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As a neat bun or other classical style that keeps the hair pinned or braided close to the head is advised for our ballet students, we thought it would be helpful to put together some bun/hair kits to help make things easier. Each kit includes instructions and all the required hair accessories and can be purchased from the office for just £2.50.  A bun or other classical style is required for every lesson for girls and boys attending ballet classes at Grade 2 level and above.

For ballet exams the requirement is the same.  Most of our students have long hair that is most easily captured into a ponytail-based bun to look part of their classical costume.  However there are all types of hair cuts and hair types and we will work with each individual to create an appropriate classical look for their exam.

Therabands

During quarantine it is important to keep the strength in your feet and other muscles. One way to do this is to use a theraband. You can buy these from Attitude Dancewear (who are still taking online orders to be delivered to you - https://attitudedancewear.co.uk/collections/accessories) and other online shops.

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We would be upset if someone were put off dance by a uniform in which they are uncomfortable for ethnic, racial or religious reasons.  For example, the standard/traditional female ballet tights and shoe colour is a 'flesh' pink, but this represents a pale or Caucasian skin tone.  If you would prefer to wear a colour of socks or ballet shoes that match your own skin tone more closely, we would live this.  For advice or access to other tones of shoes and tights, please speak to our supplier at Attitude Dancewear, as they will be able advice, help and supply items for you, or look online.  If there are other items of the uniform which pose a problem for you or your child, then please come and speak to any of us, who will warmly welcome your questions and discussion and help you find a suitable alternative that works both for the training and for the dancer (whatever their age).  

This photo is of Misty Copeland, Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre.


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First Steps/ Next Steps/ Pre-Primary/ Primary

All children participating in First Steps classes can wear uniform set for pre-primary or feel free to accessorize from their dressing up box at home, but they must all wear leather ballet shoes.  pp-p-girls-winter.jpg


primary-ballet.jpgGirls - Lilac leotard and skirt, flesh-coloured socks, flesh-coloured* leather full-sole ballet shoes with elastic.

Boys - Pale blue t-shirt, navy shorts, white socks and leather full-sole ballet shoes with elastic.

Grades 1-3:

Girls - Lavender leotard & belt, flesh-coloured socks, flesh-coloured tights (optional at grade 3), pink* leather full-sole ballet shoes with elastic, character shoes (low heel for Grade 1-2, Cuban heel for Grade 3 +) and character skirt.  A bun or other classical style is required at all lessons for girls attending ballet classes at Grade 2 level and above.

Boys - White t-shirt (not for exams) or white short-sleeved leotard, navy leggings, white socks & leather full-sole ballet shoes with elastic, character shoes.

All students will need a Light or Medium weight TheraBand and a tennis ball

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Girls - Mulberry or teal sleeveless leotard & belt (I have a slight preference for the pinch front as it tends to be more flattering to the body shape at this age), flesh-coloured* ballet tights, flesh-coloured* leather full-sole flesh-coloured leather ballet shoes with elastic, character shoes, character skirt. A bun or other classical style is required at all lessons.

Boys - White t-shirt (not for exams) or white short-sleeved  leotard, navy leggings, white socks & leather full-sole shoes with elastic, character shoes.

All students will need a Light or Medium weight TheraBand and a tennis ball

Grades 6-8:Ballet G6-8 Girls

Girls - Coloured sleevless leotard with matching elastic waist belt - this can be any colour. If a thicker strap is absolutely necessary, then choose the same style as for Grade 4/5 and a matching G6-8 chiffon skirt in any colour, flesh-coloured* transition ballet tights, flesh-coloured* leather full-sole ballet shoes with elastic, character skirt, character shoes.   A bun or other classical style is required at all lessons.

Boys - White t-shirt (not for exams) or white short-sleeved leotard, navy leggings, white socks & leather full-sole ballet shoes with elastic, character shoes.

All students will need a Light or Medium weight TheraBand and a tennis ball

Intermediate Foundation & Intermediate

Girls - Royal Blue camisole leotard as for grades 6-8, flesh-coloured* ballet tights, flesh-coloured* soft-pointe ballet shoes with ribbons, pointe shoes (when advised by teacher).  A bun or other classical style is required at all lessons.

