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 tank top leotard or sleeved leotard only (spaghetti strap, mesh, lace and "backless" leotards not permitted), pink tights, pink ballet slippers with elastic sewn on.  Solid-colored black or pink ballet skirts are permitted for dancers Middle School and above.  Lower School dancers are not permitted to wear skirts.  Pink pointe shoes in pointe classes with the ribbons sewn, not pinned.  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 tank top leotard or sleeved leotard only (spaghetti strap, mesh, lace and "backless" leotards not permitted), black or pink tights without feet or convertible.  Fitted black shorts are permitted (no writing, words or designs allowed on shorts).  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 leotards or t-shirt, black tights without feet, footwear per instructor.
  • Dress code for girls- TAP: Solid color tank top leotard or sleeved leotard only (spaghetti strap, mesh, lace and "backless" leotards not permitted) and black, tan or pink tights. Fitted black shorts are permitted (no writing, words or designs allowed on shorts); skirts not permitted in Tap II, III, and IV.  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 or sweat pants, t-shirt, tap shoes with flat tap heel.
  • Dress code for girls- THEATER DANCE:  Solid color tank top leotard or sleeved leotard only (spaghetti strap, mesh, lace and "backless" leotards not permitted) and black, tan or pink tights.  Fitted black shorts are permitted (no writing, words or designs allowed on shorts); skirts 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 or sweat pants, 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:  Legwarmers, sweaters, non-ballet skirts, t-shirts and cover-ups are not allowed, unless by specific 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:  Hair must be pinned securely in a bun at the crown of the head, with bangs pinned back so that hair is not in the eyes. Hair nets are very strongly recommended.  Girls with short hair must use tight barrettes to pull hair back.  Headbands are discouraged.

Ponytail:  Hair must be pulled back in a high ponytail, at the crown of the head, and tighly secured.  Hair should be completely off the face and neck.  Bangs should be pinned so that hair 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.