RMSA Dance Attire Requirements

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ:
Specific types of shoes & attire is important for the different styles of dance RMSA teaches.
  • The right type of attire helps dancers move properly. Proper attire also helps our instructors see body lines and if dancers are moving correctly.
  • Tights help keep muscles warm which can prevent injury and also helps instructors to see movement of legs clearer.
  • Having hair pulled back and out of eyes prevents distraction of hair being in the way and the need for dancers to play with or move hair out their face. It also allows proper movement of the neck, head, arms, and hands which is important in dance. 

All dance attire and shoes can be purchased or special ordered at our RMSA dance store. We try to keep our prices competitive with Wal-Mart and appreciate the business.

Please note: if a dancer comes to class not wearing appropriate dance clothes/shoes, they will be asked to change into dance clothes/shoes from our lost and found.

DANCE BAGS: Dance shoes should NOT be worn outside for any reason. We ask that every dance student has a bag/backpack/small duffel that fits their dance items and is designated JUST for dance items. Academy students are expected to bring their dance bags WITH THEM INTO every class so that shoes/items are not misplaced and everything they need is with them when they need it. Preschool/Kindergarten dancers are not to bring dance bags into class with them but we ask that they do have a dance bag so they get use to having one. 

Preschool/Kindergarten Classes

  • Dance Bag
  • Label ALL dance shoes & dance clothing with dancers name as best as you can
  • Girls
    • Pink ballet shoes (black ballet shoes are not permitted)
    • Black tap shoes
    • Solid color dance leotard (no gymnastics leotard as they are cut differently)
    • Pink tights (black tights are not permitted)
    • Hair pulled back and out of eyes
    • Optional: ballet specific skirt (pull on, no ties as they tend to cause distraction and no tulle or frills)
    • Optional: dance sweater (no coats or sweatshirts even if it’s cold)
    • Please note: we love our little princesses but please help us by leaving accessories like removable jewelry and tiaras at home as they are very distracting and are not allowed.
  • Boys
    • Plain white t-shirt
    • Black sweatpants/shorts/tights
    • Black ballet shoes
    • Black tap shoes

Academy 1-4 Classes

  • Dance Bag
  • Label ALL dance shoes & dance clothing with dancers name as best as you can

Ballet

  • Girls
    • Pink ballet shoes
    • Pink ballet tights
      • Absolutely NO nude tights, Black tights are acceptable but pink is preferred. 
    • Solid color dance specific leotard
      • Solid color with mesh print is acceptable. 
      • NO gymnastic leotard as these are cut differently
    • Hair pulled back and out of eyes
    • Optional:
      • Dance specific shorts- BLACK ONLY (NO Under Armor, Nike, etc.)
        • “Knitwear” brand shorts in black, pink, or black is acceptable
      • Ballet specific chiffon skirt
        • Academy 1, 1b, & 2- pull on skirts ONLY (no tie skirts as they tend to cause a distraction)
        • Academy 2b, 3, & 4- tie skirts are permitted
      • Dance specific sweater (no sweaters or coats even if it’s cold) 
      • Leg Warmers
        • NOT allowed for Ac 1, 1b, 2, or 2b as they are too distracting
        • Ac 3 & 4 solid colors, no stripes allowed
  • Boys:
    • Plain white t-shirt
    • Black sweatpants/shorts/black or white tights
    • Black ballet shoes or white ballet shoes with thin white socks

Jazz and Tap

  • Girls
    • Nude jazz shoes
    • Nude tap shoes (*NEW color this year)
    • Ballet Attire OR leggings and tight tank top/t-shirt
      • No sweatpants or baggy clothing
    • Hair pulled back and out of eyes
  • Boys:
    • Plain white t-shirt
    • Black sweatpants/shorts/tights
    • Black tap shoes
    • Black jazz shoes

Hip Hop

  • Jazz sneakers or tennis shoes with non-marking FLAT (no tread) soles with no lights (can NOT be worn outside)
  • Loose clothing you can move in freely, baggy is fine
    • OR dance clothing worn for jazz class

Contemporary

  • Bare feet or BLACK socks
  • Ballet attire
    • OR leggings and tight fitting tank/ t-shirt

Academy 5 and Advance Classes

  • Dance Bag for Ac 5 dancers
  • Label ALL dance shoes & dance clothing with dancers name as best as you can

Ballet

  • Girls
    • Pink ballet shoes
    • Pink or black ballet tights
      • Absolutely NO nude tights
    • Solid color dance specific leotard
      • Solid color with mesh print is acceptable.
    • Hair pulled back and out of eyes
    • Optional:
      • Dance specific shorts- BLACK ONLY
        • “Knitwear” brand shorts in black, pink, or black is acceptable
        • NO Under Armor, Nike, etc.
      • Ballet specific chiffon skirt
      • Dance specific sweater
        • NO sweaters or coats even if it’s cold 
      • Leg Warmers
        • Solid colors, no stripes allowed
  • Boys:
    • Plain white t-shirt
    • Black sweatpants/shorts/black or white tights
    • Black ballet shoes or white ballet shoes with thin white socks

Jazz and Tap

  • Girls
    • Nude AND Black jazz shoes
    • Black tap shoes 
    • Ballet Attire OR leggings and tight tank top/t-shirt
      • No sweatpants or baggy clothing
    • Hair pulled back and out of eyes
  • Boys:
    • Plain white t-shirt
    • Black sweatpants/shorts/tights
    • Black tap shoes
    • Black jazz shoes

Hip Hop

  • Jazz sneakers or tennis shoes with non-marking FLAT (no tread) soles (can NOT be worn outside)
  • Loose clothing you can move in freely, baggy is fine
    • OR dance clothing worn for jazz class

Contemporary

  • Bare feet or BLACK socks
  • Leggings and tight fitting tank/ t-shirt
    • NO sweatpants or baggy clothing

Recreational Classes

Clothing- anything easy to move in but not too baggy

Shoes- correct shoes for each style; color does not matter