Registration & Tuition

View Class Schedule HERE

Enrollment is by pre-registration. Students are accepted after the beginning of a semester on a space-available basis, and providing their previous training enables them to join an existing class. Please register early to guarantee entry. Class size is limited and fills quickly.

Online Registration

Everyone is encouraged to register online as you will have access to your personal information all year long. This will enable you to update your address, phone number, credit card info, etc. 

If you are a RETURNING student to using our new system for the first time (as of April 2018) please click reset password to set a password for your account before logging in to register.

We are unable to accept registration over the phone. 

Paper Registration

Download Registration Form and MAIL or EMAIL to

Registration Form (docx)


Payments and Fees

ALL TUITION is due in full at the start of a session.  For dancers automatically enrolled in the next session (Winter and Spring), payment is due by the first day of the next session.

Exception: Only balances over $300 may be handled by monthly recurring billing. First payment due prior to start of classes, each following payment due the first of the following 2 months.  

A non-refundable annual registration fee of $30 per student (max. $60 per family) is required.  

A 10% discount on tuition of a second or more family member(s) (lesser tuition total) is available. 

A 10% discount on tuition for military families is also available.

Tuition refunds are not available after the first class of a session/workshop/camp has begun regardless of reason for withdraw. DCM requires a letter of withdrawal in writing for any student who needs to withdraw from a class for any reason. 

A $25 charge is placed on all declined credit cards and late payments.  A $30 charge is placed on all returned checks. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Late fees are charged for costume orders not turned in by the designated deadline provided a costume can still be ordered (and for private lesson students that do not give 24-hour notice of cancellation).

Session Cost: Refer to tuition chart to the left.

Open/Drop-In class Cost:

Single 45 minute class - $15

Single 75 minute class - $22

Single 90 Minute Class - $25

Single 120 Minute Class - $32

Professional Rate* -  $18

* Professional Rate for dance instructors or dancers employed by a dance company*

Class Placement

Placement in the recreational program is established first according to age and secondly, based upon performance during the first week of classes. Each student is evaluated and promoted individually based on age, ability, attendance and work habits. 

A student wishing to attend the pre-professional program (coming from another school) must attend an evaluation class for proper placement. This class must be scheduled in advance with the school office. An evaluation class is free of charge. Student’s evaluation may be discussed with the instructor by scheduling a time to meet in person or by phone. 

Please call the school office to schedule an appointment, 410-877-3281.


Male students ages 6 and up receive a full scholarship if enrolled in at least one weekly ballet technique class. Male students taking any recreational program classes receive a 50% scholarship (including Creative Movement and PreBallet & Tap). Male scholarships do not cover registration fees, performance classes, costumes, summer programs, Ballet Chesapeake fees, or Nutcracker performance fees. 

Work/Study scholarships are available on a limited basis for families and dancers at advanced level of study who are available to assist with studio maintenance and/or administrative duties. Please contact the school office for details. 

Private Coaching

Private lessons and coaching are available on a limited basis for students who need extra practice or who are participating in the Youth America Grand Prix competition or college/school auditions. Coaching is available by appointment and should be scheduled through the DCM office. DCM staff will recommend the length of time for a lesson. Most sessions are between 30-60 minutes at the cost of $70 per hour and billed at the end of each month. At least 24 hours notice of cancellation must be given when cancelling private lessons or the student will be charged a cancellation fee.