Children’s Classes – Uniform Requirements

Children’s Classes – Uniform Requirements

Why do we have uniforms?

Once a pupil is settled in a class, all our classes (except Baby Steps and Adult classes) have set requirements for what to wear.

There are two main reasons for this; discipline & practicality. Dance is a discipline. We are teaching children very specific skills, in a structured environment with clear expectations of behaviour and wearing a uniform encourages children to associate their uniform with the mentality of the class. Before they enter the studio, they are already in “dance class” mode. Their teacher is presented ready to dance and pupils should be too. Practically, correct technique can only be seen or adjusted if we, the teachers can see bodies and alignment, hence a uniform of leotards, tights and chiffon skirts rather than jogging bottoms and hoodies!  Neat and tidy hair is very much part of the package. Observing the rules of the class in terms of uniform also prepares children for performances & costume requirements, exams and auditions.

Uniform Order Form

Below are the uniform requirements for all classes, if in doubt please ask. When first trying a class children and adults should wear clothes they are comfortable in eg leggings or joggers with t shirts. We are happy for parents to be certain that their child is happy and settled before purchasing the set uniforms.

Baby Steps

No uniform.

Nursery Dance

Pink skirted leotard or JC Dance shirt with black leggings or joggers

Optional pink (girls) or black (boys) ballet shoes

Optional pink cross over cardigan or  JC Dance zip hoodie

RAD Pre school, Pre Primary and Primary Ballet

Girls:

Lilac RAD branded skirted leotard

Pink ballet socks or tights

Pink ballet shoes

Optional lilac crossover cardigan

Boys:

Blue leggings

White vest leotard

Black ballet shoes

Optional JC Dance zip hoodie

Grade 1 Ballet +

Turquoise RAD branded leotard

Pink ballet tights

Character skirt

Low heel character shoes (Grade 1-3)

Cuban heeled character shoes (as an option from Grade 4)

Pink ballet shoes

Pink canvas split sole ballet shoes (as an option from Grade 4)

Optional white crossover cardigan

ISTD  Primary Modern

Girls:

Pink skirted leotard (same as Nursery Dance)

Bare feet

Optional pink cross over cardigan

Boys:

Blue leggings

JC Dance T shirt

Bare feet

Optional JC Dance zip hoodie

ISTD Grade 1 + Modern

Black criss cross back leotard

Black cotton lyrca leggings

Bare feet or foot undeez (grade 3 upwards)

ISTD Tap

Black criss cross back leotard

Black cotton lycra leggings

Black low heeled tap shoes (heel and toe taps)

*NB, Our Saturday younger Primary Tap class can, if also attending ballet wear their ballet uniform with black tap shoes.

Acro 1 and 2

Pink and silver velour leotard

Pink velour shorts

Bare feet

Acro 3

Black and silver velour leotard

Black velour shorts

Bare feet

Limbering

Black criss cross back leotard

Black cotton lyrca leggings

Bare feet

Notes:

Children may wear JC Dance hoodies at the beginning of a class whilst warming up, but must be prepared to remove layers at the request of teachers once warm. Hair should be neatly tied back, with the use of grips and headbands as needed. Grade 1 Ballet and above should have their hair in a bun.