• Do I HAVE to get dressed for dance?

    YES! The children who come to dance class wearing the exact, clothes, hair and shoes they wore to school are usually always the ones whose minds are elsewhere and get the least benefit from class.

    Dress Codes are in place to help your dancer get the most out of their dance class.

    • The act of changing clothes and/or hair styles helps children (and adults!) make the transition to their dancer self, ready to learn and be fabulous.
    • Form-fitting clothing allows the teacher to see and correct alignment and posture, and also allows the dancer to self-correct using the mirror.
    • Pulling hair out of the face (and up off of the neck during classes that require it) helps the dancer and teacher refine placement of the most expressive parts of our bodies.
    • A dancer's most important tool is her/his body, but the shoes come in a close 2nd! Dancers take pride in their shoes as a symbol of their achievement.
  • Studio-Wide Req. Dance Shoes - Quick Chart

    Hip Hop

    CLEAN! Non-marking soles. No sand or tanbark.

    Tap

    Black for performance (all levels) - Any color in class

    Jazz

    Black for performance (all levels) - Any color in class

    Ballet

    "Pink" flats

    Funky Freedom  Class - bare feet or any dance shoes except tap!
    Contemporary Bare feet or half-sole "dance paws"

     

  • Early Childhood Classes

    The littlest dancers often come to class in the most fabulous outfits.

    We find Joy in their dress up Joy!

    As long as the outift is safe (they won't trip) and not distracting to the class (full-on Elsa costume=distracting), wear it!

    Please leave play jewelry and props at home or in the dance bag for later.

  • Funky Freedom

    Clothing: Comfortable clothing that allows free movement. Dancewear is welcome but not required. No jeans or pants with metal rivets/snaps please.

    Hair: Any style that does not fall in the face or distract. 

    Shoes: Bare feet preferred, ballet or jazz shoes are also ok.

  • Combination Classes (preschool thru 2nd grade)

    Clothing: Comfortable and slightly form-fitting athletic, fitness or dancewear. Examples include tights and a leotard or dance dress. Leggings and a sport tank. Sweats and a not-too-baggy tee for boys. No jeans or pants with metal rivets/snaps please.

    Hair: Any style that pulls hair out of the face and off of the neck.

    Shoes: Black tap and jazz shoes will be worn in the JiM Stage Show if your class performs a tap/jazz dance. Any style/color tap shoes are fine for class. For ballet, pink ballet slippers for girls and black (leather or canvas) for boys. For jazz in class, jazz shoes of any color, ballet slippers or bare feet.

  • Garden Ballet

    Clothing: These classes are made for ballet dress-up. Tights and leotard. Tu-tu dance dress. Leg warmers. Ballet skirt. Princely vest.

    Hair: Bun, french braid, or any style that pulls hair out of the face and off of the neck. (Ex: A half ponytail is not off the neck, 2 medium-high pigtails are off the neck.)

    Shoes: Bare feet or pink ballet slippers for girls and black (leather or canvas) for boys.

  • Hip Hop

    Clothing: Comfortable clothing that allows free movement. Dancers may wear fitted tops of any kind and fitted sweats, yoga pants or shorts. If it is distracting (too baggy, too bulky, too short or something that constantly needs adjusting), don't wear it – no jeans or pants with metal rivets/snaps please.

    Hair: Any style that does not fall in the face or distract. 

    Shoes: Dancers can wear jazz shoes or any clean sneakers that are only for their dance class – no dirty street shoes please (dancers should be changing into their Hip Hop shoes after they arrive).  The JiM Stage Show will require shoes of a certain color scheme or theme TBD.

  • Combination Classes (preschool thru 2nd grade)

    Clothing: Comfortable and slightly form-fitting athletic, fitness or dancewear. Examples include tights and a leotard or dance dress. Leggings and a sport tank. Sweats and a not-too-baggy tee for boys. No jeans or pants with metal rivets/snaps please.

    Hair: Any style that pulls hair out of the face and off of the neck.

    Shoes: Black tap and jazz shoes will be worn in the JiM Stage Show if your class performs a tap/jazz dance. Any style/color tap shoes are fine for class. For ballet, pink ballet slippers for girls and black (leather or canvas) for boys. For jazz in class, jazz shoes of any color, ballet slippers or bare feet.

  • Tap

    Clothing: Comfortable dance or athletic clothing that allows free movement. Dancers may wear fitted tops of any kind and fitted sweats, yoga pants or shorts. If it is distracting (too baggy, too bulky, too short or something that constantly needs adjusting), don't wear it – no jeans or pants with metal rivets/snaps please.

    Hair: Hair out of face and off of neck. Ponytail, etc. Upper levels may wear hair down at teacher discretion.

    Shoes: Any style/color tap shoes are ok for class. Black Tap will be worn in JiM Stage Show. For preschool through 1st/2nd grade combo classes, patent leather (shiny) shoes are recommended because they are less expensive and more widely available in smaller sizes. For older combo classes and stand-alone tap classes, please look for matte leather in any style (buckle, slip-on, laces). PLEASE NOTE: Tap shoes that have been worn on sidewalks/streets scratch floors. Please treat your tap shoes like an artist's tool and keep them in good repair (including checking for loose screws/nails).

  • Jazz

    Clothing: Dance/yoga/fitness attire that is form fitting. Tights, leggings, fitted shorts (that aren’t too short), leotards, tanks, tees and camisoles that are tight to the torso are all acceptable – no jeans please.

    Hair: Any style up off of the neck that will not "whip" into the face or need constant adjusting. Ponytail, bun, etc. Headbands secured with clips or bobby pins.

    Shoes: Black Jazz (elastic or laces, ok) will be worn in JiM Stage Show. Bare feet, ballet slippers, or dance paws are also ok for class.

  • Ballet

    Clothing: Any solid color/style leotard. Pink, black, or no tights. Tight (spandex type) shorts in solid colors allowed. Wrap or pull-on ballet skirts allowed after barre. Tight tank with no words/images or ballet sweater (any fitted layer with arms but cropped or worn like a shrug), and ankle warmers that aren't bulky allowed for warmth in cold weather.

    Hair: Bun or any style that puts all hair secured and off of the neck (for instance, a french braid with the end tucked and pinned is fine).

    Shoes: Pink ballet slippers. Leather or canvas are fine. Trim long elastic ties.

  • Contemporary

    Clothing: Dance/yoga/fitness attire that is form fitting. Tights, leggings, fitted shorts (that aren’t too short), leotards, tanks, tees and camisoles that are tight to the torso are all acceptable – no wide leg pants, skirts or jeans please. We will be moving on the floor.

    Hair: Any style up off of the neck that will not "whip" into the face or need constant adjusting. Ponytail, bun, etc. Headbands secured with clips or bobby pins. Some days dancers will be able to practice choreography with hair down at the end of class.

    Shoes: Bare feet or dance paws. Socks or ankle warmers ok for warm-up in cold months.