1. A dancer’s attire greatly determines the attitude toward his/her class work, and therefore we require that the standard of appropriate neatness be observed at all times. The teacher may not allow class participation by a student who regularly neglects this requirement.
  2. Cover-ups are required. With respect to our facilities and to each other, we require that ALL DANCERS WEAR COVER-UPS when coming and going from the building beyond the classroom. No underwear should be worn under tights. Both the tights and the leotards have cotton-lined panels. They can be compared to wearing a bathing suit.
  3. All ballet shoes should be properly sewn and drawstrings should be cut and tucked into the shoe.
  4. Please write the student’s name in  all dancewear including each shoe.
  5. Students may wear stud or small earrings. These are the only permissible jewelry to be worn in class. Watches, necklaces, large rings, and bracelets are potentially hazardous.

  Dress code may be purchased here from Curtain Call for Class and shipped directly to you.

  Or locally from Dance Exchange located at the corner of Kerr and Wrightsville, 4406 Wrightsville Ave., 910-793-3116 www.dance-exchange.com  or Tutus to taps located at 11 Edwards st., 910-392-1122

Hair    Dance Bag Supplies: brush, comb, nylon hair net, elastic band, barrettes/clips, hair & bobby pins, hairspray.

How to “do” a classical bun:
  1. Brush hair thoroughly. Leave no tangles.
  2. Mist hair with water, using spray bottle until hair is damp.
  3. Spray lightly with hair spray. If hair is different lengths or has extra curl, rub hair gel in palms of hands and smooth over hair evenly. Use as much as needed for extra hold.
  4. Brush all hair smooth to the back of the head just below the crown in line with the cheekbones and ears. Secure with a braided elastic.
  5. Use contour clips and/or stay tight barrettes to secure hair that gel and ponytail holder will not hold.
  6. Divide ponytail into two sections (3 if hair is extremely thick).
  7. Twist section A of ponytail clockwise.
  8. Keep section A twisted as you wrap it clockwise around braided elastic lightly securing as you go along with hairpins (Be sure section A is touching scalp as you pin.)
  9. Twist section B clockwise.
  10. Keep it twisted as you wrap it clockwise around (not on top of section A). Make sure Section B is touching the scalp, pinning as you wrap.
  11. Hair should be in a rough bun by now. Do not worry with ends that may stick out at this point. The hairnet will catch these.
  12. Place hairnet over bun, twist net once and place over bun again. Repeat this process as many times as you can. Take excess net that won’t cross back over bun, twist and pin it under the edge of bun.
  13. Insert hairpins beginning on one side and continue clockwise all the way around the bun. Insert pins at an angle close to the scalp so they will lock.
  14. Spray all hair and bun. Immediately brush hair toward bun and use your hand while spray is wet to catch lose ends and give hair a smooth look. (Smooth from forehead back to bun and from the nape of the neck up to bun, etc.)
  15. Spray well with hairspray.
Shorter Hair:
  1. Chin length hair—This length is difficult to place hair in a bun. Pull hair into a ponytail, securing the sides back away from face with clips or barrettes. Spray heavily with hair spray to set.
  2. Very short hairstyles should pull sides away from face. Long bangs should be secured back with clips.
Why do dancers wear their hair this way?
  1. The correct placement of a dancer’s head and neck are very important. Hair must be off the neck and away from the face to allow teachers to see placement and give corrections when needed.
  2. Dance requires a great deal of concentration. Hair not fixed correctly is always a distraction to the dancer and takes away from learning and performance.
  3. Good balance is a must for dancers. Hair not correctly and securely fixed can easily throw a dancer off balance, especially during turns when the head whips around rapidly.
  4. Bangs or any other hair that is in the face creates unwanted shadows when under stage lights.
  5. It is important for dancers to have a clean, uniform look in class and especially for performances.
Shoes: The Dancer’s Tools
  1. Do not wear dance shoes outside! Oils and dirt are hazardous when tracked into the studios and are damaging to the shoe.
  2. Shoes must fit properly. They fit snugly and are not fitted with room to grow.
  3. Toenails should be cut short and straight across to avoid sore nails.
Pointe Students
  1. Do not purchase pointe shoes before consulting your teachers. 
  2. Do not sew ribbons or elastic onto shoes until the faculty confirms the fit and gives instructions on how to sew them.
  3. Dancers should learn to sew their own shoes. This is their responsibility - not their parent’s. If they are ready for pointe, they’re ready to sew!
  4. Precisely follow the faculty’s recommendations on how to protect the toes. Do not purchase toe pads or adapt “professional” techniques for wrapping, taping, or padding the toes. These measures are sometimes more hazardous than helpful for the foot. This is a learning process as the dancer develops and should only be advised and overseen by faculty.
  5. Experienced dancers should pre-tape their toes prior to technique class to limit the amount of time taken to put on pointe shoes for pointe class. 
  6. Split sole tights must cover the entire foot for pointe. Mid-calf tights are not appropriate for pointe technique class.
  7. Each dancer must dispose of her own Band-aids, wrappers, and discarded tape and lamb’s wool to ensure cleanliness and a healthy workspace.
  8. Follow the instructions of the faculty for the care, longevity techniques, and storage of pointe shoes.