Listed below are the most commonly asked questions/answers about our studios policies.

Note: A minimum number of 6 students per class is required. Your deposit will be refunded if we cannot accommodate you or you will be offered the opportunity to pay for a semi-private class.

If you require further assistance, please contact us.

How do we find the right classes for our child?2023-09-30T15:46:59-04:00

If your child has indicated they are interested in learning how to dance, our staff will help you find the most suitable program. For a full description of each discipline and how the styles vary, please refer to our class descriptions page . In order to place your child in the correct level, our staff will ask the following questions:

1. Does your child have any experience or are they new to dance?

2. Has your child participated in other activities which might help them with coordination?

3. Is your child looking for a more active or passive dance class? For example, jazz is more of a cardio workout where as ballet focuses more on grace and flexibility.

Generally students are placed according to their age and level of ability. For example, a 7 year old with no ballet experience would be better in a class of 6 and 7 year olds rather than a class of 7 to 9 year olds. We may suggest a private lesson for students who are older and at a beginner level. This class will provide them with one-on-one technical instruction before fitting them into an existing group of dancers. Private lessons are booked through the office from $90.00 plus HST per hour.

What are your class sizes?2023-09-30T15:45:00-04:00

Typically we try to keep the class size ranging from 12 to 15 students. In some cases the class may have more students; however, these classes will have an assistant assigned to help. The minimum number of participants needed to run a class is 6. If we do not receive enough interest to offer the class you have registered for we will contact you with other options. If a suitable substitute class cannot be found you will receive a full refund.

Are your teachers qualified?2023-09-30T15:44:01-04:00

All of our teachers are highly qualified professional adult instructors. Many are still performing professionally, have performed in the past or have completed post-secondary programs. You can review biographies on all our teachers here.

Can I attend for one term only?2023-09-30T15:43:08-04:00

Dance is an excellent form of exercise that develops grace, balance, strength, coordination and posture. Our season runs all year and ends with a live performance at the New Roads Theatre in June. Working towards the recitals teaches students choreography, teamwork and respect for others while working toward a common goal. The performance itself builds character, confidence and provides dancers with an opportunity to share what they have learned with family and friends. However, if your child is absolutely not enjoying their dance experience, your dancer may withdraw at the end of term oneNotice of withdrawal from term two must be directed, in writing, to the General Manager and must be received prior to December 1st, 2023 to avoid an administrative fee of $60.00. 

What if I drop out before the end of the term?2023-09-30T15:41:43-04:00

Once a student has been registered for the year, there is no credit for missed classes. Students who withdraw before the end of the term will be charged a $60.00 administrative fee per class and will then be refunded for the balance of the classes they will not be attending. Notice of withdrawal from term two must be directed, in writing, to the General Manager and must be received prior to December 1, 2023, to avoid an administrative fee of $60.00.

What if I miss a class?2023-09-30T15:37:32-04:00

If a student misses a class due to illness it can be made up by attending another class in the same or a different discipline that your dancer is registered in. Please note that January 31st is the last date to do a make-up class as each class will be working on different choreography for our year-end recital. There may be a mini session class that you could attend as a make-up class or you could attend any of our stretch & strengthen classes. Please check with the office staff for class availability.

Cancelled Classes2022-08-16T12:38:32-04:00

In the event of a severe winter storm, the studio reserves the right to cancel classes for the safety of our students and instructors. Should we choose to cancel classes; a notice will be posted on your Dance Studio Pro Parent Portal, our website and social media sites after 2:00 pm on weekdays and 8:00 am on weekends. If in doubt, please call the office, check your Parent Portal, our website and/or social media sites for confirmation. Refunds will not be given due to winter storm cancellations; however, if we must cancel a class for any other reason, there will be a make-up date scheduled. This class will be re-scheduled prior to the year-end recital and may be on a day other than your child’s regular class day/time. We will try our best to accommodate all students; however, we will not be able to schedule more than one make-up lesson per cancelled class. 


Dance is exercise that involves choreography and requires your commitment to participate in a class on a regular basis. If you are absent for several classes, not only will your technique fall behind, but you will also miss learning the skills and choreography. If you miss more than 3 classes in a row, we may request that you book a private lesson with your teacher to learn the choreography you have missed. Punctuality is also important, as late arrivals are very disruptive for the instructor and students.


The instructor is responsible for your child for the duration of the class. It is important that parents arrive at least 5 minutes before the end of the class to pick up their child. Once the class is finished we cannot supervise or provide extended care for students. However, if an emergency arises and you will be late to pick up your child, we kindly ask you to call our studio so we can watch your child. For their own safety, students are encouraged to wait inside the studio for parents to pick them up. All ECD students must be picked up inside the studio at the end of class.

Classroom and Studio Etiquette2023-09-30T15:15:22-04:00

Dancers are to wait quietly in the proper area until they are called into the studio by the instructor. For safety reasons, dancers should not be in the studio without an instructor being present. Absolutely no outdoor footwear is allowed in the dance studio. Water is allowed in the studios; however, food, other drinks and gum are not permitted. YDA is a peanut/nut free studio so we especially ask that you leave any products that contain or may contain peanuts/nuts at home. We appreciate your consideration in this matter as we have many students with severe food allergies. Dancers are to eat in the designated area at each location.

