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APA Dance Dress Code

APA has a required dress code for dance students. Please view it below!

For dancers that participate in our optional Showcase performances, there are shoes & costumes needed. Click the button below to learn more!

Dance Dress Code:

APA has a required dress code for dance students. The dress code, found below, outlines the different leotard options – with each age group wearing a different color! These can be paired with fitted shorts, pants, or skirts, if you choose.
*Hip Hop students do not wear leotards but have a dress code of their own.
**Poms students wear jazz shoes.

Please make sure your child is wearing the correct dance attire in class. Our studio sells all required dancewear!

For Summer & Six Week Sessions: During summer or a 6 week mini session, the dress code is relaxed! Dancers may wear any clothes comfortable to move around in, with socks, or ballet shoes, or clean gym shoes.

Additional Dress Codes

Technique & Team Classes:

Leveled Technique Ballet Classes: Hair in a bun, solid black leotard, pink tights (can be convertible but must be pulled down over the feet), ballet shoes, and the hip alignment belt corresponding to dancer’s level.

Leveled Technique Classes and Competitive Team Rehearsals: Hair in a bun, solid black leotard, tan tights, and appropriate shoes. Fitted, solid black shorts or pants above the ankle are allowed in classes/rehearsals. Ponytails are permitted in tap and hip hop classes only. Each instructor may enforce what they feel is appropriate given the choreography, time spent each class adjusting hair, etc.

Note: If class/rehearsal is before or after dancer’s ballet class, ballet dress code must still be followed in ballet class.

Assistant Dress Code:

Black “assistant” t-shirt, hair in a bun, tights (pink or tan) pulled down over feet, and appropriate shoes. Approved long sleeve cover-ups and solid black fitted shorts or black ballet skirts (no shorts in ballet, skirts ONLY in ballet) are allowed. Hair in a ponytail may be allowed with prior approval (class-dependent).

Do not wear your dance shoes outside, please change them before and after class. Hair must be up and out of your face. No gum or eating in the classroom. No cell phones! Teens – you may wear sports bras under your leotard, no regular bras, please. Dance Costumes are not appropriate dance attire for class!

Keeping in line with our modesty promise, we do not allow midriff-baring attire during APA classes.

Dress code notes:

Fostering a Sense of Identity: Dressing in specific dance attire creates visual unity among our dancers, fostering a sense of identity, belonging and pride within our passionate community.

Feeling Like a Dancer: The right dance attire transforms your child from a student to a dancer, allowing them to move freely, focus on technique, and fully engage in the artistic expression that dance offers.

Enhancing Discipline and Focus: The dress code plays a crucial role in enhancing discipline and focus during dance classes. By minimizing distractions and creating a professional atmosphere, it ensures that every student can make the most out of their dance education.

Promoting Equality and Inclusivity: Uniformity in attire promotes equality among our dancers, irrespective of their background or personal style. It fosters a sense of inclusivity, emphasizing that everyone is an essential part of our dance family.

Preparing for Performance: Following the dress code helps prepare dancers for the stage, instilling a sense of responsibility and attention to detail, ensuring they are comfortable and confident during recitals and performances.

How Parents Can Help Optimise Their Dancers Experience With The Dress Code:

    • Ensure your child has the correct dance attire for their classes.
    • Label all dancewear with your child’s name to avoid mix-ups.
    • Encourage your child to take pride in their appearance as a dancer.