The Dance Centre

Dress Code

The objective of this dress code is to provide dancers with unrestricted movement and a distraction free environment. It also provides our teachers an unobstructed view of a dancer’s technique. Please review the following dress codes for each dance subject and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!


NOTES FOR ALL CLASSES:

TDC dress code is all black attire for most classes. Please be sure to check the dress code for each class you or your child is enrolled in to confirm.

No headbands, watches (including Apple watches and Fitbits), or jewelry.

Buns must be well secured with a hairnet and bobby pins so they do not fall out during class.Socks should not be worn with ballet slippers and jazz shoes.

Ballet slippers for young dancers with drawstrings should be tightened/adjusted for snug fit, then knotted OR cut excess drawstring taped to the inside of the shoe for future adjustments. Very young students have sensitive feet so too much excess string that is tucked and taped inside shoes can be uncomfortable. Slip-on ballet slippers with no drawstrings are also acceptable (please no isotoner house slippers).

Any shoes used on the dance floor, including hip hop shoes, must be clean and carried in for class. Students will not be permitted to wear outdoor shoes in the studio.

No lotions on skin - contact makes the floor slick and dangerous.

Shoes and ballet slippers that still fit from last season, regardless of color, may be worn this season. We will do our best to adhere to shoe dress code colors for show costuming.


PRE-K BALLET


Girls:

Black one-piece leotard (any style)

Pink tights or flesh-tone tights

Pink ballet slippers

Hair pulled back away from the face, preferably in a bun

No skirts, please, as they become a distraction to the students.


Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black shorts or jazz pants/leggings

Black ballet slippers


PRE-K HIPPITY HOP

Loose, comfortable street clothes such as sweat pants, shorts, t-shirts and athletic shoes. Shoes must be clean, dry, and not worn outside before class.

Hair can be worn as desired as long as it is not a distraction.


PREK ACROBATICS & ACROBATICS


Girls:

Black one piece leotard OR black form-fitting tank top or shirt (should not flip over the dancer’s head while upside down)

Form fitting black jazz shorts (hot shorts) or leggings permitted but not mandatory

Bare feet

Hair pulled back in a very low bun. If bun placement is too high, it will hurt the back of the student’s head during any rolling position, and loose hair that is not tied back will get caught under the dancer's hands when performing many skills, causing safety and injury hazards.

No headbands, jewelry or watches


Boys:

Fitted shirt

Black shorts or leggings

Bare feet

No headbands, jewelry or watches


BALLET / TAP COMBO (LEVEL 1)

Girls:

Black one-piece leotard (any style)

Pink tights or flesh-tone tights

Pink ballet slippers

Secure bun with no loose strands.

No skirts

Tan Mary Jane style tap shoe with buckle strap

Black shorts optional (see note below)

Dancers will not have time to change out of their leotard for tap portion of class, so dancers should plan to wear a black leotard for the duration of this combo class.Many dancers like to slip on a pair of black jazz shorts for tap class. This is optional but must be accomplished independently and quickly during this short transition during class. Students will not be permitted to change in the locker room during class time.

Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black shorts or jazz pants

Black ballet shoes & black tap oxford shoe

Note for all tap dancers wearing tap oxford: Do not purchase soft leather, flexible jazz tap shoes.

BALLET / JAZZ COMBO (LEVELS 1, 2 & 3)

Girls:

Black one-piece leotard (any style)

Pink tights or flesh-tone tights

Pink ballet slippers

Secure bun with no loose strands

No skirts (can be a distraction to students)

Tan jazz shoes (see note below)

Black jazz shorts optional (see note below)

Dancers will not have time to change out of their leotard for jazz portion of class, so dancers should plan to wear a black leotard for the duration of this combo class.

Dancing with ballet slippers for both ballet and jazz in the first semester will be acceptable. In situations where an option like this is given, some students who do not have a change of attire will be upset. Please discuss your choice with your child before he or she attends class.

Many dancers like to slip on a pair of black jazz shorts for jazz class. This is optional but must be accomplished independently and quickly during this short transition during class. Students will not be permitted to change in the locker room during class time.

Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black shorts or jazz pants.

Black ballet slippers

Black jazz shoes (see note below)

Dancing with ballet slippers for both ballet and jazz in the first semester will be acceptable. In situations where an option like this is given, some students who do not have a change of attire will be upset. Please discuss your choice with your child before she attends class.

