"Together we dance"
Now that you have decided which dance class your child is going to take, you must now prepare them to dress the part.
Why is dress code important in dance?
Proper dance attire enables the teacher to see the dancers' positions and movement in order to give necessary corrections for the benefit of the dancer's education. A dress code also teaches self discipline and unity within the group class environment, which is important in an art as demanding as dance.
A dance dress code is an important part of the structure of a dance studio and the study of dance. The proper attire will help each dancer and teacher to see that each muscle is being worked correctly, and that proper form is being executed.
AT NO TIME ARE JEANS / CUT OFF JEAN SHORTS / OR PARTY DRESSES PERMITTED.
The right shoe selection is more important than one might think. We work our feet, which is why it is critical that we carefully consider our footwear choices. The right dance shoe should be snug-fitting, more so than a regular street shoe, to ensure long lasting support once the shoes stretch out.
Looking to create the perfect Ballet Bun? Read our or or watch a Ballet Bun Instructional Video for more information.
If you are unsure of the fit of your dance shoes or clothing, please ask one of your instructors or an assistant at your local dance store.
WHERE TO PURCHASE DRESS CODE ITEMS:
We love our local dance shop that is just a hop-skip-and twirl away! Please check them out in our neighboring community, Courtenay. Click on the link posted to find them.
LYRICAL & MODERN DANCE All ages
HAIR: Hair will be out of face in either a bun or ponytail.
CLOTHING: Leotard, any colour. Legs must be covered with either stretchy pants or tights under leotard or shorts. Dancers are welcome to layer a lose top over leotard.
SHOES/ FEET: Socks. No bare feet. 100% cotton is recommended.
BALLET, ages listed below
HAIR: Always a high bun.
CLOTHING: Ages 3 - 8, Pink bodysuit, White Tights or white socks.
SHOES: Ages 3 - 8, Pink ballet shoes . Fabric/ canvas are more comfortable.
BALLET Ages 9 – Teen , CLOTHING: Any colour of leotard / bodysuit, with any colour of tights (skirt/ shorts optional optional) NO PANTS
SHOES: Ages 9 - Teen, Split sole, ballet pink, stretch canvas.
JAZZ AND TAP, all ages
HAIR: Must always be tied back out of face, bun/ pony tail, braid.
CLOTHING: Any colour of leotard / bodysuit , any colour of leggings, jazz pants, shorts. No bare legs.
TOPS: are an option of any colour fitted tank tops/ T-shirts top as well.
SHOES: NUDE Stretch Canvas Jazz shoes ONLY. BLACK Tap Shoes only
HOOP DANCE, all ages
HAIR: Bun / Pony tail or brad only.
CLOTHING: Any colour of Leotard/bodysuits of any kind or fitted tank top. Nude or Black footless tights with black shorts or black stretchy pants. Legs must be covered.
FOOT WEAR: socks ONLY. Students will work between dancing barefoot and with socks.
TINY HOOP DANCERS : FOOT WEAR / any socks
HAIR: low pony tail / low bun or french braid only.
CLOTHING: Any colour of leotard / bodysuit and shorts. NO tights, NO shoes. BRING SOCKS for warming up and stretching.
HIP HOP DANCE:
HAIR: Any way you like as long as its not distracting.
CLOTHING: Comfortable clothing easy to move it that is appropriate in the class room.
SHOES: IN DOOR CLEAN SHOES ONLY. No walking in from the street wearing your class room shoes. Keeping our studio floors clean and sanitary is a MUST.
THEATER/ DRAMA/ ACTING
Come as you are! And feel free to be creative as possible with your clothing whenever you like! NO outdoor shoes at anytime. Please wear cozy slippers and or big fuzzy socks to class.
All dancers must wear leotards/bodysuits with tights. Shorts are an option over tights. Hair in high bun. No shoes
Hair up and out of the way. Fitted clothing that is easy to move in. Why fitted? So the instructor can see your form. BRING SOCKS. Please always wear socks to class. Pants or tights is highly recommended.
Dance Bag & Accessories
For practical purposes, having a bag to carry your dance items is essential for keeping the items organized, but can also add an element of fun to the dance experience. Dancers love to show off that they dance and there are so many fun ways to do this. The dance bag can be embellished with charms, embroidered with the name of the dance studio or the dancer’s name etc. Hair clips, key chains, travel mugs, jewelry, and so many other items can also provide you with a keepsake to show the world that you love to dance!
Tip: If you are just starting out with dance it might be a good idea to opt for inexpensive or even second hand dance wear. Because the dance wear is generally tight fitting, children grow out of it very quickly, which means you can find second hand items in excellent condition, with very little wear.