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Ballerinas Sitting in a Circle

For dancers to stay focused, develop, and perform at their best, our dress code is essential at each level.  When clothing is worn that is not appropriate, it creates a distraction for the other dancers and our lesson may suffer. Each of our dress codes is designed with care to allow dancers to concentrate on their movements and focus on their steps for the genre of dance. It's always important to keep hair securely pulled back as well. Dancers who adhere to the dress code arrive at class prepared to learn, listen, and respect their instructors. Furthermore, when students dress like dancers, it resonates in their confidence and enthusiasm.

Dressing for Movement

It's a fantastic idea to be fitted by a professional for dance shoes if you've never purchased them before. June's Dance in Arlington is a fantastic choice for all your dance necessities and remember to mention where you dance when you visit Junes.

Dress Code for Movement Levels
  • Dance Wear is required for all classes and rehearsals. 

  • Students must wear comfortable, modest, dance attire to display proper body alignment and allow for easy movement. 

  • Skirts, wraps, leggings over tights or tutus are allowed, but we must always be able to see the knees and ankles.

  • Warm-ups, sweaters, and jackets will only be permitted during winter months, with approval from Mrs. Galvez.

ALL LEVELS: Black Leotard, nude or pink tights, and appropriate dance shoes.

  • Hair should always be securely pulled away from the face in a bun, or with a headband for girls with short hair.

  • NO PONYTAILS OR BRAIDS.

  • No baggy t-shirts, crop tops, or low back tops/leos.

  • No baggy shorts, blue jeans, sweatpants,

  • No jewelry or other inappropriate attire will be allowed. 

  • NO DANCE PANTS PLEASE! (Except when required for performance.)

Tiny Tots

Dancers may wear black leotard with an optional skirt in any color and tights are preferred. 

 

Hair: Worn off the neck and away from the face.

Shoes: Pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes are required for classes.

 

Fusion

Girls
Assigned leotard color, tights, fitted jazz pants or shorts, and a fitted top.

 

Boys

Athletic/sweat pants & a fitted top the same color as class leotard

 

Shoes: Any style clean athletic shoe (a pair worn only at dance & not out on the street please)

Loose tops or pants are  allowed only for warm-ups.

Level 1 & 2

Dancers wear a black leotard, and pink tights OR assigned level color.

Hair: In a bun/back and out of face.

 

Shoes: Pink ballet shoes, black jazz and tap shoes.

No jewelry

Contemporary

Girls
Assigned leotard color, tights, fitted jazz pants or shorts, and a fitted top.

 

Boys

Athletic/sweat pants & a fitted top the same color as class leotard

 

Shoes: Any style clean athletic shoe (a pair worn only at dance & not out on the street please)

Loose tops or pants are  allowed only for warm-ups.

Level 3 & Company

Dancers wear a black leotard, and pink tights OR assigned level color.

Hair: In a bun/back and out of face.

 

Shoes: Pink ballet shoes, black jazz and tap shoes.

No jewelry

Lyrical

Girls
Assigned leotard color, tights, fitted jazz pants or shorts, and a fitted top.

 

Athletic/sweat pants & a fitted top the same color as class leotard

 

Boys

Shoes: Any style clean athletic shoe (a pair worn only at dance & not out on the street please)

Loose tops or pants are  allowed only for warm-ups.

2023- 2024 Class Leotard Colors & Ordering
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Discount Dance was the most affordable option found for the Raqad Movement leotard colors. Find a style that you love and make sure that is available in the color for your student.

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Making Dance Attire  Affordable

There is no leotard brand that Raqad will ever demand. We strive to make dancing accessible to everyone, and we are aware that costs can add up rapidly, especially for young people. Also, investing money in pricey dancewear that will shortly become outdated is useless. Younger dancers are able to manage with just a pair of leggings and a fitted shirt if you're on a budget (and who isn't). To teach the dancer they are for a class and not just playtime, set aside the outfit specifically for dance class.

Send us a message if you require new (gently used) dance shoes, and we'll set up a time for you to visit our SHOE CLOSET. Dancers can borrow a pair from the wardrobe if they don't have any, trade in their current pair for a new size, or donate any that no longer fit to ensure that another student can experience dance. Every pair of shoes in the closet is available to use; all we ask is that you take only what you need and return them when you are done.

Support us as we expand our shoe closet! Please consider donating your outgrown shoes, as well as any you discover at garage sales or thrift stores in your area! Our little dancers outgrow their shoes so quickly and our older students typically wear theirs until they are too worn out to donate, our Shoe Closet is always in need of the middle sizes. However, we typically have the most demand for the sizes 12.5–5.5/6 each year.

Found my Passion

Raqad is my home away from home- it’s where I am comfortable to be myself, I feel supported, and it’s where I can count on for smiles and support. I can show myself to others and demonstrate my value when I dance. My Raqad family is what keeps me mentally and emotionally stable and I feel alive  and loved while I am dancing them. 

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