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Standard Dance Dress Code

 

To look like a dancer encourages one to conduct oneself like a dancer!

Please make sure your child is wearing dance attire in class. Our studio sells all required dancewear, but you may purchase attire from any dancewear store as well. Shoes need to be purchased from APA to ensure uniformity while performing. No bare midriffs allowed.

Summer Session dress code is slightly different, please scroll down to see the alternate dress code for Summer.

 

 

Grades 1st and Younger:

Ballet & Ballet/Tap Combos: Leotard, tights, pink leather ballet shoes, skirt or shorts over are optional, tan tap shoes if applicable.

Tumbling/Acro Classes: Leotard, no skirts but fitted shorts are optional, no tights, bare feet.

Hip Hop: Any gym clothes that you are able to move around in, APA required shoes (required shoes for school year session only, clean tennis shoes are acceptable for summer) Age 3-4 Pre-Hip Hop – please purchase on your own for school year session only, and any white low top tennis shoes for a showcase.

Poms: leotard, jazz pants (similar to yoga pants) or fitted shorts, tan jazz shoes.

Boys: We ask that boys get black tennis shoes on their own for hip hop and black ballet, black tap, or black jazz shoes from APA (based upon class enrollment) for other classes.

 

Grades 2nd and Older:

Ballet, Jazz, Poms: Leotard, jazz pants (similar to yoga pants) or fitted shorts, pink ballet shoes, or tan jazz shoes as applicable.

Tap, Hip Hop: Any gym/athletic clothes that you are able to move around in (pants must be off dancers’ feet for tap), and tan tap shoes or APA required hip hop shoes (required shoes for school year session only, clean tennis shoes are acceptable for summer) Grades 5th and younger hip hop has silver sparkly shoes & Grades 5th and older have white canvas low-top shoes.

Contemporary/Lyrical: Leotard, jazz pants/fitted shorts – half-sole ballet shoes for all ages. (Half-sole ballet shoes only required for school year session. Ballet or Jazz shoes are allowed for summer).

Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary Combo Classes: Leotard, jazz pants/fitted shorts – Please ask the front desk for shoe requirements.

Boys: We ask that boys get black tennis shoes on their own for hip hop and black ballet, black tap, or black jazz shoes from APA (based upon class enrollment) for other classes.

 

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.

Summer Session Dance Dress Code

Please make sure your child is wearing dance attire in class. Our studio sells all required dancewear, but you may purchase attire from any dancewear store as well! During our school year session, shoes need to be purchased from APA to ensure uniformity because of their performances.

We do not have a performance for our summer session so dance shoe colors are not as important for these 6 weeks. All exceptions to our dress codes must be approved by the teacher.  

Grades 1st and Younger:  (Ages 7 – younger)

Ballet & Ballet/Tap Combos: Leotard, tights, pink leather ballet shoes, skirt or shorts over are optional, tan tap shoes if applicable *We do not have a summer performance so shoe colors are not as important for this session.

Poms/Hip Hop: Any gym/athletic clothes that you are able to move around in,  Clean tennis shoes are acceptable for Summer, or any type of dance shoe you may already have (except tap shoes).

 

Grades 2nd and Older: (Ages 7 – older)

Ballet/Jazz/Jazz Sampler: Leotard, jazz pants (similar to yoga pants) or fitted shorts, pink ballet shoes, or tan jazz shoes
*We do not have a summer performance so shoe colors are not as important for this session.

Hip Hop: Any gym/athletic clothes that you are able to move around in,  Clean tennis shoes are acceptable for Summer, or any type of dance shoe you may already have (except tap shoes).

Team Intensive Classes:  Please ask Team Coordinator if you are unsure on attire.


Other Notes:

  • Do not wear your dance shoes outside, please change them before and after class.
  • Hair must be up and out of your face and jewelry removed if distracting.
  • No cell phones!
  • Teens may want to wear sports bras under their leotard, no regular bras, please.
  • Dance Costumes are not appropriate dance attire for class!
  • Please no midriff-baring clothing.
  • No gum, food or drinks are allowed in the studio room.
  • Dancers may store their belongings in the cubbies inside the studio at their own risk. APA and its staff are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please leave valuables at home.