Ballet class uniforms are designed to encourage discipline, to provide visual consistency, and to reduce distraction. Ballet Arts of Austin embraces diversity among our dancers, which may entail accommodating certain dress code exceptions, while still generally using class uniforms for these important purposes.
A different leotard color accompanies each skill level, and both level and uniform decisions are fully at the teacher's discretion. If you have any questions about level placement or dress code, please stop by the BAA office or email us.
We know hair is a challenge. As much as possible, please bring students to class with their hair secured. Please let us know if you have questions about styles for class and general how-to.
1A through 2A
Hair must be clipped back away from the face and off the neck and shoulders. Eyebrow-length bangs may be left down. A bun or hair otherwise secured to the head is always preferred, but a loose ponytail is fine at this age.
2B and above
Starting in 2B, hair must be in a bun or otherwise secured to the head (e.g., butterfly clip, barrettes, French braid with the ends up, etc.). Secure hair keeps classroom distractions at a minimum; teaches self-discipline; allows the head, neck, and shoulders to be seen and adjusted; keeps hair at bay as students learn to spot during turns.
Please do not purchase leotards until an instructor has confirmed placement level. Approved styles are carried at Movin’ Easy Dancewear.
1A through 2A
1A - White
1B - Light pink
2A - Lavender
2B through 5
Motionwear Silkskyn Brand
Plain camisole (cami)
Princess seam cami
2B - Sunset coral
3A - Raspberry
3B - Teal
4 - Concord blue
5 - Bright red
Tween/Teen Beginner - Shadow Grey
At Movin’ Easy, the Motionwear camisole leotards come with a shelf bra. The Cap Sleeve leotard and the Sweetheart Tank come with an optional full-front lining, which we recommend.
Students may wear the color they will be graduating to for summer classes, or they can wear the previous year’s color and wait to wear their new color in the fall.
Levels 6 and 7
Black. Any brand. Plain. No decorations, texture, criss-cross straps, halter tops, revealing styles, or embellishments. One camisole style leotard required for photos and performances.
Level 6 and 7 (Advanced) has one designated free clothing day on Thursdays, with more flexibility for leotards and tights and the option to wear a (short) skirt.
Dancers in 2B and above may wear a matching chiffon wrap around skirt, unless a teacher finds it is a distraction for the dancer.
TIGHTS & SOCKS
1A & 1B - white ankle socks
The girls wear socks at this age so that we can more easily see what their knees are doing in class, and it gives them visual feedback on the same.
2A and above wear pink tights, either full-foot or convertible (a hole on the bottom of the foot so the tights can be pulled off the feet before and after class). Crops and stirrups are not permitted. Also, please note that students should be wearing a classic weave specifically for ballet, not street wear leggings, ballet mesh, or ballet back-seam.
All students may choose between leather or canvas, drawstring or no drawstring styles. Shoes must be plain (no embellishments).
All shoes for Level 2A+ should fit snugly. We recommend buying the shoes at Movin’ Easy for a proper fit.
Levels 1A and 1B are often a little looser so they have room for frequent growth. Please check with us about sizing if you are uncertain whether a new pair of shoes is in order and/or if your dancer is complaining about their shoes hurting.
Levels 1A and 1B may wear either full-sole or split-sole ballet slippers.
Level 2A may wear full-sole slippers, but split-sole is recommended.
Levels 2B and above must wear split-sole shoes. Split-sole shoes hug up under the dancer’s foot, showing it off to its best advantage and giving the dancer visual feedback on what their foot is actually doing in the shoe. You will see the difference right away when you try this style.
Modern ballet slippers come with the elastics already sewn. Certain styles come with a single elastic across the instep, while others come with two crossed straps. Either style is fine. Please select shoes based on fit and split-sole vs full-sole.
1A through 3B
Short sleeved, white tee shirt, tucked in solid navy blue. Mid-thigh length. No logos or pockets.
White ballet shoes
4 through 6
Short sleeved, white tee shirt, tucked in black, full length tights
White ballet shoes
Ballet slippers are required for all dancers (canvas or leather). Ballet clothing is encouraged, and skirts or warmups are allowed. Form-fitting exercise wear is also acceptable.