Dress Code

Part of our COVID-19 procedures asks dancers to come dressed for class and to bring only what is needed to the studio for each class. Dancers with back to back classes can wear the same dance attire for both but should be sure to have the appropriate footwear for each class.

What clothing or footwear is needed for dance class?

Students are required to have proper dancewear and shoes for all classes. Part of dance training is the discipline learned from arriving to class on time and with proper hair and attire. It also reduces distractions during the class and makes it easier for the instructor to assess and correct technique and clean choreography.

  • Dance footwear should never be worn outside (and outdoor footwear should never be worn in the studio).
  • Jewelry and watches are not to be worn in class. Earrings can stay in if they are small hoops (less than a pinky finger) or studs.
  • Hair is to be pulled cleanly and securely off the face for all dance classes. For ballet classes, hair must be in a ballet bun, with long bangs and fly-away pieces clipped back. Not sure how to make a proper ballet bun? Watch this tutorial video for tips.

For adult classes, students should use the below as a guideline and ensure that any clothing is relatively form-fitting and will allow a full range of movement.

There are no local dancewear stores but there are a few options for purchasing dancewear in Winnipeg. (There are also many online shopping options, if ordering from outside Canada be aware of duties and taxes). Please purchase dancewear from a dance retailer to ensure you are getting the correct style and quality of attire and footwear.

  • Harlequin in Winnipeg has a great selection. They also have an online store and quick shipping.
  • Mallabar is another option with a location close to the airport.
  • Dance Plus is another option with all the dance essentials and is located on McLeod Ave.

Parent & Tot / Pilates / Dance Conditioning:

  • No dress code. Please wear clothing that is not too baggy or restrictive.
  • Bare feet or thin socks depending on your preference.

Creative Movement:

  • Bare feet preferred (no ballet slippers).
  • Hair must be secured off the face (ponytail for long hair).
  • Option A:
    • Leotard (any colour) and footless dance tights, leggings or mid-thigh shorts.
    • Optional to also wear a pull-on chiffon skirt.
  • Option B:
    • Solid colour fitted t-shirt and mid-thigh shorts or fitted pants.

Creative Movement & Tap:

  • Hair must be secured off the face (ponytail for long hair).
  • Option A:
    • Black leotard and ballet pink or skin colour dance tights.
    • Optional to also wear a pull-on chiffon skirt or shorts.
    • Ballet slippers (matching colour to dance tights).
    • Black patent tap shoes.
  • Option B:
    • Solid white fitted t-shirt. Black fitted mid-thigh shorts.
    • Thin black socks (mid-calf)
    • Black ballet slippers or black jazz shoes.
    • Black patent tap shoes.

Dance Foundations:

  • Hair must be secured off the face with long hair in a ballet bun
  • Ballet + Jazz
    • Option A:
      • Black leotard and ballet pink or skin colour dance tights.
      • Optional to also wear a pull-on chiffon skirt or form-fitting shorts.
      • Ballet slippers (matching colour to dance tights)
    • Option B:
      • Solid white fitted t-shirt. Black fitted mid-thigh shorts.
      • Thin black socks (mid-calf)
      • Black ballet slippers
  • Tap + Ballet
    • Option A:
      • Black leotard and ballet pink or skin colour dance tights.
      • Optional to also wear a pull-on chiffon skirt or form-fitting shorts.
      • Ballet slippers (matching colour to dance tights)
      • Black patent tap shoes
    • Option B:
      • Solid white fitted t-shirt. Black fitted mid-thigh shorts.
      • Thin black socks (mid-calf)
      • Black ballet slippers
      • Black patent tap shoes
  • Jazz + Tap
    • Option A:
      • Black leotard and black dance tights.
      • Optional to also wear form-fitting shorts.
      • Black jazz shoes
      • Black patent tap shoes
    • Option B:
      • Solid white fitted t-shirt. Black fitted mid-thigh shorts.
      • Thin black socks (mid-calf)
      • Black jazz shoes
      • Black patent tap shoes

Ballet:

  • Hair must be secured off the face with long hair in a ballet bun
  • Undergarments should not be visible under dance attire. Underwear is not typically worn under tights and a leotard. If required please wear skin-tone undergarments. Pre-teen and teenage male dancers will require a dance belt.
  • Option A:
    • Black tank leotard (pinch front preferred) and ballet pink or skin colour dance tights (convertible tights preferred).
    • Canvas split sole ballet slippers (matching colour to dance tights)
  • Option B:
    • Solid white fitted t-shirt. Black fitted mid-thigh shorts or black men’s/boy’s dance tights.
    • Thin white socks (mid-calf).
    • White canvas split sole ballet slippers
  • Dancers that have progressed to Pre-Pointe or Pointe will be given specific guidance on how and when to purchase pre-pointe or pointe shoes.

Jazz:

  • Hair must be secured off the face. Primary dancers must wear long hair in a ballet bun. Junior and Senior dancers may wear long hair in a ballet bun or a well secured ponytail.
  • Undergarments should not be visible under dance attire. Underwear is not typically worn under tights and a leotard. If required please wear skin-tone undergarments. Pre-teen and teenage male dancers will require a dance belt.
  • Option A:
    • Black tank leotard, black dance tights.
    • Black split sole jazz shoes.
    • Optional: Black form-fitting dance shorts or leggings.
  • Option B:
    • Solid black fitted t-shirt and black jazz pants or black mid-thigh shorts.
    • Thin black socks
    • Black split sole jazz shoes.

Tap:

  • Hair must be secured off the face. Primary dancers must wear long hair in a ballet bun. Junior and Senior dancers may wear long hair in a ballet bun or a well secured ponytail.
  • Undergarments should not be visible under dance attire. Underwear is not typically worn under tights and a leotard. If required please wear skin-tone undergarments. Pre-teen and teenage male dancers will require a dance belt.
  • Option A:
    • Black tank leotard, black dance tights.
    • Black full-sole tap shoes.
    • Optional: Black form-fitting dance shorts or leggings.
  • Option B:
    • Solid black fitted t-shirt and black jazz pants or black mid-thigh shorts.
    • Thin black socks
    • Black full-sole tap shoes.

Modern/Lyrical:

  • Bare feet required.
  • Hair must be secured off the face. Long hair in a ponytail.
  • Undergarments should not be visible under dance attire. Underwear is not typically worn under tights and a leotard. If required please wear skin-tone undergarments. Pre-teen and teenage male dancers will require a dance belt.
  • Option A:
    • Black tank leotard and black footless tights or black leggings.
    • Optional: Dance socks or skin-color half soles to be worn for portions of class.
  • Option B:
    • Solid black fitted t-shirt and black fitted jazz pants.
    • Optional: Dance socks or skin-color half soles to be worn for portions of class.

Hip Hop:

  • Clean indoor runners with non-marking soles. (Outdoor shoes are not allowed inside the studio.)
  • Comfortable clothing that students can move freely in.