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Uniform Regulations

Discipline is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of a truly fine dancer. While we are working on the strength and technique needed to accomplish this goal, we can start by being disciplined in dress, which is why we have a uniform. As a conservatory level school of dance, our dress code is an important part of our curriculum. Showing respect for our art in conduct as a dress code helps foster the required discipline it takes to learn a classical art. To assist you in preparing your dancer properly for classes, the following are specifics on our dress code:

1. Parents & Tots

  •  There is no specific uniform for this course.
  •  Parents are advised to dress their child in appropriate clothing that ensures ease of movement, and will enable the child to achieve maximum benefit from the course.
  •  Upon graduation to Baby Ballet class, please refer to appropriate uniform regulation notes.

2. Baby Ballet, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory & Primary Level

a) Girls Uniform

  • Associated Board of Dance (A.B.D.) regulation mulberry pink leotard with attached voile skirt exclusively. ***An exception to this rule is that specifically the previous spaghetti string Sansha/Capezio leotard as supplied by the school may be worn until 01/01/2018. Any other leotards and brands do not apply to this exemption as they have never been permitted uniform***

N.B. Play tutus/tutus are not to be worn. Only Judith Keyes School of Dance accepted leotards are to be worn.

  • Salmon coloured seamless ballet tights or salmon pink ballet socks, purchased from a reputable dance retailer. Please ensure that tights remain hole free.
  •  Ballet pink ballet pumps in leather, glitter or satin (no canvas). It is of utmost importance that your child wears the correct footwear, especially at this stage in their physiological development. Elastics must be sewn on ballet pumps. The elastics are paramount for safety- in an attempt to keep the shoes from falling off, the dancer will unconsciously grip the ligaments of the foot, which can lead to strain and possible injury.

N.B. Pumps purchased from Decathlon, B&M Bargains or other non-dance retailers are unsuitable and therefore not acceptable as they are for play not dance.

Your child will not be permitted to dance in these shoes and will be requested to sit out and observe the class until suitable footwear is worn.


b) Boys Uniform

  •  Compulsory Associated Board of Dance (A.B.D.) navy short matt unitard ***An exemption to this rule is the boys who are currently in uniform supplied by the school may continue to wear it until 01/01/2018, at which point it will be phased out***
  •  White ballet socks, purchased from a reputable dance retailer.

N.B. In the event of socks discolouring, please replace with immediate effect.

  •  White leather or canvas ballet pumps (no satin). It is of utmost importance that your child wears the correct footwear, especially at this stage in their physiological development. Please refer to the girls’ footwear regulations for further expansion on this point.
  •  Hair neatly combed back out of face and secured.

3. Grades 1-4

a) Girls Uniform

  •  Associated Board of Dance (A.B.D) regulation cap sleeved mulberry pink leotard.
  •  A.B.D. regulation wrap over mulberry pink voile skirt.
  •  Salmon coloured seamless ballet tights, purchased from a reputable dance retailer. Please ensure that tights remain hole free.
  •  Please observe the appropriate underwear regulations
  •  Clean, pink satin ballet shoes with elastic/ ribbons
  •  Hair in a low bun

b) Boys Uniform

  • ​ ​Compulsory Associated Board of Dance (A.B.D.) navy short matt unitard
  •  White ballet socks, purchased from a reputable dance retailer. In the event of socks discolouring please replace immediately.
  •  White leather or canvas ballet pumps (no satin)
  •  Please observe the appropriate underwear regulations
  •  Hair neatly combed back out of face and secured.

3. Grades 5-8 & All Major Examinations

a) Girls Uniform

  • ​ Associated Board of Dance (A.B.D.) regulation indigo camisole leotard
  •  A.B.D. regulation black wrap over voile skirt (Grades 5-8)
  •  Black Tutu Basque (major examinations)
  •  Salmon coloured seamless ballet tights, purchased from a reputable dance retailer. Please ensure that these remain hole free.
  •  Clean, pink satin ballet shoes with ribbons
  •  Pink satin pointe shoes (major grades only)
  •      Hair secured in a low bun

N.B. Pointe shoes for beginner pointe dancers should not be purchased until they are given guidelines by the teacher. Elastic and ribbons must be properly sewn to the pointe shoes once they are approved by the teacher. A tutorial on how to properly sew pointe shoes will be given by staff as needed.

b) Boys Uniform

  •  Compulsory Associated Board of Dance (A.B.D.) navy short matt unitard
  •  White ballet socks, purchased from a reputable dance retailer
  •  White leather or canvas ballet pumps (no satin)
  •  Please observe the appropriate underwear regulations
  •  Hair neatly combed back out of face and secured.
Hair

 Hair is to be properly groomed:

a) Long hair must be secured back into a neat bun

b) Where hair is too short to be secured in a bun, please ensure that hair is fixed away from the face and neckline, using a mulberry pink cloth alice band (available from the website), or plain hair clips.

c) No “JoJo Bows” or equivalent are to be worn.

 A proper bun secured tightly to the head is important, especially when turning in class. Hair that is falling out is disruptive to the learning process and is also a safety hazard as pins fall to the floor.

Warm-ups
  •  Warm-up clothing will be allowed before class and at the teacher’s discretion during class in the cold weather. Only fitted “dance” cardigans and fitted leg warmers are allowed.
  •  No loose or baggy clothes (including T-Shirts) are permitted under any circumstances.
  •  Recommended: Mulberry Pink Ballet Cardigan (Baby Ballet- Grade 4 Level)
  • Black Ballet Cardigan (Grade 5- Major Exam Level)
  •  Judith Keyes School of Ballet branded warm-ups are also available, please consult the website for selection.

Jewellery
  •  Dancers are permitted to wear a simple pair of stud earrings. Dangling earrings and hoops are strictly forbidden due to safety regulations.
  •  No rings, bracelets or necklaces are permitted.

Underwear

  •  Vests are permitted to be worn under leotards at Parent& Tots and Baby Ballet classes only
  •  If applicable, female dancers should wear appropriate undergarment support under the leotard making sure that straps do not show
  •  Girls: Regular underpants are not allowed under tights and leotards beyond Primary Level. Tights are dancers’ underpants and it is beneficial for all dancers to become familiar with this aspect of a dancers’ education as early as possible.
  •  As male dancers mature, dance belts and tights are required.

Hygiene

 Out of respect to all, personal hygiene (clean body and clothing) must be observed.

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