Boys - White short-sleeved leotard, navy leggings, white socks & white ballet shoes (leather or canvas)

All students will need a Light or Medium weight TheraBand and a tennis ball

Adults:

All adults must wear ballet shoes. Adults are not required to wear 'uniform' but should be in suitable clothing, which is stretchy, comfortable and which allows the teacher to see the body clearly. Leotard & tights/leggings are best, but comfort and confidence are of greater importance.  Please speak to your teacher for advice.  Hair should be tied back and off the face & neck, ideally in a classical style, suitable for practicing turning (ie the hair shouldn't flick or fall into the eyes).


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Girls - Royal Blue long-sleeved leotard & long black jazz trousers, black socks, black tap shoes

Boys - Long black jazz trousers, close-fitting CoD t-shirt, black socks & black tap shoes

Adults:

All adults must wear appropriate footwear i.e. tap shoes. Adults are not required to wear 'uniform' but should be in suitable clothing, which is stretchy, comfortable and which allows the teacher to see the body clearly - i.e. no jeans and big sweaters! Hair should be tied back and off the face.


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All Levels Footwear: Bare Feet (foot thongs may be worn from G4/Junior Contemporary in lessons if students want them)

All Levels - Boys: Close fitting CoD T-shirt any colour and black dance trousers/dance shorts

All Levels - Girls:  Royal Blue sleeveless catsuit 

(we are happy that a CoD T-shirt may be worn over the top of the catsuit for lessons as a warm up or as a cover-up if there are body awareness sensitivities) 

Level 3 Contemporary

Girls: Royal Blue sleeveless catsuit or alternative of CoD T-shirt or vest top, with black dance trousers/shorts

 

Adults:

All adults must wear appropriate dance footwear, which includes: bare feet, foot thongs or jazz shoes. Adults are not required to wear 'uniform' but should be in suitable clothing, which is stretchy, comfortable and well fitted, allowing the teacher to see the body clearly and the student a very wide range of movement.  Hair should be tied back and off the face.


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All classes:

Girls: Black tracksuit trousers/jogging bottoms (cuffed) & Black Dance Trainers, CoD t-shirt or CoD 3/4 length T-shirt.  Black leggings may be worn in summer if wanted

Boys: Black tracksuit trousers/jogging bottoms (cuffed) & Black Dance Trainers, CoD t-shirt or CoD 3/4 length T-shirt.

** Please note that long hair must be tied away from the face and off the neck for class.  Students attending with their hair down or in their face will be asked to do their hair or sit out and watch, as it is dangerous and unhealthy to train with hair all over the place.


Uniform - Ballroom & Latinballroom-shoes-girls.jpg'Children's Strictly' - Ballroom & Latin 

All Grades - Girls: Red long sleeved leotard, white socks and silver low-heel ballroom shoes (under 12), Cuban heel ballroom shoes in tan or black leather ( 12 and over)character-shoes-boys.jpg

Boys - White dance shirt suit or Plain white fitted T-shirt, black dance trousers, black socks & canvas or leather character/ballroom shoes

Girls Juvenile Ballroom & Latin Shoes

 

 

 


Warming Up & Cooling Down

It is really important that dance students learn about warming up and Colling down in ways that protect and care for their bodies, given the exercise that they do.  These are the same principles they will learn at school in sports lessons (I hope), but we are particularly careful as dancers.

At the start of the lesson, students may wish to wear an extra layer on top of their dance clothes to help them stay warm, as they start their classes (and because they will walk into an airconditioned room), and in winter we particularly recommend this.  As the class starts, they will do warming up exercises and after these, they will either want to take off their 'warm ups' or will be asked to by the teacher.  This is at the point where it is safe for the student to remove those layers and also because at this point the teaching becomes more focused on technique and more of the body needs to be seen for fine adjustment.

There is no uniform for 'warm ups', but there are clothes that for reasons of safety or shape/fabric are simply not suitable.  So below are listed a sample of permitted warmups, although this is not exhaustive.  Please ask before you buy if you're in any doubt.

Permitted Warm up items - all grades - any colour

  • legwarmers
  • knitted or cotton crossover wrap or knitted vest/close-fitting sweater for boys
  • knitted shorts
  • knitted all-in-one
  • t-shirt that is fitted in style tucked into the waistband (long-sleeved t-shirts are particularly suitable for ballet boys, as they don't look 'girly')

There is a huge range of warm-up stuff about these days - it's hugely diverse and fun, so there's plenty to choose from!