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Class Attire

Girls

Boys

Ballet

 

Black Leotard (no attached skirt), pink tights (no leg warmers or skirts, please!)

Pink, leather or canvas ballet shoes (please write name in shoes!)

 

White t-shirt, black tights or shorts

Black or white ballet shoes (please write name in shoes!)

Jazz

 

Any color leotard and tights

 

White t-shirt and jazz pants or shorts

Tap

 

Any color leotard and tights, black tap shoes

 

Any color t-shirt, jazz pants or shorts

Hip-Hop

 

A leotard, tights and tennis shoes. Students may wear jazz pants, shorts or sweats instead of tights; however, a leotard base must be worn.

 

Any color t-shirt, jazz pants or shorts

The best place to buy dancewear is at a dancewear store. Many area dance apparel stores offer discounts when you mention the Gainesville School of Ballet/Gainesville Ballet Company. We have had a 25 year relationship with Center Stage II in Duluth, GA. They visit us each year for our annual pointe shoe fitting class for beginning pointe students. There is  Ballare in Hamilton Mill, which is now the closest dancewear store to our families. Their website is at this link. We also recommend the website DiscountDance.com for purchasing dance attire online. 

Hair

In keeping with the traditions of classical ballet, girls must wear their hair fastened securely in a bun at the back of the head for all ballet classes. There are practical, as well as aesthetic reasons for this.  Body alignment is critical in ballet, and the instructor must be able to see the line of a student’s body from the head down. If you are unsure how to put hair up in a bun, we will be happy to show you some of the tricks!  For tap and jazz classes, hair must be drawn away from the face (ponytail). Boys’ hair should be neatly combed.

Shoes

Only dance shoes should be worn in the studios. This gives shoes a much longer life and preserves the studio floors. If you have purchased new dance shoes for your child, we ask that he/she not wear them until their teacher has had an opportunity to look at them to be sure they fit.  Laces and/or ribbons must be tucked into the shoes. Please write your child's last name inside the shoes!