The Dance Shoppe



The Dance Shoppe, or DS for short, is a dance studio that has stood the test of time.  DS has been in business for the past 36 years!  With the adjustments and growth of dance in general, the Dance Shoppe has adjusted its procedures and teachings to stay ahead with the changing industry.  If you start your dance classes here, no matter if it's one class or 10 classes per week, you can be sure that The Dance Shoppe will be here for you and/or your dancer to progress and grow year after year.

The Dance Shoppe is available for beginners to advanced students of ages 3 to 18. Whatever the level your dancer wants to achieve, whether recreation, performance, or competitive, TDS has qualified instructors and programs that are tops in their field.

The Dance Shoppe always considers age appropriate music and costumes.  Performance opportunities are provided for dancers to have a positive experience.

It is important to TDS that our teachers and choreographers are excellent role models. From our youngest to oldest classes the teachers are chosen for their expertise and fun personalities to ensure the best experience for each dancer.  Parents can have the piece of mind knowing that their child is training with the highest standards and expertise available.

TDS strives to provide a direction in which to positively channel the energy and enthusiasm of youth, while providing a skill in a challenging atmosphere.  We encourage excellence which develops a positive self image.  This is a solid foundation that a successful life can be built on!

Learn More About Our Classes

The Dance Shoppe is dedicated to providing exceptional technical training in a positive environment that focuses on the life skills of responsibility, punctuality, dependability, teamwork, and most importantly, respect for others.


What's so special about the Dance Shoppe compared to other studios in the area?

Our Amazing Staff

Nalia Martino O'Connor - Owner & Artistic Director
Sue Martino Artistic Director
Serina Nelson
Linnae Corgan
Emily Kniffen
Ariana Ford

Our Facility

The Dance Shoppe is located in the Old Vestal Central School on 201 Main Street, Vestal, New York  13850


Tuition is based on enrollment from September to May, broken up into monthly payments regardless of the number of days of dance in any particular month.  Tuition is by Auto Pay


30 min.........................$45
45 min.........................$50
1 hour..........................$60
1.5 hours....................$90
2 hours........................$110
2.5 hours....................$125
3 hours........................$145
3.5 hours....................$165
4 hours........................$185
4.5 hours.....................$205
Unlimited hours.......$250

The child taking the most hours will pay full tuition. Each immediate family member will receive a 10% discount (solos, duets and trios are exempt from discount)


30 minutes per week
Duet/Trio..................$55 per student

Family Discount

GROUP Discount


5% discount for any group tuition paid in full by September 30th (September- May. Solos, duets & trios are exempt from discount)

The Dance Shoppe always considers age appropriate music and costumes. 

Costume Fees:
 - Combo Classes - $65 per costume
 - Child Small - Adult Large - $80 per costume
 - Child extra large & Adult extra large add $20
Rec class costume fees due November 15th. Comp class costume fees due October 15th


Will be the week of the recital.   A schedule will be posted at a later date. Please come dressed in your dance wear and sit with your group.  NO COSTUMES NEEDED.



Hair should be worn pulled away from the face in a style that looks best for each dancer unless the teacher has specified a certain "Hair Do."  Make sure any hair accessories are bobby-pinned in securely.

All girl performers should wear a little make-up (eye shadow, blush, lipstick, and mascara for older dancers)  The make-up helps their faces to show up better under the bright stage lights.


Professional Photographers will shoot pictures in the Spring.  They will photograph all classes and individual dancers.  Please come for group pictures even if you do not plan to purchase them, so that all the dancers will be in the class pictures.  More information will be coming regarding scheduling and prices.  Be sure to have costumes pressed and ready for picture day.  Unless your teacher specifies a certain "Hair Do," hair may be worn in the style that looks best for each student.  Makeup is optional.

Stage rehearsal


Our annual recital is held at Binghamton University - Osterhout Concert Theater.  Recital show order information will be posted at a later date.  Tickets will be available for purchase in May.



"To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful." 
                ~Agnes De Mille

Combo (ages 3-6, ballet, tap and jazz) 45 minutes
Mom & Tot (ages 18 months-4yrs) 45 min divided in to 10 week sessions.

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Tap, Modern and Pointe available.

Solos, duets and trios available (must be approved by Miss Nalia)

We Offer the following classes

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class Types


Required for all competition team members, it is the classical foundation for all dance styles.  Class focuses on proper technique, alignment, strength and more.  Pointe is offered for advanced dancers.


Focusing on isolation, rhythm and style, classes will focus on jazz technique, jumps, turns and performance quality.


Combining rhythm and sounds our tap classes teach basic tap movement, and combinations while developing style.


Combining the grace of Ballet and isolation of Jazz, our classes also focus on how to express emotion through movement quality and expression


- The Dance Shoppe does all payments by Auto Pay.  We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover.  Auto pay is deducted from your credit card on your  account   on the 1st of each month.
- Any declined card, is charged a $10 fee.
- All students will pay a $35 Registration Fee each dance year.
- Tuition is due on the 1st of the month.  A late fee of $10 is added after the 10th of the month.
- If Auto Pay does not go through, you will be charged a $10 Decline Fee.
- All monthly rates remain constant regardless of the number of classes per month.

Payment Policies

Costume Policies

Costume Fees for Rec classes must be paid by November 15th.  Comp classes are due October 15th.  These fees are non-refundable even if your child withdraws from class.
- Combo classes $65
- Child small - adult large $80
- Child extra large & adult extra large add $20

CLASS Policies

- All classes subject to minimum class size and teacher availability.
- Withdrawal from class requires written notice before the 1st of the month.



We'd love to hear from you!  Depending on our class schedule/time of year, we promise to get back to you within 2 business days!

(607) 785-2553


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