At Janet Hays and Co., we believe that following a dress code for class is important both for safety in the classroom and for instilling discipline and tradition you expect when enrolling your child in dance class.  Dress code for dance class pertains to dancewear, footwear, and hairstyle.

Dancewear

  • All students must wear either a leotard and tights or a unitard as dancewear for class.
  • 1st – 12th grade ballet students should wear black leotards with pink tights
  • Preschooler/kindergartners wear pink leotards with pink tights
  • Other classes do not have color requirements.  As a reward for working hard, all dancers may wear any color of tights/leotards for class during the last week of the month!

Tights

  • We suggest transitional tights because they wear well through numerous washings and are most comfortable, according to our students.  They also allow for dancers to have a sock-type foot covering when wearing shoes, and transition to bare feet when required. 

Cover-ups/Warm-ups

  • Ballet skirts are permitted to be worn for class, but the teacher may occasionally request “no skirts”, so that she can help students correct their body alignment.
  • Jazz pants and dance shorts are also permitted for the warm-up portion of other classes.  Jazz pant hems must NOT reach the floor, to prevent tripping!
  • Dancers are not permitted to wear “cheer shorts” for class.

Hairstyle

  • Long hair must be pulled up and secured in a bun.
  • A headband is sufficient for shorter hair that cannot be pulled into a hair elastic to create a ponytail/bun.
  • Only the shortest of hairstyles are permitted to be worn without something to secure them off the face. 

Footwear

  • Preschool/Kindergarten
    •  Ballet & Gym Combo
      • Pink leather ballet shoes with elastic sewn on
    • Ballet, Tap, & Gym Combo
      • Pink leather ballet shoes with elastic sewn on
      • Black patent tap shoes (preferably the "Mary Jane" style as opposed to the older "lace/tie" style.  Both styles will be permitted on stage.)
    • Ballet, Tap, Gym, & Jazz Combo
      • Pink leather ballet shoes with elastic sewn on
      • Black patent tap shoes (preferably the "Mary Jane" style as opposed to the older "lace/tie" style.  Both styles will be permitted on stage.)
      • Please be sure to purchase transitional tights for class as the jazz portion of class will be held in bare feet
  • 1st - 12th Grade
    • Ballet
      • Pink leather ballet shoes with elastic sewn across the arch.  We suggest Bloch or Capezio brand split-sole shoes.  (Their soft leather and split sole allow for more control of the feet.)
    • Gymnastics and Lyrical/Modern
      • Take class in bare feet
    • Hip Hop and Jazz
      • Either tan jazz oxfords or tan slip-on jazz boots
    • Tap
      • Tan u-buckle shoes (these resemble a "Mary Jane")
      • 9th - 12th Grade: Black lace-up tap oxfords
  • Show Biz Kids
    • Show Biz Kids’ classes will have a separate footwear list; their shoes vary based on the costume style selected. However, all ballet classes wear pink leather split-sole ballet shoes, so if you need new ballet slippers, you can purchase them now!