WHY IS DRESS CODE IMPORTANT?
Regardless of whether they are new to dance or have been dancing for several years, dancers need to focus while in dance class so they can learn and perform their best. Dress codes encourage concentration. Wearing multiple colors, no tights, different hairstyles, and the like can be distracting for all the dancers in the room and take away from class. Dancers can get distracted if their leotard is too big/small, if their hair is constantly falling in their face and they’re having to fix it, or if they are falling out of their leotard or shorts because they don’t have tights on. All of these distractions draw their attention away from the instructor. It’s a challenge to keep children’s’ focus in the best situations and dress code issues can make it worse.
BETTER INSTRUCTION and MORE RESULTS
A dress code is developed for several reasons, one of which is helping teachers do their job. Instructors are here to give students all the information about dance technique and body placement that they can. They watch dancers’ movement execution and analyze it for improvements and correctness. If teachers can’t see students’ bodies, then they can’t help the dancer improve or achieve their goals. Baggy clothing can mask bad habits. Believe it or not, even the slightest adjustment in weight on the standing leg or placement of the hips can transform a single pirouette to a double. If dancers arrive to class in dress code, then teachers can help them become the best dancer they can be.
PROPER MOVEMENT and SAFETY
Abiding by a dress code for dance class allows dancers to move properly for the style of dance that they are working on rather than focusing or worrying about what they’re wearing. Adhering to a dress code may also prevent injury to the dancer or their classmates. Ballet classes require more form fitting clothing so that dancers can use their flexibility without restriction what they are wearing. Hip Hop classes may allow baggier pants around the knees or tops that aren’t quite as tight so that students can feel like they have more of a street dance vibe. Shoelaces, jewelry, and baggy clothes might not seem like a big deal, but when you are full out dancing, they can become more troublesome than you’d think. Dangling necklaces can get caught around your neck, dangling earrings can get caught on a classmate’s hand if you are dancing too close to each other, and baggy clothes will prevent your acrobatics instructor from properly spotting you. Wearing improper footwear can result in blisters, injured ankles/knees, or other problems. It is important to wear the shoes designated for your class for proper execution of the dance style and to prevent injury. Safety is very important to us!
INCREASED FOCUS and DISCIPLINE
Dancers that follow a dress code have an easier transition time to get in the mindset needed to learn and concentrate Following the dress code takes effort and shows that the dancers are serious about wanting to develop their skills. Wearing the proper clothes, ditching the jewelry, and having the hair pulled back from the face signals that students are ready to work hard in a structured dance class. It is more than just an outfit. Dress code enforcement creates improved work ethic, discipline, better listening skills, respect, and overall attitude.
When someone looks the part, they often feel better. The idea of “looking the part” definitely applies to dancers! Putting a dancer in the proper attire, alone, can completely change their posture and attitude. With the hairstyle, shoes, and absence of jewelry, a dancer can take on the world! They will be more willing and more confident in attempting new steps or skills. Wearing coordinating or matching clothing to their classmates puts everyone on the same page moving toward the same goals which can be especially helpful for dancers who don’t want to stand out.
COHESIVENESS IN CLASS
Having a dress code in place helps all dancers look cohesive and can create a bond between the group. When they are all wearing the same clothing, it is easier to see the dancers as a unit. Teachers are able to see their body move and detect incorrect placement or execution of movement. Being unified in this way helps dancers visualize what the dance will look like and make them feel that they are all working toward the same goals.
Dancers are required to wear tights for the big performance so why not practice wearing tights in class? Dance class dress code may be an adjustment for those who are new to dance, but once you practice for a while you get used to it. In dance class we are always preparing for the stage. Wearing the proper attire in class helps dancers feel comfortable, confident, and empowered in their appearance when performance time comes. Ensures that each dancer has the same brand, style and color of shoes and tights for on stage performances. Uniformity on stage during a performance starts with dress code. We want everyone to be in the same shoes, tights, costume and hair style at recital and a standard dress code sets the tone in class each week.