Dress codes

To make finding the right size shoes and apparel for your dancer easier, you can purchase dance wear directly from our discount dance studio store link. Visit our studio to guarantee the right sizing for all of your dancer’s tights, shoes, and clothing this season! Enter our studio code 135470 at checkout to support our studio and receive 8% off your first purchase. We will also have ASI dance wear, casual wear, and accessories coming soon so don’t stock up too much!

See dress codes broken down by style below!

Important Updates

  • For the safety of the dancers, no jewelry should be worn in any dance or tumbling classes including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings
  • No jeans are allowed to be worn in any of the classes, including hip-hop style classes
  • Musical Theatre Character shoes may also be worn in Ballroom to avoid needing to buy two separate heels. Please select the two inch height

Guest Teacher Audition Class

Gues Teacher Class Days (Weeks 1, 3, & 5):

Dancers can follow the jazz dress code listed below and should bring a variety of shoes (jazz shoes, lyrical shoes, ballet shoes, tennis shoes) as each class may focus on a different style. If you do not have one of the shoe types listed below you do not need to purchase a pair specifically for this class.

Audition Class Days (Weeks 2, 4, & 6):

Dancers should dress as if they are attending an audition or dance convention. Neat hair, dance attire, appropriate shoes, etc. Make-up is not require but if your dancer wants to wear it they are welcomed to. 

During the 2021-2022 season, dancers will arrive in audition attire for the last class of every month

Hip-Hop
Rhythms & Groove

  • Tops: Loose fitting clothing (t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc)
  • Bottoms: Loose fitting pants or shorts
  • Foot Wear: Clean sneakers/tennis shoes that are nonmarking (white/light colored soles or soft soles to prevent scuff marks)*
  • Hair: Can be worn in any style as long as you can dance without distraction

*Please note that dancers participating in our end-of-year recital and competition teams will receive notice of what specific brand and color of jazz shoe to purchase for performances once costumes have been selected for the season. 

Jazz Funk

  • Clothing: Dancers can adhere to either the hip-hop dress code or the jazz dress code for tops and bottoms.
  • Foot Wear: Clean sneakers/tennis shoes that are nonmarking (white/light-colored soles or soft soles to prevent scuff marks). Dancers will sometimes rehearse in dance socks so please bring these weekly as well. Ordinary socks will not be allowed as the lack of traction is unsafe to dance in. See below for suggestions of dance socks
  • Hair: Can be worn in any style as long as you can dance without distraction

Jazz
Leaps & Turns

  • Tops: Fitted dancewear (ex: tank tops, sports bras, fitted shirts etc. No loose t-shirts or baggy clothing)
  • Bottoms: Leggings, shorts, and other form-fitted dance pants 
  • Foot Wear: Jazz shoes of any style and color can be worn during the summer and in rehearsals throughout the season*
  • Hair: Must be pulled away from the dancer’s face and secured in place. 

*Please note that dancers participating in our end-of-year recital and competition teams will receive notice of what specific brand and color of jazz shoe to purchase for performances once costumes have been selected for the season. 

Lyrical
Contemporary
Improv+Choreography

  • Tops: Fitted dancewear (ex: tank tops, sports bras, fitted shirts etc. No loose t-shirts or baggy clothing)
  • Bottoms: Leggings and other dance pants. No shorts are permitted in lyrical/contemporary due to the abundance of floor work dancers will be practicing 
  • Foot Wear: Dancers may take class barefoot, in ballet shoes, dance socks, or contemporary half shoes. Ordinary socks will not be allowed as the lack of traction is unsafe to dance in. See below for suggestions of dance socks*
  • Hair: Must be pulled away from the dancer’s face and secured in place. 

*Please note that dancers participating in our end-of-year recital and competition teams will receive notice of what specific brand and color of contemporary shoes or socks to purchase for performances once costumes have been selected for the season. 

Ballet

Summer Classes, Fall Recreational Classes, & Fall Competition Classes

  • Tops: Black leotards must be worn in Primary Ballet, Ballet I & II; Ballet III students may wear any color leotard
  • Bottoms: While pink tights are traditional, we encourage students to wear the color of tights that completes their line and matches their complexion
  • Foot Wear: Much like the tights selection, pink ballet shoes may be worn but skin tone ballet shoes are also encouraged if wearing complexion colored tights. Dancers in primary ballet and ballet I should purchase full sole ballet shoes. If you have already purchase split sole shoes or currently have a pair of split sole you may continue to wear them, but please purchase the full sole shoes once you out grow your current pair. Dancers in Ballet II or III may choose between 
  • Hair: Hair must be secured into a ballet bun either on top of the head or at the base of the skull. Hair must be securely pinned to avoid falling out during class. Videos coming soon for tips on how to create proper ballet buns

Warmer Months: While tights are required for Ballet classes during the majority of the season, we allow dancers to omit tights during the warmer months. Tights will not be required for our summer session. If a dancer would like to wear fitted shorts over their leotard when not wearing tights they may do so (only fitted shorts allowed, no nike shorts, soffee shorts,etc). Once tights are mandated in the fall, shorts will not be allowed

Ballet Skirts: Ballet skirts may be worn once the dancers come to center floor but are not allowed at the barre. Must be black or pink for Ballet I & II; May be any color for Ballet III

Warm-ups: Fitted ballet warm-ups may be worn at the barre but must be removed once dancers come to center floor. 

