Class Attire/Etiquette

CLASS ATTIRE


We require all RPA students to follow our class attire requirements. We do not allow street shoes in the studios.


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Twirling Twos

Girls: Any color leotard and tights or any color leggings and shirt. Ballet shoes or barefoot.
Boys: Any color sweatpants or shorts and any color shirt or tank top. Ballet shoes or barefoot.


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Storybook Ballet, Ballet/Tap and Rhythm and Tap

Girls: Pink or black leotard (long or short sleeve), pink tights and pink or black leather ballet shoes. Black tap shoes. Ballet skirts or reasonable tutus OK. Hair in ponytail or bun.
Boys: White or black t-shirt or tank and black stretch pants or tight fitting shorts. Black leather ballet shoes. Black tap shoes.


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MINI Ballet I & II

Girls: Black or pink leotard, black or pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes. Black tap shoes for Ballet/Tap Combo, Tap I and Tap II. NO SHORTS or TUTUS. Hair in ponytail or bun.
Boys: White or black t-shirt or tank and black stretch pants, joggers or tight fitting shorts. Black tap and ballet  shoes for Ballet/Tap Combo.


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Adult Classes

Comfortable exercise attire.


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Recreational Ballet

Girls: Any color leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes. Hair in ponytail or bun. NO SHORTS or SKIRTS.
Boys: Any color t-shirt, shorts or dance leggings, black ballet shoes. Long hair in ponytail.


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Recreational Tap and Jazz

Girls: Comfortable dance attire such as leggings, shorts, t-shirts or tank tops. Black tap/jazz shoes.

Hair in ponytail or bun.  NO JEANS OR SKIRTS.

Boys: Any coloring t-shirt, shorts or dance leggings.

Hair: Long hair in ponytail or bun. NO JEANS.


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Recreational Acro Dance

Girls: Fitted athletic top or leotard with leggings or shorts. No socks or shoes.

Hair: Ponytail, braid, or bun.

Boys: Fitted athletic shirt or tank top with shorts or leggings. No socks or shoes.

Hair: Clean and out of face, longer hair in ponytail or bun.


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Focus Acro

Girls: Black Leotard, spandex shorts

Hair: French braid (one or two), or ponytail braid

Boys: Black fitted tank top, spandex shorts

Hair: Clean and out of face


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Acting, Musical Theatre, A Capella Choir, Acro Dance, Hip Hop and Broadway Bound

Comfortable attire such as leggings, exercise attire. NO JEANS OR SKIRTS. Please wear hair up and out of face.


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Youth Dance Company

Class: Any color leotard, pink tights, ballet technique shoes, hair in bun. Warm ups are allowed for barre but must come off in center.

Rehearsal: Comfortable dance clothes that don’t distract or hinder movement that may include floor work, partnering, and going upside down.


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Focus Ballet

Girls: Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes.

Hair: In a clean bun without accessories.

Boys: Fitted white t-shirt or tank top, black dance tights, black ballet shoes.

Hair: Clean and out of face, longer hair in ponytail or bun.


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Focus Jazz

Girls: Black leotard, black leggings or shorts, slip on black or tan leather jazz shoes. 

Hair: Ponytail or bun (depending on length of hair dancers may be asked to put it up in a bun for spotting improvement)

Boys: Black t-shirt or tank top, black dance leggings or fitted shorts, black slip on jazz shoes.

Hair: Clean and out of face, longer hair in a ponytail or bun.


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Focus Tap

Girls: Black leotard, black leggings or shorts, oxford black tap shoes

Hair: Ponytail or bun, hair may be asked to (depending on length of hair dancers may be asked to put it up in a bun for spotting improvement)

Boys: Fitted black t-shirt or tank top, black leggings or shorts, oxford black tap shoes

Hair: Clean and out of face, longer hair in ponytail or bun.


***Ballet “slippers” from Walmart or Target may NOT to be worn.***


ETIQUETTE for Successful Students (Download PDF here)


Body Language

  • When given a correction acknowledge the teacher with your eyes and a pleasant face. Be accepting and inviting towards the teacher for sharing their information with you!
  • Keep your arms open by your sides. Crossing your arms, although it can be comfortable, implies to the teacher that you are closed off from learning (even when you aren’t!)


Learning

  • If the teacher is talking, eye contact is essential. However in a dance class a teacher is often talking AND dancing or demonstrating a movement. Keep your eyes on the part of the body the teacher is discussing so you can collect as much information as possible.
  • Use your listening skills to find out important words and rhythms that will help you improve faster.
  • When a teacher is teaching you a new skill or combination, stay engaged by trying the steps along with the teacher rather than standing and watching. UNLESS the teacher has asked you to only observe. In that case, wait patiently without moving.

Dialogue

  • Never talk with other students during class. A student who is focused on themselves, the corrections and information being given has the best chance of personal success.
  • When asking questions make sure that your questions are:
    • At the appropriate time, AFTER directions have been given.
    • Very specific. Avoid telling the teacher “you don’t know what to do” when you are confused. Try to identify which point is the most confusing: “Can you please clarify the transition at the beginning?”
    • Relevant to the conversation and the moment.
  • If the teacher invites students to share their feelings, experiences, or thoughts, respectfully raise your hand to share yours. However, this is not a requirement of a dance class. If you have a comment to make about the activity, save your comment for a break or after class. And never raise your hand to share a comment without being invited first.

Punctuality

  • Arrive to class, rehearsals, and performances on time and ready to go. By doing so you respect your teacher and classmates.
  • If you do arrive late, wait politely by the door until the teacher assigns you a spot. When class is over apologize and explain why you were late.

Classroom Attire

  • The dress code helps create a positive learning environment without distractions. With our bodies as our instruments, it’s important to always keep ourselves clean and tidy ready to use.