Why is there a dance uniform?
We use a dance uniform for every class. Having the same attire for all students in a class maintains equality and allows students to focus on their dancing rather than their wardrobe. Fitted dancewear helps the teachers see the students’ bodies and lines for appropriate alignment and placement. Cleanliness of uniform in general is important for all students not only for comfort but to instill a sense of self-discipline. The dance uniform should be respected at all levels of dance – it will be STRICTLY adhered to. Being properly dressed and groomed for class shows that you respect the art of dance and are proud to be a dancer.
How do I know what to wear?
Our Dance Uniform information features the correct dancewear and footwear needed for each dance class, and includes images of leotards and shoes, etc. Please note that jewelry is not appropriate for dance class for safety reasons. Long earrings and necklaces can get caught in hair or clothing while moving, and rings can cause scratches or injury as well. Please leave all jewelry at home. Medic alert bracelets are permitted!
*Note the following changes to our Dance Uniform:
- Grades 1 & 2 Ballet, Tap and Jazz will now wear a purple leotard instead of turquoise due to discontinued dancewear.
- There is a new hip hop shoe for all levels (optional for Grade 3/4). Students can still wear Gia Mia shoes if they already have a pair that fits.
- There is a new black legging option for older jazz, contemporary, acro, musical theatre students.
Where do I purchase my dance uniform?
CSD Warm-up Gear (sweatpants, sweaters, long sleeve tops, tank tops, scarves, headbands, legwarmers, baseball caps, mugs, bumper stickers, therabands, etc.) can be purchased in the CSD office during office hours. We also sell nude suits, convertible tights (ballet pink, caramel for tap and black) in Child and Adult sizes, as well as Bun Kits.
We also have a Dance Swap area in the rear lobby of the studio throughout the year, where parents can buy and sell gently used dancewear and shoes that are part of the CSD Dance Uniform.
All dancewear items and shoes are available for purchase at Inspirations Dancewear store on St. Leger Street in Kitchener. Click here to visit their website!
*Note: Measurements for Grade 6 & 7 Ballet burgundy chiffon skirts will be taken in class and ordered through CSD. Character skirts for ballet classes can be ordered at Inspirations – please note that students will not start character work until October so that everyone can get their skirts ordered in time.
What else do I need?
Students are encouraged to label all of their dancewear and shoes, so that if they are misplaced, they can easily be returned to the dancer! Need labels? CSD has an ongoing fundraiser with Mabel’s Labels.
Mabel’s Labels has Iron-Ons, Stickies, Bag Tags, Allergy Alert labels & more! Personalize your labels with names, nicknames, initials – whatever you choose. Cool icons help everyone identify their own belongings. Dishwasher, microwave, laundry & kid tested!
All dancers should also have a well-organized dance bag! Older dancers are welcome to wear a nude suit under their dance clothes and costumes (beige or nude coloured under garments) – these are available at Inspirations, and we have a few in the office too! At showtime, dancers may also need a garment bag for costumes!
How do I need to do my hair for dance class?
Hair requirements are slightly different for various dance styles, but in general, hair should ALWAYS be put up for class, with hair off the face. For ballet, dancers are required to wear a proper ballet bun. The studio sells bun kits in the office for $3.00 and our ‘How to Make a Bun’ information sheet is available below. For all other classes, students should have hair up in a ponytail or other style that keeps hair pulled tightly back (braids, etc.). Having hair groomed neatly instills a sense of discipline, is less distracting for the dancer, and allows the teacher to see the line of the neck and head properly without distraction.