Important note about respect for your teachers and fellow dancers:

Dance is a discipline and there are certain behaviours that are unacceptable. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a proper and respectful manner while in the studio. Disruptive behaviour may result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from the program. Proper dancer manners are posted around the studios. Please make yourself aware of these.


Our faculty and staff are trained professionals and we make every effort to create a safe and positive environment. We reserve the right to use any photos taken during any of our events for promotional purposes. No names will be used at any time. If you do not want us to use a photo of your child, please notify us in writing and we will respect your privacy.

How do I stay in the know with YDA?2023-09-30T15:09:35-04:00

We make every effort to ensure that dancers and their families are aware of all the activities and events planned around the studio. Important dates and class cancellations due to holidays are posted on our websiteNewsletters are emailed seasonally throughout the year and are available through DSP in your parent portal. The newsletters can also be found on the bulletin boards at the studios. You can stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook and Instagram. Should your contact information change, we ask that you notify us immediately so we can make the necessary changes. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, you may also contact us at info@yorkdance.com.


Dancewear is available at all YDA locations during office hours. We also sell some awesome YDA swag, check out the selection here. There are also many retail dance stores throughout York Region and we would be happy to recommend one for you.

Please view this document for dancewear requirements for all your classes: York Dance 2023-2024 Rec Dance Attire.


The dance year runs from September to the recital in June. Fees include lessons, the dress rehearsal date and performance supervision as well as the costume for the year-end recital. We offer a discount for any additional family member or additional classes taken by the same student. Please note that we do not accept debit at our Stouffville location.

All the details on YDA fees, please refer to this document: York Dance 2023-2024 Fee Schedule.


How long is the dance season? When does it start?2023-10-02T17:51:07-04:00

Our school is a FULL YEAR dance school running from September until the recitals in June.

Recreational recital and dress rehearsal dates are between Wednesday, June 5th to Wednesday, June 12th, 2024.

Term One runs from:
Sept – Dec 2023
In studio class dates
for 2023 are:
Term Two runs from:
Jan – Mar 2024
In studio class dates
for 2024 are:
Saturday September 9th – December 16th Saturday January 6th – May 25th
Sunday September 10th – December 17th Sunday January 7th – June 2nd
Monday September 11th – December 18th Monday January 8th – June 3rd
Tuesday September 12th – December 19th Tuesday January 9th – May 21st
Wednesday September 13th – December 13th Wednesday  January 10th – May 22nd
Thursday September 14th – December 14th Thursday January 11th – May 23rd
Friday September 15th – December 15th Friday January 12th – May 31st
*The dress rehearsal will act as the last class for students*
What holidays does the studio close for?2023-09-30T14:32:38-04:00

Our students count on being able to attend their dance classes weekly as they value the importance of maintaining their technical and physical level. We therefore close the studio only on certain statutory holidays based on the YRDSB calendar dates. Dates of closures are listed below.

The studio is closed for the following holidays throughout the dance season:

Holidays 2023/2024 Closure Dates:
Thanksgiving  Saturday, October 7th – Monday, October 10th, inclusive
Halloween Tuesday, October 31st
Winter Break Wednesday, December 20th – Friday, January 5th, inclusive – classes resume Saturday, January 6th
Family Day Monday, February 19th
Spring Break Saturday, March 9th – Friday, March 15th, inclusive – classes resume Saturday, March 16th
Good Friday Friday, March 29th
Easter Sunday Sunday, March 31st
Victoria Day Saturday, May 18 – Monday, May 20th, inclusive – classes resume Tuesday, May 21st
2023/2024 Dates of Interest2024-01-22T16:53:53-05:00
Event Information Dates
Bring a Friend to Dance – All Studios
Sick Kids Fundraiser
September 25th – October 1st
Girls & Twirls
Princess Margaret Breast Cancer Research Fundraiser
October 21st – 27th
Move for Movember
Men’s Cancer Research Fundraiser
November 19th-25th
2023 Newmarket Santa Claus Parade Saturday, November 18th, 11am-1pm
Teddy Bear Workout – ECD Classes Only
Heart and Stroke Fundraiser
February 3rd-9th
Competitive Gala – Competitive Student Recital
Location: Newmarket Theatre
Thursday, February 29th – Solo Night
Friday, March 1st – Dress Rehearsal
Saturday, March 2nd – Gala (matinee and evening shows)
Autism Awareness Day
All students to wear blue to class
Saturday, April 2nd
Picture Day – Aurora Classes
Location: Newmarket Studio
Picture Day – Stouffville Classes
Location: Stouffville Studio
Picture Day – Newmarket Classes
Location: Newmarket Studio
Recreational Dress Rehearsal and Recitals
Location: NewRoads Performing Arts Centre
Wednesday, June 5th – Wednesday, June 12th  *Note: classes will participate in one dress rehearsal and may do two shows within this week.
Are there opportunities to bring a friend to try a class?2022-08-15T13:27:27-04:00

Yes! At YDA, we love to give back to the community. Through the season we host special event weeks where you can come take a class for only $2 (or by donation) to support that month’s designated cause! Not only is this a great way to try a class with us, but you also support some great initiatives.


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