BALLET (4, 5, 6 & Teen) & PRE-POINTE

Girls:

Black leotard (any style)

Pink tights or flesh-tone tights

Pink split sole ballet slippers

Hair secured in a neat bun using a hair net and bobby pins- no headbands

Dancers in Ballet 4, 5 & 6 may wear a black ballet skirt

Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black tights (for boys)

Black ballet slippers


POINTE

Same attire as ballet

After purchasing pointe shoes, always have your teacher check the fit of your new shoes before wearing and sewing on elastic & ribbons.

CONTEMPORARY

Girls:

Black leotard (any style) or form fitting black tank top

Black leggings or hot shorts

Tan jazz shoes- (no ties on top of shoe, this Bloch brand preferred)

* Footpaws are being discontinued, so we will be transitioning to a tan jazz shoe for all contemporary classes. If your dancer does not have tan jazz shoes yet, but they have footpaws, foot undies, or turners, they are welcome to wear these for class, but tan jazz shoes will be required for the season finale performances.

Hair secured in a neat bun using a hair net and bobby pins. No headbands. A low ponytail will be acceptable.

Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black jazz pants or joggers

Black jazz shoes

JAZZ & MUSICAL THEATRE

Girls:

Black leotard (any style) or form-fitting tank top

Black leggings or hot shorts

Tan jazz shoes- (no ties on top of shoe, this Bloch brand preferred)

Hair secured in a neat bun using a hair net and bobby pins. No headbands. A low ponytail will be acceptable, however, bad habits can be formed by long hair hitting the dancer's face while moving. In this case, the dancer will be asked to put the long ponytail in a bun.

Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black jazz pants or joggers

Black jazz shoes

HIP HOP

Loose, comfortable street clothes such as sweat pants & t-shirts and athletic shoes.

Shoes must be clean, dry, and not worn outside before class.

Hair can be worn as desired as long as it is not a distraction

Keep in mind that dress code for other classes taken before and after hip-hop class must be adhered to. Changes in attire must be accomplished quickly with layers.

JUMPS, LEAPS, TURNS (JLT) & ACCELERATE CLASS

Girls:

Black leotard (any style) or form fitting tank top

Black leggings or hot shorts

Bare feet, jazz shoes or footpaws. Younger students find turning difficult with bare feet. Wear jazz shoes if arch support is needed.

Hair secured in a neat bun using a hair net and bobby pins. No headbands. A low ponytail will be acceptable, however, bad habits can be formed by long hair hitting the dancer's face while moving. In this case, the dancer will be asked to put the long ponytail in a bun.

Sneakers may be requested for CONDITIONING (not worn outside).

Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black jazz pants or joggers

Bare feet, jazz shoes or footpaws

Sneakers may be requested for CONDITIONING. Be sure they are clean and are not worn outside.

TAP

Girls:

Black leotard (any style) or form fitting tank top

Black leggings or hot shorts

Tap 1, Tap 2, Tap 3 & Tap 4: Tan Mary Jane style tap shoe with buckle strap

Tap 5, 6 & Teen Tap: Black tap oxford shoe

Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black jazz pants or shorts

Black tap oxford shoe

Note for all tap dancers wearing tap oxford: Do not purchase soft leather, flexible jazz tap shoes. Advanced tap dancers are encouraged to invest in a professional tap shoe. See Miss Heidi for more information. A less expensive alternative to the professional shoe and TDC recommendation is the Sodanca tap shoe or Jason Samuels Smith shoe.

POMS & CONDITIONING

Girls:

Black leotard (any style) or form fitting tank top

Black leggings or hot shorts

Tan jazz shoes- (no ties on top of shoe, this Bloch brand preferred)

Hair secured in a neat bun using a hair net and bobby pins. No headbands. A low ponytail will be acceptable, however, bad habits can be formed by long hair hitting the dancer's face while moving. In this case, the dancer will be asked to put the long ponytail in a bun.

Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black jazz pants

Black jazz shoes

ADULT CLASSES

Tap

Comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement.

Tap shoes (dancer’s choice).

*A less expensive alternative to the professional shoe and TDC recommendation is the Sodanca tap shoe or Jason Samuels Smith shoe.

Hip Hop

Loose, comfortable street clothes such as sweat pants, t-shirts and athletic shoes.

Please note that shoes must be clean, dry, and not worn outside before class.

Ballet

Comfortable clothing that stretches and allows freedom of movement.

Form-fitting clothing is recommended for body placement awareness.

Canvas ballet shoes recommended but not required.

*Barefeet or socks are okay so long as movement and range of motion are unrestricted.

Jazz

Comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement.

Form-fitting clothing is recommended for body placement awareness.

Any style jazz shoe is recommended but not required.

*Barefeet or socks are okay so long as movement and range of motion are unrestricted.


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