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Season 4 Dress Code
August 2024-May 2025

A dress code is one way students show respect for their peers and their instructors. It demonstrates an understanding of how a dance class operates, with minimal distractions and the ability to move easily for any combination of steps or choreography.

 

A dress code should not make the dancer feel uncomfortable but rather confident and in the right mindset of the class he or she is taking.  It also helps identify the classes/levels that the dancers are in for the instructors.

Do not allow your dancer(s) to wear their dance shoes outside. Wearing dance shoes outside ruins the sole and also tracks dirt, oil, & gravel into the studio, causing damage to the custom marley flooring. 

Dance shoes should be stored in a cool and dry location. Fibers in damp shoes often deteriorate more quickly. Do not store dance shoes in a plastic bag. Shoes that are unable to breathe decay and smell. 

For your convenience, you may purchase SOME dance wear for your dancer(s) through our front office. We do not carry dance shoes in our inventory. We recommend Spells Dancewear for any shoes and other apparel. You can also find dance products at Target, Amazon, or Discount Dance Online. Dancers are welcome to borrow shoes from our Borrow Baskets in the lobby.

Spells Dancewear:
4239 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
615-292-4387

My Grownup & Me

Children may wear any clothing that they are comfortable moving around in. Tutus, tights, and ballet shoes are welcomed but not required. No jewelry for children is allowed as it causes a distraction and is unsafe. 

 

Barefoot is optional. Socks are fine as long as there are rubber slipper dots on the bottom. Please remove any street shoes are allowed as long as they are not muddy, dirty, or wet.

Creative Movement

Children may wear any clothing that they are comfortable moving around in. Tutus, tights, and ballet shoes without the elastic strings are welcomed but not required. No jewelry for children is allowed as it causes a distraction and is unsafe.

Dancers can wear just socks on their feet as long as they have the slipper dots underneath. Socks alone can be slippery and cause falls. If tights are worn, some type of shoe must be worn as well. Please remove any street shoes that are muddy, dirty, or wet.

Tiny Tot A

Girls should wear pink or skin colored tights, any blue dance dress or leotard, black velcro or snap tap shoes (NO RIBBON TIES!), and pink or skin colored ballet shoes without the elastic strings. Skirts are optional (elastic waistband only).

Boys should wear black ballet shoes, black tap shoes, thin white socks, black athletic pants or shorts, and a blue t-shirt.

For safety and distraction purposes, all hair must be pulled away from the face. No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.
If your dancer gets easily distracted by accessories in their hair, please remove them before class starts.

Tiny Tot B

Girls should wear pink or skin colored tights, any pink dance dress or leotard, black velcro or snap tap shoes (NO RIBBON TIES!), and pink or skin colored ballet shoes without the elastic strings. Skirts are optional (elastic waistband only).

Boys should wear black ballet shoes, black tap shoes, thin white socks, black athletic pants or shorts, and a pink t-shirt (white is also acceptable).

For safety, all long hair must be pulled away from face in a ponytail, bun, or braids. No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

If your dancer gets easily distracted by accessories in their hair, please remove them before class starts.

Tiny Tot Hop

Dancers should have a separate pair of sneakers that they don't wear on the playground. Sneakers worn on playgrounds and in other outside activities bring in dirt, mud, and rocks that could damage the marley dance floor. Dancers may wear any clothing that they feel comfortable to move around in. NO JEANS.

Dancers might be asked to purchase a certain colored sneaker for the recital.

For safety, all long hair must be pulled away from face in a ponytail, bun, or braids. No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

If your dancer gets easily distracted by accessories in their hair, please remove them before class starts.

Elementary Combo

Girls should wear pink or skin colored convertible tights (no footless tights), any purple dance dress or leotard, black velcro or snap tap shoes (NO RIBBON TIES!), and pink or skin colored ballet shoes. Skirts are optional. 

Boys should wear black ballet shoes, black tap shoes, thin white socks, black athletic pants or shorts, and a purple t-shirt (white is also acceptable).

For safety, all long hair must be pulled away from face in a ponytail, bun, or braids. No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

Elementary Hip Hop

All girls must wear a sports bra or an undershirt.

Dancers should have a separate pair of sneakers that they don't wear on the playground. Sneakers worn on playgrounds and in other outside activities bring in dirt, mud, and rocks that could damage the marley dance floor. Dancers may wear any clothing that they feel comfortable to move around in. NO JEANS. Hats and beanies are allowed as long as they don't become a distraction.

Dancers might be asked to purchase a certain colored sneaker for the recital.

For safety, no rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

Girls should wear pink or skin colored convertible tights (no footless tights), any black dance dress or leotard, tap shoes (NO RIBBON TIES!), and pink or skin colored ballet shoes. Skirts are optional.

Boys should wear black ballet shoes, black tap shoes, thin black socks, black athletic pants or shorts, and a black t-shirt.

For safety, all long hair must be pulled away from face in a ponytail, bun, or braids. No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

Preparatory Combo

Preparatory Hip Hop

All girls must wear a sports bra or an undershirt.

