Dress Code & Level Placement

 Level Placement

A dancer’s placement in classes is at the discretion of Studio W’s instructors. As you’re choosing classes for the session, please use your best judgement to choose a level. If you have any questions, you can always reach out to us via phone or email. Once classes start, we will confirm with you that your dancer is in the correct class for his/her abilities. You will receive a packet with a skills list that will help with goal setting and explain exactly what each level works on. Please keep in mind that you are not limited to learning only the skills listed for your level – much more will be introduced in classes. The skills list is intended to give an idea of what a dancer will have mastered when they have completed a skill level. Dancers will need to master the majority of the skills in their level in order to progress to the next level. Achievement of skills does not automatically move you to the next level, as there are other factors that play into level readiness – you will see these on the front two pages of your packet. Please also keep in mind that the average time spent in one level of classes is 2 years. Becoming a dancer takes time, hard work and perseverance! We’re here to help our dancers grow at their own pace.

Pre-Ballet & Pre-Tap/Jazz: Ages 2.5 – 6 years. Dancers are introduced to basic dance concepts like rhythm and patterns. Classes focus on building coordination, strength and creativity through age appropriate games and activities. These introductory classes also teach basic listening and following directions skills, along with dance class etiquette.

Level 1 – Dancers learn basic principles in their chosen style of dance. When enrolling in level 1, dancers should be able to easily separate from parents, focus for the full duration of class, and arrive to class prepared every time. Average age of dancers: 5-9 years.

Level 2 – Continuation of Level 1. Level 2 dancers should be able to apply corrections effectively, learn and demonstrate basic dance vocabulary, and begin working on performance quality. Recommended 2 classes per week. Average age of dancers: 7-12 years.

Level 3 – Continuation of Level 2. Level 3 dancers should be able to prepare for class independently, ready for more advanced vocabulary, and able to learn choreography quickly. Requirement of 2 classes per week. Average age of dancers: 10-15 years. 

Level 4 – Intermediate/Advanced dancers, expanding their understanding of dance and how it relates to the whole body. Requirement of 3 classes per week. Average age of dancers: 14 years +.

Pointe/Beginning Pointe – Dancers need a strong ballet background, need to be mature enough to take care of their feet and bodies, and MUST be physically ready. This can only be determined by a ballet teacher who knows you well. We also recommend talking with a physician before going en pointe.

Dress Code

These lists are intended to guide your shopping – you don’t have to stick to the list 100% and you definitely don’t need everything on the list! One or two dance “outfits” are sufficient in most cases. Don’t hesitate to call, text, or email us if you have any questions!

***Parents: Please wait to shop!!! You will receive an email with specific shoe colors for your dancer’s class(es) shortly!

Ballet: Leotard & pink OR skin-toned tights. Ballet skirts OK. Warm up pants, sweaters & leg warmers OK for barre. Pink OR skin-toned ballet shoes. Hair in a neat bun. Boys: Black tights & ballet shoes. White or level-colored, tucked in shirt.

Shop Level 1 Dress Code – leotard colors: gray, charcoal; skirt colors: black, coral, peach, navy, blue, slate
Shop Level 2 Dress Code – leotard colors: coral, peach, cantaloupe; skirt colors: black, navy, blue, slate, cloud, gray
Shop Level 3 Dress Code – leotard colors: navy, sapphire, blue, royal; skirt colors: black, coral, peach, cloud, gray
Shop Level 4 Dress Code – leotard color: black; skirt colors: black, navy, blue, slate, cloud, gray, coral, peach
*Remember to enter our studio code 132450 at checkout to earn points for the studio!

Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz, Tap & Tumbling/Acro: Leotard/spandex shorts/tight fitting top & tan tights. Warm ups OK for beginning of class. Tan jazz shoes or black tap shoes. Hair securely pulled back. Boys: Black tights/shorts/jazz pants & jazz shoes shoes. Tucked in shirt – white or dress code color.
Shop Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz & Tap 1 Dress Code – leotard/shirt colors: gray, charcoal; skirt/shorts colors: black, coral, peach, navy, blue, slate
Shop Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz & Tap 2 Dress Code – leotard/shirt colors: coral, peach, cantaloupe; skirt/shorts colors: black, navy, blue, slate, cloud, gray
Shop Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz & Tap 3 Dress Code – leotard/shirt colors: navy, sapphire, blue, royal; skirt/shorts colors: black, coral, peach, cloud, gray
Shop Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz & Tap 4 Dress Code – leotard/shirt color: black; skirt/shorts colors: black, navy, blue, slate, cloud, gray, coral, peach
*Remember to enter our studio code 132450 at checkout to earn points for the studio!

Hip-Hop: T-shirt or tank top. Sweatpants, leggings or shorts. No Jeans! Sneakers worn ONLY inside. Hair securely pulled back.

Creative Dance & Pre-Ballet: Light pink, purple or blue leotard and pink or skin-toned tights. Ballet, jazz or tap shoes. Please no tutus or dresses! 
Shop Pre-Tap/Jazz & Pre-Ballet
*Remember to enter our studio code 132450 at checkout to earn points for the studio!

Adult & Exercise Classes: Athletic attire with appropriate, indoor-only shoes. 

  • All students should have hair pulled back, away from face.
  • Please arrive to class in clean clothes. 
  • Please Do Not wear dance shoes from outside into dance studio.
  • Please use the changing rooms/cubbies to change and store belongings during class.
  • NO SCHOOL CLOTHES.