Hearts in Motion Dress Code
At Hearts in Motion, we follow a dress code for a few different reasons. First, is safety. It is safest for you not to have loose clothing or improper shoes so as not to injure yourself. When you are wearing the proper clothing, your teacher is able to see how your body is moving and what kind of things you can do to improve your dancing. Second, is functionality. Just as you wouldn’t play soccer without cleats and shin guards, you would not dance without the proper attire that will help you to improve your dancing. Finally, is uniformity. When there is less clothing distraction, there is much more attention being paid to what really matters: dance!
General Attire Rules
● Jeans/stiff pants should never be worn. They do not leave enough room for flexibility and mobility.
● Hair should be styled in a way that keeps it out of the face. This means a bun, ponytail, or braid(s).
● Dresses should also be avoided unless they are ballet dresses with bottoms built in. Tumbling and certain ballet moves become very difficult in this type of clothing.
● Distracting or loose jewelry should not be worn for safety reasons (i.e. necklaces, dangly earrings).
● Socks and tights are not acceptable footwear as it is much too slippery to dance in.
Shoes recommendation: We ask that dancers do not wear ballet shoes that have been purchased from Target or Meijer as these shoes are generally stiff and don't have a lot of give in the arch. The laces also tend to untie consistently. We ask that everyone purchase the Capezio Hanami shoes sold next-door as they do not have laces and fit well to the dancer's foot. If you do purchase shoes with laces, you must tie them then cut them as we will be unable to tie shoes for dancers this year! We also suggest dancers purchase tap shoes that buckle or velcro. Laces shoe be removed and replaced with tap ties (rubber band type material) to allow dancers to put shoes on by themselves if necessary!
2-3 year old courses: leotard and tights of any color. Tutus and skirts are welcome. leggings and a shirt or shorts and a shirt are also welcome. This class does not have a picky dress code. Any style of ballet shoe is acceptable.
Pre-Ballet/Tap: leotard and tights of any color. Tutus and skirts are welcome. Pink ballet slipper and black child’s tap shoes are required.
Fairytale Ballet: Leotard of any color. Tutus and skirts are welcome. Footed tights suggested. Pink Capezio Hanami ballet slippers required.
Jazzmatazz: leotard or athletic wear and tan jazz shoes (or pink ballet slippers if jazz shoes do not come in your child's size).
Kinder Ballet/Tap: Leotard and tights of any color required. Skirts welcome. pink ballet slippers and black tap shoes.
Kinderstars: Leotard and tights of any color; tan jazz shoes and black tap shoes.
Kinderfunk or Hippity Hop: leotard or athletic wear and clean unused sneakers.
Ballet: Solid color leotard and tights. Skirts welcome. Capezio ballet shoes encouraged. Hair pulled back in a bun.
Jazz/Poms: Leotard any color, tights, dance shorts or skirt and tan Capezio jazz shoes required, hair in ponytail, bun or braids.
Jazz/Poms Classes: Leotard (any color), pink or tan tights, dance shorts or leggings. Tan jazz shoes required.
Musical Theater: Jazz pants, yoga pants, capris, leggings, etc. fitted T-shirt or tank top. No baggy clothing (i.e. sweatshirt, oversized shirt, sweatpants). Tan jazz shoes/black tap shoes.
Hip-Hop: Any athletic wear is acceptable. No jeans or clothing that is stiff. Clean sneakers that are not worn outdoors should be work for this class. Students will not be allowed to wear sneakers they have worn in the parking lot for this class. This is extremely important as oils and dirt from outside will ruin our flooring. Students may choose to leave their dance shoes at the studio in a private cubby.
Jazz Funk: Any athletic wear is acceptable. No jeans or clothing that is stiff or restrictive. Tan jazz shoes.
Tap: Jazz pants, yoga pants, capris, leggings, etc. T-shirt or tank top. No baggy clothing (i.e. sweatshirt, oversized shirt, sweatpants). Black tap shoes required (check with instructor for specific style).
Lyrical/Contemporary: Leotard and footless tights with shorts or skirt. Black leggings and a tank top/fitted t-shirt acceptable as well. Bare feet, foot undeez, or tan jazz shoes acceptable.
Acro/Gymnastics Classes: All gymnastics classes should wear a leotard or biketard - no skirted leotards. Shorts are welcome. For these classes it is very important not to wear baggy clothing as spotting can become quite difficult.
All appropriate clothing and shoes can be purchased from Forever Dance Apparel right down from us in suite E! Mention Hearts in Motion for a discount!