Many studios have dress codes for their students. It may seem like a lot to worry about for a simple dance class but there are many reasons why a dress code is a good idea.
•The dress code ensures that your child’s teacher will be able to see their students’ alignment and positioning. The teacher needs to be able to see a dancer’s lines. Baggy clothing can mask bad habits, making improvement difficult.
•A dress code teaches students discipline, helping with overall focus and energy.
•By “dressing the part” dancers feel like part of the group. Our goal is to encourage the team spirit and the focus and respect that learning the art of dance requires.
•Dress codes go a long way in minimizing distractions, and help give classes a unified look.
There are several items that are essential to have for any dance class:
- For girls, the main article of clothing is called a leotard. That’s what goes on your dancer’s body—like a swimsuit. And just like a swimsuit, dancers don’t have to wear undies under their leotards, but can if they are more comfortable that way. Boys usually wear a plain white T-shirt.
- To cover their legs, girls wear tights and they go underneath the leotard. They can be footed if the dancer will be wearing shoes, footless if the dancer will be dancing barefoot. Some styles of dance (jazz/tap) require black leggings (slightly thicker, cotton and form fitting) instead of tights. Boys usually wear black tights or leggings depending on the style of dance in which they are enrolled.
- Shoes: Each style of dance has its own shoe. Ballet shoes are soft leather shoes, pink for girls and black for boys. Ballet shoes also come in various styles, with or without elastic or ribbons. Ballet shoes should fit like a sock (not with the normal thumb size room you’d look for in a sneaker). They usually don’t come in left and right shoes, but are interchangeable from foot to foot. That can enable a longer wear period before the big toe wears out. Tip: Ballet shoes have elastic that runs around the edge of the shoe that allows the dancer to cinch the shoe around their foot for a good snug fit. Once a comfortable size has been achieved, simply double knot the elastic and cut it off with about 1 – 1 1/2 inch left. Then tuck these ends under the edge of the shoe. They do not need to be untied and tied every time. Jazz shoes are similar but cover more of the foot and sometimes have a very small heel. Tap shoes have metal plates on the ball and heel of the shoe to make the noise! Lyrical shoes can be some sort of partial shoe that covers only the ball of the foot to allow for smooth spinning. Hip Hop shoes are usually some sort of sneaker.
- Every dance studio has different requirement, so check with your studio/teacher before buying anything.