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WHAT TO WEAR

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 Our philosophy on dress codes is that young dancers should simply be wearing dancewear which is optimal for learning. Our goal is to have the lines of each young dancer visible to their instructors as well as to encourage a sense of pride in dressing as professional dancers do. We understand that kids have many different body types and our school encourages every child to dance!  We do not aspire to any single aesthetic in our students. Our older classes are offered options which will allow maturing dancers to be completely comfortable and to relax and have fun in class! 

                                                          Dress Code for LJD

Please note we welcome our young dancers to wear clothing that best represents their gender identity

or any combination of these options that makes them comfortable. 

Dance wear which has been traditionally suggested for girls: 

 

Creative Ballet and Ballet 1A : A leotard or ballet dance dress in any solid color. We prefer tights that allow us to see the line of the leg - so  tights that are the dancer's body color are fine or pink, beige, white or neutral tights. BALLET SHOES ARE REQUIRED. Adding a ballet skirt or a tutu that the dancer can move well in is fine and joyful at this age! We know our youngest dancers may add some sparkle to their ballet outfits and thats fine- a sparkle headband or softer skirt! All longer hair must be pulled back from the face. 

 

Ballet IB: A solid color leotard or simple ballet dress with a short skirt. We prefer tights that allow us to see the line of the leg - so  tights that are the dancer's body color are fine or pink, beige, white or neutral tights and ballet shoes. BALLET SHOES ARE REQUIRED. All longer hair must be pulled back from the face. 

 

Ballet II: A solid color leotard, ballet skirts are fine or form fitting athletic or dance top (LJD t-shirts or form fitting tank tops are acceptable), We prefer tights that allow us to see the line of the leg - so  tights that are the dancer's body color are fine or pink, beige, white or neutral tights and ballet shoes. At this age some dancers feel better in leggings and that is are acceptable. BALLET SHOES ARE REQUIRED. All longer hair must be pulled back from the face. 

 

Ballet for Everyone: A solid color leotard or form fitting dance top (LJD t-shirts, non- baggy T- shirts with no lettering or graphics, or form fitting tank tops are acceptable), PLEASE no baggy tops. Leggings are fine of any color or tights. Long length shorts are fine - no short shorts. No mid-drifts may be exposed. BALLET SHOES ARE REQUIRED.All longer hair must be pulled back from the face. 

 

Contemporary I and II:  In Contemporary many dancers wear leotards and tights and others prefer to wear form fitting leggings with either a solid color leotard or athletic type top. NO lettering or logos or baggy shirts please. Any solid color leotard and/or form fitting dance tank top (no mid drifts may be exposed).  Dancers must have ballet shoes with them although at times we dance in bare feet.  LJD t-shirt is also acceptable. BALLET OR JAZZ SHOES ARE REQUIRED to be on hand. All longer hair must be pulled back from the face. 

 

Contemporary III and Student Performance Company:  Black Leggings, form fitting black dance pants, or tights   Leotards and/or form fitting dance tank tops are acceptable (no exposed mid drifts.)  LJD t-shirts may be worn.  Black dance shorts may be worn, but must be longer lengths. No short shorts. Dancers must have ballet shoes with them, although at times we dance in bare feet. BALLET OR JAZZ SHOES ARE REQUIRED to be on hand. All longer hair must be pulled back from the face. 

Dance wear which  has been traditionally suggested for boys: ALL Classes 

 

Black dance pants, leggings or tights, white or black t-shirt, black ballet shoes.  Black athletic shorts may be worn over tights or leggings. BALLET SHOES ARE REQUIRED For Ballet and ballet or jazz shoes for Contemporary. All longer hair must be pulled back from the face. 

 

                                           WHERE TO BUY DANCE WEAR 

                     There is a very nice, small  Capezio store in Clark NJ and of course in NYC.

Some Target stores have dance wear, but we don't allow ballet shoes that have a "slipper" like bottom .  

                      Please email us if you have questions about what your child feels comfortable in:                         

                                                      ljdanceschool@gmail.

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