Uniform Requirements – Children’s Classes

Uniform Requirements – Children’s Classes

Why do we have uniforms?

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

There are two main reasons for dance uniforms; 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! Teenagers… this includes you! 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 etc.

So, take pride in your dance classes and turn up looking your smartest to work your hardest…

P.S The little things make all the difference; tuck in those ballet laces and use grips and headbands for those wispy bits of hair!

P.P.S You can order uniform via the order forms here

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. Bare feet are fine for ballet initially and flat outdoor shoes are fine for tap initially.

Nursery Dance

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

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

Optional pink cross over cardigan or zip hoodie

RAD Pre school, Pre Primary and Primary Ballet

Girls:

Lilac RAD skirted leotard

Pink ballet socks

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 camisole 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 Pre school and 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: if also attending ballet, can wear their ballet uniform with black tap shoes.

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.