We begin each year of classes in September and conclude in May with our dance recital at the Kansas City Music Hall. Our annual sessions consist of 36 weeks; 32 dance weeks which are divided into four 8-week quarters and 4 additional vacation weeks. We also offer a 7-week summer dance session in June and July which includes tap, ballet, jazz and ballet/jazz technique. Summer dance workshops are offered in August. Online enrollment for our 2020 summer session is now open!
Weekly classes are offered for 3-year-olds through 12th graders. Children must turn 3 by August 1st and must be potty-trained in order to begin dance class in the fall.
For your convenience, all enrollment is completed online. New students may enroll for classes by clicking Account Access at the top of this page. Follow the instructions for creating a new account and then enroll for desired classes. Returning students simply need to log into their existing account to enroll for all classes. Once you have enrolled your child in a class, you will receive an email that says your enrollment is pending. This is simply to ensure that the dancer has been placed in the correct class. Next, you will receive a confirmation email. You may then make your online payment. A student is considered enrolled when tuition is received. Payments may be made either online with a credit card or in person with cash. DSOD does not accept checks. Classes may not be reserved over the phone.
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Our dance year is divided into four 8-week quarters beginning in September and ending in May. Tuition is paid four times a year at the beginning of each quarter. Tuition must be paid in full prior to each 8-week quarter in September, November, January and March for a student to be allowed to participate in class. Your account must have a Primary Parent assigned to it who oversees all activity, updates, etc. The Primary Parent is soley responsible for all account charges.
Tuition for 1 Class $125.00 per quarter
Tuition for 2 Classes $234.00 per quarter
Tuition for 3 Classes $334.00 per quarter
Tuition for 4 Classes $430.00 per quarter
Tuition for 5 Classes $522.00 per quarter
Tuition for 6 Classes $612.00 per quarter
Tuition for 7 Classes $696.00 per quarter
Tuition for 8 Classes $771.00 per quarter
Tuition for 9 Classes $836.00 per quarter
Tuition for Pointe $62.00 per quarter
DSOD offers a variety of dance classes. 1-hour combination classes for 3-year-olds - 3rd graders consist of tap, ballet, jazz and acrobatics. Children must turn 3 by August 1st and be potty-trained to participate in class in the fall. 1-hour tap & jazz classes are offered to 4th - 12th graders. 1-hour jazz classes are offered to 6th - 12th graders. 1-hour ballet classes are offered to 4th - 12th graders. 30-minute pointe classes are offered to 7th - 12th grade DSOD ballet students. Hip hop is offered as a 1-hour specialty class that meets several times throughout the year to 2nd - 12th grade current DSOD students who are enrolled in at least one weekly DSOD class.
Family and friends are invited to observe class the first week of each month. Please refrain from letting younger children run around the studio and/or on the mats during class as it’s disruptive to the dancers and teachers. There is no Parents' Week in December or May to accommodate rehearsals. Family and friends are welcome to observe class through the lobby doors during all other weeks.
Dance attire and shoes may be purchased at many department stores, including:
512 NW Englewood Road
Kansas City, MO 64118
Shoes need to be labeled with dancer's name.
Shoes with no name will be labeled by DSOD.
3-Year-Olds - 3rd Graders: Black tap shoes, black ballet shoes
4th - 8th Graders: Tan flat tap shoes, tan jazz shoes
9th Graders: Tan flat tap shoes, tan jazz shoes, black jazz shoes
10th - 12th Graders: Tan heel tap shoes, tan flat tap shoes, tan jazz shoes, black jazz shoes
4th - 12th Grade Saturday Ballet Students: Pink ballet shoes
2nd - 12th Grade Hip Hop Students: Sneakers, high tops or jazz shoes. No open-toe shoes.
Shoe requirements for our summer dance programs differ slightly.
Please see "Summer Dance Program" for details.
Acceptable attire for combination and tap/jazz classes includes leotards, tights, dance tops, dance pants, dance shorts and dance skirts. These items may be any color for classes; however, 3-year-olds - 6th graders are required to have a black camisole leotard for the Christmas program and the dance recital. Dance tights are required for all classes in white, tan, black or pink. Appropriate dance shoes are required for all classes. Bare legs and bare feet are not allowed. Street clothes are not allowed.
Required attire for ballet class includes a black leotard and pink tights. Hair must be worn in a bun. Ballet skirts are acceptable. Students are required to purchase a ballet performance leotard from DSOD. Details are given in class in September. White, tan and black tights are not allowed. Shorts, pants and t-shirts are not allowed. No jewelry please.
Acceptable attire for hip hop classes includes dance tops, t-shirts, dance pants, sweats and shorts. Bare legs and bare feet are not allowed.
Make-up classes are available for absences due to illness or inclement weather. There are no refunds for missed classes from illness or inclement weather. Make-up classes are not required.
DSOD cancels classes when the Park Hill School District closes, dismisses early or cancels school and/or evening activities due to inclement weather. Make-up classes are available but not required. DSOD closings are posted on this website and on Facebook.
DSOD remains open on U.S. federal holidays such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day, etc. We are also open during school in-service days, teachers’ meetings and parent/teacher conferences.
Each year, all DSOD students present Christmas programs at the dance studio. These programs are free of charge to all friends and family. DSOD Christmas programs are held at students' regular class times. Details on Christmas program attire, rehearsal dates, etc. are given in class in the fall.
We present a dance recital annually at the Kansas City Music Hall. DSOD recitals are free of charge to the public. Our next recital dates are May 29th & 30th, 2020. Our recital is divided into 2 separate shows. Show I is for our 3-year-olds through 3rd graders and Show II is for our 4th through 12th graders. Students participating in recital are required to purchase the costumes for each class in which they are enrolled. Recital/costume fees are billed in February and all costumes are distributed in May once full payment has been received. All quarterly tuition and recital/costume fees must be paid for a student to participate in the recital. See “DSOD Recital Notes” for further details.
Join us each summer for a fun and exciting 7-week dance session. 1-hour dance classes are offered on Tuesdays in June and July for 3-year-olds - 12th graders. 1-hour ballet technique classes are offered on Mondays in June and July for 3rd - 12th graders. DSOD also offers summer workshops in August, which include a 2-day intensive for 1st - 5th graders and a 3-day intensive for 6th - 12th graders. Online registration for summer workshops is now open! See “Summer Dance Program” for details.
Yes, discounts are offered to families with more than one child dancing and to families who have a child taking multiple classes. See "Enrollment Information" for tuition rates and details. Family discounts are not offered for any of our specialty classes, including summer technique classes, summer workshops and hip hop classes.