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 2 – teen. Whether your child is a beginner or experienced dancer, they can find the right class at our studio. All our dance classes welcome male and female dancers. Dance styles include creative movement, ballet & pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, and modern. We also offer adult dance, yoga and fitness classes.

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; and during half-time shows at Boston College, Harvard University and TD Garden. We also offer our more experienced 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 amongst them. Plus, we love bringing joy to our audiences as we share our love of dance with them.

Toddler Classes

For children ages 2 to 5 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. Toddlers enrolled in Creative Movement classes may wear leggings, tees, tanks and dance barefoot or may wear socks with grips. For your convenience, we sell ballet shoes, tap shoes, jazz shoes, foot undeez & half-soles, leotards, tights, and other dance clothing and accessories at our studio.

Covid-19 Procedures & Protocols in place at the studio:

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and Governmental Orders, our dance studio temporarily closed to the public on March 16, 2020. Although our studio was closed, we continued to offer dance classes via Zoom to finish out our 9th dance season, which concludes on June 27, 2020. We are planning to re-open our studio to the public beginning on Monday, July 6, with a reduced Summer Dance schedule. In an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of our customers and our staff, we have implemented the following safety standards pursuant to Governmental guidelines and restrictions:  

1) All employees, including assistant student helpers, are required to wear face masks while inside our studio and while teaching dance.

2) Seating in our waiting area and staff break room has been reduced to ensure that everyone can practice adequate social distancing. All magazines have been removed from our waiting area and we encourage parents to drop off their children at our glass door entrance and not to enter our studio.

3) Dance rooms that will be in use for dance instruction have been outlined in brightly colored tape to clearly identify areas for dancers and to allow for proper social distancing while dancing.

4) Cubbies have been taped off to ensure that use is limited pursuant to reduced capacity and properly spaced out to allow for social distancing. Students will no longer be allowed to share any dance props. Any props used by our dance students will be disinfected and cleaned before another student is allowed to use it again.

5) We will only allow our dancers to enter the studio, and require them to wear a face mask in order to gain entry. Students under the age of 5 years are not required to wear a face mask.

6) Face masks may be removed by students only after they have entered the dance room and are able to maintain proper social distance from all other students and instructor. If an instructor is considered high-risk, then students must keep their face coverings on during class.

7) Any dance teachers, assistants, or students who are displaying Covid-19 symptoms are asked to remain home and not report to work/attend dance class. Students who do not feel well may log into class via Zoom from home.

8) We will continue to offer our classes via Zoom for students who are not yet comfortable returning to dance class at our studio. Moreover, due to capacity restrictions and smaller class sizes, Zoom will be a great way to supplement enrollments.

9) Staff will clean and disinfect all common surfaces before and after each dance class. This includes, but is not limited to, stereo/music equipment, ballet barres, dance props, dance floors, door handles, light switches, any chairs/tables that may be used by an employee or student, and bathrooms. We will no longer be offering acrobatic classes, therefore our dance mats will not be touched/used/moved.

10) As a part of our cleaning protocols, staff and dancers will be required to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer before and after each class.


All Classes

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 below. 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. 


Hip Hop

Sweat pants, shorts and loose fitting comfortable clothing may be worn in hip hop classes. We permit two styles of sneakers in hip hop class: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top or Low Tops (black with white soles) or Vans SK8-Hi or Low Tops (black with white soles). The 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. Baggy clothes are not allowed but sweaters may be worn during warm-up.

Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern & Acro

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. If wearing foot undeez, they must be nude. Students may also dance barefoot or wear half-soles. Form fitting dance clothes only.

Miss Maria’s
School of Dance

550 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472
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