Dress Code Policy

  • Arrive Prepared – Always remember to wear the correct dancewear and shoes to class.  Please arrive on time and ready to begin class.  It is best to arrive with your dance clothes on, if possible. 
  • Hair – Girls hair should be secured and pulled away from their face and off of the neck.  It would be best to wear it in a ponytail or bun.  Boys hair must be short enough (or in some way secured) so it does not hang over their face and cover their eyes, as that can be a safety concern in class.
  • Jewelry – Please remove jewelry before class.  Most jewelry can be a potential hazard should the dancer catch it on their clothing, hair or other dancer.  Small studs or non-dangling earrings are allowed.
  • Dance Shoes – Dance shoes are for use in the studio only and should NEVER be worn outside.  Please come in street shoes and change in the lobby.  Dirty dance shoes can damage our dance floors.  Dance shoes must be purchased through ArtWorks Academy.  See required dance shoes below.
  • Attire – As mentioned on the main dress code page, our dress code was developed to benefit the movement of the dancer and their safety, as well as promote discipline, ensemble awareness, and help better assist the teacher in giving corrections and maintaining uniformity within the studio.   See the required leotard color below.
  • Purchasing Shoes and Leotards - All shoes MUST be purchased from ArtWorks Academy. The exception to this would be girls in Senior Production Company purchasing tan character shoes from a local dance store, if desired.  We have selected shoes we feel are best for each level and also want all shoes to match for the dance recital.  Leotards are available to purchase at the studio or can be purchased at a dance store.
  • Compliance - Please make sure your child is in compliance with the dress code for every class.   Students will receive one warning.  If they show up for a second class without being in dress code, they may have to watch and will not be allowed to participate. 


Dance Shoes


The following shoes are required for each level:


Mini Musical Theatre and Beginning Musical Theatre - Black ballet shoes (girls and boys) or black jazz shoes (boys)

Junior Production Company - Tan Grecian sandals (girls); black jazz shoes (boys)

Senior Production Company - Tan character shoes (girls); black jazz shoes (boys)/black dress shoes for shows (boys)


Stretch Canvas Ballet Shoe

  • Stretch canvas for better definition of the foot
  • Split-sole with stretch lycra insert hugs the arch and provides a beautiful fit
  • Elasticized binding instead of drawstring
  • Crisscross straps over the instep for a secure fit
  • Straight last construction - shoe fits either right or left foot
  • Medium width only
  • Whole sizes only



Premium Slip-On Jazz Shoe

  • Premium leather upper with breathable mesh panels
  • Elastic gore for easy, slip-on design
  • Flexible split-sole with durable suede arch
  • Medium width only
  • Whole and half sizes



Grecian Sandal

  • Soft, durable leather for ease of movement
  • Elastic instep for arch-hugging flexibility and perfect fit
  • Shock-absorbing heel 
  • Medium width only
  • Whole sizes only 
  • For best fit, go down to nearest whole size.



Tan Character Shoe

  • Soft, pliable, man-made upper that molds to the foot
  • Achilles notch cutout, and an elastic tab below the buckle for a secure fit
  • Sturdy construction and leather sole provide long-lasting reliability
  • Moisture-wicking brushed polyester nylex insole and lining keep feet cool and dry throughout any performance
  • 2" heel



Tan T-Strap Character Shoe

  • Full leather upper and outsole for longevity and style
  • Strong heel counter works in conjunction with the insole shank to provide ankle stability
  • The shank and last have been designed to maximize arch support
  • Insoles are padded for comfort
  • 3" leather covered heal



Dance Attire


It is important that students in musical theatre wear clothes they can dance in.  We do not require certain colors for each level, as we do for the dance classes.  


Guidelines for females:

  • Do NOT wear jeans or dresses
  • DO wear form-fitting clothes, such as leggings and a fitted tank top or shirt. We need to be able to see your lines when you dance and baggy clothes do not allow for that.  A leotard and tights with spanx style shorts would be a great option.  
  • If you wear shorts, please make sure they are form fitting and are not loose.  


Guidelines for males:

  • Do NOT wear jeans
  • DO wear athletic pants or dance pants with a t-shirt or tank top.  Senior Production Company boys wearing dance pants should wear a dance belt under it.  
  • You may wear athletic shorts


Camisole Leotard and Tan Tights


All females must purchase tan dance tights and a nude camisole leotard (pictured below).  This will be worn under their costume during the performance.  It can be purchased from ArtWorks Academy.

  • 85% nylon, 15% spandex
  • Wear under costumes to provide added coverage 
  • Greater privacy during changes backstage 
  • Varied hook placements in back allow you to choose from 7 different strap positions to work with any costume (including straight back, crisscross and halter) 
  • Both nude and clear, non-reflective adjustable straps included
  • Same flattering fit as our other leotards, in a thinner material that hugs the shape of the body without bags or wrinkles


Slacks and Shirt


For some musicals, we do require the boys to provide black slacks, black socks and a white button up shirt.  We will let you know each semester if this will be needed for their costume. We will provide all other elements of the costumes.


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