The Importance of Ballet Dress Code

When signing your child up for ballet, you are signing them up, not only for dance, but for lessons in discipline and hard work as well.   With that, comes the ballet dress code:

  • pink tights

  • black leotard

  • pink leather or canvas ballet shoes

  • hair tied up in a bun

  • skirt (optional)

Although it may seem unnecessary to parents or people unfamiliar with the dance world, ballet dress code has been around for centuries, and exists to make class more focused and structured. Ballet requires a great deal of discipline and giving your dancer a set dress code helps them to understand simple rules.

 When children wear their proper ballet attire, it reminds them of where they are-class, and not on a play date or on the playground.  This gets them in the mindset of learning.  Plus, when children all wear their pink tights and black leotards, they are much less likely to be distracted by their clothing and the clothing of others.  Additionally, when hair is pulled back securely, students won’t be be as likely to play with their hair or need to push it out of their face for the majority of their class time or put the class on hold while asking the teacher to fix their hair.

 Another reason ballet dress code is important is so that teachers can properly correct the students.  Ballet attire makes the lines and body placement much more visible to the instructor, and can help your child dance correctly and safely.  This grows even more important the older your child gets.

 Not only does the dress code help with the class, but dressing like a dancer makes you feel more...like a dancer.  Students in their proper ballet attire are typically so much more eager to learn and feel like they’re a part of a group that has to work together.  So please, do your best to observe the ballet dress code.  If you need help with any aspect of it, please don’t hesitate to ask a staff member before or after class.

-Miss Madison