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As a neat bun is advised for our ballet students, we thought it would be helpful to put together some bun 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.


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First Steps & Funky Footsteps:

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

Funky Footsteps may either be bare footed or in ballet shoes - no socks without shoes please because we want to be sure they won't slip.primary-ballet.jpg

Pre-Primary and Primary:

Girls - Lilac leotard and skirt, pink socks, pink* 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, pink socks, pink 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.

Boys - White t-shirt or leotard, navy leggings, white socks & leather full-sole ballet shoes with elastic, character shoes.

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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), pink* ballet tights, pink* leather full-sole pink leather ballet shoes with elastic, character shoes, character skirt. Light or Medium weight TheraBand. 

Boys - White t-shirt or leotard, navy leggings, white socks & leather full-sole shoes with elastic, character shoes.

All students will need a Light or Medium weight TheraBand

Grades 6-8:Ballet G6-8 Girls

Girls - Coloured camisole strap 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, pink* transition ballet tights, pink* leather ballet shoes with elastic, character skirt, character shoes. Light or Medium weight TheraBand. 

Boys - White t-shirt or leotard, navy leggings, white socks & leather ballet shoes with elastic, character shoes.

All students will need a Light or Medium weight TheraBand

Intermediate Foundation & Intermediate

Girls - Royal Blue vest-strap (camisole) leotard as for grades 6-8, pink* ballet tights, pink* soft-pointe ballet shoes with ribbons, pointe shoes (when advised by teacher)

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

All students will need a Light or Medium weight TheraBand

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.


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Tiny Tots Tap:

Girls - Skirted sleeveless Leotard (any colour), black socks & black tap shoes

Boys - Long black jazz trousers/dance shorts, Colours of Dance t-shirt, black socks & black tap shoes

All grades Primary - Grade 5 Tap

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

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

Primary to Grade 3 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) 

Junior Contemporary (Incorporating Grade 4 & 5 Modern) 

For exams - Girls: Royal Blue sleeveless catsuit 

For classes - as for exams, or alternative of CoD T-shirt or vest top, with black dance trousers/leggings/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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Beginners & Juniors Classes (Age approx 4-11 approx):

Girls & Boys: black tracksuit trousers/jogging bottoms (cuffed), CoD t-shirt any colour, black jazz shoes or black dance trainers.  Black leggings may be worn in summer if wanted

Intermediate, Senior & Elite Classes (Age 11-16 approx): 

Girls: Black tracksuit trousers/jogging bottoms (cuffed) & Black Dance Trainers, CoD t-shirt or CoD Black crop top with coloured vest.  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 

Girls under 12 (Juvenile category) - Red ballroom dress, white socks and silver low-heel ballroom shoes

Girls 12 and over (Junior & Senior categories) - Red ballroom dress, skin-tone dance tights and Cuban heel character-shoes-boys.jpgballroom shoes in tan or black leather

Boys - White dance shirt suit, 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!