The DRESS CODE and BEHAVIOR CODE are a critical part of maintaining the educational objectives at Ballet Arts Studio, The Dutchess Dance Company, and Dance Beacon.  These traditions of classical training instill a positive work ethic and discipline.  All of the policies require very strong parental support.

Dress Code
  • Dress code for girls- BALLET:  Black leotard (spaghetti strap leotards and leotards which have any colors other than black are not permitted), pink tights, pink ballet slippers with elastic sewn on.  Solid-colored black or pink ballet skirts are permitted for dancers in combined Lower School IV/Middle School classes and above.  All other Lower School dancers, including those in combined Lower School III/IV classes, are not permitted to wear skirts.  Pink pointe shoes in pointe classes with the ribbons and elastics sewn.  Hair in a bun (see below).
  • Dress code for boys- BALLET:  Black tights, white t-shirt, white socks, white or black ballet shoes.
  • Dress code for girls- MODERN & JAZZ:  Solid color leotard (spaghetti strap leotards are not permitted), black or pink tights without feet or convertible.  Fitted black shorts are permitted (no writing, words or designs allowed on shorts).  Skirts are not permitted.  Dancers must have black jazz shoes for Jazz.  Flesh-colored "foot undies" are optional for modern.  Hair can be in a bun or in a ponytail (see below).  
  • Dress code for boys- MODERN & JAZZ:  Solid color leotard or one color t-shirt, black tights without feet, or black dance pants; footwear per instructor.
  • Dress code for girls- TAP:  Solid color leotard (spaghetti strap leotards are not permitted) and black, tan or pink tights. Fitted black shorts are permitted (no writing, words or designs allowed on shorts).  Ballet skirts are not permitted, except in Tap I.  Black tap shoes with flat tap heel.  Hair can be in a bun or in a ponytail (see below).
  • Dress code for boys- TAP: Black dance pants, one color t-shirt, tap shoes with flat tap heel.
  • Dress code for girls- THEATER DANCE:  Solid color leotard (spaghetti strap leotards are not permitted) and black, tan or pink tights.  Fitted black shorts are permitted (no writing, words or designs allowed on shorts); skirts are not permitted. Tan character shoes with low heels for Theater Dance III; black jazz shoes for Introduction to Theater Dance and Theater Dance I and II.  Hair can be in a bun or in a ponytail (see below).
  • Dress code for boys- THEATER DANCE: Black dance pants, one color t-shirt, black jazz shoes.
  • Dress code for adults-  Adult students may wear what they wish, but we ask that all adult students be mindful of the Ballet Arts' Dress Code.  
 NOTE:  No other clothing, including, but not limited to, legwarmers, sweaters, non-ballet skirts, t-shirts and cover-ups are not allowed, unless by specific instructor permission and for a specific reason.  Students must ask the instructor, prior to the beginning of class, for permission to wear any additional clothing in class.

Hair in a bun:  For all dancers Lower School III and below, hair must be in a tight, classic ballet bun at the crown of the head during classes.  For all dancers Lower School IV and above, the bun does not have to be at the crown of head during classes.  However, during all rehearsals and performances, all Ballet Arts' dancers must have their hair in a tight, classic ballet bun at the crown of the head.  Bun hair must always be completely off the face and neck, and must be pinned tightly and securely, with bangs pinned back so that hair is not in the eyes. Hair nets are very strongly recommended for all buns.  Girls with short hair must use tight barrettes to pull hair back.  We strongly discourage the use of headbands (if headbands are used, they must be solid black, with no writing or designs).   

Ponytail:  Hair must be pulled back in a high ponytail, at the crown of the head, and tightly secured.  Hair must be off the face and neck.  Bangs must be pinned so that hair is not in the eyes and is off the face.

Jewelry:  Only very small stud earrings are permitted.  No other jewelry of any kind is allowed.  Dancers wearing any other jewelry will need to remove the jewelry before class.  To avoid the possibility of losing something valuable, we suggest you do not bring these items to Ballet Arts Studio.