in Education from West Chester University. During her time at Drexel, she was a member of the Drexel Dance Ensemble and performed in both professional and student-choreographed pieces. Some choreographers Brittani has worked with include Olive Prince, Jennifer Morley, Manfred Fischbeck, and Meredith Rainey. She also performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival with the company PhysiKal Bodies in 2015. After graduating from Drexel, she intermittently taught dance classes, most often ballet, for the Conservatory of Music and Dance. Brittani is currently a middle school ELA and Reading teacher in the North Penn School District.

Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown is a dancer, educator and choreographer. She began her training at the age of 5 in Collegeville, PA, studying numerous styles including ballet, jazz and modern. While training at her home studio, she had the opportunity to travel to many competitions, classes, and summer intensives from New York City to Los Angeles. She furthered her dance and highschool education by attending The Center for Performing and Fine Arts (CPFA) in West Chester, PA. Graduating from the University of the Arts in 2021, Taylor received a BFA in Dance under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. While in college, she had the pleasure of training and performing works by Sidra Bell, Wayne David, and Gary Jeter. Taylor was a member of the Klassic Contemporary Ballet Company (KCBC) from 2020 to 2023, dancing in Philadelphia’s annual Fringe Festival, and currently is a substitute teacher at her high school alma mater in her spare time.Taylor started her teaching journey at the age of 13 as an assistant teacher and is now sharing her passion and love for dance throughout studios in Delaware and Montgomery County. She is a firm believer in the value of dance outside the studio and what it can do for a child in their day to day life. Taylor’s approach to teaching is to instill confidence and grow the artist inside each of her students. She strives to be the role model that she once had through her dance teachers.

Courtney Byrne-Liacouras

Courtney Byrne-Liacouras is excited to be teaching at Macrina Academy of Dance (MAD). Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in dance from West Chester University, and a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Salus University. While dancing with the West Chester University Dance Company, she had the opportunity to choreograph duets and large group pieces as well as serve on the officer board. Courtney’s senior year at West Chester, she was the President of the University Dance Company. She has danced with the company Aesthetic Precision in Philadelphia, PA. Courtney has continued to dance with the West Chester University Alumni Dance Chapter since 2017. Courtney teaches lyrical, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop and modern. When she is not dancing, she spends her time with her family and friends and working as a pediatric speech language pathologist.

Thank you,
Miss Annemarie and The MAD Staff
Please email [email protected] for questions or concerns.

To gain more information or to audition for Macrina Academy of Dance Advanced Programs please Email [email protected]

Tuition and Payment Policies

  • Yearly registration fee of $25.00 per student/$35.00 per family.

  • Our dance calendar goes from September to June. Tuition is based on the dance year and not on the amount of classes per month.

  • Classes meet once per week

  • Tuition will be automatically billed the 1st of every month to the credit card you have on file, unless you have chosen to set up a different method of payment.

  • There will be a $10 late fee for tuition that is late or not paid so please be sure your accounts are current. Thank you for your attention on this.

  • If the student needs to withdraw from a class, this must be done in writing and turned in at the office.

  • If a student needs to drop class due to an injury, etc... you must notify Miss Annemarie in writing. Please email [email protected].

Refund Policies: Registration fees are non refundable. Costume orders cannot be canceled and are non refundable. Missed classes due to illness or inclement weather will not be prorated. Make ups are strongly encouraged. Declined/Returned Payment is $35.

Costume/Recital Fee Policy

Due November 15th- There is a $25 recital fee due per childDue November 15th-Costume fee $70 children’s sizes (I Can Dance, Ballet/Jazz, Hip Hop Tumblr, etc.)Costume fee-$80 adult sizes.

Tuition Rates 2023-2024 Dance Year

All classes, including team and company will follow these rates.
For each additional class that your dancer is signed up for they will receive a discounted rate (per dancer or per family)

# of ClassesMonthly Tuition
1 class$70
2 classes$135
3 classes$195
4 classes$250
5 classes$300
6 classes$360
7 or more classes$420

Important change to payments for the upcoming dance season
Tuition can be paid by Check, Cash, or Credit Card, however if you wish to have your payment processed via credit card (Visa, Master Card through portal) a 3% fee will be added. Everyone’s credit card will remain on file. If you wish to pay your monthly fees via check or cash, I will need you to contact me prior to the first month (September) to set that up. If you choose to have your payments processed through credit, please check your account information on the portal and make sure everything is up to date.If you wish to pay your tuition in full, you will receive a 10% discount.
Thank you for your help with these changes.
Tuition payments will continue to be processed through your online portal. However, we will be using checks for all other payments such as costume payments, competition, recital fees, etc. Please be sure to follow due dates for payments to avoid any late fees. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Drop In's

We will offer drop in cards for weekly classes. Class cards will be cash or check only. You will need to sign up for each class by noon the day of the class. Email Miss Annemarie at [email protected].Single class: $20 each
5 class card: $95 each
10 class card: $190 each

Summer Classes 2024