In order to create a distraction free and safe dance class environment at 3-D Dance, all attire must be appropriate for the class, and each dancer should have the correct dance shoes.  Hair should be pulled back and secured out of the face before class begins. Dancers should remove all jewelry before class (ear studs are okay.) We’ve kept our dress code simple and inexpensive for parents and you can access the studio class attire requirements HERE.

Click HERE for a quick video tutorial on how to prepare your dancer’s ballet shoes for her first class. 

The class attire requirements are established for the following reasons. 

1. Safety—Hair should be tied away from the face so dancers can see instructors and each other at all times, and to ensure that a dancer’s movements are not restricted by unsecured hair. Jewelry is minimized for the safety of the dancers and those around them. Dance attire should be fitted to the body so instructors can clearly see the dancer’s form and technique, making technical adjustments when necessary, as proper dance technique protects dancers from injury.

2. Identity—When students walk into the studio, they get to leave behind the stress of the day and identify themselves as dancers. An entire field of study is dedicated to the “psychology of the uniform” and how clothing impacts our perception of ourselves and the role we are in.  Just ask any police officer, cheerleader, military member, firefighter or nurse how they feel when in uniform, and it sheds light on how dancers feel and perform when in uniform as well. Dancers perform their best when dressed to “fit the part.”

3. Community—Dancers who dress alike see themselves as part of something larger. Watch your favorite sports teams – from uniform, to shoes, to warm-ups, their clothing is identical. A simple, practical dress code creates a sense of belonging and community among dancers. They don’t preclude individual contributions; all dancers are still invited to be uniquely themselves. A uniform dress code contributes to a setting in which each dancer takes joy in seeing everyone succeed together and feels connected to their fellow classmates.

4. Learning—The dress code reduces distractions and facilitates learning. When dressed appropriately dancers do not feel the need to adjust their clothing or compare their outfits to others in class. Focus and discipline are enhanced, and dancers can move in unison more easily as they see everyone else in moving the same way. Likewise, instructors are less visually distracted when dancers are in proper attire, and can more easily identify when a correction needs to be made.

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