Uniform

 

Hair

     

     All levels are expected to wear hair in a traditional ballet bun if long enough, and otherwise neatly secured with pins barrettes and hair ties that match the hair color.  Students arriving without their hair fixed will be asked to return to the lobby and prepare themselves before dancing.  While not to be relied upon, hair ties and pins are available at the desk.  A hairnet is not necessary for class unless it makes it easier to make a bun!  Hair should be secure enough to stay in place during movements like big jumps and turns.  

     The classical ballet bun is special and different from a fashion bun.  It is designed to enhance the line of the face and head.  Please take a moment to watch the video as this hair style has its own technique.

 

 

Uniforms 

     All uniforms are available at Contra Costa Dancewear of Walnut Creek. 

Uniforms can be tried on for size at the school and ordered online at cocodancewear.com

      Uniforms not in stock will take a few weeks to arrive so plan ahead. 

     

     The uniform for each level is required.  Uniforms reduce distractions for student and teacher alike and enhance focus and a sense of pride in and respect for the art form.  Below you will find the uniform for each level.   Although we may not aspire to be professional dancers, it feels good to have professional habits and is part of correct training.  

     The designated skirt is optional for each level.  It is easier for the teacher to give accurate corrections and for the child to understand them when the body is not obscured by a skirt.  

 

     It may be helpful, and fun, to designate a special bag for ballet class and keep uniform, water bottle and  and hair supplies ready to go there.  Students taking two classes in a row on Saturdays or going straight from class to rehearsal on Fridays during Nutcracker season should bring a light snack to eat between classes.   It need not be a ballet bag per se.   

      Students must cover up when traveling to and from the studio, even if it is just a quick drop off.  It is not appropriate ballet etiquette to wear practice clothes without anything over them outside the studio.  

 

    Please use the provided style numbers to buy the correct leotard, tights, and shoes.  The tights and shoes are meant, like the hairstyle, to give the body an uninterrupted line and should be close to the skin color to achieve this effect.  Some of us are indeed ballet pink, but many of us are not.  Dancers have the choice of wearing (pale, not salmon) pink or matching their skin tone.  

 

     Please do not wear underwear with your tights and leotard.  It may be helpful to think of the leotard being like a bathing suit - you don’t wear underwear with a bathing suit!  

     Jewelry may only be worn if it is small, lightweight, and securely attached. Earrings should be stud or small dangle lever backs, closed tiny hoops, etc. Necklaces and bracelets should feel weightless. No watches or big hair accessories.  

 

     Unfortunately ballet wear manufacturers are only just beginning to create shoes in a variety of skin tones.  If you choose to wear your skin tone of tights, and you are not the ballet pink or flesh tone of most shoes,  ask us how to paint your shoes to match.  

 

     All levels except advanced teens wear Motionwear brand #2176 leotard and Motionwear brand #1236 skirt in their level's color (see below) and Capezio brand #1916 or Bloch brand #T1935 tights in (pale, not salmon) pink OR the color closest to their skin tone.  Pre-Ballet, Levels 1 and 1A, and level 2 wear full sole leather ballet slippers Bloch Giselle brand #SO249G.   Levels 3, 4, and 5 wear Bloch Performa #SO284L in ballet pink or the color closest to their skin tone if wearing skin tone color tights.  (Match shoes to tights).

Pre-Ballet

Motionwear brand leotard #2176-452 in Blush

Motionwear brand skirt #1236-452  in Blush

Capezio brand #1916 or Bloch brand #T1935 tights in the dancer’s skin tone or pink

Bloch Giselle #SO249G full sole leather ballet shoes in theatrical pink (can be skin tone matched with paint)

Bloch #AO8O1 hair kit in the dancer’s hair color

 

Ballet 1

Motionwear brand leotard #2176-436 in Dusty Mauve

Motionwear brand skirt #1236-436 in Dusty Mauve

Capezio brand #1916 or Bloch brand #T1935 tights in the dancer’s skin tone or pink

Bloch brand #SO249G full sole leather ballet shoes in theatrical pink (can be skin tone matched with paint)

Bloch  brand #AO8O1 hair kit in the dancer's hair color

Ballet 2

Motionwear brand leotard #2176-466 in Mint

Motionwear brand skirt #1236-466 in Mint

Capezio brand #1916 tights in the dancer’s skin tone or (pale, not salmon) pink

Bloch brand #SO249G full sole leather ballet shoes in theatrical pink (can be skin tone matched with paint)

Bloch  brand #AO8O1 hair kit in the dancer's hair color

 

Ballet 3

Motionwear brand leotard #2176-443 in Sea Stone

Motionwear brand skirt #1236-443 in Sea Stone

Capezio brand #1916 or Bloch brand #T1935 tights in the dancer’s skin tone or pink

Bloch brand #SO249G full sole leather ballet shoes in theatrical pink (can be skin tone matched with paint)

Bloch  brand #AO8O1 hair kit in the dancer's hair color

Ballet 4

Motionwear brand leotard #2176-491 in Shadow Grey 

Motionwear brand skirt #1236-491 in Shadow Grey 

Capezio brand #1916 or Bloch brand #T1935 tights in the dancer’s skin tone or pink

Bloch Performa ballet shoe  #SO284L in ballet pink or the color closest to the dancer’s skin tone (match to tights) 

Bloch  brand #AO8O1 hair kit in the dancer's hair color

Professionally fitted pointe shoes for those taking ballet technique 2+ days a week

 

Ballet 5

Any color or style leotard

Capezio brand #1916 or Bloch brand #T1935 tights in the dancer’s skin tone or pink

Any Ballet skirt to be worn only in center

Bloch Performa ballet shoe  #SO284L in ballet pink or the color closest to the dancer’s skin tone (match to tights) 

Professionally fitted pointe shoes for those taking ballet technique 2+ days a week

Contemporary 1 and 2

Any knit clothing that stays put and is easy to move in, ballet slippers or socks 

Contemporary 2:  Bloch Performa shoe #SO284L in the dancer's skin tone