Why do we have a dress code?
At Joy of Dance, we believe that adhering to a dress code gives students a sense of belonging to our family as well as creating an identity for our studio in the greater community. Dance is a discipline and that begins with the way a dancer dresses for class.
Instructors need to be able to see students’ arms, legs, hip and knee joints, and muscles to ensure proper movements are being made, to prevent injury, and to give proper correction to form. Dance styles have different dress codes to bring out the best in that dance style. Instructors have permission to make changes to the dress code as they feel necessary through the year.
Our dress code also:
• Encourages discipline
• Increases a sense of belonging and school pride
• Promotes an accepting and positive environment
Therefore, it is very important for dancers to follow the dress code. All dancers must wear hair neatly up in a ponytail, out of his or her face. No jewelry should be worn to class except stud earrings in pierced ears. Dancers ages 10 and must bring a water bottle with them to class. Ballet shoes should have a stretch binding, eliminating the need for the drawstring. If a drawstring is used, please make sure to double knot the ties and cut off the remainder. This helps to avoid dancers tripping on elastics and teachers spending time on tying them.
You can find all items you need at the two local dance stores listed below:
Twinkle Toes, 80 Lafayette Rd, Hampton Falls, NH 03844
Brixham Dancewear, 5 Punkintown Rd, South Berwick, ME 02908
Shoes can also be found here:
Reds Shoe Barn, 35 Broadway, Dover, NH 03820
Please ensure all parts of your child’s dancewear are clearly labeled – individual shoes, socks, underpants… You’ll be amazed at the amount of lost property we find!
Style-specific dress code requirements are as follows:
Dance With Me: Any color leotard, pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes with a stretch binding, or with drawstrings cut off. These young dancers may also wear leggings and tank tops if that is more comfortable for them.
Creative Movement: Any color leotard, pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes with a stretch binding, or with drawstrings cut off.
Pre-Ballet/Tap 1-3: Any color leotard, pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes with a stretch binding, or with drawstrings cut off, and black tap shoes with ties.
Pre-Jazz 1-3: Any color leotard, pink or tan tights, black slip-on jazz shoes (no ties).
Classes for ages 8 & older
Ballet: Any color spaghetti strap leotard, pink or tan tights, pink canvas split soled ballet shoes. Black shorts (no leggings) or a ballet skirt may be worn over the leotard and tights. No shirts are to be worn over leotards for ballet class. Dancers may wish to wear a ballet sweater and/or leg warmers in the winter time.
Pointe: Same requirements as ballet, but dancers MUST wear convertible/footed tights with Pointe shoes to assist with proper technique.
Jazz, Performance Teams, & Musical Theatre: Any color spaghetti strap leotard (black may be required for recital), pink or tan tights, and black jazz shoes. A form-fitting top, black shorts or leggings may be worn over the leotard and tights.
Contemporary Modern & Lyrical: Black spaghetti strap leotard, tights, foot paws or barefoot. Shirts, shorts or leggings may be worn over the leotard and tights.
Tap: Comfortable clothes, black lace-up tap shoes. At this level, the lace-up taps shoes, rather than the single tie used in low levels of tap, are required for more stability in class. While a leotard is not required, tops should extend full length past the hips. This is to help extend the dancer’s line, make the class more uniform and aid the teacher when making corrections.
Hip Hop and Hip Hop Troupe: Comfortable clothes, and jazz sneakers (no street sneakers allowed). While a leotard is not required, tops should extend full length past the hips. This is to help extend the dancer’s line, make the class more uniform and aid the teacher when making corrections.