Dance studios maintain shoe and attire requirements for many reasons. These requirements consider the safety and comfort of each dancer.

We also stress the importance of structure and appropriateness in our dance classes. Dance teaches discipline, which is essential in our performing arts community.

All students are required and expected to dress properly for each class. Hair should be pulled back away from face for all dance classes. For Ballet, hair must be in a secure bun during class, and dancers may not wear any jewelry. Each dance genre has slightly different requirements, outlined below.

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Acro & Tumbling (all levels, including Little Monkey)

Students will go barefoot. Any solid color leotard or fitted athletic wear. Two-piece dance attire is acceptable for acrobatics. For safety reasons, acro and tumbling students must wear form-fitted clothing.


Pre-Ballet: any color leotard, pink tights, optional ballet skirt, hair up in a secure bun.
All other levels: pink canvas split sole ballet shoes, leotard, pink tights, optional ballet skirt hair up in a secure bun.
Male and non-binary: black-footed tights, black canvas split sole ballet shoes, black or white form-fitted t-shirt tucked into tights.
All students must have hair in a secure bun. No jewelry is allowed.

Combination Class & Tiny Tots

Capezio black tap shoes, pink Sodanca “Bella” SD69 full sole leather shoes, any color leotard, skirt, leggings, etc. Tights are optional.

Contemporary & Lyrical

Any solid color leotard, fitted athletic wear, or two-piece dance attire is acceptable. Footless or convertible tights, bare feet or half soles.


Comfortable clothing. No tight jeans. NO skirts, no boots, no flip flops, no formal shoes. Sneakers preferred. Baggy clothing is acceptable.


Tan jazz shoes or half soles. Any solid color leotard, tank top or fitted athletic wear, shorts and/or leggings.

Musical Theatre

Any solid color leotard, fitted athletic wear, or two-piece dance attire is acceptable. Jazz shoes or Musical Theatre shoes with teacher approval.


Comfortable dance attire. No pants that drag on the floor and no jeans. Feet must be visible. Tap shoes are required.

General studio guidelines to follow

  • Hair for all dancers should be secured and out of their face. Female ballet dancers should wear their hair in a bun. Until you get the hang of it, which you will, we suggest using a bun-making tool to help you get started.
  • Street clothes such as jeans, jean shorts, play clothes, or school clothes are not suitable dance attire. Each class has a set guideline or dress attire that can be purchased through the studio links above or on your own.
  • Street shoes are not permitted in the studio since they can cause extra wear and tear to the specialty dance floor material. Please change into your genre shoes for each class once you arrive. We also encourage that shoes worn in the studio are not worn outside to help extend the life of the shoes.
  • Jewelry and costumes can be a distraction and safety hazard and are not allowed in class unless specifically noted in the class description.
  • Gum is not allowed in the studio at any time.