Orlando School of Dance

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We believe in offering students a quality dance education with training that motivates the students to be the best they can be. Our focus is offering proper dance training, by a highly qualified staff, that inspires dedication, teamwork and discipline. The lessons learned at the Orlando School of Dance will have applications far beyond the dance class, and will last the students a lifetime.



(518) 393-7827


1765 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12304

New Location as of June 30, 2019:

105 Mohawk Ave.

Scotia, NY 12302


The Orlando Dance Family

Family owned and operated since 1954

For over 60 years, we have been prominent dance educators in our local community. Both Debbie and Michele have degrees in dance and theater and extensive experience as professional dancers on Broadway. We hope you choose to become a part of our family.

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Programs & Classes

Our studio offers a wide variety of dance styles that are designed to meet each student's competency level. We are recognized as a leader in dance training in the Capital Region. Our teachers create original routines for each class that are rewarding and challenging for each student to perform.




Proficient tap dancers can only be developed when proper attention has been devoted to correct technique and an exact sense of rhythm. Body placement, the correct way of striking the taps, patterns and balance are essential ingredients for the good dancer to excel.


Jazz dance takes the basic principles of ballet technique and liberates it, by utilizing various styles of music. Classes consist of center warm up, stretching, across the floor progressions and varied stylistic combinations. Jazz creates a powerful and versatile dancer.


Ballet classes are graded from Beginner-Ballet to Advanced-Ballet technique. 



Children ages 6 - 8. Basic barre and floor technique are introduced at this level. 


Children ages 9 & up. Beginner students are placed in classes according to age. The length of the class and the number of classes per week depends on the student's level of advancement. Class time is devoted to barre and center floor technique. 


Intermediate and advanced students who have developed sufficient strength are selected for pointe class. Students are taught to execute ballet technique on full pointe.


Creative Dance

An introductory program for children ages 4 - 5 designed to enhance rhythmic skills, coordination, and a genuine love for dance. Children in these classes are taught simple tap and ballet exercises, nursery rhymes and a variety of rhythmic activities.

A wonderful introduction for 3 year olds to the world of dance. With age appropriate exercises and activities, varied music styles, and an emphasis on fun, children learn to express themselves by moving to the music.



New Beginner Classes - Fall 2019


Ages: 6 - 8 * Monday 4:00 -5:00 PM

Ages: 9 - 12 * Monday 4:00 - 5:00 PM


Ages: 6 - 8 * Thursday 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Ages: 9 - 12 * Friday 5:00 - 6:00 PM


Ages: 7 - 9 * Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00 PM

jazz/hip hop:

Ages 10 - 12 * Friday 4:00 - 5:00 PM


Ages: 4 - 5 * Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Creative dance:

Age 3 * Saturday 11:00 - 12:00 AM

adult classes:

8 week sessions in Adult Beginner Tap, Ballet, and Jazz. Schedule for 2019 - 2020 to be determined.

All listed classes are for beginner students only and are one hour in length. The complete schedule of classes is not listed on this website. For placement beyond the beginner level, please call the studio at (518) 393-7827 to schedule an in-person evaluation.


Upcoming Adult Sessions will be announced on our website banner and Facebook page for season 2018 - 2019.
Call the studio at (518) 393-7827 for details.

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Payment & Registration

Information on how to register for a class can be seen below.
We offer a variety of different payment plans in order to best accommodate your unique circumstance.

Note: Registration is only necessary for NEW students enrolling in the beginner classes. 
For placement in a class beyond the beginner level, please call the studio
at (518) 393-7827 to schedule an in-person evaluation.

 Current students must register for your assigned classes on parent portal with the codes provided.


In the event that a class is full, your registration fee will be returned.
If there are less than 6 students registered for a class, we reserve the right to cancel the class.
Thank you for your understanding.



New Student Registration Fee: $10

Costume payments in full will be due by December 21, 2019.



Yearly Tuition

The studio season is from September 9, 2019 - June 6, 2020.
There are three payment options for yearly tuition:



Base Plan - Four Payments
Due the first class in each period - September, November, February, and April. A late payment fee of $5.00 per week is applied for each week beyond the due date.


Plan A - One Payment
Save 10% - Pay for the season in advance and save 10%. Payment must be made by the first class in September to qualify - otherwise you revert to the Four Payment Plan.


Plan B - Two Payments
Save 8% - Pay for the season in two payments, September and January, and save 8%. Payments must be made by the first class in September and January to qualify - otherwise you revert to the Four Payment Plan.

For tuition rates, please call the studio at (518) 393-7827.




four easy ways to register

  1. Register online

  2. Call us at (518) 393-7827

  3. Mail in the form to 1765 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12304 or after June 30, 2019 please mail to 105 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, NY 12302.

  4. Come to our open house on Wednesdays July 24th, August 7th or August 28th, 2019 from 5:00-7:00PM


1765 STATE STREET, SCHENECTADY, NY 12304 or after June 30, 2019 please mail to 105 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, NY 12302

You may pay by mail or in person.



Come Visit Our Open Houses!

wednesdays, JulY 24TH, AUGUST 7TH & AUGUST 28TH, 2019
from 5:00-7:00PM on ALL DAYS


Don't worry if you missed the open house, just give us a call and we would be glad to assist you!


Studio Calendar


First Day of Class

Monday, September 9, 2019



No classes will be held on the following dates:


Columbus Day: October 14

Halloween:  October 31

Thanksgiving: November 27 - 30

Holiday: December 23 - January 2
     Classes resume January 3

Martin Luther King Day: January 20

Winter Break: February 17 - 22

Spring Break: April 10 - April 18

Memorial Day: May 23 - 25


NEXT YEAR Tentative date - Saturday, June 6, 2020



SUMMER Classes

Workshop 1: July 15 - 19, 2019
Workshop 2: July 22 - 26, 2019
Workshop 3: August 5 - 9, 2019

Workshops are for mid and upper level classes in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap


Ages: 4 - 6 & 7 - 9

JULY 8 - 12 & JULY 29 - AUGUST 2



Parent Observation Schedule

September 9 - 14, 2019
November 4 - 9, 2019
February 3 - 8, 2020
April 27 - May 2, 2020


Call the studio at (518) 393-7827 for more information.



As of June 30, 2019

Orlando School of Dance
105 Mohawk Ave.
Scotia, NY 12302



(518) 393-7827

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