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-type house slippers).


All shoes and ballet slippers used on the dance floor 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 with the floor can make the studio floors 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

Pink ballet slippers

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

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


Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black shorts - not shorter than mid thigh - 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.


ACROBATICS


Girls:

Black one-piece leotard (any style)

Form fitting jazz shorts (hot shorts) 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 - not shorter than mid thigh - or leggings.

Bare feet

No headbands, jewelry or watches


BALLET & PRE-POINTE


Girls:

Black leotard (any style)

Pink tights

Pink ballet slippers

Hair secured in a neat bun using a hair net and bobby pins. No headbands. Dancers in Ballet 5 and Ballet Ensemble may wear a ballet skirt.


Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black tights (for boys)

Dance belt for teens through adults

Black ballet slippers


POINTE

Same attire as ballet.


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


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


Girls:

Black one-piece leotard (any style)

Pink tights

Pink ballet slippers

Clean (no loose strands), secure bun

No skirts

Tan jazz shoes (see note below)

Black shorts (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 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 - not shorter than mid thigh - 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 he attends class.


BALLET / TAP COMBO (LEVEL 1)


Girls:

Black one-piece leotard (any style)

Pink tights

Pink ballet slippers

Clean (no loose strands), secure bun

No skirts

Tan Mary Jane style tap shoe with buckle strap

Black shorts (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 - not shorter than mid thigh - or jazz pants.

Black ballet slippers

Black tap oxford shoe


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


JAZZ & MUSICAL THEATRE


Girls:

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

Black leggings or hot shorts

Tan jazz shoes


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

Dance belt for teens through adults

Black jazz shoes


JUMPS, LEAPS, TURNS (JLT) & ACCELERATE PROGRAM


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 with arch support inserts 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. Be sure they are clean and are not worn outside.


Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black jazz pants

Dance belt for teens through adults

Bare feet, jazz shoes or footpaws


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


CONTEMPORARY


Girls:

Black leotard (any style) or form fitting tank top

Black leggings or hot shorts

Bare feet 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.


Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black jazz pants

Dance belt for teens through adults

Bare feet or footpaws


TAP


Girls:

Black leotard (any style) or form fitting tank top

Black leggings or hot shorts

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

Tap 4 & 5: Black tap oxford shoe


Boys:

White fitted shirt

Black jazz pants or shorts

Dance belt for teens-adult male students

Black tap oxford shoe


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


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

Dance belt for teens through adults

Black jazz shoes


Adult Classes


Adult 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.


Adult Hip Hop

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

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


Adult 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



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