You may also mail or drop off your completed registration form, registration fee, and your first and month’s tuition to:

Stage Door University

6260 Lockwood Ridge Rd

Sarasota, FL 34243

We will send an email confirmation of your enrollment!


•Tuition rates are for the full season (August-May, including studio holidays), not by the number of classes in the month. A full season of dance includes a minimum of 34 lessons (We have 37 weeks built into our calendar to give us flexibility during these historic times). Tuition fees are paid monthly or annually.

•In the event of government orders, natural disaster, or pandemic our classes may need to be moved to a virtual platform. All tuition and fees will continue to be run during our normal contract unless a 30 day written notice is given.

•After registering (paying your registration fee & first month tuition), monthly tuition (August – May) must be paid by account debit or automatic credit card payment. Tuition will be debited from your account (or charged to your credit card) on the 10th day of each month (August – May). To avoid your card being run, please pay by cash, check or debit card by the 10th of each month.

•Accounts not paid by the 10th of each month will be charged a late fee of $15. Accounts more than 60 days past due may be submitted to collection services. Dancer will not be allowed to participate in classes until account is up to date.

Recital Participation Package will be paid by automatic bank account debit or automatic credit card payment on November 1st.


Dancers are encouraged to take advantage of our Multi-Class Discounts for maximum progress & value. Please refer to the Class Schedule page for details.


NSF on paper checks, auto-debit, or auto-charge payments will incur a $35 NSF fee which will be paid at the front desk along with the tuition.


There is a two month minimum for all lessons. One-month notice from the first of the month is required to discontinue any payments.

To withdraw a parent must:

1) Fill out a withdrawal form at the studio or submit a written withdrawal request via email.

2) Automatic bank debiting or credit card charges will stop after the one-month notice period.


SDS reserves the right to provide a substitute teacher if the regular teacher is ill or is otherwise unable to teach. SDS reserves the right to reschedule or combine classes.


•Refunds are only issued when SDS cancels a class due to low enrollment.

•We are unable to provide refunds or credits for any classes, lessons, workshops, or performances that are cancelled, moved to a virtual platform, or unable to proceed as a result of governmental orders, natural disasters, or pandemic.

•Account credit will be issued when the student initiates the schedule change. Credit will be applied to any SDS tuition or fees due within one year.


All private lessons cancelled with more than 24 hours notice will not be charged. No-show lessons or lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full amount.


•A lost and found basket is located in the dancewear store. Please check the lost and found basket regularly as all lost and found items are donated to Goodwill every two months and during vacation breaks.

•Security cameras are located in public areas for safety and security.


At SDS we go to great lengths to keep you informed and up to date:

Email, Facebook and Lobby Communication Center

Recital website dedicated to “Everything Recital”

Questions- We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your dancer or our programs. Let us know how we can help in any way!

Written Evaluations or Conferences for Our Competitive Levels


Regular attendance is vital to student progress and group choreography.

Please make every effort to attend each class. Missed classes from August to December can be made up before December Break, and missed classes from January to March can be made up by April 1st. To make up a class, students must be currently enrolled at Stage Door Studios and make up classes in the same type/style of class. It is important not to miss more than two of the final eight classes before recital.


In the event of inclement weather, an email will be sent and a Facebook post made by 2:00pm if classes are cancelled (by 8:00am for morning classes). Please note that we do not necessarily follow school closings as many of their closings are due to outdoor after school activities. Any cancelled classes may be made up on your own time from our regular schedule of classes.


(Includes 1st costume/tights/recital T-shirt/Digital Recital Video)

• All classes have a costume with the exception of our tumble classes.

• Recital Performance Package will be paid by automatic bank account debit or automatic credit card payment on November 1st and is non-refundable. Costumes will not be ordered unless payment is received in full.

• Students are measured for costumes in classes and they will be delivered in Jan.-April. Costumes will be given out to Non-Recital Participants after the Recital.

• Once costumes are ordered they may not be cancelled or returned for refund.


•Every year, we end our season with our fully-staged, professional Spring Recital. We encourage, but do not require, participation. In the event we are unable to do a full staged Recital we will adjust as needed.

•Students are required to wear appropriate dance shoes for the performance and may need to purchase a specific color or brand of tights.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation!

Important Dates 2024-2025

Classes Begin August 12th

•September 2nd NO CLASSES


•November 25th-30th THANKSGIVING BREAK

•December 21st-January 3rd WINTER BREAK

•January 20th NO CLASSES


•March 17th-22nd SPRING BREAK

•May 26th NO CLASSES

•June 5th-7th ANNUAL RECITAL


I absolutely love this place and highly recommend it!! My 3 year old son goes here for enrichment classes (art, science, numbers) and tumbling and just loves it. The teachers are so sweet with him! My daughter (age 6) who previously quit ballet did a trial for Sparkle Squad (cheer and dance together) and just loves it. The staff are so welcoming and friendly. This is truly a wonderful place for children!

Neha D.

We love Stage Door University! This is our fourth year dancing at this amazing studio and we love all the teachers, especially Miss Heather! Thank you for everything Miss Heather and Stage Door University! Our girls love their Headliners Class ⭐️ ❤️

Katherine T.

Contact Us


6260 N Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota FL 34243

Monday: 3:30–7:15 PM

Tuesday: 9 AM-12:00PM; 3:30-8:30 PM

Wednesday: 3:00–8:00 PM

Thursday: 3:00–8:30 PM

Friday-Sunday: Closed


Stage Door University has designed an excellent dance and theater program of activities to give children a chance to experience the joy of dancing and creative movement in a fun and loving atmosphere. We are committed to providing a stimulating and adventurous environment to enhance children’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual and creative growth.

Opening Hours

Monday: 3:30–7:15 PM

Tuesday: 9 AM-12:00PM; 3:30-8:30 PM

Wednesday: 3:00–8:00 PM

Thursday: 3:00–8:30 PM

Friday-Sunday: Closed

ADDRESS: 6260 N Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota FL 34243

Telephone: (941) 822-0017

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