School Policies and Information

We believe that dance is for everyone. In order to foster an environment where anyone feels welcome we have set policies on student conduct and attendance. We also have some helpful clothing and hair guidelines and hope to answer any frequently asked questions.

General Policies

Student Conduct
  • Conduct yourself at all times in a positive, cooperative way and follow the rules of the school.
  • Give your full attention to the teacher in class, without talking or socializing.
  • Refrain from hanging or leaning on barres, touching the mirrors and touching the stereo equipment.
  • Students may not enter a studio without the permission of a teacher.
  • You may not sit down or leave the studio without the instructor’s permission.
  • Please use the restroom before and after class to avoid leaving class for bathroom breaks.
  • Show respect and encouragement for all fellow dancers in the school.
  • Act as a role model for younger dancers.
  • No running through hallways.
  • Do not use, touch, or play with others’ belongings without permission.
Attendance and Punctuality
  • Please fill out the following form or call to notify the front desk if a dancer will not be able to attend class.
  • Please notify the front desk ahead of time if a dancer will be late or needs to be dismissed early. The front desk will notify the instructor.
  • Due to risk of injury, students may be asked to observe if they arrive more than 10 minutes late to class. This is for your student’s safety.
  • Gala attendance requirements are strictly enforced and are outlined in our Gala information packet, which is distributed in January.
Visiting the Facility
  • Please drop off and pick up students on time. Students may not stay unsupervised at CCD more than 15 minutes before or after class.
  • Siblings and friends must be supervised at all times by an adult.
  • Parents are welcome to accompany students to the door of the classroom, but please do not enter the studio unless invited by the teacher.
  • Visitors–please do not stand or sit in hallways outside of classrooms.
  • Visitors who cause a disruption in the facility may be asked to wait elsewhere during class time.
Observing Classes
  • Minimal distractions are essential for an optimal classroom experience. Therefore, viewing windows are kept closed during all classes, with the exception of viewing weeks.
  • Viewing weeks are the first full week of every month and are listed on our school calendar.
  • Parents are welcome to observe through the observation windows during viewing weeks.
  • Please "check in" from time to time, rather than standing at the window for the full length of the class to avoid crowding and blocked hallways.
  • Do not pull chairs or other furniture up to windows.
  • Our walls are not soundproof – please keep conversations quiet while observing.
  • Blinds on viewing windows will be closed during non-viewing weeks.
  • School Director must give permission to videotape or photograph classes.
Use of Facilities
  • Use the dressing rooms for changing – do not change in the restrooms.
  • Parents of young dancers, please help your dancers change in the dressing rooms – do not change in the lobby or hallway.
  • Dads with daughters and moms with sons who need help dressing – please use the family restroom for changing in order to avoid discomfort and embarrassment of other students.
  • Do not enter the office or vacant studios without permission.
  • If your teacher is not in the studio, wait quietly in the hallway until he/she arrives.
  • Students may use the courtesy phone in the lobby for emergencies or unusual circumstances. Please arrange rides in advance and limit calls to 3 minutes.
Food and Drink
  • Please be sure to eat healthy meals and snacks prior to arriving for class.
  • You may bring food and drinks into the dressing room as long as you clean up all crumbs, papers and spills and throw away your trash.
  • No gum, candy or food inside the studios.
  • No drinks, except for water bottles, in the studios.
  • Healthy snacks are available for purchase at the front desk.
Personal Belongings
  • Keep personal belongings in tidy order and keep the dressing room, lobby and restroom neat.
  • Mark all belongings (including shoes and dance bags) with your name.
  • Do not use, take, or touch others’ belongings without permission.
  • Leave valuable items and large amounts of money at home to avoid any risk of loss or damage.
  • Colorado Conservatory of Dance is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged property.
Lost and Found
  • Unclaimed clothing items are collected nightly and added to the lost and found box, located in the female dressing room.
  • Valuable items and pointe shoes are held at the front desk.
  • Unclaimed items will be donated to charity periodically throughout the year.

Inclement Weather

  • You can learn about school closures on this page after 2:00pm on the day of the storm.
  • You can also call 303.466.5685 and listen to our recorded greeting.
  • Make sure your email is up to date at the front desk to receive emails about school closings.
  • Your student can make up an unexpected school closure within a month of the original class.

Dress Code

General Philosophy

Our dress code is based on classical standards for ballet training and helps students focus on their class work and prepares them for performances. Students feel pride in themselves when they are dressed properly and ready for class.

