Yes, we do have a dress code, and it can differ from varying levels. For more information, please view our School Divisions by clicking here, which details the specific dress requirements for each of our programs.
Classical ballet training demands correct body alignment and placement, from the earliest stages. The only way an instructor can see this alignment is with the student attired in form-fitting clothing, including tights and leotard (or close-fitting t-shirt for boys). The hair is worn up and off the face and neck, not only so the steps can be executed properly (i.e. head can move freely without hair flying in the face), but also so the instructor can see alignment of the head and neck, which is also important.
There is a strict dress code for a reason. If a dancer is wearing loose clothing, or dark clothing against her body, she will have a harder time seeing her body alignment and her muscle tone in the mirror than if she were wearing pink tights and a tightly fitted leotard. We enforce our dress code for the benefit of our students. By following the dress code, a student will most likely become more familiar with her body and the way it works, thus she will most likely also progress at a quicker rate. If a student's hair is down draping around their neck, shoulders, and back, it is in the way of the student's ability to see the correct alignment of those body parts. It is also a distraction during the execution of some ballet steps. For the student who follows the dress code and hair placement rules, he/she is more likely to succeed.
Ballet teaches its students lessons that go far beyond just dancing. A ballet student learns respect for his/her body, and mind and how to care for both. The student learns to respect and honor authority figures and to trust his/her teachers. The student learns that there are consequences for every action, whether it be the result of pushing harder and gaining a higher leap into the air or choosing to disregard watching the alignment of his/her body and getting injured. The student will learn to set goals and then go out to fight and reach them, giving him/her a tough work ethic. The student will learn a healthy level of competition, because there are so many young men and ladies that want to dance. The student will learn self-discipline, an attribute that will make him/her shine in any situation.
The rules inside the Ballet world seam harsh and are tough, but when a student has learned to operate according to the rules, life in general will become much more easy. Anyone who has mastered respect for themselves and others, self- discipline, to set goals and then keep going until she reaches them ends up being a successful person in whichever area they choose to pursue a career in.
If your child has any special needs and needs to be cared for in a specific way according to a medical doctor's diagnosis, our teachers have been prepared to handle special needs accordingly. Please know that in the event that you as a protective parent might feel like we have wronged your child, we as the teachers are only trying to instill important attributes in our students.