Tuition/Policies


FALL TERM 2020 Updates:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with current restrictions in mind for the health and safety of all, NMBC will offer both hybrid and online-only enrollment options. Hybrid students will take a combination of in-person and online classes (small groups may rotate on a weekly basis for in-studio classes depending on class sizes and studio capacity). Online classes via Zoom are available for all enrolled students and drop-ins. 

COVID Safe Studio Policies

Enrolled students and parents should refer to the current Student & Parent Handbook for a full list of studio policies.

  • Everyone entering the building must wear a mask at all times. 
  • NMBC will screen all students and staff for COVID-like symptoms on a daily basis before entering the building. Everyone entering the building will be recorded in a daily log for potential contact tracing purposes. 
  • Students/staff with symptoms, close contact, or known exposure to a positive COVID-19 case must stay home and notify NMBC. 
  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet from others, preferably 10 feet when dancing. 
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer often.
  • Class start and end times are staggered to prevent cross-traffic and to allow time for sanitizing between groups. 
  • Dancers must bring their own water bottle to every class. Food and gum are not permitted in the studio. 
  • Until further notice, parents/family/friends are not permitted to wait or observe classes in the lobby areas.
  • Contactless payment is preferred. Choose a convenient monthly auto-payment plan or call us to process payment over the phone. 

Tuition & Registration

Registration fee: $25 per family, charged once yearly for students who register between August and May. Registration fees are not charged for summer sessions in June or July. 

Tuition is based on the total class hours taken per week, not the number of classes. Monthly rates are based on a 4-week month, and rates remain the same for short (3 weeks) or long (5 weeks) months. Tuition payments are due in full no later than the 15th of the month. Contactless auto-payment plans are available. Tuition is not pro-rated or refundable due to absence, illness/injury, withdrawal, or weather cancellations. 

Hybrid tuition rates are discounted from our normal in-person rates. In addition, students who opt for online-only enrollment will receive a $15.00 discount off the hybrid rates listed below. 

Hours of Class per Week Hybrid Monthly Rate
0.5 hours$40
1 hour$55
1.5 hours$75
2 hours$99
2.5 hours$119
3 hours$133
3.5 hours$149
4 hours$159
4.5 hours$178
5 hours$188
5.5 hours$206
6 hours & up (unlimited)$215


Virtual Drop-in Rates

Until further notice, drop-ins and make-ups are available on Zoom only. Call us at 505-659-8523 by 4:00pm on the day you wish to drop-in for an online class. We’ll process your payment and email you a Zoom link for your desired class(es). 

0.5 hour class $8
1-hour class$10
Professional 1-hours $5
1.5-hour$15
Professional 1.5-hour$10

Level Placement

Level placement is determined by NMBC’s professional faculty’s assessment of several factors: technical ability, age, maturity, focus, consistent attendance, and work ethic in class. Class levels include creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet 1–4, pre-pointe, pointe A, and pointe B. Levels for other styles of dance (tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop) will be determined by age and ability, and may not match a dancer’s ballet class level. Students may advance to the next level only with faculty approval and when they have completed curriculum requirements for the current level.  

Dress Code

Creative Movement (ages 3–4)

  • Girls: Light pink leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers. No skirts please. 
    • Hair must be secured away from the face in a neat bun or ponytail. 
    • Ballet slippers with drawstrings must be tied, trimmed, and tucked in. 
  • Boys: Black leggings or shorts, white or black t-shirt, and black ballet slippers. 

Pre-Ballet (ages 5–7)

  • Girls: Black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers. No skirts please.
    • Hair must be secured away from the face in a neat bun. 
    • Ballet slippers with drawstrings should be tied, trimmed, and tucked in.
  • Boys: Black leggings or shorts, white or black t-shirt, and black ballet slippers. 

Ballet 1 – 4 (ages 8 and up)

  • Females: Black leotard, pink tights, and pink split-sole ballet slippers. 
    • Hair must be secured away from the face in a neat bun. 
    • Warm-ups may be worn for pliés and tendus. In exceptionally cold weather or studio conditions, instructors may allow warm-ups throughout class at their discretion. 
    • Skirts may be worn for Pointe classes. 
    • Ballet slippers with drawstrings should be tied, trimmed, and tucked in. 
  • Males: Black tights or ballet shorts, solid black or white t-shirt, black or white ballet slippers.

Conditioning, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap

  • Leotard and tights, jazz pants, or any form-fitting clothing that is appropriate and allows for movement.
  • Footwear depending on the style of dance: tap shoes, sneakers, jazz shoes, socks, etc.

Mommy & Me (ages 18 months – 2 years)

  • See Creative Movement dress code OR comfortable clothing that allows for movement with socks or bare feet. 

Adult Classes 

  • See Ballet 1–4 dress code OR comfortable, athletic clothing that allows for movement.

We recommend purchasing your dance shoes and attire from locally owned and operated New Mexico Dancewear. Our students and dancers receive a 20% discount on all purchases and New Mexico Dancewear donates 5% to NMBC. Use our studio code 3643 to receive your discount.

New Mexico Dancewear – 8206 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 – (505) 292-2747

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On behalf of the entire NMBC team of faculty, staff, and contract dancers: we are incredibly grateful for your continued support and encouragement during these unpredictable times. We hope to provide not only great dance instruction, but also some joy and happiness for our wonderful students and their families. Keep moving and we’ll see you in the studio again soon. Thank you for supporting your local arts organizations and NMBC!

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