Class Attire/Etiquette

CLASS ATTIRE


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

Storybook and Ballet/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.
Boys: White or black t-shirt or tank and black stretch pants or tight fitting shorts. Black leather ballet shoes. Black tap shoes.


Ballet I/II, Tap 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.
Boys: White or black t-shirt or tank and black stretch pants or tight fitting shorts. Black tap and ballet  shoes for Ballet/Tap Combo.


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.


Recreational Tap and Jazz

Girls: Comfortable dance attire such as leggings, shorts, t-shirts or tank tops. Black tap/jazz shoes. Hair in ponytail.  NO JEANS OR SKIRTS.
Boys: Any coloring t-shirt, shorts or dance leggings. Long hair in ponytail. NO JEANS.


Acting, Musical Theatre, Tumbling

Comfortable attire such as leggings, exercise attire. NO JEANS OR SKIRTS.


Youth Dance Company

Any color leotard, pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes, black leather jazz shoes. Hair in bun.


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Focus Ballet

Girls: Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes. Hair in bun.
Boys: White t-shirt, black dance tights, black ballet shoes. Long hair in ponytail.


Focus Tap  and Jazz

Girls: Black leotard, pink tights, black tap and/or jazz shoes. Hair in ponytail or bun. Shorts, leggings, and t-shirts accepted.
Boys: Black t-shirt, black dance tights or shorts, black ballet/tap shoes. Long hair in ponytail.

***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.

“Doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment” – Oprah Winfrey