Did you know that you can get a Sport Court game court in your backyard for less money than it costs to send your child to dance school?
When families think about sending their child to take lessons for dance, karate, etc., they often only see the initial cost. “Only $150 a month, we can do that!” Most often it’s hard to see the big picture where cost is concerned, specifically the potential for 10+ years of “initial costs.” When you look at the total cost for your child to be involved in an activity like dance, there are many add-ons that contribute to the overall expense. Classes, attire, costumes, recitals, accessories, etc. – these all add up to be a number much greater than originally anticipated by the initial cost.
Let’s dig a little deeper…
Some basic research suggests that the all-in cost for your child to be involved in dance can range from $1000 – $5000 per child, per year. You can expect to spend the lower end as your child is younger, and more toward the higher and beyond as they get older and are more involved in different styles of dance, multiple recitals, etc. Let’s assume your child begins dance lessons at age 5 and continues throughout high school. You can expect to spend between $15,000 – $65,000 and up throughout their dance career. These numbers can easily double if they are involved in multiple styles of dance which each require separate attire, shoes, and costumes and the expenses related. Many parents report spending upwards of $10,000 per year for each of their child for dance lessons, not including the amount of time and money spend attending all of these classes.
- Classes – $720-1800 per year depending on school
- Dance Attire – $60-$210 per year and more as needed
- Tights – $20-$70 per year and more as needed
- Shoes – $40-$120 per year and more as needed
- Recital Costumes – $50-$2700 per year (Depending on how many recitals and how many styles of dance)
- Accessories – $20-$100 per year
- Dance Bag – $10-$100 per year
A 30’ x 30’ basketball court in your backyard (a common size that allows for a good size playing area) – including the site work (excavating, leveling, grading, moving sprinklers, etc.) base material (concrete, asphalt, etc.), surface (Sport Court modular surface), components (basketball systems), and installation (including painting of lines) will typically cost about $20,000 completed. If we use the same timeline of 13 years that your child will play on it (keeping in mind that it will be there to enjoy for decades beyond that), a Sport Court game court will average to $128 per month.
Like many sports and activities, there are many factors that make up the total cost of a backyard Sport Court. Read our comprehensive breakdown here – Understanding the Cost of a Backyard Sport Court.
Treva Bedinghaus, “How Much Do Dance Classes Cost?” ThoughtCo.
Suzy S., “What Can I Expect to Pay for Dance Costumes?” TakeLessons
Treva Bedinghaus, “At What Age Should My Child Begin Dance Classes?” ThoughtCo.
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