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About Studio Allegro

Discipline & Creativity

Dance has been at the core of human civilization for centuries. Whether it is a celebrated part of a culture, or simply something done for pure enjoyment, there’s a wonderful feeling that one gets from the art of movement.

Our mission at Studio Allegro is to provide students of all levels with more than just dance classes, but a unique environment in which students can grow both mentally and physically as dancers. Our highly trained and skilled instructors have a wealth of experience in teaching and performing various styles and techniques.

Studio Allegro was founded in 1998 by Susan Catlett and Leslie Drucks.  Since that time the studio has grown within the Madison, NJ community and will celebrate its 25th season beginning in the Fall of 2022.

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School Policies


All students are required to adhere to the studio’s Dress Code.  Creative Movement students must wear a solid color leotard (pink or black), pink tights and pink ballet slippers.  Hair must be neatly tied back off the face.  Only small earrings may be worn in class.  Please leave all other jewelry (including watches) at home, as the studio will not be responsible for any lost items.

  • All Beginner and Teen Ballet students must wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Black skirt is optional.

  • All Intermediate and Advanced Ballet students must wear a black or white leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Black skirt is optional. 

  • Hair must be worn in a bun for all Beginner through Advanced Ballet students.  If hair is not long enough for a bun, it must be neatly secured off of the face.

  • Jazz students must wear a black or white leotard, pink tights, jazz shoes.  Black jazz pants or shorts are optional.

  • Modern students must wear a solid color leotard (no specific color required) and black leggings or jazz pants.  No shoes or socks are allowed.

  • Boys must wear a white shirt or leotard, black pants or shorts, white socks, and black or white ballet slippers.


Students are expected to attend all of their scheduled classes.  In the event that a student is unable to attend class he/she is to fill out the Report of Absence Form found on our website to  inform us of his/her absence.  Please understand that work at the Intermediate and Advanced levels in particular requires students to be very conscientious about regular class attendance.  Excessive absences are unacceptable.  In the case of illness or injury, we ask that a parent discuss the situation with us.  

Students are expected to be on time to all classes.  Beginner Ballet students should line up by the studio door at the start of each class to enter the studio with a teacher.  Intermediate and Advanced students are expected to be in the studio warming up at the scheduled start time of their class or as soon as the previous class has left the studio.  If a student arrives more than 10 minutes late to class, he/she must have permission from the teacher before joining the class.  If a student needs to leave early from class, he/she must inform the teacher before class begins.  


Pointe classes are offered only with the permission of the director to students who have achieved the technical proficiency and strength required.  Students must have taken a minimum of two ballet classes per week for a minimum two years before they will be considered for pointe classes.  If a student’s attendance becomes irregular and excessive absences accrue, she will take pointe classes in Ballet shoes.  If/when attendance improves she will resume pointe work with the director’s approval.


No food/drink other than water is allowed in the studio.  Please dispose of all food and trash in the trash receptacles.  

As students enter the studio, they are expected to be quiet and start warming up immediately.  Excessive noise in the studio is distracting to other students who are trying to work.  Water bottles should be brought into the studio and kept in a designated area near the door.  If a class requires a change of shoes, students must bring the shoes into the studio at the start of class.  Students are not permitted to leave the studio during class unless absolutely necessary.   

All students are expected to treat their teachers and classmates with respect.  It is important that the older students set a positive example for the younger students.  Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.

Please be advised that students picked up later than 15 minutes past their dismissal time are not the responsibility of Studio Allegro.  Please do not have your student wait outside to be picked up.  Have them stay in the waiting area until your arrival.

In case of inclement weather, please check your email and text messages  for information regarding cancellations.  A decision will be made as early as possible; please double check before leaving for class.  Students are permitted to make up any canceled classes before May 1, 2024.   


There are no refunds or credits for missed classes.  All missed classes are to be made up by May 1, 2024.  Payments are accepted in the form of cash, check payable to Studio Allegro or credit card.  A $35 fee will be charged for all returned checks. 

A $25 non-refundable Registration Fee is included in the  first tuition payment,  due at the time of registration.  The balance of tuition must be paid using one of the options outlined in the Tuition Payment Schedule.   All payments must be submitted by their due date.  After a grace period of seven days, a late fee of 10% will be charged on the amount due.

All schedule changes must be completed by October 15, 2023.  After this date a $25 administrative fee will be charged per schedule change.


Should a student become unable to attend classes due to injury or illness prior to March 1, 2024, tuition will be prorated for the time of the student’s attendance and a refund will be issued or the payment plan will be canceled.  A signed doctor’s note is required for a tuition refund or payment plan cancellation.


All students have the option to perform in our annual Nutcracker and Spring Concert performances.  

Nutcracker rehearsal and performance information will be available by September 15, 2023.  Nutcracker Package fees are due by October 15, 2023.  

Spring Concert rehearsal and performance information will be available by January 15, 2024.  Spring Concert Package fees are due by February 15, 2024.

Participation forms must be submitted by October 15, 2023.  Please note that students must be present in the majority of their scheduled classes to be eligible for participation.

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