Dress Code: Youth Classes

Dance Shoes Required

Ballet shoes must be worn by all students in pre-ballet, creative dance and ballet technique classes. Tap shoes must be worn for tap classes and all combination classes that include tap. Hard sole tap shoes are recommended for better sound quality. Jazz shoes are required for jazz and theater dance classes.


A note on dance shoes: Female students should wear pink ballet shoes and male students should wear pink or black ballet shoes. Tap and jazz shoes should be black for all students.


All Combination Classes, Pre-Ballet, Ballet, and Creative Dance

Girls: Black leotard, pink or flesh-tone tights, appropriate shoes for style of class. Dance skirt is optional with permission from instructor.

Boys: Solid white t-shirt, black jazz pants or close-fitting sweat pants and appropriate shoes.


Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, and Theater Dance

Black jazz pants and a solid-colored close-fitting top.


Hip Hop

Comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and dance sneakers/street sneakers. Sneakers must be carried in and cannot be worn directly from the street to the class. No dresses or skirts. Oversize clothing can be dangerous while dancing and should not be worn in class.


Ballroom Styles

Comfortable street clothing can be worn and street shoes with smooth leather sole. Shoes must be carried in and cannot be worn directly from street to class.


Additional Requirements

  • Dangling jewelry of any kind should not be worn in any class.
  • All students with chin-length or longer hair must wear their hair secured neatly in a ponytail away from face.
  • Girls with chin-length or longer hair must wear a traditional ballet bun when attending pre-ballet and ballet technique classes level I and up.
  • Girls and boys with short hair must have their hair secured neatly away from face. Please do not wear headbands to class as they tend to fall out and become a distraction to the student.


*Youth shoes and dance apparel are available for purchase at our Water Street studio.

Questions? Contact Amy Brinkman-Sustache, Director of Education, at 414.277.8480 x6002 or via email.