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At our studio it seems like before the start of every new session we dedicate a little time to brainstorming ways to get students and parents on board with our dress code. Our dress code is pretty standard, but required as it's more than just the act of enforcing everyone wear the same attire. The biggest challenge isn’t the older students…it’s the under 9 crowd that is still dependent on their parents help. It does feel a little condescending to reprimand parents for not getting their kid’s hair in a bun or sending their child to class in the wrong color tight. We can definitely understand that there are weeks where just getting your child to class is an accomplishment! We wanted to share a few reasons why these details matter and offer a few suggestions to set your student up for success:
– Dancers that are in properly fitting dance clothing are not distracted by their clothing. Tights should be specific dance tights (not sweater tights or something you would wear under a Christmas dress). Leotards should cover their bodies, provide adequate support where needed, and have enough stretch that they stay in place while dancing. Tank tops, pants, and shorts should stay put while dancing and not leave dancers exposed. Most leggings (unless they are specifically sold for athletic activities) are not going to work.
– Dancers shouldn’t be concerned that their hair is going to fall out or be constantly pushing it out of their face. This is another distraction that pulls away from their training. Ballet dancers need a bun and all other dancers need a ponytail. Most students are going to need an extra hair tie, bobby pins, clips, and a little hairspray for it to be secure. Feeling lost? Ask your child’s teacher. Most dance teachers have many years under their belt of putting their hair up and can offer some hints to make it easier. Youtube is another great resource.
-Dancers that look like dancers start to feel like dancers. Have you ever heard that you should dress for the job you want not the job you have? Same idea. Throughout college I always felt a little bit behind in my ballet training..you know what helped? Ditching my black tights for pink and taking the time to put my hair in a neat bun.
-Dress code can help to remind dancers that they are a part of a group. This is especially true in ballet- nothing makes me happier then seeing a whole class room of students in black leotards and pink tights. It is also easier for the teacher and the students to spot mistakes.
-Dancers that are dressed appropriately are more confident. Most likely your student’s teacher will remind the class about dress code from time to time. As a teacher, I always feel a little bad when it isn’t really the child’s fault that the parent isn’t sending them to class prepared. Some kids really take these gentle reminders to heart! Give them one less thing to stress about in class.
-Dancers that are dressed appropriately allow the teacher to focus on the student- not what is wrong with what they are wearing. I am definitely guilty of this. If I have a student that isn’t dressed appropriately I tend to focus on that rather then their dancing. A shirt that is constantly riding up isn’t just distracting to the dancer, it is distracting to the teacher!
At the start of each session I would encourage parents to look at how much their child is dancing though out the week and take the time purchase enough dance wear. One nice leotard and a pair of dance tights is going to be better then several ill fitting options. Your child will most likely need to try things on to get a good fit. Make them jump up and down and stretch towards their toes. Does everything stay where it should? Dedicate these outfits only for dance class, not for everyday wear. Test run the hair. Find a small bag to keep their shoes in. By taking the time to purchase items specifically for dance class you are sending the message to your child that you believe in them, that what they are doing is really important, and that you are trusting that they are going to work hard and take their training seriously. Set them up for success and keep the focus where it should be..on their dancing!