The Dance Basics for Pre-Schoolers program is meant to give children the opportunity to "dance without boundries" and to explore a variety of dance styles with their parents present to help instill security and comfort. The introductory Dance Basics classes and ZUMBINI classes allow for freedom of expression in clothing and movement. The "On My Own" Dance Class is intended to bridge the gap between the casual class and a formal dance studio class to help condition the students and teach them some basic elements of a full semester "formal" dance class.
Most formal dance schools request and enforce a set dress code. This is an important part of "learning to become a dancer". A dress code ensures that a teacher will be able to see a dancer’s alignment and positioning. The teacher needs to be able to see a dancer's mistakes. Baggy clothing and loose hair can mask poor technique and be dangerous for both the dancer and other students in the class. Most dance studios require students to wear a leotard and tights for ballet, sometimes requiring pink or light-colored tights in order to make the lines of the legs visible. Hair should be pulled back and away from the face and eyes. Form-fitting dancewear is also a requirement in many jazz, tap or modern classes.
A dress code will also teach students discipline, helping with overall focus and energy. By "dressing the part," dancers feel like dancers. Dress codes can also create unity among the dancers instead of causing a few dancers to stand out, much like a school uniform policy. Dress codes go a long way in minimizing distractions, and help give classes a unified look.
An example of a dress code for primary dancers could be*:
Bodysuit—Short sleeved, Tank or Camisole
Ballet shoes—Pink Canvas or Leather
Hair pulled back in bun, if long enough, if short, pulled back
(BOYS) White fitted T-shirt
Black Lycra Pants/Tights/Shorts
Ballet shoes-black canvas or Leather
Hair out of face
*PLEASE NOTE - DO NOT PURCHASE ANY CLOTHING BEFORE REGISTERING YOUR CHILD AT THEIR DANCE SCHOOL. Many studios have strict dress code policies and request specific styles, brands and colours of clothing and footwear. This is a suggested example only.