DRESS CODE: GENERAL

A dancer’s attire greatly determines the attitude toward her/his class work, and therefore we require that the standard of appropriate neatness be observed at all times. The teacher may not allow class participation by a student who regularly neglects this requirement.

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Please read all general and style-specific policies below:

COVER-UPS

Cover-ups are REQUIRED. Given that Fellowship is a church, we require that ALL DANCERS WEAR COVER-UPS when coming and going from the building. Dancers should remain in cover-ups until they are in the studio.

UNDERWEAR

Underwear is allowed in creative movement classes only. Both tights and leotards have cotton-lined panels and act as underwear. If a sports bra must be worn under a leotard, it must match the color of the leotard and not be seen.

JEWELRY

Stud or small earrings are the only type of jewelry that is permissible in dance class. Watches, necklaces, large rings, and bracelets are potentially hazardous and should not be worn.

SHOES

Do not wear any dance shoes outside! This includes our age 3-7 year old dancers. Oils and dirt are hazardous when tracked into the dance studios and are damaging to the shoes. Please write names in all shoes. Be sure all shoes fit properly. They should be snug—not fitted with room to grow. Toenails should be cut short and straight to avoid sore nails.

BALLET STUDENTS

Do not sew elastic or ribbons on the shoes before having approval from the instructor about fit and how to sew these on properly.

Gaps and bagging are signs of an improper fit. Cross the drawstring to pull taunt around foot, then tie and tuck into the shoe. No bows or long drawstrings, please!

POINTE STUDENTS

Do not purchase pointe shoes before consulting with your teachers.

Do not sew ribbons or elastic onto shoes until the faculty confirms the fit and gives further instructions on how to do this properly.

Dancers should learn to sew their own shoes. This is their responsibility, not their parent’s. If they are ready for pointe, they are ready to sew.

Follow precisely the recommendations of the faculty as to protective measures for toes. Do not purchase toe pads or adapt “professional” techniques for wrapping, taping or padding the toes. These measures are sometimes more hazardous to the foot than helpful. This is a learning process as the dancer develops and should only be advised and overseen by faculty.

Experienced dancers should pre-tape their toes prior to technique class to limit the amount of time taken to put on pointe shoes for pointe class.

DRESS CODE: DETAIL BY CLASS

ADULT STUDENTS

Ballet

Leotard (any color) and ballet tights (pink or black) are preferred, however yoga pants or jazz pants with a form-fitting top are allowed. A ballet skirt is also optional over pants or leotard and tights. Hair needs to be up away from face in a bun, if long enough. Ballet shoes are mandatory.

Hip-Hop

Students may wear tanks, t-shirts, sweats, yoga pants, or shorts (tights or leggings must be worn underneath). Leotards are not required, but no skin may show at the midriff.

BALLET AND POINTE

For all ballet/pointe classes, skirts may ONLY be worn at the teacher’s discretion. If skirts are allowed by your instructor, you may wear these styles: Capezio girls chiffon wrap skirt in black (child sizes) or Body Wrappers chiffon wrap skirt in black (adult sizes).

Intro to Ballet I and II

Leotard: Bloch short sleeved leotard (CL5402) in black Tights: Bloch footed tights (Endura Elite T1921G) in “pink” Shoes: Pink leather full-sole ballet shoes Hair: Ballet bun required

Beginning Ballet

Leotard: Bloch gathered tank leotard (L5415 or CL5435) in black Tights: Capezio 9C or Capezio 9 tights in THP Shoes: Pink canvas split-sole Hair: Ballet bun required

Ballet I-II

Leotard: Wearmoi “Faustine” in your designated class color (Ballet I: Navy; Ballet II: Fuchsia) Optional Skirt: Wearmoi “Alegro” in your designated class color
Tights: Capezio 9C or Capezio 9 tights in THP Shoes: Pink canvas split-sole Hair: Ballet bun required

Ballet III-V

Leotard: Wearmoi “Faustine” in your designated class color (Ballet III: Lilac; Ballet IV: Mint; Ballet V: Pacific) Required Skirt: Wearmoi “Alegro” in your designated class color Tights: Capezio 9C or Capezio 9 tights in THP Shoes: Pink canvas split-sole Hair: Ballet bun required

Open Advanced Ballet/Pointe, Advanced Ballet & Variations, Student Companies

Leotard: Any leotard Tights: Capezio 9C or Capezio 9 tights in THP Shoes: Pink canvas split-sole Hair: Ballet bun required

