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We want Thrive Dance Center to feel like home for all of our dancers and we believe that everyone can achieve their best when they are confident and comfortable in what they wear. Our dress code is created for maximum safety, learning, and comfort. We reject dated, gendered, racist and sizeist standards. 

 

Our dress code is gender-neutral and dancers can choose a dress code option that is most comfortable for them. Thrive Dance Center welcomes a diverse and inclusive community that strives to provide a safe learning environment for all students including those who don't fall within preconceived gender roles. We support our dancers' gender identities and gender expressions in the ways of costuming and dress code. Students may choose the dress code & costumes with which they identify.

 

Dress Codes are in place to promote unity and encourage professionalism and discipline among our students. A neat and tidy appearance sets an atmosphere of safety, attentiveness and respect for students, teachers and the art of dance. Instructors are aided by the dress code in their dedication to the development and training of students. Instructors must be able to see the dancer’s body outline clearly to prevent injuries, prevent incorrect habits and make proper corrections on posture & alignment. Dancers should be able to move freely without restriction.

INFORMATION ABOUT TIGHTS

Did you know that ballet shoes and tights were originally designed to look as if the dancer had bare legs and feet? In theory, this helped to create the illusion of longer legs and aesthetically pleasing classical lines, but it was completely impractical. We all know that people do not come in one standard color, and so dance wear manufacturers and dance studios/companies alike have begun to tackle this old fashioned bias. They have started to produce socks, tights and ballet shoes for all skin tones, increasing the inclusivity of their ranges and making Ballet feel inclusive for all dancers.

 

Historically dancers have worn pink tights for ballet which did not leave room for diversity in Ballet. At Thrive Dance Center we practice inclusivity for all dancers and encourage & welcome our dancers to wear tights and shoes that match their skin tones. 

 

We recognize that transitioning from traditional pink tights and pink ballet shoes might take time as many dancers already own these items. We encourage & welcome all of our dancers to purchase tights and shoes that match your skin tone when you make your next dance wear purchase.

 

*Keep in mind the tights worn for Ballet MUST be Ballet tights. Dancers cannot wear pantyhose.

 

If you are looking for Ballet Tights and Shoes for all skin tones check out the following online shops.

 

Flesh Tone (Tights & Shoes)

fleshtone.net

 

Blendz Apparel (Tights & Shoes)

blendzapparel.com

 

Bloch Tonal Pointe Shoes

http://us.blochworld.com/pointe-shoes/tonal

 

Freed Of London

https://www.freedoflondon.com/us/

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BALLET & POINTE

CLOTHING - Dancers must wear all black and can mix and match the following options. No designs or large logos (plain black only) Thrive Dance Center logo ok.

  • Leotard & Flesh Toned Tights

  • Leotard & Black Tights

  • Leotard & Shorts (Shorts must be above the knees & form fitting)

  • Leotards must be worn with tights or with shorts. Do not wear only a leotard.

  • Form Fitting Tank or Dance Top (No crops or sports bras) with Form Fitting Shorts

  • Form Fitting T Shirt with Form Fitting Shorts (shorts must be above the knee & form fitting)

  • Form fitting Tank with Black Tights

  • Long Sleeve Leotards or form fitting long sleeve T shirts are ok.

  • Ballet Sweater, Shrug or Form Fitting Track Jacket are appropriate for warm up only.

  • Proper supportive undergarments are required

  • Black Thrive Dance Center logo wear is ok.

NO 

  • No designs or large logos, plain black only

  • No hoodies, sweatshirts or crew necks

  • No leggings

  • No sweatpants

  • No baggy clothing

  • No undergarments showing

  • No Jewelry including earrings (no hoops of any kind), necklaces or bracelets of any kind - small stud earrings are okay


TIGHTS - If tights are worn please wear flesh tone or black tights (Pink is ok if you already own them)

SHOES - Ballet shoes are required and should be flesh toned. (Pink is ok if you already own them.)  Classroom shoes must be split sole, leather or canvas however leather will be required for stage performances.

*Dancers who take Pointe must first take a pre-pointe workshop and consult with their teacher before purchasing Pointe shoes.

HAIR - Long hair must be pulled out of the face and secured off of the neck in a way that the hair will not hit the face and interfere with dance training. If hair is too short to pull back please make sure it is secured away from the face with a headband.

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ACRO
CLOTHING - Form fitting dance & acro attire including: leotards, dance tops, tanks, t shirts, pants, leggings or shorts. No sweatshirts or sweatpants allowed. Proper supportive undergarments are required.

SHOES - Shoes are not required. Students should have bare feet.

HAIR - Long hair must be pulled out of the face and secured low on the neck so that the head is unobstructed when rolling on the floor. If hair is too short to pull back please make sure it is secured away from the face with a headband.  No buns please, this is for the safety of the acrobats.


BALLET/TAP

CLOTHING - Dancers must wear all black and can mix and match the following options. No designs or large logos (plain black only) Thrive Dance Center logo ok. (See the Ballet header above for photo examples)

  • Leotard & Flesh Toned Tights

  • Leotard & Black Tights

  • Leotard & Shorts (Shorts must be above the knees & form fitting)

  • Leotards must be worn with tights or with shorts. Do not wear only a leotard.

