Dress Code

 

1. Light pink tights- can be bought at Target in the big girls (7-16) section near the socks, tights and underwear.  They have 4-6x tights that work very well even on tiny ones.  They are Cat & Jack brand and they are $4.99 and they work just as well as the Danskin ones.

2. Leotards- During class dancers can wear any color, with or without attached skirt.  Please no big tutus although they are great for our once a month "Dress up day". 

For the recital, your dancer will need either a white or black (see below for which color you need) leotard with no attached skirt. It can be any style - short sleeve, thin straps or thick straps.
                                All dancers in a 4-5 year old class or a K/1st grade class will need a black leotard.
                                All dancers in a 2 year old class, or 2-3 year old class, or 3-4 year old class will need a white leotrad.

3. Ballet shoes- Preferably pink leather.  Payless does sell ballet shoes that are acceptable however they do not seem to be as supple as Capezio or Bloch ballet shoes and the price is only a few dollars different.  I suggest going to Dance N Stuff on Merrill Road and tell them Kit sent you.  Kit has known the owner, Pam, since she danced at JU in the 90's and they are a great local business.  Other dance supply stores are Make Believe (2 locations) and Juliann's on San Jose.  

4. Tap shoes- for the 3-4's tap classes, you are more than welcomed to let them wear black patent "Sunday School shoes".  If that doesn't sound "fun" to your little one, then I would suggest black patent leather tap shoes.  They can be bought at Payless or any dance supply store.  Or there are ALWAYS a million pairs at consignment shops.  For the K-2nd grade tappers, you can buy the black patent leather ribbon tie shoes or you can buy an oxford type shoe.  The oxford will cost you more but they are more comfortable and don't slip off as easily.  

And as always, dance should be fun and getting dressed to dance should be too.  If your little one refuses to put on her shoes or her tights, then by all means, bring her in her leotard with a smile.  Although I look forward to training your girls to be in the American Ballet Theatre one day, we are not there yet, so please don't stress out about having the best outfit and perfect bun. If you have a preschooler and a baby, you are doing great if you make it out the door!

Please pull hair back out of face.  Once a month, in the 2-5 year old classes, we will have a "wear your prettiest costume" class where the girls can get as fancy and glittery as they want.  For the rest of the month, please keep it simple. 
 
5. Jazz/Hip-Hop for upper school (2nd grade - 9th grade) - Jazz sneakers, T-shirt, comfortable shorts or  jazz pants. Hair secured out of face in a ponytail or bun. If you are attending back- to -back classes, Jazz/ Hip-hop clothes can be worn over tights and leotard.  Proper shoes must be worn at all times.  Please click for example of jazz sneaker. Please always come to class dressed and ready to dance!

Jazz for lower school (2 year olds - 1st grade) - If your dancer is in a ballet/jazz combo class, they do not need jazz shoes. During the jazz portion of class, your child can either wear their ballet shoes or dance barefoot. If your child would like to dance barefoot, we recomend getting them convertable tights or footless tights.
 
6. Acro/Tumbling: Leotard for girls and comfortable work-out clothes for boys.