Class Attire

Please label all items with your child’s name!

For virtual classes, we still request that students wear the proper dance wear (leotards, tights, jazz pants, etc.) as noted below. There is flexibility on dance shoes, however, depending on the surface at home. See the notes below each attire description.

Feel free to purchase Class Attire from any of the sources listed below:

  • Les Gals Activewear
    Although Les Gals no longer has a physical store, you can purchase leotards and tights from their website at discount prices!
  • RCDA’s Shop at Curtain Call for Class
    Organized by class type (e.g. Pre-K Ballet/Tap or Jazz), this site has a full inventory of dance shoes and dancewear with recommendations for each class or style of dance.
  • Blendz
    For a wide variety of inclusive dance tights and dance shoes
  • Nude Barre
    For a wide variety of inclusive dance tights and undergarments
  • Footlights Dance and Theatre Boutique
    Complete supply of all dance wear and shoes (including pointe shoes); virtual and in person shopping appointments available
    938 Wayne Ave
    Silver Spring MD 20910
    800-349-1186

Cover Up Attire

Please encourage your child (especially teenage children) to wear cover-up clothing over leotards and tights when outside of the dance studio. We strive to teach our children proper etiquette and manners, and proper etiquette in traveling to and from the dance studio should include cover-up clothing. Also, please DO NOT WEAR DANCE SHOES OUTSIDE! Street shoes are for the street, dance shoes are for the dance studio. Children should arrive and depart in street shoes and change into dance shoes once inside. Wearing dance shoes outdoors ruins the shoes and dance floor.

Pre-K Ballet & Tap and Pre-Ballet 1 & 2 with Tap

Girls – Black or pink leotard, pink ballet tights, pink ballet slippers without drawstrings, and black Mary Jane style tap shoes with velcro strap or buckle (no ribbons). Please note that bedroom slipper-style ballet shoes (often sold at Target) are not appropriate for dance classes. NO TUTUS OR SKIRTS PERMITTED. Hair must be secured away from the face, preferably in a bun.

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Boys – White T-shirt; black tights, shorts, or pants; black ballet slippers without drawstrings and black oxford tap shoes.

For virtual tap classes/tap dance at home:

  • Dancers can either wear socks/ballet slippers or try harder soled shoes such as sneakers or Mary Janes which can help make fun tap sounds
  • Traditional tap shoes may not be suitable for all home floors and should ONLY be used with parental permission

Intro to Cecchetti Ballet I with Tap

Girls – Black leotard, pink ballet tights, pink ballet slippers without drawstrings, and black Mary Jane style tap shoes with velcro strap or buckle (no ribbons). Please note that bedroom slipper-style ballet shoes (often sold at Target) are not appropriate for dance classes. NO SKIRTS PERMITTED. Hair must be secured away from the face in a bun.

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Boys – White T-shirt, black tights, black ballet slippers without drawstrings and black oxford tap shoes.

For virtual tap classes/tap dance at home:

  • Dancers can either wear socks/ballet slippers or try harder soled shoes such as sneakers or Mary Janes which can help make fun tap sounds
  • Traditional tap shoes may not be suitable for all home floors and should ONLY be used with parental permission

Cecchetti Ballet I

Girls – Black leotard, pink ballet tights, pink ballet slippers without drawstrings. Please note that bedroom slipper-style ballet shoes (often sold at Target) are not appropriate for dance classes. NO SKIRTS PERMITTED. Hair must be secured away from the face in a bun.

Pink tights and ballet slippers are traditional in ballet and we use them as the standard uniform. However dancers are also welcome to wear tights and shoes that match their skin tone if they prefer. Your dance attire should always make you feel comfortable, beautiful, and strong.

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Boys – White T-shirt, black tights, black ballet slippers without drawstrings.

Cecchetti Ballet II

Girls – Black leotard, pink ballet tights, pink ballet slippers without drawstrings, demi-pointe shoes as approved by the director*. NO SKIRTS PERMITTED. Hair must be secured away from the face in a bun.

Pink tights and ballet slippers are traditional in ballet and we use them as the standard uniform. However dancers are also welcome to wear tights and shoes that match their skin tone if they prefer. Your dance attire should always make you feel comfortable, beautiful, and strong.

Need help making a bun?

Boys – White T-shirt, black tights, black ballet slippers without drawstrings.

*PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE DEMI-POINTE SHOES UNTIL YOUR TEACHER INSTRUCTS YOU TO DO SO!

Cecchetti Ballet III and up

Girls – Solid-colored leotard (colors are accepted), pink ballet tights, pink ballet slippers without drawstrings, pointe shoes as approved by the director*. NO SKIRTS PERMITTED. Hair must be secured away from the face in a bun.

Pink tights and ballet slippers are traditional in ballet and we use them as the standard uniform. However dancers are also welcome to wear tights and shoes that match their skin tone if they prefer. Your dance attire should always make you feel comfortable, beautiful, and strong.

Need help making a bun?

Boys – White T-shirt, black tights, black ballet slippers without drawstrings.

*NEW POINTE STUDENTS: PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE POINTE SHOES UNTIL YOUR TEACHER INSTRUCTS YOU TO DO SO!

Intro to Jazz with Tap, Jazz (Level I and up), Lyrical (all levels), and Tap (Level I and up)

Leotard, tights (optional); jazz or yoga pants or Soffe-type shorts. Hair must be secured away from the face.

Shoes:

  • Jazz: Black jazz shoes
  • Lyrical: FootUndeez (lyrical half-shoe)
  • Tap for Intro to Jazz/Tap: Girls- Mary Jane style tap shoes with velcro strap or buckle (no ribbons) Boys- black tap oxford-style shoes
  • Broadway Tap I: Girls- Mary Jane style tap shoes with velcro strap or buckle (no ribbons) Boys- black tap oxford-style shoes
  • Broadway & Rhythm Tap II and up: black tap oxford-style shoes

For virtual tap classes/tap dance at home:

  • Dancers can either wear socks/ballet slippers or try harder soled shoes such as sneakers or Mary Janes which can help make fun tap sounds
  • Traditional tap shoes may not be suitable for all home floors and should ONLY be used with parental permission

Adult Ballet

Adults may wear any exercise clothes in which they feel comfortable and can move around safely. Ballet slippers (any color) are recommended.