Classes at Miss Maria’s

During our dance season from September to June, we offer over 100 weekly dance classes (Monday to Saturday) in a vast array of styles for dancers ages 18 months – teen. Whether your child is a beginner or experienced dancer, they can find the right class at our studio. Dance styles include creative movement, ballet & pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, contemporary, lyrical, modern, improvisation, tumbling and acro.

In July and August we offer a vast array of summer programs that include morning and afternoon drop-off sessions, dance intensives, and classes. Please see our Summer Program page for more details or email us at with any questions.

In addition to our dance classes and annual recitals, we provide our students with various performance opportunities at community events such as The Watertown Faire on the Square, Belmont Town Day, and Watertown Rotary Club Senior Citizen Luncheons. Our students have also performed during half-time shows at Boston College (Men’s & Women’s College Basketball Games), Harvard University (Men’s College Basketball Games), Boston Breakers (Women’s Professional Soccer Team) and TD Garden (Harlem Globetrotters Holiday Tour). We also offer our dancers opportunities to compete in dance competitions and attend conventions where they learn from top industry experts across the country.

We are always seeking performance opportunities at new venues and community events for our students. We only perform at events that are family-friendly, help build confidence in our dancers and continue to increase the high level of camaraderie shared among them. Plus, we love bringing joy to our audiences as we share our love of dance with them.

Toddler Classes

For children 18 months to 4 years.

Combo Classes

For children 5 years and older.

Technique Classes

Single discipline classes for all age groups.

Adult Classes

Dance and fitness classes for adults.

Dress Requirements

All dancers are required to wear proper dance attire to class except for our youngest dancers in Creative Movement. Proper dance attire includes: leotards, tights, and ballet, tap, and/or jazz shoes based on style taken. Ballet skirts or dance shorts are optional. In Tap & Jazz, students may wear leggings over their leotards. Form fitting clothes are required for all dance classes (except hip hop) as we need to assist students in body alignment. Toddlers enrolled in Creative Movement classes may wear leggings, tees, tanks and dance barefoot or may wear socks with grips. Our students are required to be barefoot for modern and acro/tumbling. Half soles or barefoot is allowed in contemporary and lyrical. New, clean high-top or low-top sneakers, never worn outdoors are required for hip hop (see below photo for color: black with white). For your convenience, we sell ballet shoes, tap shoes, jazz shoes, half-soles, leotards, tights (select colors only), and other dance clothing and accessories at our studio. OUTSIDE STREET SHOES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN ANY DANCE ROOM – PARENTS NEED TO REMOVE THEIR SHOES TOO IF ENTERING A DANCE ROOM.


HAIR: Shoulder length or longer hair must be tied back neatly in a ponytail or bun.

SHOES: No one is allowed to enter the dance room with street shoes. If appropriate dance shoes are forgotten, then student must dance barefoot.

CLOTHES: Appropriate dance attire must be worn according to the guidelines above. Layers are only permitted in cold weather months, and must be removed once the body is warmed up so that instructors can assess proper body alignment.

NOT ALLOWED: Jeans are not allowed in any class. Outside street shoes, food and gum are never allowed in the dance rooms.

FACE COVERINGS: Currently, face masks are optional. However, if a town or state mandate requiring face masks is put into place, we will follow suit and require all students/families to wear them too while inside our dance school.

Hip Hop

Sweat pants, shorts, leggings are all fine to wear with tanks or short sleeve shirts. We recommend Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top or Low Tops or Vans SK8-Hi or Low Tops (black with white soles, see image above). Velcro or zip-up versions are fine. Hip Hop sneakers must be treated like all other dance shoes and changed into when the dancer arrives at the studio.


Girls may wear any color leotard and tights. Leotards with attached ballet skirts, or separate tutus or wrap skirts are fine, and leg warmers may be worn too. Boys may wear comfortable pants or shorts and solid colored tee-shirts. Pink ballet slippers for girls and black for boys. Baggy clothes are not allowed; however, sweaters may be worn during warm-up.

Tap & Jazz

Girls may wear any color leotard with tights. Leotards may be worn with dance shorts (with tights) or capris, or dance pants. Leg warmers are fine to wear too. Boys may wear tee’s with dance pants, sweats or shorts. We require black jazz & tap shoes; however, they can be buckle, tie or boot style. Sweaters may be worn during warm-up.

Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Acro/Tumbling

Any color leotard, worn with either footless, convertible or stir-up tights. Dance pants, capris, or dance shorts may be worn over the leotard. Boys may wear tee’s or tanks with dance pants or shorts. Students dance barefoot in these styles but may wear half-soles for contemporary and lyrical.

Miss Maria’s
School of Dance

550 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472
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