Dressing for Dance Classes

Casco Bay Movers’ dress code policy is designed to help dancers and their instructors visualize proper alignment, ensuring that our students develop sound movement practices.  Proper dancewear and footwear must be worn for each class.

Self-expression through dance fashion is a fun and valuable part of the classroom experience. Dancers may choose colors and styles of their leotards, leggings, pants, etc., to suit their tastes and comfort levels within the parameters of the dress code listed below.

For your convenience, dancewear is now available at the studio through Revolutions Dancewear!  We also highly recommend Petit Jete Dance Boutique in Brunswick.

Dance with Me, Danceimagination, Pre-Modern, Tumble Tots, Discover Dance/Acro:  Our youngest students are encouraged to wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and bare feet.  This can include footless tights or leggings with leotards, athletic wear, simple dance dresses, etc.  Please keep in mind that dancers will be crawling, rolling, and sliding on the floor.  Long hair should be pulled up away from the face.

Pre-Ballet and Ballet: Tights matching skin tone, leotard in any color or black tights, white t-shirt, and ballet shoes. Long hair should be secured in a ballet bun or similar. Close-fitting ballet sweaters or warm-ups may be worn during barre work. Ballet skirts are optional.

Jazz:  Leggings, jazz pants or dance shorts, a leotard or close-fitting tank or t-shirt, and black jazz shoes. Hair should be pulled up and away from the face.

Tap:   Leggings, jazz pants or dance shorts, a leotard or close-fitting or tank t-shirt, and non-heeled tap shoes.  Long hair should be pulled up and away from the face.

Modern and Contemporary:   Leggings, tights, jazz pants, athletic pants or dance shorts and a leotard, close-fitting tank or t-shirt, and bare feet.  Long hair should be put up and away from the face.

Hip Hop, Freestyle, and Breakdance:   Loose-fitting, athletic type top, and bottom and sneakers with minimum tread. Sneakers designed for cross-training or skateboarding tend to work better than those designed for running.  Sneakers are required to participate in class for dancer safety.  Sneakers do not need to be brand new; however, they must only be designated for indoor use.  

Adult dancers:

We encourage adult dancers to dress in dance or athletic wear that feels best for them and allows for a full movement range.  Dressing in layers is a good general practice, especially for modern, contemporary, and jazz classes that may include time on the floor.  Barefeet is best for modern, contemporary, and jazz, though jazz shoes or sneakers are welcome if preferred.  Tap shoes are necessary for tap classes, and indoor sneakers are required for hip hop classes. Please note that shoes worn outdoors are not permitted inside the classrooms.