  • Form Fitting Tank or Dance Top (No crops or sports bras) with Form Fitting Shorts

  • Form Fitting T Shirt with Form Fitting Shorts (shorts must be above the knee & form fitting)

  • Form fitting Tank with Black Tights

  • Long Sleeve Leotards or form fitting long sleeve T shirts are ok.

  • Ballet Sweater, Shrug or Form Fitting Track Jacket are appropriate for warm up only.

  • Proper supportive undergarments are required

  • Black Thrive Dance Center logo wear is ok.

*For the remainder of the 2021-22 season, pink leotards are fine since many families have already purchased these items. If you purchase new apparel for Ballet/Tap classes, please purchase all black.

NO 

  • No designs or large logos, plain black only

  • No hoodies, sweatshirts or crew necks

  • No sweatpants

  • No baggy clothing

  • No undergarments showing

  • Tutus Or Skirts

  • No Jewelry including earrings (no hoops of any kind), necklaces or bracelets of any kind - small stud earrings are okay


TIGHTS - If tights are worn please wear flesh tone or black tights (Pink is ok if you already own them)

SHOES

  • Ballet - Ballet shoes are required and should be flesh toned. (Pink is ok if you already own them.)  Classroom shoes must be split sole, leather or canvas however leather will be required for stage performances.

  • Tap - Tap shoes are required and should be Black leather lace up tap shoes.

HAIR - Long hair must be pulled out of the face and secured off of the neck in a way that the hair will not hit the face and interfere with dance training. If hair is too short to pull back please make sure it is secured away from the face with a headband.

HIP HOP & BREAKDANCING
CLOTHING - Comfortable dance and athletic wear including: dance tops, t-shirts, tank tops, sweatpants, leggings or shorts. Pants are encouraged to protect the knees in Breakdancing. Dancers are encouraged to showcase their individuality and style in their clothing choices for Hip Hop & Breakdancing.  Dancers must be able to move freely and safely in their apparel. 

 

SHOES - Tennis shoes, Sneakers or Hi Tops. (Please designate a pair of shoes to use at dance only to prevent dirtying the dance floors.)

HAIR - Hair must be pulled back out of the face and secured. If hair is too short to pull back please make sure it is secured away from the face with a headband.

JAZZ/HIP HOP
CLOTHING - Form fitting dance attire including: leotards, dance tops, tanks, t shirts, studio pants, leggings or shorts. We do not suggest purchasing tutus or skirts because they are often distracting to young dancers during class.

SHOES 

  • Jazz - Leather split sole Jazz shoes are required and should be flesh toned. Tan or black are ok if you already own them. Additional shoes may be required for performance depending on costume color.

  • Hip Hop - Sneakers or Hi Tops. Please designate a pair of sneakers to use for class to prevent dirtying the dance floors.

HAIR - Hair must be pulled back out of the face and secured. If hair is too short to pull back please make sure it is secured away from the face with a headband.

JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY, LYRICAL, MUSICAL THEATER, TURNS & LEAPS, TECHNIQUE CLASSES

CLOTHING -  Form fitting dance attire including: leotards, dance tops, tanks, t shirts, studio pants, leggings or shorts. 

SHOES - Leather split sole Jazz shoes are required and should be flesh toned. Tan or black are ok if you already own them. Additional shoes may be required for performance depending on costume color.

HAIR - Hair must be pulled back out of the face and secured. If hair is too short to pull back please make sure it is secured away from the face with a headband.


MODERN
CLOTHING -  Form fitting dance attire including: leotards, dance tops, tanks, t shirts, pants, leggings or shorts. 

SHOES - No shoes needed. Dancers should have bare feet.

HAIR - Hair must be pulled back out of the face and secured. If hair is too short to pull back please make sure it is secured away from the face with a headband.


TAP
CLOTHING - Comfortable dance and athletic wear including dance tops, t-shirts, tank tops, pants, leggings or shorts. Dancer must be able to move freely and safely in their apparel. 

SHOES - Black leather lace up tap shoes. 

HAIR - Hair must be pulled back out of the face and secured. If hair is too short to pull back please make sure it is secured away from the face with a headband.


TINY TOTS
CLOTHING - Form fitting dance attire including: leotards, dance tops, tanks, t shirts, studio pants, leggings or shorts. We do not suggest purchasing tutus or skirts because they are often distracting to young dancers during class.

SHOES - Jazz Shoes or sneakers or bare feet

  • Jazz Shoes - Leather split sole Jazz shoes are required and should be flesh toned. Tan or black are ok if you already own them. Additional shoes may be required for performance depending on costume color.

  • Sneakers - Please designate a pair of sneakers to use for class to prevent dirtying the dance floors.

  • Dancers can have bare feet.

HAIR - Hair must be pulled back out of the face and secured. If hair is too short to pull back please make sure it is secured away from the face with a headband.

ACTING, VOICE
CLOTHING - Comfortable dance and athletic wear including dance tops, t-shirts, tank tops,  pants, leggings or shorts. Students must be able to move freely and safely in their apparel. 

SHOES  - Jazz shoes or sneakers or bare feet.

  • Jazz Shoes - Leather split sole Jazz shoes are required and should be flesh toned. (Tan or black are ok if you already own them). 

  • Sneakers - Please designate a pair of shoes to use at dance only to prevent dirtying the dance floors.

  • Dancers can have bare feet.

HAIR - Hair must be pulled back out of the face and secured. If hair is too short to pull back please make sure it is secured away from the face with a headband.