Dance Attire

Why is the Dress Code Important?
It’s a common question to hear from dance parents and students alike: What purpose does the dress code actually serve?  We’re glad you asked!  Myriad’s Dance Academy’s dress code was established for a few very important reasons:

Safety

The number one factor in establishing a dress code is for all students’ safety in class.  A basic leotard,  tights / dance shorts or simple T-shirt, along with hair pulled back and the appropriate shoes, ensures that there are no extraneous clothes or jewelry that can become hazardous.  The dress code also helps teachers see that students are using the right muscles and alignment in order to learn the correct movements in class.  Solid colors show this best.

Age Appropriate

At Myriad, we want every student to feel good about trying his or her best in class.  Following the dress code helps us make sure that everyone is appropriately covered … but not so covered that their movement is restricted!  We know that kids can sometimes feel self-conscious, and we want to encourage their confidence by helping them feel comfortable with what they wear in the studio.

Respect

A dress code is one way students show respect for their peers and their teachers.  It demonstrates an understanding of how a dance class operates, with minimal distractions and the ability to move easily for any combination of steps or choreography.  It shows that the students are prepared to learn and are willing to save their fashion statements for outside of class.

Practicality

Because leotards and tights  / dance shorts also often serve as a versatile base layer for costuming, it makes sense that students become accustomed to them during class time.  Just as swimmers wear swimsuits and basketball players wear jerseys, dancers wear leotards, tights /dance shorts to have the freedom of movement required to practice correctly and efficiently.

Everyone benefits with the dress code in place: dancers can learn comfortably, and instructors can teach efficiently!  We take pride in our simple, easy-to-follow dress code and are happy to help you with questions at any time.

Pre-Dance Levels: Ages 3 – 6

Dancewear: Pink, white, or black leotard, tights and ballet shoes. Tutus are fine.
Dancers receive a Myriad T-shirt, color by level. Provided upon registration, included in annual membership fee. Black dance shorts or tights on the bottom.

No jeans, no school clothes, no bulky sweatshirts, no restrictive clothing
No street shoes, as they can damage our dance floor

Shoes: Black Jazz oxfords or dance sneakers & tap shoes.
Hair Tied Back, secured off face.

Levels 1, 2, Teen & Advanced  Levels

Attire: Dancers receive a Myriad T-shirt, color by level. Provided upon registration, included in annual membership fee. Black dance shorts or tights on the bottom.
Black tights, black dance pants / bike shorts.

No jeans, no school clothes, no bulky sweatshirts, no restrictive clothing
No bare midriffs, pajamas or dangling jewerly
No street shoes, as they can damage our dance floor
Failure to following dress code including proper shoes, may result in warning and or students observing classes.

Shoes: Black Jazz oxfords or dance sneakers & tap shoes.
Hair Tied Back, secured off face.

Where to purchase bottoms, leotards, and dance shoes?
Capezio Dance Theatre Shop in San Mateo

SF Dance Wear: www.sfdancewear.com

Discount Dance: www.discountdance.com