A dancer’s dress code is very important to ensure that all students are focused on dancing and ready for their class. Having all dancers in the correct attire, (including hair styles) is not only for safety, it shows formations and allows teachers to see and correct appropriately. Hairstyles affect dancers balance, turns, leaps, and follows the dance discipline mirrored all around the world.
We enforce four strict rules:
- No outdoor shoes are to be worn in the studios
- Dance shoes are NOT to be worn outside
- Names MUST be written in all items
- No jewelry to be worn in classes (only stud earrings are permitted)
Always take care of your dance wear & dance shoes and be sure to take all your belongings with you!
Please wear something that is easy to move in. Socks or soft (clean) shoes. Ballet Shoes will be required by the end of the season for the performance. No outdoor shoes are permitted in the dance studio.
All Ballet Classes
Girls: Black dance leotard (long/short sleeve) with or without skirt, natural tights, pink leather ballet shoes. Hair neatly pulled back in a ballet bun, hairband for short hair. No big sparkly skirts as it is often too much of a distraction.
Boys: Black pants or shorts and white t-shirts with black ballet shoes.
All Tap Classes
Girls: Black dance leotard, black or tan tights (or natural tights if you are coming from ballet class), black jazz pants or black shorts, black tap shoes.
Hair neatly pulled back.
Boys: Black pants or shorts with white T-shirt and black tap shoes.
All Jazz, Musical Theater, Lyrical, Contemporary Classes
Girls: Black leotards, black or tan tights (or natural tights if you are coming from ballet class), black jazz pants or black shorts. Black jazz shoes for Jazz and Musical Theater. Lyrical Shoes (“Sole Shields”) for Lyrical and Contemporary.
Hair neatly pulled back.
Boys: Black pants or shorts with black and black jazz shoes.
Boys and Girls: Regular clothes, something which enables you to move easily, black Jazz boots (See Dance Works Dance Catalogue). No jeans. Appropriate clothes with no offensive, vulgar pictures or offensive words displayed. Hair neatly pulled back.
Boys and Girls: Black Short Unitard, Black T-Shirt and Black Shorts. No shoes, No socks. Dancers will be asked to clean feet with wipes at the beginning of class.
Please wear something you are comfortable in when moving and working out. Ballet: Leather ballet shoes.
Fusion: Lyrical shoes, ballet or jazz shoes.
Tap: Black tap shoes
OUTDOOR SHOES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE STUDIO AT ANYTIME!!
Dance Wear Store
The Dance Works Store is off the lobby. Dance attire and shoes run differently from regular sizes. Our sizing kits along with our experienced advice allow us to determine the correct size for your dancer. Please ask for assistance at the front desk for anything in the Dance Works Store. Children are not permitted to be in the Dance Works Store unattended. All Dance Wear/Shoe sales can be posted to your account, but must be paid immediately.
On occasion Dance Wear is also available to purchase via your Dance Works online account, the item will then be ready to pick up at the studio.
Dance Wear & Shoes
We sell dance wear at Dance Works for all your dancing needs at great prices! Most dance attire and shoes are accurately sized at our studio, are kept in stock, and can be taken home immediately. If we do not have the item in stock, it will be ordered and delivered within a few weeks. All dance wear items must be paid for in full when purchased/ordered.
Open House (end of August) is a great time to come in and get all the required dance wear. We do continue to sell dance wear throughout the dance season until the middle of May. Dance wear sales will STOP the last 4 weeks of the season. The “last orders” will be placed in the middle of May. At this time, everyone must have correct shoes and enough pairs of tights to last until the end of the season.
We sell “Natural” tights that color match perfectly with the “Classical Pink” color ballet shoes. Traditionally the color of the tights and shoes should be matching to present a seamless line.
No refunds or exchanges can be made for ANY items. If you receive a defective item from Dance Works that has NOT been worn, please bring this item in and see the front desk.
- We do not sell the ballet shoes with ties at the front “Piggy Ears” for our younger students. Any students wearing these type of shoes, the ties will be groomed to avoid distraction in class and painful heels, due to pulling them too tight.
- No big sparkly skirts, as it is often too much of a distraction in class.
Dance Works Apparel & Other Items for Sale
We have several items available with the Dance Works logo. T-Shirts, tank tops, hoodies, etc. are all available to purchase in the Dance Wear Store. Some seasonal items will be pre-ordered. All apparel items must be paid for in full when purchased/ordered.
Throughout the season, we have a range of snacks- including bottled water, Gatorade, and hot drinks- available to purchase at the front desk. These are available to everyone and there is an honesty pot for your purchase, CASH ONLY. We appreciate your honesty.
Throughout the season, we make other items available for your purchase at your convenience. For example: Dance Works magnets, Ballet bun hair supplies, gifts for performances, and items for events. These will be cash only as well.