Theater Dance Studio

School of Performing Arts

165 Hillside Avenue, Holyoke MA, 01040

(413) 533 - 4008

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General Information & Studio Policies


Watch for our Seasonal Newsletters - These informative pages will keep you in the "know" about studio happenings. They are posted at the studio and handed out to parents during the first week (pay week) of the season.             


Registration Information - New students (and their parents) should stop by the studio during Open House (in August or September ) to work with a staff member who can find a class best suited to them. Class size is limited . Returning students may register by phone but need a parent to sign the registration form to be placed in classes. Call the studio (413 - 533 -4008) for Open House dates and times. A one time Registration fee of $5.00 is due at sign ups. Students are accepted into classes all year long but it is best to start in September.


Dress Code - Females are required to wear a leotard (bodysuit) and tights (convertibles are best). Dance shorts or capris are acceptable over your bodysuit. Body fitting warm up clothes are permitted in the colder months. Males are required to wear a tight fitting t-shirt with shorts or jazz pants.  Adults may wear T-shirts and dance pants with their  leotards. Shoes , tights, and body wear can be bought through the "curtain call for class" program. See the office for more details on styles.


Attendance - An effort must be made to attend every class. All students should arrive 15 minutes before class time. There are no refunds for missed classes. Perfect Attendance Trophies are awarded. Students may take a class "here and there" if they can not commit to scheduled sessions but  they will not be participating in performances or other privileges of class students.


Missed Lessons - Students may take up to three "make-up" lessons in any class of the same or lower level to still be considered for  Perfect Attendance and as a regular member of that class. Make-up lessons must be completed by the end of May. Remember to check in at the office for make-ups.           


Holidays - The studio is open on Monday Holidays except Labor Day and Memorial Day. The studio is closed for Halloween Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday), Christmas Vacation , and both Winter and Spring School vacation weeks. Company Rehearsals are often scheduled during vacation times.           


Snow Days - Call the studio to check for cancellations after 4 PM on week days and after 10 AM on Saturdays. TDS is generally closed when the schools are closed . If we are in session when school is not, there will be a special message on the answering machine.


Competitive Troupes - Students may enter one of our companies by audition or recommendation from the staff. Company classes are for students who are dedicated, interested in all dance types, and ready to perform. See our competition stats section.


Special Events - Guest teachers, conventions, workshops, and our annual trip(s) to places like New York City are posted. Many are open to all students.


Annual Production -  It is the students time to show you what they've worked so hard for all year. It is their time to" Shine like stars" as they experience what the performing Arts is all about... the satisfaction of a job well done...the camaraderie in a group performance ...the discipline required to meet a goal...the costumes...the lights...the audience...The sheer joy of performance. It is the highlight of the year for students, parents, and staff alike. The production is in June. Tickets go on sale one month ahead. Rehearsals are the week before the show.


Production Costumes - A $30 nonrefundable costume deposit is due with the October payment. The balance is due  when posted (usually in November) Ask about our great fundraisers for you and your children.     


TDS offers recreational classes for FUN, from preschool to adult.  TDS also offers competitive level classes for the dedicated dance student.


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