Class Attire

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The Conservatory works with professional dancewear suppliers and pointe shoe fitters to offer dancers polished, high-quality shoes and attire for classroom wear and performance.  Dancers may also participate in teamwear order programs for Conservatory gear each term.

Locally, The Conservatory is delighted to partner with Audrey's Costume Castle and Dancewear

Students and families shopping at Audrey's can mention that they are affiliated with The Conservatory to receive a 10% discount off dance shoes and clothing:  http://www.1-800-costume.com.

 

We are committed to making dance attire accessible to all dancers.  We maintain a Cinderella Box full of new and gently worn dance shoes in a range of sizes for dancers to borrow without cost.  We also have a Cinderella Closet (lovingly nicknamed The Bibbidi Bobbity Boutique or Leotard Lending Library) to offer new or gently worn leotards, tights, shorts, wraps, leggings, etc. to any dancer to borrow without cost.  We gratefully accept all donations of dance attire.

The Conservatory is delighted to loan dancers attire that coordinates with their uniform choice for use in public presentations and workshops.  For dancers who prefer leotards, we provide coordinating skirts for junior, intermediate, senior and adult levels.  For dancers who prefer leggings/shorts, we provide white, embroidered Conservatory logo, short-sleeved shirts. 

NOTE:  Dancers are free to choose the class attire options that correspond with their comfort, safety and religious/racial/cultural and/or gender expression and identification needs.

For all classes, hair is to be worn secured and neatly off the face and neck, so that hair cannot get caught, hit other dancers, obstruct the dancer's sight or obstruct lines of the upper body.

 

FIRST STEPS, YOUNG DANCER I, YOUNG DANCER II

Option A:  Pale pink leotard; pale pink or flesh-toned tights and matching ballet shoes (shoes the same colour as tights); skirt or tutu optional.  Tights worn under the leotard.

Option B:  White dance shirt; black leggings/shorts; white socks; black ballet shoes.

BALLET I, BALLET II

Option A:  Lavender leotard; pale pink or flesh-toned tights and matching ballet shoes (shoes the same colour as tights); wrap skirt optional.  Tights worn under the leotard.

Option B:  White dance shirt; black leggings/shorts; white socks; black ballet shoes.

FOUNDATIONAL  BALLET, BALLET III, BALLET IV, BALLET V, BALLET VI

Option A:  Black leotard; pale pink or flesh-toned tights and matching ballet shoes with ribbons (shoes the same colour as tights); wrap skirt optional. Tights worn under the leotard.

Option B:  White dance shirt; black leggings/shorts; white socks; black ballet shoes.

CONSERVATORY COMPANY AND CONSERVATORY COMPANY TECHNIQUE

Option A:  Leotard (any colour); pale pink or flesh-toned tights and matching ballet shoes with ribbons (shoes the same colour as tights); wrap skirt optional. Tights worn under the leotard.

Option B:  Dance shirt (any colour); black leggings/shorts; white socks, black ballet shoes.

REPERTOIRE

Option A:  Black leotard; pale pink or flesh-toned tights and matching ballet shoes with ribbons (shoes the same colour as tights); wrap skirt optional. Tights worn under the leotard.

Option B:  White dance shirt; black leggings/shorts; white socks; black ballet shoes.

POINTE 

Option A:  Black leotard; pale pink or flesh-toned tights and matching pointe shoes (shoes the same colour as tights); wrap skirt optional. Tights worn under the leotard.

Option B:  White dance shirt, black leggings/shorts; white socks; black pointe shoes.

*NOTE:

On occasion, students in Ballet IV, V, VI, Pointe, Repertoire and/or Conservatory Company may be required to wear a rehearsal tutu in class.  

Rehearsal tutus MUST be Sansha Model DF004, Carlotta Tutu Trunk in White.  This tutu is the best commercial rehearsal tutu for price, quality, proportions, durability and costuming.

This tutu can be purchased for the best price in Canada via the link below.

YOUTH AND ADULT BALLET

Option A:  Athletic leggings/shorts/skirt and top; or leotard of any colour; tights; ballet shoes; wrap skirt optional.

Option B:  Athletic/dance shirt; athletic leggings/shorts; ballet shoes.

FOUNDATIONAL AND YOUTH AND ADULT CONTEMPORARY

Option A:  Leotard of any colour or fitted athletic top; shirt with sleeves to cover shoulders for floor work, dance leggings/pants/tights to cover legs during floor work; flesh-toned foot undeez/half-soles/thongs.

Option B:  Athletic/dance shirt with sleeves to cover shoulders for floor work; athletic leggings/pants/tights to cover legs during floor work; flesh-toned foot undeez/half-soles/thongs.

MUSICAL THEATRE JAZZ, AUDITION PREPARATION FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS

Option A:  Leotard of any colour or fitted athletic top; flesh-toned tights or dance leggings or pants; flesh-toned character shoes; skirt optional.

Option B:  Athletic/dance shirt; athletic leggings/shorts/tights; flesh-toned jazz shoes.

TAP

Option A:  Leotard of any colour or fitted athletic top; flesh-toned tights or dance leggings/pants; flesh-toned lace-up or slip-on tap shoes; skirt optional.

Option B:  Athletic/dance shirt; athletic leggings/shorts; flesh-toned lace-up/slip-on tap shoes.

BELLYDANCE

Option A:  Leotard/fitted athletic top; flesh-toned tights or dance leggings/pants; hip scarf optional; traditionally danced barefoot, but foot undeez, socks or ballet shoes welcome if preferred for hygiene.

Option B:  Fitted athletic/dance shirt; athletic leggings/shorts; hip scarf optional; traditionally danced barefoot, but foot undeez, socks or ballet shoes welcome if preferred for hygiene.

FLAMENCO AND SPANISH CLASSICAL

Option A:  Leotard of any colour or fitted athletic top; flesh-toned tights or dance leggings/pants, flamenco skirt* optional, black flamenco or character shoes.** 

Option B:  Athletic/dance shirt; athletic leggings/shorts; black lace-up jazz, Latin or flamenco shoes.  Shawls, castanets and fans are provided for classroom use.

* Should you wish to purchase a flamenco skirt that can also be used as a costume base, please speak to Anthea.  We use the following Menkes skirt in black, and they are made to measure: 

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**Flamenco and Spanish Classical require heavy footwork. Character shoes are only safe and permitted for children and beginning levels, where choreography is less demanding. Please speak to Anthea before purchasing shoes, to discuss the shoe's fit/requirements, reliable suppliers and available second-hand shoes.  Click the button below to read a guide for what to look for in flamenco footwear:  

Culture Days 2018 Photo Credits:  Liz Cooper, Courtesy of  Kingston Arts Council

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