Dress Code

For the 2023/2024 Season

We highly recommend visiting our friends at Boulder Body Wear for expert assistance in finding the ideal flesh tone tights and shoes that perfectly match your skin tone. They will provide you with the right style items to suit all your CCD dance classes.

Advanced 1-5

Class Gender Top Bottom Tights Shoes
Ballet, Pointe, Variations, PFT, etc. Female Identifying Capezio Leotard 12018 Black with Blue Stripe None, ballet skirt of your choice optional for variations Flesh-tone tights to match as close to the student’s natural skin tone as possible. Flesh tone canvas shoes to match as close to the student’s natural skin tone as possible
Ballet, Men’s, PFT, etc. Male Identifying Ballet Rosa “Paule” Color: Marine Capezio SE1082 Studio Collection Transition Tight – Mens black n/a Black ballet shoes
Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Men’s, PFT, etc. Any gender Energetik Muscle top Blue Capri Oakley Legging
OR Black Studio Collection Legging
SE1054
n/a Flesh tone canvas shoes to match as close to the student’s natural skin tone as possible
Jazz, Modern, Contemporary Female Identifying Leotard of choice – subject to instructor approval Capezio TB118 Adult Mid-Rise Stretch Jazz Pant
OR Blue Capri Oakley Legging
OR Capezio High Waisted shorts TB131
OR Black Studio Collection Legging
SE1054
Flesh-tone tights to match as close to the student’s natural skin tone as possible.
Jazz: Black slip-on split sole jazz shoes (preferably Bloch)

Modern/Contemporary: bare feet

Jazz, Modern, Contemporary Male Identifying Men’s Jazz Pant Capezio SE1079 – B Studio Collection pant (black)
OR Capezio SE1082 Studio Collection Transition tight (black)
n/a Jazz: Black slip-on split sole jazz shoes (preferably Bloch)
Modern/Contemporary: bare feet
Jazz, Modern, Contemporary Any gender Energetik Muscle top Blue Capri Oakley Legging
OR Black Studio Collection Legging
SE1054
n/a Jazz: Black slip-on split sole jazz shoes (preferably Bloch)
Modern/Contemporary: bare feet
Tap Any gender Any of the above dress code items, or other athletic wear without brand logos, images, patterns, etc Any of the above dress code items, or other athletic wear without brand logos, images, patterns, etc n/a Black lace-up tap shoes (preferably Bloch), with black laces and mid-calf black socks for performance
Nutcracker rehearsals Any gender Ballet dress code Ballet dress code Ballet dress code Ballet dress code
All other classes (composition, pedagogy, etc) Any gender Any of the above dress code items, or other athletic wear without brand logos, images, patterns, etc Any of the above dress code items, or other athletic wear without brand logos, images, patterns, etc Any of the above dress code items, or other athletic wear without brand logos, images, patterns, etc
Free Dress Fridays and Saturdays Female Identifying Solid color leotard of your choice none, ballet skirt of your choice optional for variations Pink or Flesh toned full-length tights Flesh tone canvas shoes to match as close to the student’s natural skin tone as possible
Free Dress Fridays and Saturdays Male Identifying Solid color Ballet Tee of your choice Form fitting, solid color ballet tights of your choice n/a
Free Dress Fridays and Saturdays Any gender Form fitting, solid color top of your choice Form fitting, solid color bottoms of your choice n/a

