The ballet dress code has two primary purposes. The first and most important purpose is practical: it allows the instructor and student to have a good view of the body in order to detect misalignment or other technical errors that may be covered by baggy clothing. Their second purpose is more abstract; class uniforms create a sense of discipline and professionalism as well as promote unity within classes and a sense of achievement as each level "graduates" to a new leotard/T-shirt color.
Class leotard (see colors and styles below), pink tights, pink ballet shoes (canvas preferred). Pointe students must have pointe shoes in good repair. Skirts and tutus are only to be worn on parent observation days.
Leotard Colors/Styles by Level
Creative Movement: Light pink short-sleeve
Elementary 1: Lavender short-sleeve
Elementary 2: Light blue short-sleeve
Ballet 1: Burgundy tank
Ballet 2: Plum/dark purple tank
Ballet 3: Teal any style except halters, rhinestones, and cut-outs
Ballet 4-5: Black any style except halters, rhinestones, and cut-outs
Fitted white T-shirt, black leggings or bicycle shorts, white socks, black ballet shoes (canvas preferred)
Fitted white T-shirt , black tights, white socks, black ballet shoes (canvas preferred).
Girls: Class uniform, black character skirt, black character shoes.
Boys: Class uniform, black jazz shoes or boots.
Girls: Class leotard; black jazz pants, capris, or shorts; black jazz shoes
Boys: WhiteT-shirt, black tights or jazz pants, black jazz shoes
Girls: Class leotard, footless tights, bare feet
Boys: Class uniform or black unitard, bare feet
Hair, Jewelry, & Warm-ups
Hair should be neatly pulled back and secured with no loose strands. Use plenty of hairpins to hold the hair so it doesn't come down during class. A hairnet and hairspray or gel help to prevent flyaways. Snoods and butterfly clips should not be used. Acceptable variations of a classic bun include a French twist, crown braid, two side buns, and braided buns, as long as the hair is tight and secure.
Jewelry is not to be worn in class unless required for medial or religious/cultural reasons (please make an effort to keep such articles close against the body to prevent them catching on anything). Stud earrings are acceptable. Instructors reserve the right to ask students to remove articles of jewelry if they are distracting or unsafe for the dancer to wear in class.
False nails should not be worn in class.
In the winter months, dancers may bring a fitted ballet sweater (pink, black, or class color) with them to class. Also, fitted light pink leg warmers or a fitted light pink or black full body warmer may be worn for the first few minutes of class at the teacher's discretion. Baggy cover-ups and street clothes are not allowed during class.