  • Avoid designs, sequins, decorations or attached skirts on any leotards
  • Skirts may not be worn in class
  • Avoid designs on any boys' t-shirts
  • Hair requirements are a part of our dress code, see our Hair Guide for details
  • Students will be asked to correct dress code violations prior to class
  • If there are ongoing concerns with a students attire, he/she will be asked to sit out of class when not in dress code

The School of BNC

Photo Credit: Garrett Ammon

Class Attire

Use the tables below to assist in determining the appropriate attire and shoes for your classes. Additionally, be sure to review the information below these tables as you make decisions about your dance wear purchases.

Early Dance
Dance With Me Pre-School Ballet Ballet I Ballet II
There is no formal dress code for Dance With Me.
Below are our recommendations for both children and adults attending this class:
Dance or exercise apparel
Ballet shoes
Hair pulled back from face
Leotard (Girls) Plain & unadorned black or pink leotard
Shirt (Boys) Plain white short sleeve crew-neck t-shirt
Tights Girls: Pink full-footed ballet tights (no footless or rolled-up tights)
Boys: Opaque black dance tights or black dance leggings over black socks
Shoes Girls: Pink leather ballet shoes with full sole
Boys: Black leather ballet shoes with full sole
Hair Girls: Secure ponytail or bun
Boys: Short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if long
Girls: Bun with hairnet, bobby pins and hair clips (no bangs or wispies)
Boys: Short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if long
Tap (Girls & Boys) Dress code + low-heeled tap shoes
Primary Division
Ballet A Ballet B Ballet 9+
Leotard (Girls) Plain & unadorned black leotard
Shirt (Boys) Plain white short sleeve crew-neck t-shirt
Tights Girls: Pink full-footed ballet tights (no footless or rolled-up tights)
Boys: Opaque black dance tights or black dance leggings over black socks
Shoes Girls: Pink leather ballet shoes with full sole
Boys: Black leather ballet shoes with full sole
Hair Girls: Bun with hairnet, bobby pins and hair clips (no bangs or wispies)
Boys: Short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if long
Jazz (Girls & Boys) Dress code + black jazz pants and black jazz shoes
Intermediate Division
Ballet D Ballet E
Leotard (Girls)
Shirt (Boys)
Tights
Shoes Ladies: Pink leather ballet shoes with full or split sole
Men: Black leather ballet shoes with full or split sole
Hair
Jazz (Girls & Boys)
Modern (Girls & Boys)
Pilates (Ladies & Men) Leotard, t-shirt or other exercise top
Tights, leggings, shorts or other exercise attire
Bare feet or socks
Pre-Pointe & Pointe Shoe Basics (Ladies) Ballet D: Students will be fit in pre-pointe shoes between October and December based on the overall strength and level of the class.
Ballet D & E: To save money and hassle, pre-pointe and pointe shoes must be reviewed and approved by School Director before sewing or wearing them for class.
Although pointe shoes are very exciting for younger dancers, they are not toys and can cause serious injuries – please do not allow younger dancers to try on pointe shoes.
Advanced Division
Ballet F Ballet G
Leotard (Ladies) Plain & unadorned black or navy leotard Plain & unadorned black, navy, maroon or hunter green leotard
Shirt (Men) Plain white short sleeve crew-neck t-shirt
Tights Ladies: Pink full-footed ballet tights (no footless or rolled-up tights)
Men: Opaque black dance tights or black dance leggings over black socks
Shoes Ladies: Pink leather ballet shoes with full or split sole
Men: Black leather ballet shoes with full or split sole
Hair Ladies: Bun with hairnet, bobby pins and hair clips (no bangs or wispies)
Men: Short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if long
Jazz (Ladies & Men) Dress code + black jazz pants and black jazz shoes
Modern (Ladies & Men) Dress code + black jazz pants and bare feet
Pilates (Ladies & Men) Leotard, t-shirt or other exercise top
Tights, leggings, shorts or other exercise attire
Bare feet or socks
Contemporary (Ladies & Men) Dress code + other attire and footwear determined by instructor
Pointe Shoes (Ladies) To save money and hassle, pointe shoes must be reviewed and approved by School Director before sewing or wearing them for class.
Although pointe shoes are very exciting for younger dancers, they are not toys, and can cause serious injuries – please do not allow younger dancers to try on pointe shoes.
Recreational Teens
Beginning Teen Intermediate Teen Advanced Teen
Leotard (Ladies) Plain & unadorned black or navy leotard
Shirt (Men) Plain white short sleeve crew-neck t-shirt
Tights Ladies: Pink full-footed ballet tights (no footless or rolled-up tights)
Men: Opaque black dance tights or black dance leggings over black socks
Shoes Ladies: Pink leather ballet shoes with full or split sole
Men: Black leather ballet shoes with full or split sole
Hair Ladies: Bun with hairnet, bobby pins and hair clips (no bangs or wispies)
Men: Short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if long
Jazz (Ladies & Men) Dress code + black jazz pants and black jazz shoes
Modern (Ladies & Men) Dress code + black jazz pants and bare feet
Pilates (Ladies & Men) ----------N/A---------- Leotard, t-shirt or other exercise top
Tights, leggings, shorts or other exercise attire
Bare feet or socks
Adults

There is no formal dress code for adults. We recommend comfortable dance or exercise apparel that allows free movement. Ballet shoes are recommended for ballet class, and jazz shoes for jazz class. Hair pulled back from face.

