WHY WE WEAR A UNIFORM

Dancers wear uniforms so that the faculty can clearly see the body which helps them adjust alignment issues and watch for muscular imbalances. Uniforms also help with choreography so the faculty can see flaws in the line and shape of movements, helping make recital and competition pieces more polished.
Dancers all over the world wear uniforms to class for these reasons.

Uniform rules will be enforced by the entire faculty in all genres. If you need an exception to anything below please write to us at elitedance@shaw.ca and we will take your request into consideration.

HAIR REQUIREMENTS FOR PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM

Hair should be pulled back and away from the face in either a bun or ponytail. Please make sure your dancer does not wear jewelry to the studio. We will always try our best to help new parents find second-hand shoes for this age group as they grow out of slippers so quickly.

HAIR AND UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS FOR BALLET PROGRAM

All dancers attending ballet classes either recreational or competitive must have their hair in a bun with any loose hair or bangs drawn back with clips or gel. Please use at least 8-10 bobby pins to hold the hair in place along with a hair net. Dancers that come to class without their hair done properly will be asked to exit the class and do their hair before participating. Faculty will help the younger dancers do proper hair if needed. Please do not wear jewelry to the studio.
Small earrings are permitted. Dancers that are wearing jewelry to class will be asked to remove it and place it in their dance bag for safekeeping. No False nails, bright nail polish or overly embellished makeup should be worn to class, exams or on stage. Dancers need to come to the studio ready to dance.
Dancers may not miss the beginning of any class to do their hair or change their clothing.

PARENT & TOT 

  • Any dancewear is welcome
  • Ballet slippers, bare feet, or socks 
  • Parents should wear clothing they can move in and feel comfortable in
  • No indoor shoes in the studios 

TINY TOTS

  • Leotard MONDOR – 1635 – short-sleeve – True Pink leotard – recommended Legs ballet pink socks
  • Skirt pink Bloch BU601C faux-wrap skirt – recommended
  • Shoes pink full-sole leather ballet slippers (see note regarding fit; NO split- sole)
  • Ballet slippers should fit well, to provide proper support so that the use of the foot can be clearly seen. A new pair might need to be purchased during the year if your child’s feet grow more than half a size. Children younger than 6 years old could have a little ‘growing room’ when purchasing shoes.

PRE-SCHOOL

  • Leotard MONDOR – 1635 – short-sleeve – True Pink leotard – recommended Legs ballet pink socks
  • Skirt pink Bloch BU601C faux-wrap skirt – recommended
  • Shoes pink full-sole leather ballet slippers (see note regarding fit; NO split- sole)
  • Ballet slippers should fit well, to provide proper support so that the use of the foot can be clearly seen. A new pair might need to be purchased during the year if your child’s feet grow more than half a size. Children younger than 6 years old could have a little ‘growing room’ when purchasing shoes.

PRE-PRIMARY & PRIMARY BALLET

  • 3535 Lilac Cap Sleeve Mondor
  • 6207 Lilac Mondor Pull-Up Skirt
  • Legs ballet pink socks
  • Shoes 212C Capezio Full Sole Leather Slipper – Lily (see note regarding fit; NO split- sole)
  • Ballet slippers should fit well, to provide proper support so that the use of the foot can be clearly seen. A new pair might need to be purchased during the year if your child’s feet grow more than half a size. Children younger than 6 years old could have a little ‘growing room’ when purchasing shoes.

GRADE 1 & 2 BALLET

  • Leotard 3545 Mondor Paradise Blue Tank Sleeve
  • Legs ballet pink socks OR pink ballet tights
  • 3637 Mondor Paradise Blue Wrap Skirt
  • Skirt black character skirt with ribbons (parents make their own according to instructions, or a seamstress is available) Please do not purchase until your teacher gives you directions to.
  • Shoes pink full-sole leather ballet slippers (see note regarding fit; NO split-sole) & LOWER HEEL black canvas character shoes

GRADES 3 – 5 BALLET

  • Leotard 3546 Mondor Tank Sleeve in Burgundy
  • Legs ballet pink convertible tights
  • 1600 Mondor Black Wrap Skirt (optional)
  • Skirt black character skirt with ribbons (parents make their own according to instructions, or a seamstress is available)
  • Shoes pink full-sole leather ballet slippers (see note regarding fit; NO split- sole) & HIGHER HEEL black canvas character shoes

GRADES 6, 7, 8 BALLET

  • Leotard 13520 Mondor Purple(PB) Pinch Front Leotard
  • Skirt 3637 Mondor Purple Wrap Skirt (optional)
  • Legs ballet pink convertible tights
  • Skirts Character Skirt as previous grades
  • Shoes pink canvas split-sole ballet slippers (clean canvas split-soles required for any performance) & black canvas Cuban heel character shoes

INTERMEDIATE FOUNDATION, INTERMEDIATE, AND ADVANCED 1 & 2 BALLET

  • SL06 So Danca Black Pinch Front Tank Leotard or MC110 Capezio Spaghetti Strap with built-in bra in black
  • Skirt 1600 Mondor Black Wrap Skirt (optional)
  • Legs ballet pink convertible tights
  • Shoes Intermediate Foundation+ – pink canvas split soles with elastic ribbons for competition and examinations. Elastics can be worn for class.
  • Pointe Shoes – pointe shoes can be purchased once the ballet faculty has decided the students may begin pointe. Your teacher will send you an email giving permission to do this.

