Dress Code

Although we expect modest dress in practice, we also need garments to show body alignment.  The following dress code will enable instructors to make sure that dancers’ bodies are correctly positioned.  If dancers are not properly dressed for class, the instructor has the right to ask the student to not participate with certain class exercises or to dismiss the student from the class for the day.  If dress code violations become a habit, the instructor has the right to dismiss the student for the entire year.
This dress code is for ALL classes fall through summer!  Summer Dance Campers should follow our jazz & hip-hop requirements.

BALLET/LYRICAL DRESS CODE:

  • LEOTARD:
    • All dancers are REQUIRED TO ATTEND CLASS IN A LEOTARD with at least a tank or 1″ strap.  Please make sure leotards fit properly (Not too tight, too small or too loose).  Older dancers, please be conscious of modesty when choosing a leotard, avoiding low cut styles and camisole straps.  Absolutely NO undergarments should be visible!  We also ask that you wear a shirt over your leotard while entering or exiting the building!  T-shirts must be removed for class.  During colder months, dancers may wear a tight fitting sweater wrap or long sleeve ballet shrug for warm-up ONLY!
    • BOYS/MEN – Black or white solid tank top (tucked in) or men’s leotard
  • TIGHTS:
    • Pink Tights (No leggings!)
    • BOYS/MEN – Black men’s jogger style leggings (Looser in the seat and tight at the ankle)
  • SKIRT or SHORTS:
    • A ballet skirt or mid thigh shorts MUST be worn over tights and leotard.  Please make sure skirts and/or shorts allow for proper movement are not too tight around the hips.
    • BOYS/MEN – Solid color athletic shorts are permitted to be worn but only over mid-thigh bike shorts or leggings
  • BALLET SHOES:
    • All dancers are required to attend ballet class in proper pink leather or canvas ballet shoes (black for Men/Boys).  NO bedroom style slippers!  Shoes can be purchased through on-line dancewear stores or through Leaps of Faith.

JAZZ, TAP, CONTEMPORARY & HIP-HOP DRESS CODE:

  • TOPS: 
    • All dancers are REQUIRED TO ATTEND CLASS IN A LEOTARD Fitted T-shirts or a fitted camisole top may be worn over the leotard.   Absolutely no undergarments are to be visible.  Check with Instructor if you have any further questions.
    • Hip-Hop ONLY – Looser fitting shirts are permitted
  • BOTTOMS: 
    • Black Jazz pants or Capri length pants.  Pants must be stretchy enough to allow for free movement.  If wearing shorts, TIGHTS  MUST BE WORN.  Due to some floor work in class, pants/tights over the knees should be worn or risk “floor burn” to the knees.  If leggings are see-through, in any way, then shorts MUST be worn over them as we view these as tights and not pants.
  • SHOES:
    • JAZZ– All dancers are required to attend jazz class in tan jazz shoes.  Absolutely NO street shoes!  Shoes can be purchased through on-line dancewear stores or through Leaps of Faith.
    • TAP – Black Tap shoes.  Shoes can be purchased through on-line dancewear stores or through Leaps of Faith.  No patent leather shoes from Target, Meijer or Walmart as the metal on the shoes is sharp and can damage our flooring.  Please no split sole shoes as these do not support the dancer’s foot.  Towdah, Shebach and Raqad classes require an Oxford Style Shoe (with laces).  See instructor for recommended shoe.
    • CONTEMPORARY – Dancers will be bare foot in class.  A pair of socks may be worn during some warm-ups and exercises at the instructor’s discretion.
    • HIP-HOP – Dance sneakers are required.  See instructor for specific style.  No street shoes permitted on the dance floor!  If a street shoe style is suggested from instructor, the sneakers must be reserved for dance class ONLY and should not be worn outdoors.

ACRO REQUIREMENTS:

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  • TOPS:
    • All dancers are REQUIRED to wear a leotard with at least a tank style (or 1″) strap.  Make sure the leotard covers most of the dancers back including any under garments.
    • BOYS/MEN – Black or white solid Tank top (Tucked in) or men’s leotard.
  • BOTTOMS:
    • All dancers are required to wear FOOTLESS tights or leggings to every class!  Dancers can wear tight fitting shorts or capris over their tights.  ABSOLUTELY NO baggy shorts, tops or skirts will be permitted after warm-up.  Dancers will be doing skills requiring full range of motion and teacher assisted movement.  Loose garments can cause safety issues that could cause slipping and potential for injuring a dancer.
    • BOYS/MEN – Black men’s jogger style leggings/pants
  • SHOES:
    • Tan half-soles & barefeet.  We will be learning skills on the mats using bare feet.  Once we start choreography (January), dancers will need to bring their shoes.
  • HAIR:
    • ALL HAIR Must be pulled back SECURELY in a LOW bun or braid… NO PONYTAILS or pigtails PERMITTED!
  • WARNING… any dancer not prepared for class in the appropriate attire will be asked to sit out for the day… no exceptions!

HAIR FOR ALL STYLES OF DANCE:

  • Must be pulled into a ponytail, bun or braid. (Exception is Acro… see above)
  • Please make sure that hair is secure, off the face and dancers will not need to adjust it.

If you have any questions pertaining to dress code or need to know where to purchase items needed for class, please contact Erin Morris (614) 406-2367 or email us at leapsoffaithcdc@gmail.com

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