Dress Code


Please do not purchase any dancewear or shoes until your dancer has been placed in a class. Class placement is determined by Academy of Ballet Instructors and Directors.

Ladies: Leotard in uniform color, simple lines, no rhinestones, skirts, or decoration. Pink dance tights (no underwear). Split-sole pink leather ballet shoes (Sansha, Bloch, Capezio). Dancers in Ballet Levels 4-7 may wear canvas ballet shoes for class; leather shoes may be required if performing in ballet slippers onstage. Black tap shoes (Sansha, Bloch, Capezio). Caramel color jazz shoes (Capezio EJ2 recommended).

Uniform leotard colors:    Pre-Ballet A: White                                                   Pre-Ballet B: Pink

                                          Beginning Ballet C: Lavender                                    Beginning Ballet D: Light Blue

                                          Beginning Ballet E: Royal Blue                                  Teen/Adult: Black

                                          Ballet 1: Burgundy                                                     Ballet 2: Hunter Green

                                          Ballet 3: Navy Blue                                                    Ballet 4-6: Black

TRB Senior Company members may wear simple leotards of any color. Dancers of all levels may also wear to class any leotards won for perfect Summer Intensive Workshop attendance or purchased as a required costume for a TRB spring performance. No leotards with rhinestones, decorations, or attached skirts. Dress code may be relaxed for non-ballet classes (jazz, tap, contemporary) at teacher discretion.

Skirts/Shorts: Dancers in Levels 4-7 may wear a simple, short wrap skirt for class or rehearsal. Snug black or uniform color shorts are permitted to be worn over leotard and tights for modesty purposes.

Men: Very young boys wear close-fitted white T-shirt, black shorts, and white socks. Young men wear white leotard with dance belt and black dance tights. Split-sole black leather or canvas ballet shoes (Sansha, Bloch, Capezio).  Black tap shoes (Sansha, Bloch, Capezio). Black jazz shoes (Capezio EJ2 recommended).

Adult dancers: Dancers over 18 taking leisure classes may wear dance clothes appropriate to their level, as above, or may wear other fitted exercise wear (leggings, etc.). Black tights are acceptable. Split-sole leather ballet shoes are required. Please see your instructor for additional requirements or recommendations.

Hair: Long hair must be pinned up into a tight bun for all classes.  Students whose hair falls out will be required to sit out the remainder of class. Dancers with short hair should keep hair appropriately trimmed so as not to obscure vision or distract during class. Bangs, tendrils, or other long strands of hair must be secured.

Jewelry: No jewelry is to be worn, with the exception of small earrings.

Fit of all ballet, jazz, tap, & pointe shoes must be checked and approved by an instructor prior to being worn in class. Do not wear new shoes until they have been checked! You may be asked to return them for a different size.

During cold weather, students may wear simple, tight fitting cover ups, allowing instructors to view & correct leg, arm, body, and head lines. No hooded shirts or jackets, zippered jackets, or extremely loose shirts or pants, including ripstop/trashbag pants. All clothing must fit snugly to the body, legs, and hips and may not have patterns that disguise or distract from your body lines. If your instructor cannot see your body, they cannot correct and guide you; please wear appropriate cover-ups only as needed for warmth.

Parents will be advised via email of dress code issues and are expected to remedy the issue within 2 weeks of notification. Please be aware of all dress code stipulations when purchasing dancewear and shoes!

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