A special note for girls

Girls' tights serve as underwear beneath their leotards, be sure to buy dance tights which have a cotton crotch. Underwear inhibit movement and are not allowed under tights. We know this can be a bit of a surprise for younger dancers, but they adjust quickly.

A special note for boys and men

Boys and men should always wear dance briefs or a dance belt under their tights. These items serve the same purpose as a jockstrap and protect a male dancer from injury. You can purchase dance briefs and dance belts from Boulder BodyWear.

Help avoid an uncomfortable situation for your dancer by explaining these aspects of ballet dress code ahead of time, and arrive to class in proper attire. This will also prepare them for our year-end Gala and other performances as they progress.

Purchasing Dance Wear

We recommend purchasing dance wear at Boulder BodyWear. They carry approved brands and styles, and understand our dress code. CCD families receive a 20% discount – be sure to mention your affiliation at checkout.

2660 Canyon Blvd, Ste A1
Boulder, CO 80302
303.447.9100

Accessories

Watches, bracelets, necklaces and large earrings are a safety hazard and are not permitted in class – small, secure earrings are okay. Students who wear jewelry to class will be asked to remove it.  CCD is not responsible for jewelry removed during class, so it is best to leave it at home.

Street Clothes

Even though we are all very comfortable wearing dance wear here in our building, dancers should always enter or leave the facility wearing street clothes. Please, for your dancer's personal safety, be sure he/she wears street clothes and shoes over his/her dance wear or changes in the dressing rooms.

Warm-Up Clothes

Warm-ups and other clothes cover up students' bodies, and make it hard for teachers to see their technique. Therefore, no warm-ups, skirts, shorts, shirts or street wear in any ballet class. Warm-ups and other clothing are allowed for floor work in Body Conditioning and Pilates.

Hair Guide

General Philosophy

Our hair requirements are a part of our dress code and are based on classical standards for ballet training. Improper hairstyles are not only messy, they actually interfere with training. Students feel pride in themselves when their hair is neat and done well.

Expectations
  • Standard hair for girls is a secure, slicked-back bun with no bangs
  • Ponytails are okay only for girls in Pre-School Ballet
  • Standard hair for boys is short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if long
  • We recommend keeping a separate bag with a brush/comb, bobby pins, elastics, clips and hairnets in the dancer’s dance bag, along with hairspray/gel
  • Girls with short hair need to pull hair back with clips – no headbands are allowed in class
  • When hair is long enough to put into a ponytail, it must be put into a bun
  • Students will be asked to correct hair style violations prior to class
  • If there are ongoing concerns with a student hair, he/she will be asked to sit out of class when not in dress code.
Need Help?

We know it can be tricky learning to put hair in a bun, and we are happy to help you. Just ask at the front desk. Times before and after class can be very busy for the front desk, so please leave adequate time for help with hair. While we are happy to help, you are responsible for your hair. Please do not make a habit of depending on staff to do your hair.

Class Placement

Class placements are determined by the School Director. Each student is placed based on their skill level and attainment of curriculum goals, rather than age. Students commonly spend multiple years in a level before advancing to the next.

We recommend that each student’s schedule reflect the School Director’s recommendations and it should be created to support his/her personal goals. Students who take less than the recommended number of classes per week can expect to spend more time in each level to solidify their technique.

See specific level pages for additional information on recommendations & requirements.

Ballet D

Ballet II

Class Size

We are committed to every student. To ensure that we provide the highest quality dance instruction and attention, we limit our class sizes.

Classes can fill up quickly so we encourage you to sign up early to secure your spot. A waiting list is maintained for classes that are full and openings are offered to students on a first come first serve basis. Visit the front desk to be added to the waiting list.

Maximum Class Sizes

Dance With Me – 10 children & their caregivers
Ballet Expressions – 10 students
Pre-School Ballet – 10 students
Pre-School Tap – 15 students
Ballet I and II – 15 students
Tap I/II – 20 students
Primary, Intermediate and Advanced Division Ballet – 20 students
Recreational Teen Ballet - 20 students
Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Composition – 25 students

Classes are subject to change. Classes with fewer than 8 students may be cancelled.