Season 24: September 2020 to June 2021

Tuition & Policies

  • CLASS TUITION RATES for Season 24 are available to view by clicking here.

    • The year’s tuition is divided into 3 equal semester payments. Tuition includes your weekly in-studio and virtual classes for 30 weeks. The full dance season is celebrated in 3 Semesters: Fall 2020 / Winter 2020 / Spring 2021.  Tuition is due at the start of each new semester.

    • Family discount of $25 per semester for any family with 2 or more children enrolled. 

    • Class volume discounts for any enrolled student studying 3 or more hours per week.

    • Paying for your dance season up front by October 15 will save you money and support our business! Please inquire.

    • Payment plans are available to any family wishing to receive additional support to maintain their child's dance education.

    • If taking class virtually only for an entire semester, a 15% discount will be applied to that semester's tuition. 

  • PRIVATE LESSON RATES as of September 23, 2020: 

    • Single Student Lesson: 1 hour / $300 for a 4-week session​

    • Two-Student Lesson: 1 hour / $150 per student for a 4-week session

    • Three-Student Lesson: 1 hour / $100 per student for a 4-week session

Enrollment & Registration:

All students enrolling in Season 24 at CSDS must complete a registration form. This link is available on the Fall Season info page. Once the registration form has been received, the CSDS staff will review your class selections and confirm your classes via email.  There is a registration fee of $25 per family each season. Families with more than one child enrolled pay only one fee. 

Making Payments:

CSDS accepts payments for all services & goods via Credit Card, Cash, or Check made payable to CSDS. Please note:

  • Checks may be dropped off in the waiting room "mailbox" if nobody is available to take your payment at the desk.

  • Cash & Credit Card payments must be made in person during CSDS office hours.

  • In some cases we may collect payments via Paypal for online enrollment and special CSDS events or sales.

  • If mailing a check, please be sure your payment is in a secure envelope and send to: Center Stage Dance Studio, 179 Green St. Melrose, MA 02176

Recital Costume Purchases

Each student who is enrolled in classes at Center Stage has the opportunity to take part in the end-of-year performance, commonly called a "Recital".  This performance highlights each and every class, level, and student who completes their dance season at CSDS.  Each student participating in the performance purchases a recital costume that is worn on stage for the performance.  Traditionally 1 recital costume is purchased for each class/routine a student is enrolled in. Costume payments are due in November 2020 to allow for early ordering and timely delivery. 

Refund Policy

- Once a semester payment has been made, there are no refunds for dropped or missed classes. With a versatile schedule of classes and the option of taking lessons virtually, we encourage all students who miss a class to take a makeup class. Directors & Teachers will make recommendations for appropriate makeup classes.


- If a student has a serious injury or illness and has to drop multiple classes, a pro-rated credit will be issued to your account. This credit may be used in any future semester or summer session. It may not be used towards costumes fees or any additional choreography/competition fees.


- Costume fees are non-refundable. CSDS purchases your child's recital costumes months in advance. In the case of a dropped class, the student may pickup their costume when it is available in June 2021. 

Dress Code

DOWNLOAD THE SEASON 24 DRESS CODE HERE. Each class and level follows a dress code that highlights the body movement, function, and cultural traditions of the dance style. A full dress code for CSDS students will be released prior to the start of the classes. For Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, and Tap footwear. please visit On Your Toes in Peabody to purchase our preferred brands of shoes! 

Monthly Newsletter/Communication

Important school notifications, announcements, deadlines, and scheduling reminders are shared with families through digital communication.  Please confirm email addresses; especially if you do not hear from us. Always check the Bulletin Boards in lobby and our newsletter page for all updates.


Studio Procedures & Standards


  • Students with multiple classes will have a designated personal area in their classroom to wait between classes. The student lounge is closed.


  • Our faculty strives to attend to the needs of all students through patient, thoughtful instruction.  Constructive corrections made by the teacher are a pillar of dance education and are essential to a dancer’s growth. If a child has a unique learning ability, please bring it to our attention so we can best serve your child's unique needs. 

  • Proper class placement is essential to a dancer’s safety and progress.  Years of previous training at another institution does not determine class placement. In many cases we may recommend a placement class for new dancers. Level placement Is determined by a combination of age, ability, and experience.


  • The CSDS staff is trained and experienced in managing the classroom in positive and effective ways. Repeatedly disruptive students will be asked to observe class at the discretion of the teacher or school directors. If concerns arise, we may request a meeting with student & parent present. 


  •  Respect and Kindness above all else: Our mission is to provide a safe and positive atmosphere for all dancers, families, and participants. We ask that parents help reinforce the standards of kindness towards our entire dance community that we hope to have for ourselves and our own children. Please report any concerns regarding student behavior, safety, or well-being directly to the Directors.

**Please note, with the uncertainty of how Season 24 will play out, we continue re-evaluate all policies as they become relevant. We hope to have the ability to plan a June 2021 recital and celebrate our dance season on stage, in costume. If those plans change, we will communicate any changes in our policy to you right away.