OPEN AND RECREATIONAL BALLET

  • Bodysuit any colour brand or style
  • Legs ballet pink convertible tights
  • Skirt any colour sheer ballet skirt optional but not required
  • Shoes pink canvas split-sole ballet shoes

BOYS UNIFORM BALLET

  • Pre-School, Pre-Primary, Primary Ballet, Grade 1-2 Leotard – white close-fitting cap sleeved shirt or leotard
  • Legs – navy blue shorts(bike shorts/tight fit) with white ballet socks
  • Shoes – white leather full-soled ballet shoes

BOYS GRADE 3 – ADVANCED 2 BALLET

  • Leotard – white cap sleeved leotard and dance belt (recommended around age 10)
  • Legs – navy blue male stirrup dance tights with white ballet socks(wear socks over tights)
  • Shoes – white leather full-soled ballet shoes

JAZZ, ACROBATIC ARTS, PBT & CONTEMPORARY UNIFORM

  • Leotard any colour or style leotard(adv/senior dancers may wear knee pads and a shirt for floor work in technique classes)
  • Legs black shorts or black leggings with no patterning. No baggy T-shirts or sweat pants.
  • Feet – Acrobatic Arts – bare feet Contemporary – dance socks, foot undies or bare feet Jazz – jazz shoes, dance socks, or foot undies
  • All Jazz classes – jazz shoes may be required for competition or year-end show. This will be up to your teacher to decide.

TAP & MODERN UNIFORM PRE-PRIMARY & PRIMARY

  • Leotard MONDOR – 3535 – Cap sleeve – Lilac(LP) leotard
  • Legs black dance shorts(tight fitting)
  • Shoes/Feet black tap shoes that are well fitted. Bare feet for modern.

TAP & MODERN UNIFORM GRADES 1 & 2

  • Leotard MONDOR – 3545 – Tank Sleeve Paradise Blue (PR) leotard
  • Legs black dance shorts(tight fitting)
  • Shoes/Feet black tap shoes that are well-fitted with black ankle socks if needed. Bare feet for modern.

TAP & MODERN UNIFORM GRADES 3 – 6

  • Leotard MONDOR – 3546 – Sleeveless pinch front Renaissance/Burgundy (RR) leotard
  • Legs black dance shorts(tight fitting) and an appropriate length or black tights with no patterning
  • Shoes/Feet black tap shoes that are well-fitted with black ankle socks if needed. Bare feet for modern.

TAP & MODERN UNIFORM INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED 1 & 2

  • Leotard AINSLIEWEAR 102 square neck – Black leotard
  • Legs black dance shorts(tight fitting) and an appropriate length or black tights with no pattering
  • Shoes/Feet black tap shoes that are well-fitted with black ankle socks if needed. Bare feet for modern.

BOYS TAP AND MODERN UNIFORM PRE-PRIMARY, PRIMARY, GRADES 1-3

  • Leotard – white close-fitting short-sleeved shirt or leotard
  • Legs – black shorts(bike shorts/tight fit)
  • Shoes – black tap shoes that are well fitted. Bare feet for modern.

BOYS TAP & MODERN UNIFORM GRADES 4 – ADVANCED 2

  • Leotard – white leotard and dance belt (recommended around age 10)
  • Legs – black male dance tights or shorts
  • Shoes – black tap shoes that are well-fitted. Bare feet for modern.

HIP HOP & MUSICAL THEATRE UNIFORM

  • HIP HOP – comfortable dance wear and clean indoor running shoes. No dresses, skirts or jeans. Hair must be neatly pulled back off the face.
  • MUSICAL THEATRE – any dance leotard with leggings or shorts. Socks or jazz shoes can be worn. Hair must be neatly pulled back off the face.

RECREATIONAL UNIFORM

  • All recreational program dancers should wear a dance leotard and leggings or shorts(ballet tights for ballet classes). Hair must be neatly pulled back off the face. Recreational Hip Hop dancers should follow the attire listed for all Hip Hop classes – listed above.

All uniforms can be purchased at the following locations :

  • Performing Fabrics #104 6750 Island Highway North, Nanaimo, BC
  • Gayles Fashions – C-5262 Argyle ST, Port Alberni BC
  • Second Position Dance Consignment – by appointment only via Facebook.Unit B-4590 Helen Street, Port Alberni BC