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Why dance uniform is important

Most dancers are excited to get on stage in a beautiful costume when performing, with matching costumes, tights and hairstyles can make any performance more exciting! But wearing the right clothes in class is just as important as wearing the right clothes onstage. There are several reasons why having a set uniform is important to our dance school and values.
 

Feeling Like Part of a Team 

Wearing a uniform creates a sense of unity and belonging within the studio. Feeling like part of one big dance family creates a sense of pride and is a wonderful way for students to strive to be the best dancer they can be and show support for their peers. When all students are wearing a uniform, it prevents cliques or little groups forming as students feel they are part of one big team rather than smaller friendship circles.

 

Practicality and Safety

Dance Uniform is designed to be a safe and practical outfit for your child to dance in. Having a dress code cuts down on distractions in the classroom and allows the teacher to see a dancers alignment and posture in order to make corrections and prevent injury. It ensures that all dancers will have adequate mobility during class or rehearsal and Improper clothing can impact a dancers technique and precision.

 

Increased Focus 

Each dress code is chosen so the dancer can move to the best of their ability and focus on their steps, not on what they are wearing. No matter if they are beginners or advanced, dancers need to eliminate distractions so they can learn and perform to their best ability. Even wearing dance clothes that are the wrong colour can be distracting to others. Clothes that don’t match dress code, not having the correct shoes, and hair falling in a dancer’s face can distract dancers and pull their attention away from learning. Even in an ideal situation, it can be challenging to keep young children and adolescents focused; a dress code eliminates the distraction of clothing.

Respect 

Following the dress code takes effort and shows that the dancers are serious about improving and developing their dance skills. This is especially true for young dancers. Wearing proper dress code helps signal that they are ready for a more structured class, not just playtime. Adhering to the dress code also shows that the dancer shows respect towards the dance style they are studying.

 

A Sense Of Achievement

At Michelle Randles school of dancing our uniform is progressive and provides students with something to strive for! Our Youngest Dancers wear Light Pink skirted Leotards and look up to our older more advanced students at Preliminary, who wear Black Skirted leotards. The Next step comes at Intermediates where our Students wear Black leotard with leggings and in Seniors a strappy leotard is added, Finally those chosen to dance in Elite get to choose their own style Black Leotard- there is always a sense of excitement and pride when children move up and finally get to wear the next colour and style!


 

So there it is, the next time your teacher asks you to go and put on your leotard, or take off that baggy T-Shirt (with the exception of streetdance) please don’t think they are nagging. That uniform has a very important purpose. Wearing a uniform is a very important part of Dance history and also plays a part in dancers safety too!

Miss Michelle. x

Uniform and Etiquette

Beginners and Pre-Preliminary

Pink Voile Skirted Leotard

Pink Ballet Tights or Pink Ankle Socks

Extra Layers

Pink Cotton Wrap Cardigan

Pink Leather Full sole ballet shoes

Black tap shoes (Velcro strap or laces)

Preliminary

Black Voile Skirted Leotard

Pink Ballet Tights or Pink Ankle Socks

Extra Layers

Black Cotton Wrap Cardigan

Pink Leather Full sole ballet shoes

Black tap shoes (Velcro strap or laces)

Intermediate (G1/2) and Advanced(G2/3)

Exam Requirements

Black Cotton gathered bust Leotard

Black cotton leggings

Black Waistband

Extra Layers/alternatives

Pink ballet tights and black hot pants

Black Cotton Wrap Cardigan

Dance School T-shirt/Hoodie/Zip-up Jacket

Black Leather Full sole ballet shoes

Pink leather full sole ballet shoes with satin ribbons

(Ballet exams for Grade 2+)

Merry Jane Black tap shoes

Seniors (G4+)

Exam Requirements

Black Criss Cross Cotton Leotard

Black cotton leggings

Black Waistband

Extra Layers/alternatives

Pink ballet tights and black hot pants

Dance School T-shirt/Hoodie/Zip-up Jacket

Black Leather Full or split sole ballet shoes

(Full sole required for exams)

Pink leather full sole ballet shoes with satin ribbons

(Ballet exams for Grade 2+)

Black Buckle Bar tap shoes

Ballet Class One

Ballet Class Two and Pointe

Black Voile Skirted Leotard or Black Cotton Leotard

Pink Ballet Tights

Pink Ballet Shoes

Black Leotard 
Black chiffon skirt
Pink Ballet Tights
Pink Ballet Shoes

Contemporary

Acro Dance

Any variation of MRSOD Clothing such as

t-shirt, Jumper, Crop-Top, Leggings and shorts

Performing Arts

Musical Theatre

Street, Commercial and Hip hop Dance

Pink Star Leggings/Shorts/Crop Top/Vest
No Baggy Clothing
Bare Feet or Foot Thong

Own Comfortable Clothing

Any variation of MRSOD Clothing such as

t-shirt, Jumper, Crop-Top, Leggings and shorts

Comfortable Loose Clothing, any plain black bottoms or top

Any variation of MRSOD Clothing such as

Joggers, Hoodies, t-shirt, Jumper, Crop-Top, Leggings

Black soled trainers (No outdoor shoes)

Please bring trainers to change into

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