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 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 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.
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.
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.
- 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!
- 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.