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What Should My Child Wear To Dance Class?

Updated: Dec 18, 2023


kindergarten dress class all dressed in purple leotards and tap shoes

What should my child wear to dance class? It’s one of the most commonly asked questions by most new (and even experienced) dance parents, and rightly so!


Most, if not all dance studios, including our dance studio in Whippany, NJ, require proper dancewear and dance shoes be worn to all classes. While there are a variety of reasons for dress codes in dance classes, the main one is the safety of our students.


Typically, dancewear varies depending on how old your child is and what class they're taking. Though requirements vary by studio, we’re here to help break it down for you by showing you what we require for each age level and genre!


Our twinkling twos and preschool aged dancers are encouraged to wear a pink leotard and/or dance dress with pink ballet shoes and tan flat tap shoes (tap shoes for preschool only).


Children in our kindergarten and first grade dance classes are encouraged to wear a purple leotard and/or dance dress with pink ballet shoes and tan flat tap shoes.


Those enrolled in our dance classes for children in grade 2 and up should come to class in black dance attire, and depending on the classes being taken, shoe requirements are:

  • Pink ballet shoes

  • Tan tap shoes

  • Tan jazz shoes

  • Tan lyrical turning shoes

Proper dance shoes & attire is requested, no street clothes. Proper dance attire includes:

  • Any style leotard

  • tights

  • leggings

  • dance shorts/skirts

  • tutu

  • snug fitted tops

  • All long hair must be pulled up.


Students enrolled in our break dance and hip hop classes wear all black shoes specifically for class, not street shoes.


If you’re registered for dance classes with us, click here to view the requirements for your class(es).


If you’re not registered for dance classes with us, click here to view our class offerings and register today!


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