Theater Dance Studio

School of Performing Arts

165 Hillside Avenue, Holyoke, MA, 01040






Hip Hop





Musical Theater


It is important that everyone we work with understands our policies, as well as having an understanding of what you can expect from us.  We will always work with you to ensure customer satisfaction as well as adherence to our policies are kept.

Please read this section carefully before asking policy-related questions, but do not hesitate to as us about anything you may be unclear of!



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. The 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.


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.


The studio is open on Monday Holidays except for 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 weekdays 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 Troupe

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

Annual Production

We will be having a showcase performance in November of all dances started in the dance year 2019 - 2020.  We will use the costumes you have already purchased.  A seamstress is available if you need alterations.  Students just starting this September will do a dance demonstration of classwork they have learned using the “finale t-shirts” everyone will receive before the performance.  Our showcase performance will be called “The show must go on”!

Production Costumes

A $30 non-refundable 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.



The staff at TDS have always disinfected all touchable surfaces regularly. Now, barres, doorknobs, light switches, and all other commonly touched surfaces will be wiped down with Clorox wipes before each class. Bathrooms will be disinfected daily.


Any student that exhibits any sign of illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath should not be sent to class and will be sent home immediately.


There will be only one class scheduled at a time with a five-minute changeover scheduled between classes. The waiting room will not be available, and parents must wait in their vehicles. Students will be assigned a designated space separated by 8 feet at a minimum. There will only be one teacher in each room, and both students and staff will be required to wear masks. Each child will be required to use hand sanitizer upon arrival and put their street shoes, jackets, dance bag, etc. in an assigned place. No teacher or student will touch one another.