ATTIRE BY DANCE TYPE:
We highly suggest you visit one of our local dance supply stores. For shoes especially, brands do not have the same sizing as street shoes so buying them online is very confusing. Plus, the dance supply stores will fit the best type/brand/style for your dancers foot. All ballet shoes are not alike.
*Early Dance (Creative Movement & Pre-Ballet): Black Leotard (can have attached skirt), Bloch brand pink tights, Pink Ballet Shoes, & Black Tap shoes (Capezio N625C or So Danca TA35). Hair should be pulled back off the face and secured in a bun. Clips w/ bun holders are suggested – easier for parents (available at dance stores)
*Ballet – Beginning Ballet through Level 5: Black Leotard, Bloch Salmon Tights, Pink Ballet Shoes. Hair must be pulled back off the face and secured in a bun. Beginner Ballet also needs Black Tap shoes (Capezio N625C or So Danca TA35).
*Jazz: Black Leotard, Black “jazz” pants, tight fitting shorts or capris. Tights: Bloch Light Tan (preferably convertible). Hair in ponytail. Shoes: So Danca JZ43 Carmel or Bloch S0499 Tan or Bloch S0495 Tan.
*Modern & Lyrical: Black Leotard, Black “jazz” pants, tight fitting shorts or capris. Hair in ponytail. Shoes: none, barefoot. Students may wear nude foot undies if they wish
*Tap: Comfortable top. Black “jazz” pants, tight fitting shorts or capris. Hair in ponytail. Shoes (all should be full sole): Levels 1-3 can wear So Danca Black TA04/TA05. Tap 4 should wear Bloch SO361.
*Hip Hop: Comfortable top and pants. Shoes: Can wear Black Trimfoot JS200 OR Regular sneakers that are bought and used SOLEY for dance class – DO NOT WEAR OUTSIDE!
**Acro for Dance: Black Leotard with either Black “jazz” pants, tight fitting shorts or capris. Hair in ponytail. Shoes: none, barefoot.
DANCE ATTIRE DETAILS
GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN
*LEOTARDS: Please see class information above for full details on which classes require a leotard to be worn.
*TIGHTS: Please see above for full details on which classes require tights to be worn. Tights belong under the leotard, not over. Please do not roll tights up.
*SKIRTS: Skirts are allowed in class, however individual instructors may request for no skirts to be worn if she/he so chooses.
*HAIR: Hair should be pulled back neatly away from the face.Girls with very short hair can use combinations of barrettes and headbands in order for them to pull back their hair. For ballet class, younger students may purchase barrettes at a dance apparel store that allow you to insert a ponytail into a net for a quick and simple bun. All intermediate and advanced students must put their hair into a neat bun for ballet classes. For all other styles, a ponytail is sufficient.
*SHOES: Shoes are denoting by each different style. Please visit your dance apparel store for purchase. Ballet shoes divide into two types. More definitions:
BALLET SHOES are worn by both sexes. Girls should purchase pink, boys should buy black. They should be reputable brands and be purchased at your nearest dance apparel store. Payless shoes are actually sometimes more expense and are also lesser quality leather.
Canvas or leather? It’s up to you. Leather lasts a little longer, but canvas breathes a little better. Buy whichever is more comfortable.
What about those little strings at the top? You are supposed to use these to pull the shoe snug on the dancer’s foot. Then tie them in a square knot. You can then cut off some of the excess. The little strings are not supposed to be tied in bows and left on top of the shoe— they are to be tucked neatly into the shoe.
What about elastic? Yes, all dancers should wear elastic on their shoes. Your dance-wear supplier will show you how it is to be sewn (by you, but very simple to do and some even come pre-sewn now)
Some shoes come with two elastics already half-sewn on to the shoe. These are to be completed in a criss-cross pattern. Please do not tie these elastics to each other, but sew them to the shoe.
POINTE SHOE: The second type of shoe worn by ballet dancers is the pointe shoe. This shoe is only worn by females, and only after several years of intensive training. Dancers will be told by their teachers when they are allowed to begin taking pointe classes and will discuss the various types and details of pointe shoes to the student and parent at that time.
Boys who are just starting the study of ballet are encouraged to wear any loose, comfortable clothing, such as sweatpants or bike shorts, a solid color T-shirt, & ballet shoes. Boys in intermediate and advanced classes should wear a white, form-fitting T-shirt tucked into a Dance belt (a type of athletic supporter for dancers), worn with black footed tights and black ballet shoes