• Dress Code

  • 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

    Contemporary and Modern Bare feet or half-sole "dance paws"
    Broadway and Choreo Classes bare feet or any dance shoes except tap! no shoes work outside or marking soles
    Funky Freedom and 3 y/o Class bare feet or any dance shoes except tap! no

     

  • Where do I buy dance shoes and clothing?

    We recommend Capezio, Bloch or Theatricals brand shoes for Tap, Jazz & Ballet. You can find these online at Amazon and Zappos. You can also go to Contra Costa Dancewear in Walnut Creek or Encore in Walnut Creek or Dublin for shoes and dance wear. Target and Target.com now have a whole dance section, mostly for younger girls. Target tap shoes are low quality that have rough tap edges, unfortunately, and we ask that you do not wear these in our studio. For shopping on-line for older female and male dancers, or for more professional selections, we recommend Discount Dance Supply and Dancewear Solutions. A new SF dance store run by dancers has also opened at 351-9th St, between Folsom and Harrison called SF Dance Gear. (The longtime staple of the dance world, SF Dancewear, has closed permanently.)

  • 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.
  • 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 / Broadway / Choreo

    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, ballet or jazz shoes

  • 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. For ballet, pink ballet slippers for girls and black (leather or canvas) for boys. In class, jazz shoes of any color, ballet slippers or bare feet are fine for jazz and any style/color tap shoes. 

  • 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 or leggings in solid colors allowed. Wrap or pull-on ballet skirts welcome. 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 / Modern

    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.