Innovative Dance Dress Code

We understand that you like to give your child growing room. Please don’t go up more than half a size bigger than needed. It is too difficult to dance in shoes that do not fit. We also know that some shoe brands don’t work for every foot. These shoe style are the ones we prefer. 

Ballet levels Princess Plie, Pre-Ballet, Ballet I-II:

  • Bloch pink ballet shoes style SO205G
  • Pink tights (not required for Princess Plie)
  • Black leotard (skirted leos OK for Princess Plie & Pre-Ballet)
  • Hair must be in a bun (not required for Princess Plie)

Ballet levels III-VI:

  • Capezio Hanami split sole slipper preferred in either canvas (preferred) or leather
  • Pink tights
  • Black leotard
  • Hair must be in a bun


  • Black bike short or tight/footless legging
  • White short sleeved leotard or crew neck fitted tee
  • 12+yo nude or black dance belt
  • Black or white split sole slippers
  • Hair styled out of face

Clothing for Tap/Turn/Tumble, Tap/Jazz, Acro, Aerial and Lyrical:

  • Tights not required for class
  • Jazz pants, dance shorts, capris all ok
  • Leotards preferred but dance tops ok
  • Please NO shirts, NO running shorts, street clothes or baggy clothing
  • If it was not designed for dance class, it’s not dance clothes
  • Hair must be tightly up and out of the face, ponytail preferred

Hip Hop & Hippity Hop:

  • Clean sneakers, black converse needed for recital
  • Baggy clothes such as sweat pants, basketball shorts and t-shirts
  • Hair should be out of the face
  • Knee pads required
  • Absolutely NO jeans, please

Lyrical & Contemporary Shoes:

  • Capezio Pirouette II H061

Jazz Shoes:

  • Pre-school through third grade
    Capezio #205 Black Daisy ballet shoes
  • Fourth grade and up
    TAN Bloch neoflex slip on jazz shoes SO495L

Tap Shoes:

  • Pre-school through third grade
    Capezio black tap shoes #625, jr. tyette
  • Fourth grade and up
    Bloch, SO321L Sync Tap (approx. $85)
    Bloch, SO361L respect (approx $113)
    Bloch, SO327L Chloe and Maude (approx $90)
    Bloch, SO313L Jason Samuels Smith (approx $250)
    Capezio, 960 Roxy (approx. $180)

Acro and Aerial:

  • Bare feet, no shoes required.


Optional Dance Wear Stores

All Star Dancewear

Dance Togs

The Leotard

Portland Dance Wear


Updated August 2023