Friedman studied mostly lower-middle class and middle class families for her book, and found that the parents of dancers paid thousands of dollars per year. This included entry fees per routine, variable costs for shoes and approximately $200 per costume. "On top of fees and appearance-related costs, there is the cost of traveling to competitions and staying in hotels, which can cost several hundreds of dollars each weekend."
Altogether, Friedman found that the parents she studied spent between $5,000 and $10,000 per year for a child in competitive dance. "This is obviously a lot of money, and it may be surprising to many unfamiliar with dance, but it is commensurate, and even cheaper, than similar activities like figure skating and gymnastics," she says in her book.