2023 / 2024
The following is the expected dress code for the 2023 / 2024 season:
Dancers moving from Ballet to another class should wear their ballet leotard and are not required to change to a black leotard for other disciplines.
It is important that even our young dancers get used to the dress code and expectations of being a dancer. Tights are designed as underwear, with the intent to NOT wear a pair of panties or underwear beneath the tights. If a dancer wears underwear, it is sort of like wearing underwear under a swimsuit. Please have your young dancers get used to that now, because panties hanging below the line of the leotard are bulky and distracting, not to mention uncomfortable!
STREET SHOES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON DANCE FLOORS AT ANY TIME AND DANCE SHOES ARE NOT TO BE WORN OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO! Oils and dirt from outdoor surfaces will cling to the shoes and result in damage to our dance studio floor.
BALLET - Black leotard and pink tights through level C and recreational ballet classes. Dance shorts (fitted, black only) may be worn. Dance skirts are acceptable in pointe class only. Hair must be in bun or, for shorter hair, pulled back from the face and fastened. Long bangs (side bangs) must also be pulled off the face. Pink ballet shoes. Ballet leotard colors by level are: Ballet D - Hunter / Forest Green, Ballet E - Royal Blue, Ballet F - Eggplant / Plum, Ballet G - Navy, Advanced - Burgundy. Students in the Company class may choose the style and color of their leotard for that class. If a dancer is taking a split level (ie. Ballet D and Ballet E), the leotard color should be the one that coordinates with the higher level. For example, if a dancer was asked to take a Ballet level F and a Ballet level G, they should wear a Navy leotard for Ballet level G.
JAZZ / MUSICAL THEATRE - Black leotard and tights or jazz pants. Dance shorts are optional. Hair should be worn in a bun or pony tail with all pieces out of the face. Tan jazz shoes and/or character shoes. Jazz Team members must have stretch canvas jazz shoes.
MODERN / LYRICAL / CONTEMPORARY - Black leotard and footless or convertible tights. Hair should be worn in a bun or pony tail with all pieces out of the face. Young lyrical dancers can be barefoot or in foot thongs, and level A and above should wear half-soles for lyrical. Modern is barefoot.
TAP - Black tap shoes (no split-soles from Capezio or Bloch) and comfortable dance or athletic attire. No jeans of any kind or school clothes. Pants must not cover the feet. Capri length is appropriate. Younger level tap classes (Tot Dance, KinderCombo, Tap A and B) should wear Mary Jane-style shoes. No patent leather shoes are allowed on our dance floors! Please make sure taps are screwed on to the shoe, not nailed, so as to minimize the amount of aluminum residue left on the floor from inferior taps.
HIP HOP - Form-fitting top (tank, baby doll t-shirts, etc.) and jazz pants or capris. Hair should be worn so that it is out of the face. Dedicated sneakers and knee pads. No outside street shoes will be allowed on the dance floors.
KINDERCOMBO & TOT DANCE - Black leotard, pink tights. Pink ballet shoes, black mary-jane style tap shoes (no patent leather). *Please make sure taps are screwed on to the shoe, not nailed, so as to minimize the amount of aluminum residue left on the floor from inferior taps.
ART & MUSIC CLASSES - Comfortable, age-appropriate clothing. The "best of" collection from a closet would not be the best option for students taking photography, painting, and / or drawing classes. Old shirts or smocks are recommended.
One dress code infraction will result in a warning. A second infraction will result in the student sitting and observing class. If a student gets a third dress code infraction, they will be asked to wait in the lobby for the remainder of the class.