Tap

Summer Classes, Fall Recreational Classes, & Fall Competition Classes

  • Tops: Dancers may wear any comfortable attire on top as long as they are able to move and dance easily
  • Bottoms: Dance bottoms must be able to allow the instructor to see the dancer’s feet easily without obstruction. Shorts, leggings, and sweatpants with fitted/cuffed bottoms are all acceptable
  • Foot Wear: Levels I and II will wear Bloch Neo-Flex. Once we set costumes for recital and competitions, we will let you know which color shoe your dancer will need. Dancers may wear any color until this decision is made. Once we have notified you of the color, dancers should then begin wearing these shoes to class each week to properly break them in
  • Hair: Must be pulled away from the dancer’s face and secured in place. 

Tap III+ shoe note: Our competition dancers taking tap level III or above will be upgrading to better quality tap shoes this season. Dancers will be purchasing black leather Jason Samuel Smith tap shoes for the competition season. We understand the financial investment of these shoes which is why we wait until dancers are at least at a level III to require them. We hope to create a trade-in program for these shoes at the studio, so once dancers outgrow their current pair, they can donate them to the front office and pick up the next size if we have them. These will not be required for the summer classes, but should be purchased early enough for dancers to break them in and get comfortable using them before the first performance, as they do feel quite different from our previous Bloch shoes. Note: Do not purchase these shoes from Amazon as there have been cases of illegitimate pairs being sold. 

Tumbling
Flexibilty

  • Tops: Fitted dancewear (ex: tank tops, sports bras, fitted shirt etc. No loose t-shirts or baggy clothing)
  • Bottoms: Leggings, shorts, and other form-fitted dance pants 
  • Foot Wear: Barefoot
  • Hair: Must be pulled away from the dancer’s face and secured in place. 
  • Other Equipment: For flexibility, dancers will need to bring 2lb ankle weights to class each week. These may be purchased from Amazon, Walmart, Target, and a variety of other stores. We will link an excellent quality pair below that is perfect specifically for dancers and athletes. These are a specialized pair and are more expensive than traditional ankle weights. You may also purchase a more affordable pair from the stores mentioned aboved. 

Musical
Theatre

  • Tops: Fitted dancewear (ex: tank tops, sports bras, fitted shirts etc. No loose t-shirts or baggy clothing)
  • Bottoms: Leggings, shorts, and other form-fitted dance pants 
  • Foot Wear: Jazz shoes of any style and color. Musical Theatre III will also rehearse in character heels and should bring both to class each week. 
  • Hair: Must be pulled away from the dancer’s face and secured in place. 

Male
Dress Code

Summer Classes, Fall Recreational Classes, & Fall Competition Classes

  • Our male dancers may follow the above listed dress codes for every style with a few exceptions. See the bullets below for specific class variations
      • Ballet: Our male ballet dancers should wear a plain fitted white t-shirt, black fitted dance pants or leggings, and black leather ballet shoes. Male ballet dancers taking Ballet III+ may wear any color fitted shirt.
      • Ballroom: Boys may wear dance clothing that they can easily and comfortably move in. We will list the boy’s ballroom shoe from discount dance, though if your dance can fit men’s sizes be advised they sell the men’s pair for $10 less. Amazon has quite a large selection of boy’s ballroom shoes at a much more affordable price, though we do not have any experience with their quality
      • Boys taking our 5 and under classes should wear black pants or shorts, with any comfortable shirt or tank top. They will need a dance bag, tap shoes, and black ballet shoes all labeled with their first and last.

5 & Under

 For our Tiny Tots 2 -4 year old and Mini Movers 3-5 year old class dancers will need the following items for class each week:

  • Leotard
  • Ballet Shoes
  • Tap Shoes
  • Dance Bag
  • Tights (optional)
  • Ballet skirt (optional)

All shoes and dance bags should be labeled with the dancer’s first and last name.  Tights are optional but are encouraged as tapping without them can cause discomfort for dancers. Dancers can either wear traditional pink ballet tights or dance tights that match their skin tone. Ballet shoes may also be traditional ballet pink or skin tone. 

You’re welcome to buy your shoes new, however we do have used shoes available for purchase at a discounted price at the front desk

We will be selling ASI Dancewear at the studio if parents would like to purchase any of our attire for their dancer to wear to class, but it is not required. 

Our Baby Boogie16 month – 24 month old dancers may wear any comfortable attire that is easy to move around in

Ballroom

  • Tops: Clothing that dancers can move easily in. Dancers may wear their usual dance attire such as tank tops, crop tops, etc but they may also wear more formal tops for this class if they’d like
  • Bottoms: Fitted dance clothing that dancers can move comfortably in. Dancers may wear skirts if they’d like to accentuate the ballroom movements
  • Hair: Must be pulled away from the dancer’s face and secured in place
  • Shoes: Discount dance carries a wide variety of girl’s ballroom shoes at various price points. We have listed a great beginner shoe available for $25 for you below, though you may choose any ballroom shoe you’d like for your dancer. Please note your dancer may also where character shoes (listed under the musical theatre section) for this class as well, which are offered at a more affordable price point.

Dress Code Examples By Style & Class

Ballet I & II Dresscode

Black Leotard
Low or High Ballet Bun
Tights (not required in summer)
Ballet Shoes

Ballet I & II

Ballet III+ Dresscode

Any Color Leotard
Low or High Ballet Bun
Tights (not required in summer)
Ballet Shoes

Ballet III+

Tumbling Dresscode

Fitted dance attire
Hair pulled back
Bare feet

Guest/Auditions

Jazz
Leaps/Turns

Fitted Dance Attire
Hair pulled back
Jazz Shoes

Jazz, Leaps & Turns, Musical Theatre, Auditions

Hip Hop, Jazz Funk,
Rhythms & Grooves, Jazz Funk

Lyrical, Contemporary, Improv, Tumbling, Flexibility

Male Dress Code

5 & Under