Intermediate & Accelerate

Class Gender Top Bottom Tights Shoes Hair
Ballet, Variations, PFT, etc. Female Identifying Capezio Leotard 12018 Black with Lilac Stripe none, ballet skirt of your choice optional for variations Flesh-tone tights to match as close to the student’s natural skin tone as possible. Flesh tone canvas shoes to match as close to the student’s natural skin tone as possible Long hair: bun at eyebrow height
Short hair: slicked away from face, firmly secured
Ballet, Variations, PFT, etc. Male Identifying Ballet Rosa “Paule” Color: Gris Capezio SE1082 Studio Collection Transition Tight – Mens black n/a Black ballet shoes Long hair: pony tail at eyebrow height
Short hair: slicked away from face, firmly secured
Ballet, Variations, PFT, etc. Any gender Energetik Muscle top Blue Capri Oakley Legging
OR Black Studio Collection Legging
SE1054
n/a Flesh tone canvas shoes to match as close to the student’s natural skin tone as possible Long hair: pony tail at eyebrow height
Short hair: slicked away from face, firmly secured
Jazz, Modern, Improv/Somatics Female Identifying Capezio Leotard 12018 Black with Lilac Stripe Capezio TB118 Adult Mid-Rise Stretch Jazz Pant
OR Blue Capri Oakley Legging
OR Capezio High Waisted shorts TB131
OR Black Studio Collection Legging
SE1054
Flesh-tone tights to match as close to the student’s natural skin tone as possible. Jazz: Black slip-on split sole jazz shoes (preferably Bloch)
Modern, Improv/Somatics: bare feet
Dancers may wear their hair in a ponytail if they have enough time between classes to change their hair style. Tardiness will not be permitted because of a hair change.
Jazz, Modern, Improv/Somatics Male Identifying Men’s Jazz Pant Capezio SE1079 – B Studio Collection pant (black)
OR Capezio SE1082 Studio Collection Transition tight (black)
n/a Jazz: Black slip-on split sole jazz shoes (preferably Bloch)
Modern, Improv/Somatics: bare feet
Dancers may wear their hair in a ponytail if they have enough time between classes to change their hair style. Tardiness will not be permitted because of a hair change.
Jazz, Modern, Improv/Somatics Any gender Energetik Muscle top Blue Capri Oakley Legging
OR Black Studio Collection Legging
SE1054
n/a Jazz: Black slip-on split sole jazz shoes (preferably Bloch)
Modern, Improv/Somatics: bare feet
Dancers may wear their hair in a ponytail if they have enough time between classes to change their hair style. Tardiness will not be permitted because of a hair change.
Tap Any gender Any of the above dress code items, or other athletic wear without brand logos, images, patterns, etc Any of the above dress code items, or other athletic wear without brand logos, images, patterns, etc Any of the above dress code items, or other athletic wear without brand logos, images, patterns, etc Black lace-up tap shoes (preferably Bloch), with black laces and mid-calf black socks for performance Dancers may wear their hair in a ponytail if they have enough time between classes to change their hair style. Tardiness will not be permitted because of a hair change.
Nutcracker rehearsals Any gender ballet dress code ballet dress code ballet dress code ballet dress code Same as ballet
All other classes (composition, pedagogy, etc) Any gender Any of the above dress code items, or other athletic wear without brand logos, images, patterns, etc Any of the above dress code items, or other athletic wear without brand logos, images, patterns, etc Any of the above dress code items, or other athletic wear without brand logos, images, patterns, etc Dancers may wear their hair in a ponytail if they have enough time between classes to change their hair style. Tardiness will not be permitted because of a hair change.

Primary & Childrens

Class Gender Top Bottom Tights Shoes Hair
Ballet Female Identifying Leotard Style SCC400C in Pink none Flesh-tone tights to match as close to the student’s natural skin tone as possible. Flesh tone canvas shoes to match as close to the student’s natural skin tone as possible Long hair: bun at eyebrow height
Short hair: slicked away from face, firmly secured
Ballet Male Identifying Body Wrappers white shirt # B400 Body Wrappers black ballet tights (B90) n/a Black canvas ballet shoes Long hair: pony tail at eyebrow height
Short hair: slicked away from face, firmly secured
Brain Body Boogie Any Gender There is no required dress code for Children’s Brain/Body Boogie. Dancers who have ballet class directly before or after BBB should wear their dress code underneath any additional clothing. Attire should be easy and comfortable to move in and allow for a free range of motion. Bare feet, or ballet shoes if tights are not convertible Long hair: ponytail or bun at eyebrow height
Short hair: slicked away from face, firmly secured
Tap Any gender There is no required dress code for Children’s/Primary Tap. Dancers who have Ballet class directly before or after Tap should wear their dress code underneath any additional clothing. Attire should be easy and comfortable to move in and allow for a free range of motion. Black tap shoes of any kind. If using mary-jane style, please have elastic closures (as opposed to ribbon) Long hair: ponytail or bun at eyebrow height
Short hair: slicked away from face, firmly secured
Nutcracker rehearsals Any gender ballet dress code ballet dress code ballet dress code same as ballet

