For Parents

Welcome to the Buffalo Dance Center family!  All communication and newsletters are sent via email; please keep a current address on file with us. News will also be available on our online parent portal.  It is extremely important that you read each update as they contain information regarding important dates, studio news, recital information, etc. so we can stay connected.

Calendar Year

The school year will consist of 35 weeks of classes held over a 10 month period, September – June. The studio will be closed for some holidays and school vacations – please see our studio calendar.

Snow Cancellations will be emailed to families and posted on our studio Facebook page.  We will also notify the local television and radio affiliates. No credit will be given for snow cancellations however students are welcome to take make-up classes with similar classes offered at additional times.

Workshops for adult dance/ fitness and some children’s classes will be offered throughout the year in 6-week sessions.  Please see our workshop schedule on our website ( for more information. Summer Dance Camps and workshops are available in July and August.

We reserve the right to cancel any scheduled classes that do not meet minimum registration requirements.

2023-2024 Studio Calendar

Classes Begin
September 11th
Elma Pumpkin Festival Performance
October 7th
Harvest Parties
October 24th-30th
Dancers Give Back
Elma Pumpkin Festival Performance
October 7th 
Visitor Watch Week November 13th-19th Thanksgiving Break November 20th-26thNutcracker Performance at Shea’s TBD
Holiday Pajama Week
December 12th-17th
Holiday Vacation
December 24th-January 6th
Student Mid-Year Assessments February 1stValentine Spirit Days 
​February 8th-14th
Competition Dress Rehearsal
February 10th
Winter Vacation
February 19th-25th
Star Quest Dance Competition
March 8th-10th
BDC Spirit Week March 11th-16th 
NYCDA Dance Convention
March 23rd
Visitor Watch Week / Recital Meetings
March 25th-30th
Spring Vacation
March 31st-April 6th
Guidance Competition April 12-14
Picture Day
April 21st
StarPower Dance Competition
May 3rd-5th
Summer Fun Spirit Week
May 6th-11th
Memorial Day (no classes)/Elma Parade   
May 26th
Parent Appreciation Week
June 3rd-8th
Last Day of Regular Classes
June 10th 
Studio Rehearsal
June 12th 
Dress Rehearsals June 13th-14th
Recital 2024                   
June 15th
Competition Team Auditions
June 18th-19th
Competition Team Banquet
June 20th
Summer Dance Camps/Workshops
July 8th-August 17th
Summer Competition Team Intensives
August 19th-22nd

Please note the above dates that the studio will be open and closed in observation of school vacations and some holidays.  Students are welcome to arrange for make-ups to accommodate their particular vacation or holiday plans. If you have any questions, please check with the office.

Dress Code for Classes

It’s important for students abide by a dress code policy as a neat and tidy appearance sets an attitude of attentiveness and respect for students, teacher, and the art of dance.  Also, teachers must be able to see the dancer’s body outline clearly in order to make proper corrections on posture, alignment, etc.

  • No street clothes of any kind.
  • Hair must be properly secured and tied up off of the face and neck for all styles of dance.
  • Jewelry is not permitted on children with the exception of small earrings for pierced ears.
  • Gum chewing is not allowed due to danger of choking
  • Bare midriffs are not permitted.

Dance Attire

Please dress appropriately for your class by referring to the dress code for proper attire.  Dress code requirements are listed by class and include specifics for color and style of leotard, tights, shoes and other dancewear.

Fall 2023 Tuition & Payment Information

Tuition is based on 35 weeks of classes held over 10 months September – June. This is an average of 3.5 classes per month. You are not paying for scheduled school vacations and holidays. If for any reason you decide to discontinue your classes, you are not obligated to pay for the balance of the school year with proper and advance notice.

Registration Fee: $30 (individual student) is due at time of registration. For families with more than one dancer, please add $20 for each additional child.
Costume Fee: due in November – per child for each performing class. Includes tights.

  • $75 for Twirl & Tumble and Pre-dance classes
  • $85 for Mini classes
  • $95 for Jr and Teen classes 

Performance Fee: due in April – $85 (per family)

The performance fee covers the cost of programs, props, auditorium rental and staff. A HD download of both performances is included for all families. Tickets are required to attend the show and may be purchased for $14 per ticket plus a small processing fee.

Monthly Tuition

Our monthly tuition payments are based on total classes per family not for each individual student.

1 hour per week$52 per month
1.5 hours per week$72 per month
2 hours per week$93 per month
2.5 hours per week$109 per month
3 hours per week$125 per month
3.5 hours per week$140 per month
4 hours per week$158 per month
4.5 hours per week$172 per month
5 hours per week$185 per month
5.5 hours per week$193 per month
6 hours per week$200 per month

*Add $30 for each additional class/month.  Maximum monthly tuition $375 / month per family (does not include costume, recital, competition or performance fees).
Private Lessons for intermediate/advanced dancers: $35/ 30 minute class weekly October-May 


  • Payments are due on the first of each calendar month are are auto-processed via credit card or bank draft. Any account unable to be processed after the 10th of the month will be automatically charged a $15  late fee.  Monthly account statements can be found in the online Parent Portal.
  • Any student with an overdue balance of more than 30 days will not be allowed into class until payment in full is received.
  • If you wish to change or drop a class you must inform us in writing.
  • Please make up any missed classes within one month of your absence; no credit or refunds will be given for missed classes. 

Parent Handbook

Please note the following guidelines regarding all classes:

  1. To best support your child’s training, consistent attendance is required. Students are allowed a total of four absences for the 10 month class year. If more than 4 absences occur you may be asked to withdraw from the program.  Valid absences include illness, religious commitments, graded school activities, family emergency, etc.)
  2. For your safety and to receive the full benefit from your class, any student arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted to class.  Please arrange for a make-up class if you expect to be very late. 
  3. All students are encouraged to stay in the room once class has begun. Please allow for appropriate restroom use prior to class.  Very young children will be treated sensitively as the need arises. Preschool children may need a parent’s attention from time to time for various reasons including bathroom or behavior issues. Please do not leave the waiting room when very young children are in class without informing the instructor or having another parent responsible during your absence. We make every effort to have all children feel safe and cared for in a loving learning environment.
  4. School age children and teens: PLEASE PRACTICE RESPECT.  Students are not to be socializing in a disruptive manner during the class.  This includes checking voicemail and email or texting during class. Please come early or stay late to enjoy friends in the waiting area.  Please honor your teacher and fellow students by giving full attention and co-operation.  You will be advised if we feel any student is not well adjusted to the classroom environment for any reason over time.
  5. During class if a student complains of being ill, or sustains an injury and cannot participate, the instructor will send them to the waiting area where the parents will be notified if not on the premises.
  6. Only students with a pre-existing sickness/injury are allowed to observe class.  The parents must notify the office if a student is to observe class.
  7. Parents, our open-concept studio allows you to see and hear all aspects of our class. Please be respectful and refrain from speaking to your children during class and commenting to others regarding dancers other than your own.  If any parent is heard making negative comments about our dancers they will be asked to leave.

Dance class is educational and fun, however, an important part of class work is developing an attitude of discipline and respect for teachers and fellow students. We trust that following our classroom etiquette will provide an environment whereby classes at Buffalo Dance Center will be a pleasure for all concerned.