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 (with the exception of male attire) and shoes (the exception of hip hop) 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 (slippers or black ballet shoes are not permitted)
    • BLACK tap shoes
    • Solid color dance leotard
      • No gymnastics leotard as they are cut differently
      • No tan/nude body liners (these are to be worn under costumes for performances only)
    • PINK footed tights (black or nude/tan tights are NOT permitted)
    • Hair pulled back, out of neck, and out of eyes
    • Optional: ballet specific skirt (pull on or attached, no ties as they tend to cause distraction. 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 (boy tights are different than girl tights; they are thicker and not see through)
    • Black ballet shoes (black socks optional)
    • Black tap shoes

SUMMER DANCE:

Please notice summer Preschool/Kindergarten Dance only has ballet, therefore Preschool/Kindergarten dancers only need ballet shoes along with their dance attire.

Academy 1-4 Classes

  • Dance Bag
  • Label ALL dance shoes & dance clothing with dancers name as best as you can
  • Please understand, ballet attire takes precedence over any other dance attire. IF your dancer has ballet class the same day as other dance styles and does not have a break between classes; they should have ballet attire for the day. IF dancers are quick; keeping the leotard on as a base; they can switch out skirts/shorts, etc. between classes.

Ballet

  • Girls
    • PINK ballet shoes
    • PINK footed ballet tights (Ac 2B and up can get adaptatoe/convertible tights)
      • Absolutely NO nude/tan color 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
      • No tan/nude body liners (these are to be worn under costumes for performances)
    • Hair: pulled back, out of neck, and out of eyes (Ac 3+ hair should be in buns)
      • extra hair bands for bag
    • Optional:
      • Dance specific shorts- BLACK ONLY (NO Under Armor, Nike, etc.)
        • “Knitwear” brand shorts in black, pink, or black is acceptable
        • no built in shorts; if shorts are part of the leotard this is a gymnastic leo.
      • Ballet specific chiffon skirt (they lay flat and close to body); no tutus or tulle skirts
        • Academy 1, 1b, & 2- pull on skirts ONLY (no tie skirts as they tend to cause a distraction)
        • Academy 2b, 3, 3b, & 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, 3b, & 4 solid colors, no stripes allowed
  • Boys:
    • Plain white t-shirt
    • Black sweatpants/shorts/black or white tights (boy tights are different than girl tights; they are thicker and not see through)
    • Black ballet shoes or white ballet shoes with thin white socks

Jazz

  • Girls
    • NUDE jazz shoes
    • Ballet Attire
      • OR solid colored leggings and solid colored tight tank top/t-shirt
      • No sweatpants or baggy clothing; NO street clothes
      • Pink Tights or Black tights permitted (nude tights are only for jazz performances)
    • hair pulled back, out of neck, and out of eyes; extra hair bands for bag
  • Boys:
    • Plain white t-shirt
    • Black sweatpants/shorts/tights (boy tights are different than girl tights; they are thicker and not see through)
    • Black jazz shoes

ACADEMY 1-4 JAZZ CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE ITEMS NEEDED

Tap

    • Girls
      • NUDE tap shoes
      • Ballet Attire
        • OR solid colored leggings and solid colored tight tank top/t-shirt
        • No sweatpants or baggy clothing; NO street clothes
        • Pink Tights or Black tights permitted (no nude tights)
      • hair pulled back, out of neck, and out of eyes; extra hair bands for bag
    • Boys:
      • Plain white t-shirt
      • Black sweatpants/shorts/tights (boy tights are different than girl tights; they are thicker and not see through)
      • Black tap shoes

Hip Hop

  • Jazz sneakers or tennis shoes with non-marking FLAT (no tread) soles with no lights (can NOT be worn outside)
  • Ac 1 – Ac 3b: Hip Hop class is a duel discipline class with Jazz please wear Jazz attire
  • Academy 4: Flannels, sweatshirt, and Loose clothing you can move in freely, baggy is permitted
  • Females: hair pulled back, out of neck, and out of eyes

Contemporary

  • Bare feet or BLACK socks
    • Convertible/Adaptatoe tights are a great option as dancers can easily convert their tights for ballet class.
  • Ballet attire
    • OR solid color leggings and solid color, tight fitting tank/ t-shirt
  • Females: hair pulled back, out of neck, and out of eyes

SUMMER DANCE:

With summer dance classes being various disciplines on the same day and back to back, please wear appropriate ballet attire for all summer dance classes as there is not time to change clothes between classes. Convertible/adaptatoe tights, and/or black color tights are permitted and are good options for students who are ALSO taking jazz, tap, hip hop, and contemporary classes in addition to ballet. Ballet skirts can be easily be removed after ballet and dance shorts can be worn during jazz, hip hop, and contemporary.

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 in a bun and out of eyes; extra hair bands for bag
    • 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 (boy tights are different than girl tights; they are thicker and not see through)
    • Black ballet shoes or white ballet shoes with thin white socks

Jazz and Tap

ACADEMY 1-4 JAZZ CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE ITEMS NEEDED

  • Girls
    • Nude jazz shoes
    • Nude Character 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 (boy tights are different than girl tights; they are thicker and not see through)
    • 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 solid color 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