THIS UPDATED POLICY EFFECTIVE BEGINNING WITH THE 2017-18 SEASON.
Female dancers must wear a leotard of their level COLOR (but any style), tights, and ballet slippers to class.
Sweet Peas: PINK LEOTARD (baby pink, ballet pink, light pink), PINK tights; a BLACK LEOTARD is needed for recital
Buttercups: YELLOW LEOTARD (lemon, golden), PINK tights
Daisies: GREEN LEOTARD (lime, kelly, hunter), PINK tights
Lilies: DARK/BRIGHT PINK LEOTARD (hot pink, lipstick, cerise, mulberry), PINK tights
Irises: PURPLE LEOTARD (lavender, eggplant, violet, periwinkle, plum), PINK tights
Tulips: RED LEOTARD (red, burgundy, cherry, maroon), PINK tights
Violets: BLUE LEOTARD (light blue, royal blue, peacock, cobalt), PINK or BLACK tights
Orchids: TEAL LEOTARD (dark turquoise, emerald, navy), PINK or BLACK tights
Conditioning Classes: ANY solid color or multi-color leotards (MUST wear a leotard), PINK or BLACK tights; cover-ups allowed but may need to be removed for certain exercises at the discretion of the teacher
Pointe Classes: BLACK LEOTARD, PINK tights
Summer Camps and Open Classes: Any color leotard, PINK or BLACK tights
Need help finding a leotard in the right color? Try these resources.
TIGHTS: Tights are required for class and can be full-footed, footless, or convertible. Full-footed tights help preserve shoes longer (especially pointe shoes).
PINK full-footed tights with no holes are required for all performances, unless specified otherwise.
SHOES: PINK ballet slippers. Leather slippers are ideal for developing strong feet in ballet technique. Canvas are acceptable for Upper School students.
No satin slippers (like those sold at Walmart in the dance wear section), lyrical shoes, or jazz shoes.
Pointe shoes in good condition are required for pointe class - it is the responsibility of the student to make sure they have strong shoes for every pointe class. Do not wear shoes without elastic and ribbons sewn properly.
Socks, bare feet, or ballet shoes are acceptable for conditioning class.
COVER-UPS: In technique class, female dancers may wear a leotard and tights only, or with:
- a wrap or pull-on flat ballet skirt (not a "fluffy" petticoat tutu)
- shorts no longer than mid-thigh
It is difficult to see how a dancer is aligning their spine, hips, knees, and feet under other items such as shirts and full skirts, and alignment is crucial to proper technical development. Dancers will be asked to remove any extra items other than the above approved list for class.
MODESTY: Female dancers in Intermediate School (Daisies, Lilies, Irises) and Upper School (Tulips, Violets, Orchids) MUST WEAR a shirt or closed jacket and shorts or pants when coming into or leaving the Doxa hallway. Please remember that this facility is not only used by dancers, and what is acceptable dance attire inside the studio is not modest or appropriate clothing outside that space. It shows respect to the church staff members, others using the facility, families of Doxa students, and your fellow classmates to cover up.
Male students: black ballet shoes, WHITE or BLACK SOLID t-shirt or tank, and sweatpants, joggers, or activewear pants that are at least knee-length and not tightly fitting.
A female dancer’s hair should be worn in a ballet bun - using bobby pins and hairspray to secure it in place.
Braids secured (without long tails), alligator clips, secure headbands, and small hair accessories are all acceptable. Even very short hair should be secured on the sides.
Please make every effort to send your child to class with their hair done - your child is at a disadvantage when they can’t see well or their long ponytail is hitting their face when learning turns (and even Sweet Peas do turns). When they have to accommodate a ﬂyaway hairstyle, they develop improper habits and poor technique that will affect their dancing as they get older.
A dancer in Intermediate School or Upper School who arrives with their hair not secured will be given a hair rubberband and bobby pins and will be asked to put their hair up prior to participating in class.
MOMMY & ME (Baby Blossoms, Bitty Bonnets, Rosebuds)
Moms (or other involved adult) should be comfortable and able to move with their child including sitting on the floor. Rosebuds can wear ballet attire, or simply come in comfortable clothes that do not restrict movement, such as leggings and bare feet or socks. Street shoes have to be removed before entering the studio (adults and children).
ADULTS (Sunflowers, Silver Bells)
Adults should wear any of the following to ballet or conditioning:
- fitness attire: t-shirt or tank top (but no midriffs please), yoga pants, sweatpants, or leggings
- ballet attire: leotard, tights or leggings, skirt or shorts if desired
- ballet slippers for ballet technique class are encouraged; socks are acceptable