What Do I Need?

What Do I Need For Dance Class?


Dancers must wear leotard and tights to every class.


A basic leotard in any color or design is acceptable. Attached skirts are fine as long as they fall above the knees. Ornate costumes are not allowed as this is distracting to the dancer and makes it difficult for the instructor to see body placement. Any leotard or dance outfit should be easy to move in; a huge tutu or skirt makes it difficult for dancers to participate in class.


Dancers must wear tights, not pantyhose. Dance tights are stretchy and easy to move in. They are also designed to keep leg muscles warm and supported. Tights also aid in preventing any blisters.


Pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes are required for dance class. Isotoner slippers are  NOT ACCEPTABLE. They do not fit the same and make it difficult to see if the feet are stretched.

Please remove the black laces that come with the tap shoes (keep them handy in the dancer’s bag) and replace them with elastic so the dancer can slip the shoes on/off.  Elastic ties for shoes are available for sale at the front desk.

All dancers’ shoes should have their names in them. Never allow your dancer to wear their dance shoes outdoors as it will ruin the shoes and bring extra dirt into the dance room/floor.


Make sure dancers have a dance bag for their dance shoes, which should also have your child’s name on/in it. When they come out of class, double check their bag to see that the correct shoes are in them.


Dancers should have hair pulled back off the face and should be securely tied back. This means a ponytail, bun or braids of some fashion. Securely means that not only will the hair not fall out when dancing, but also that very little dancers cannot take their hair down by unclasping a barrette. This allows the dancer to take class and not be distracted by hair.

Please keep a few extra ponytail holders in your dancer’s bag, and make sure that whoever is bringing the dancer to class knows how to do their hair. Please do not expect the teacher to do this for you. Neat hair is another part of the dancer’s attire—it cuts down on disruptions, and makes them feel more like dancers. If your dancer’s hair is short, please use a headband. Ponytail holders are sold at the front desk as well for 25¢.

All items mentioned above are all available at the On Your Toes Dance Studio store.