Dancers should have a separate pair of sneakers that they don't wear on the playground. Sneakers worn on playgrounds and in other outside activities bring in dirt, mud, and rocks that could damage the marley dance floor. Dancers may wear any clothing that they feel comfortable to move around in. NO JEANS. Hats and beanies are allowed as long as they don't become a distraction.

Dancers might be asked to purchase a certain colored sneaker for the recital.

For safety, no rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

Ballet 1

Girls must wear hair in a solid bun, pony tail, or braids. If hair is too short to put in a pony, it needs to be pinned back away from the face. No loose hair allowed. Girls may wear any solid colored leotard, pink or skin colored tights, pink or skin colored ballet shoes. Skirts are optional but not required.

Boys may wear black jazz pants or tights with black shorts over or dance belt underneath. Black ballet shoes and any solid color tee or muscle shirt.

 No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

Hip Hop 1

For safety no rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

All girls must wear a sports bra or an undershirt.

Dancers should have a separate pair of sneakers that they don't wear on the playground. Sneakers worn on playgrounds and in other outside activities bring in dirt, mud, and rocks that could damage the marley dance floor. Dancers may wear any clothing that they feel comfortable to move around in. NO JEANS. Hats and beanies are allowed as long as they don't become a distraction.

Dancers might be asked to purchase a certain colored sneaker for the recital.

Contemporary 1

Girls should wear any colored leotard or tank top, any colored leggings or tights, and barefoot or dance socks. Loose, flowy shirts are permitted (no oversized t-shirts) and booty shorts with tights underneath. 

Boys should wear any colored athletic shirt or muscle shirt, any colored athletic pants or shorts, and barefoot or dance socks.

For safety, all long hair must be pulled away from face in a ponytail, bun, or braids. No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

Tap 1

Students must wear any dance tank or leotard, black leggings or biker shorts. Booty shorts are permitted with tights underneath. Boys should wear any athletic shirt or muscle shirt, any colored athletic pants or shorts.  All students must have black tap shoes.

For safety, all long hair must be pulled away from face in a ponytail, bun, or braids. No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

Jazz 1

Students must wear any dance tank or leotard, black leggings or biker shorts. Booty shorts are permitted with tights underneath. Boys should wear any athletic shirt or muscle shirt, any colored athletic pants or shorts. All students must have black jazz shoes.

For safety, all long hair must be pulled away from face in a ponytail, bun, or braids. No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

Ballet 2

Girls must wear hair in a solid bun or low pony if hair is too short. If hair is too short to put in a pony, it needs to be pinned back away from the face. No loose hair allowed. Girls may wear any solid colored leotard, pink or skin colored tights, pink or skin colored ballet shoes. Skirts are optional but not required.

Boys may wear black jazz pants or tights with black shorts over or dance belt underneath. Black ballet shoes and any solid color tee or muscle shirt.

 No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

For safety, all long hair must be pulled away from face in a ponytail, bun, or braids. No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

Contemporary 2

Girls should wear any colored leotard or tank top, any colored leggings or tights, and barefoot or dance socks. Loose, flowy shirts are permitted (no t-shirts) and booty shorts with tights underneath. 

Boys should wear any colored athletic shirt or muscle shirt, any colored athletic pants or shorts, and barefoot or dance socks.

Tap 2

Students must wear any dance tank or leotard, black leggings or biker shorts. Booty shorts are permitted with tights underneath. Boys should wear any athletic shirt or muscle shirt, any colored athletic pants or shorts. All students must have black tap shoes.

For safety, all long hair must be pulled away from face in a ponytail, bun, or braids. No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

Hip Hop 2

All girls must wear a sports bra or an undershirt.

Dancers should have a separate pair of sneakers that they don't wear on the playground. Sneakers worn on playgrounds and in other outside activities bring in dirt, mud, and rocks that could damage the marley dance floor. Dancers may wear any clothing that they feel comfortable to move around in. NO JEANS. Hats and beanies are allowed as long as they don't become a distraction.

Dancers might be asked to purchase a certain colored sneaker for the recital.

For safety no rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

Jazz 2

Students must wear any dance tank or leotard, black leggings or biker shorts. Booty shorts are permitted with tights underneath. Boys should wear any athletic shirt or muscle shirt, any colored athletic pants or shorts. All students must have black jazz shoes.

For safety, all long hair must be pulled away from face in a ponytail, bun, or braids. No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

Tap 3

Students must wear any dance tank or leotard, black leggings or biker shorts. Booty shorts are permitted with tights underneath. Boys should wear any athletic shirt or muscle shirt, any colored athletic pants or shorts. All students must have black tap shoes.

For safety, all long hair must be pulled away from face in a ponytail, bun, or braids. No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

Jazz 3

Students must wear any dance tank or leotard, black leggings or biker shorts. Booty shorts are permitted with tights underneath. Boys should wear any athletic shirt or muscle shirt, any colored athletic pants or shorts. All students must have black jazz shoes.

For safety, all long hair must be pulled away from face in a ponytail, bun, or braids. No rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, or dangly earrings.

 Musical Theatre

Students must wear any clothing they are comfortable moving around in. No jeans or school uniforms. No street shoes allowed in the studio. Students must either wear jazz shoes, socks, or  bare feet.

Students might be asked to wear jazz shoes for a performance.

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