Young Men

Top: White t-shirt Bottom: Black athletic shorts, black sweat pants, or black jazz pants Shoes: White canvas split-sole; Intro classes – white leather full-sole

CONTEMPORARY

Girls

Leotard: Black Tights: Capezio 1916 or 1916C in black Solid black leggings or dance pants over tights are optional Shoes: Black socks Hair: Ballet bun or ponytail

Young Men

Top: White t-shirt Bottom: Black athletic shorts, black sweat pants, or black jazz pants Shoes: Bare feet

CREATIVE MOVEMENT

Girls

Leotard: Bloch Tiffany dress CL5342 in color “LPK” Tights: Bloch footed tights (Endura Elite T1921G) in “pink” Shoes: Pink leather full-sole ballet shoes Hair: Ballet bun preferred

Young Men

Top: White t-shirt Bottom: Black athletic shorts or black sweat pants Shoes: White socks and black leather split sole jazz shoes

HIP-HOP

Girls

Top: Black leotard or long black camisole, black shirt Bottom: Black loose-fitting or yoga pants Shoes: Black lace-up hip-hop sneakers or tennis shoes (only to be worn in class so dirt is not tracked into the dance rooms) Hair: Ponytail

Young Men

Top: Black shirt Bottom: Black loose-fitting pants Shoes: Black lace-up hip-hop sneakers or tennis shoes (only to be worn in class so dirt is not tracked into the dance rooms.

JAZZ AND TAP

In addition to the dress code below, other leggings or dance pants over tights are optional and allowed upon the teacher’s discretion. If pants are too long (dragging the ground) this could be a potential safety hazard and will not be allowed.

Jazz

Leotard: Black Tights: Capezio 9 in THP or Capezio 1916 in Caramel Shoes: Tan split-sole, slip-on jazz shoes Hair: Ballet bun or ponytail

Tap

Leotard: Black Tights: Capezio 9 in THP or Capezio 1916 in Caramel Shoes: Black tap shoes (Tap I: Tic Tap Toe #443; Tap II: Cadence #CG19; Tap III: Premier Tap #CG09) Hair: Ballet bun or ponytail

Young Men

Top: White t-shirt Bottom: Black athletic shorts, or black sweat pants Shoes: White or black socks and black tap or jazz shoes

LYRICAL WORSHIP

Girls

Leotard: Black Tights: Capezio 1916 or 1916C in black Solid black leggings or dance pants over tights are optional Shoes: Bare feet Hair: Ballet bun or ponytail

Young Men

Top: White t-shirt Bottom: Black athletic shorts, black sweat pants, or black jazz pants Shoes: Bare feet

HAIR

Hair must be securely pulled away from the face for ALL CLASSES. For Creative Movement, and lyrical classes, ballet buns are preferred but ponytails are acceptable. For all other ballet classes, ballet buns are required. For tap, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary classes, ponytails or ballet buns are acceptable. If hair is too short to make a bun, please pull hair away from face into a ponytail and secure with clips and hair spray.

MAKING A BALLET BUN:

Dancers will need the following supplies with them in their dance bag (for all ages): Brush and comb, nylon hair net, braided elastic band, barrettes/clips, hair pins and bobby pins, hair spray.

Instructions:

Brush hair smooth. Remove all tangles. Spray hair lightly with hair spray. Smooth hair with hands and secure wisps, layers or short ends into ponytail and secure with a braided elastic band (do not use rubber bands – they tear hair). Secure sides and back of hair with clips or barrettes. Divide ponytail into two sections and twist-or-divide ponytail into three sections and braid. Wrap each section of twisted or braided hair clockwise around the braided elastic band. Secure with hair pins and bobby pins as you wrap. Place the net over the bun; twist the net over the bun at least two times. Tuck ends of hair net into the bottom of the bun and secure with hair or bobby pins. Spray hair and bun with hair spray to set. Smooth with hand or comb.

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WHY DO DANCERS WEAR THEIR HAIR THIS WAY?

Credible professional dance schools require their students to wear their hair up for class. The correct use and placement of the head and neck are very important in dance for concentration and balance. Hair must be pulled back in this way to allow instructors to see the development, technique and growth of the head, neck and shoulders so that they can give proper corrections. 

Unsecured hair is distracting and can throw a dance off balance, especially when turning. Bangs and wisps can inhibit the dancer’s line of sight. A uniformed look is desired in class and is essential for neat grooming, confidence and conscientiousness. This also demonstrates the value of being prepared and focuses the student’s expression into their dancing.