Why is there a Dress Code?
A Dress Code serves many purposes inside a dance school. Uniforms help to:
- Identify non-students in the studio
- Diminish economic and social barriers between students
- Increase a sense of belonging and school pride
- Ecourage discipline
- Help students resist the pressure to buy stylish clothes for class
- Protect modesty of the dancers
- Make it easier for the teacher to address body placement and alignment issues
- Encourage hygiene – By keeping everything in place and helping to keep one’s sweat to oneself!
- Prevent injuries – By keeping the hair out of the face, we can see. By keeping the gum out of the mouth, we don’t choke. And by wearing tights, we keep our muscles warm!
In addition to the class-specific dress code outlined below, we ask the following of all dancers:
- Do not wear dangling jewelry or chew gum in class
- No denim
- Keep covered- no midriffs please
- Wear deodorant and appropriate undergarments for dance
Girls: do not wear underwear with tights, do wear a sports bra as needed
Boys: wear athletic compression shorts or a dance belt
Pre-Primary Classes (Ages 6 and under)
Girls: Black leotard, tights (ballet pink, black or nude), pink leather ballet slippers, black patent leather Mary Jane style beginner tap shoe, hair pulled back into a bun/french braid tucked under/french twist.
Boys: Black sweatpants or shorts, white t-shirt, black ballet shoes, black lace-up beginner tap shoe.
Girls: Black leotard, tights (ballet pink, black or nude), black patent leather Mary Jane style beginner tap shoe, clean tennis shoes dedicated to hip hop (Velcro is best for fast shoe changes!), hair pulled back into a bun/french braid tucked under/french twist.
Boys: Black sweatpants or shorts, white t-shirt, clean tennis shoes dedicated to hip hop (Velcro is best for fast shoe changes!), black lace-up beginner tap shoe.
All Other Courses (Ages 7 and up)
Ballet, Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Contemporary, Stretch & Strength, Turns & Leaps, Musical Theatre
Girls: BLACK leotard, convertible PINK tights, appropriate dance shoes (see below), HAIR pulled back into a bun for ballet classes. A pony tail, french braid tucked under/french twist is acceptable for all other styles of dance.
Boys: BLACK sweatpants or shorts, PLAIN WHITE t-shirt, appropriate dance shoes for the class.
Ballet: pink leather ballet flats for girls, black leather ballet flats for boys
Pointe: pointe shoes as purchased through the EDC shoe fitting
Jazz and Musical Theatre: Black slip-on jazz shoes
Acro, Contempoary and Stretch and Strength: Bare Feet
Lyrical: Nude Lyrical Turners
Hip Hop: Black hightop sneakers with white soles.
Breakdancing, Hip Hop, Tap
Girls: We are now requiring a BASE UNIFORM OF BLACK LEOTARD AND TIGHTS to keep muscles warm and protect dancers’ modesty during tricks such as head stands, etc. PANTS (over tights) are required for Breakdancing and Hip Hop to protect legs during slides and a BEANIE in the dance bag will make headspins easier in these classes too. Dancers must wear appropriate dance shoes in each class AND secure hair up and out of the face. Tap students wear black lace-up oxford style tap shoes. Hip Hop and Breakdancing students must have DEDICATED clean or brand-new BLACK HIGHTOP sneakers with WHITE soles. See examples here. “Dedicated” dance shoes means they are only worn inside the studio. Enter the building in your street shoes and CHANGE SHOES, just like you would for ballet, tap or jazz. Nobody wants to roll around on the floor in the gum, doggy doo or other gross stuff you tracked in. Ew.
*Please consult with us before purchasing dance shoes, as not all shoes are created equal and cheaper is rarely better. Additionally, all students are required to wear the same style and color shoe when it comes time to perform so it is best to ask before buying! Dancers may buy dance shoes wherever they’re sold, but we encourage you to get personally fitted and purchase directly through us if time allows (typically two weeks). For a physical location, we like The Dancer’s Closet in Littleton or Boulder Bodywear in Lafayette. If you prefer to shop online, we suggest Discount Dance Supply.