Adult Classes

There is no formal dress code for the Adult Division, but we have provided recommendations for adults attending class:

  • Dance or exercise apparel
  • Ballet shoes for ballet, jazz shoes for jazz, tap shoes for tap.
  • Hair pulled back from face

Dance With Me

There is no formal dress code for Dance With Me, but we have provided recommendations for both children and adults attending this class:

  • Dance or exercise apparel
  • Ballet shoes
  • Hair pulled back from face

Dance Expressions

There is no formal dress code for Dance With Me, but we have provided recommendations for students attending this class:

  • Dance or exercise apparel
  • Ballet shoes and/or jazz shoes depending on the class
  • Hair pulled back from face

Dress Code General Philosophy

CCD is dedicated to providing the highest quality dance education within an environment that creates and nurtures artists. We have a well-defined dress code which allows for our faculty to do their best work by being able to see the full form of the dancers they are working with. Additionally, our female-identifying students’ dress code leotard is designed specifically for CCD students to find and use proper placement. We believe this leotard is an incredible tool to add to our faculty’s “tool box.” 

As an organization committed to diversity and equity, we are adapting former standard dress codes to be more inclusive. CCD will continue to evolve our dress code so every human who wants to dance finds a home at CCD. Finally, CCD loves to teach all bodies how to dance. CCD is a body-safe learning environment where no bodies will be judged. We hope to help our dancers learn to enjoy their physical form and to dance with wild abandon, vulnerability, and authenticity.

  • All items can be purchased or ordered through Boulder Body Wear.
  • If there are ongoing concerns with a student’s attire, the dancer will be asked to sit out of class when not in dress code.
  • Skirts may not be worn in ballet/pointe class; they are optional for variations.
  • Avoid designs on any clothing worn to dance class – solid colors are best.
  • Help avoid an uncomfortable situation for your dancer by explaining these aspects of the CCD 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, where costuming will be built around these dress code items.
  • We are happy to make necessary alterations to this dress code for religious purposes. Please speak with the front desk to make arrangements.

A special note for female dancers

Tights serve as underwear beneath their leotards, so be sure to buy dance tights which have a cotton crotch. Underwear inhibits movement, breaks up the lines on the body, and is not allowed under tights. We know this can be a bit of a surprise for younger dancers, but they adjust quickly. If you need advice about dealing with women’s issues around this, please ask for a private conversation with your teacher.

A special note for male dancers

Male students 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 Body Wear.

A special note for our transgender and non-binary dancers

You may use the dress code with which you identify. A gender-neutral bathroom/changing area is available and belongings may be stored in our general-purpose lockers. CCD is also committed to continuing to evolve with how we provide a safe space for our transgender community. If there is another option which would make you or your dancer feel safe and accepted, let’s have a conversation, so the organization may continue to evolve.

Hair Code General Philosophy

Our hair requirements are meant to help our dancers to perform actions of the head (like spotting for turns) without impediment. Additionally, we want to discourage dancers from tossing their head unnecessarily to get their hair out of their eyes, which can become a habitual action.

Expectations

  • Female-identifying dancers should have hair pulled away from the face. For ballet and ballet-related classes, it should be pulled  into a secure bun. Bangs must be secured back. Short hair must be kept from the face using clips, barrettes or pins. Headbands are not allowed until the Advanced Division.
  • Male-identifying dancers should have hair pulled away from the face. Long hair must be pulled into a ponytail. Bangs must be secured back.
  • Students in Children’s Ballet may wear their hair in ponytails.
  • 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.
  • If there are ongoing concerns with a student’s hair, they will be asked to sit out of class when not in code.
  • Dancers may wear head coverings for religious purposes, such as hijabs.

Needing 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 child’s hair. Please attempt to learn to do the appropriate hairstyle by your 3rd week in classes. 

Dancers at the Advanced level should know how to do their own hair, so practice should begin at the Intermediate 3 level. 

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