Frequently Asked Questions

How do dancers wear their hair?

Hair must be pulled securely back for all classes.

  • For Twinkle dancers, Primary, Ballet 1 & 2 -- bun, or ponytail

  • For Ballet 3 up -- ballet bun​

  • Irish -- ponytail, "half-up", or bun (headband for short hair)

What is the dress code for "Twinkle" classes?

Dancewear is not required, though most little girls' favorite thing about dance class is getting to wear pretty dance clothes. All that's required, though, is comfy, athletic clothing--shorts, a t-shirt, and socks (or bare feet). 

Here are our preferences for dancewear, if you go that direction:

  • dance leotard & skirt - pink, lavender, or black (short sleeves seem to be the most comfortable for this age)

  • dance tights or ballet socks - pink, white or black

  • ballet shoes​​ - pink, white or black

What is the dress code for Irish Dance classes?

TOPS:  t-shirt (school shirt is preferred), or black dance leotard.

BOTTOMS: black shorts, black athletic skirts, or black dance skirts.

TIGHTS or SOCKS: white or black socks (traditional = poodle sox); OR black leggings, or tights

Note: Right now it is common for the Beginner level dancers to still prefer to wear their "blacks" (the ballet look). But Irish dancing is better suited to athletic-type wear, hence the shorts and t-shirt. Black tights and poodle sox are the norm for performances, but seldom do you see them in the studio--it's just too hot!

SHOES:

There are several good brands of Irish Dance shoes. We recommend Rutherford for most dancers. This is an Irish brand, of course, so sizes are not the same as American. Shipping is also very expensive. For this reason, we carry a “size-run” of both ghillies and hard shoes in the studio so your daughter can be properly sized. In addition, we have an arrangement with a supplier located in the United States where we can get wholesale prices if the order has at least ten pairs of shoes. We will place a school order at least twice during the school year.

    Soft Reel Pumps (ghillies) - "Rutherford Cavan"

  • Mandatory starting at the Beginner level 

  • Intro dancers (Wexford and Killarney classes) may wear black ballet shoes as an alternative

  • Retail price: $70 (plus shipping from Ireland!)...Studio price: $57   

    Hard Shoes ("Super Flexi" - black suede sole)

  • Mandatory for Intermediate Irish (and up)

  • Dance sneakers are great for practicing at home, but they should not replace hard shoes. Please note that teachers will sometimes wear these during class because of the many hours they dance.

  • Retail Price: $160 (plus shipping from Ireland!)...Studio Price: $125

 

What is the dress code for ballet classes?

  • For Primary Ballet, and Ballet 1:

    • ballet leotard & skirt - pink or lavender 

    • ballet tights or ballet socks - pink or white

    • ballet shoes​​ - pink or white

  • For Ballet 2 & up:

    • black leotard

    • black wrap skirt 

    • pink ballet tights

    • appropriate ballet shoes

  • Please Note: Teachers do not wear "pinks", but rather dress appropriately for their age, often in "blacks."

Where do I buy all our dance stuff?

We don't attempt to stock a full inventory of dancewear in the studio, but we do try to keep the basics around just in case. Dancewear may be purchased in the studio, though this is certainly not required. We offer discounted pricing and you can "try before you buy." We also have some used shoes and leos that families have made available for resale or giveaway. We will always let you try these first before pointing you to the new stuff in the studio. 

What do I do with my old dance shoes? / Do you have any used shoes I can buy? 

Dance families who have been with us for a while, no doubt, have a stash of shoes that no longer fit their dancer. We provide a place for families to sell these shoes which still have plenty of dancing still in them. Here’s how it works:

  • Place your shoes in a gallon-size ziplock bag along with the following info: 

    • your name

    • the price you are asking for the shoes

    • your contact information (phone and/or email)

  • We will make the used shoes available for trying on in the lobby, and will always direct families to the used shoes before placing an order for new ones. 

  • When a dancer finds a pair of used shoes that work for them, they will simply contact you and make arrangements for payment. The transaction does not involve the dance school at all. We just provide the opportunity.

What else do I need to know?

No gum or jewelry (except stud earrings) during class.

 

What do we do at the beginning of class?

  • Make sure that young dancers use the restroom right before class!

  • Dancers should arrive 5 minutes early, ready to dance (already dressed). Put all belongings in a cubby, then go to the door which opens to the studio and wait for your teacher. Students will be welcomed by their teacher and invited onto the dance floor.

 

Is it okay to stay in the studio to watch?

Parents and family members of all our dancers are welcome, but not required, to stay and watch class through the viewing window of the lobby.

What if we have to miss a class?

Please notify your instructor by text or email as early as possible if your student will not be present for their class. Their contact information is available on Dance Studio Pro.

 

What happens if my teacher has to miss class?

In the event that an instructor is unable to teach a class, a substitute teacher will teach in the instructor's place. If there are no substitute teachers available, class will be canceled and a make-up class will be scheduled.

Summer Dress Code

Summer is more relaxed than the regular school year. Don't spend much money getting ready! Read the general dress code (below), then adjust the following ways:

BALLET DANCERS --We aren't concerned about the color of your leotard this summer--you can borrow one from a friend or pick one up at the thrift shop. You'll need tights, of course, and ballet shoes are a must. Nothing fancy, though. 

IRISH DANCERS -- Intro Irish (camp) and Beginner Irish dancers may dance in ballet shoes during the summer. We will place an order for "ghillies" (Irish soft shoes) in September. New Intermediate 1 Irish dancers may wait until the fall to purchase their hard shoes. It's okay to do hard shoe steps in tennis shoes (just make sure they are nice and clean). 

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