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Dress for Class

Dansworks uniform is not compulsory for classes, but we do INSIST on appropriate dance wear and hairstyles for ALL classes.

Dansworks uniform IS compulsory for ALL Exams, Rosette Tests and Public Performances.

All Dansworks uniform is available to purchase on the website here


  If you have any questions about which items your child needs or sizing, please contact us before ordering.  Personalised items cannot be returned.  All other items can be changed if they have not been worn.


Nothing should keep you from dancing!! Including not having the right ‘gear’. 

We do not want you to rush out and buy everything the first week, so we have loan dance shoes, but after a few dance classes it is essential to begin to purchase the necessary items.

At Dansworks we do our ABSOLUTE best to source dancewear that is high quality but affordable, as well as being as environmentally friendly as possible.

Your child will need the official Dansworks uniform anyway for exams, tests, and performances, so it makes more sense to get the right ‘gear’ from the outset.

All Dansworks uniform is available to purchase on the website here https://www.dansworks.co.uk/register/shop.  If you have any questions about which items your child needs or sizing, please contact us before ordering.

HAIR SAFETY – LONG HAIR MUST BE SECURELY TIED BACK, PREFERABLY PLAITED. 

Most dance styles include floor work or jumping, so loose hair can get caught, stood on, whip someone in the face, etc.  Hair is also a MAJOR source of distraction, with younger students spending long periods of time putting hair up and down or examining it in the mirror!

NO JEWELLERY (SMALL, PLAIN STUD EARRINGS ONLY) – for health & safety, please leave all jewellery and watches etc at home.

NO OUTDOOR SHOES IN DANCE STUDIOS – Most dance styles have floor work.  Outdoor shoes bring in a LOT of bacteria and dirt plus tiny bits of debris which can damage our specialist dance floors.

STUDENTS MUST HAVE A SUITABLE, NAMED BAG FOR ALL THEIR DANCE EQUIPMENT outdoor coats and outdoor footwear etc. must be left in reception.

ONLY SUITABLE CLASS ATTIRE CAN BE WORN – Students must be well prepared for the classes they are about to attend.  If students are not wearing appropriate clothing / shoes, they may not be able to fully take part.  PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING SECTION: -

Appropriate dance class attire is essential for several reasons: -

  • Safety & Decency – Dancers need to be appropriately covered and safe for the activity. Most dance styles involve floor work or jumping – loose clothing can move too much and cause embarrassment or can get caught around fingers, hands, feet etc which can cause injuries.

  • Street Dance Footwear – We know dancers like to be cool and wear the ‘latest trainers’, but twisted knees and ankles are NOT cool!

Our specialist dance floors are designed to be non-slip for health & safety reasons and therefore any trainers worn MUST be low tack, low tread and preferably with ‘spin spots’ (circular tread to allow for twisting, spinning).  Whilst we do not make dance sneakers compulsory (we know they are not cool!), they are specially designed for dance movements, impact, support and for use on dance floors.

  • Technique – Proper dance attire enables the teacher to be able to see the dancer’s movements and positions. The teacher can then correct them so they can dance safely, with correct technique and without injury.

  • Distractions – Students who attend class in their favourite ‘dress up costume’ or brand new ‘sports outfit’ tend to be more distracted in class and less attentive to the teacher as usually the outfit is unsuitable and needs constant adjustment and they like to keep checking out their appearance in the mirror.

  • Discipline – Whilst all our classes have happiness and fun at their heart - a formal uniform helps to distinguish the dance class and outfit from other activities and therefore getting the student in the right frame of mind and be ready for the class.

DANSWORKS UNIFORM & SUITABLE CLASS ATTIRE

STREETDANCE

Uniform & Exam / Performance wear

Dansworks Tracksuit bottoms / Dansworks leggings

Dansworks Black T-shirt with student’s name

(girls – preferably with a crop top or leotard underneath as baggy t-shirts can move around with energetic movements)

Dansworks hoody / Dansworks Team Jacket for Warm Up

Suitable clean trainers or dance sneakers (NO outdoor trainers - NO high tack or grip soles)

Other suitable class attire - Stretchy tracksuit bottoms, shorts, leggings & t-shirts, crop tops.  NO jeans or non-stretch fabrics.  NO skirts.

NO OUTDOOR TRAINERS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!


MUSICAL THEATRE & ACTING

Uniform & Exam / Performance wear

Dansworks leggings / Dansworks tracksuit bottoms

Black Dansworks t-shirt with student’s name

Dansworks hoody / Dansworks Team Jacket for Warm Up

Black Jazz shoes

Black / tan heeled dance shoes (older students only)

Other suitable class attire - Plain tracksuit bottoms, shorts, leggings & plain t-shirts, leotards, crop top.  Ballet shoes, NO TRAINERS.


CONTEMPORARY MODERN / LYRICAL / MODERN JAZZ

Juniors - Dansworks Vest or Crop Top & Dansworks Shorts

Inters & Seniors – Black catsuit

ESSENTIAL for warm-up - Cross over cardigan or close fitting, long sleeved running top or Dansworks Team Jacket.  NO BAGGY WARM-UPS.

Other suitable class attire - Plain black leggings, cycle shorts or black tights with any leotard, tight vest top or crop top. 


ACROBATIC DANCE 

Uniform & Exam wear

Dansworks Vest or Crop Top

Dansworks Shorts

ESSENTIAL for warm-up - Cross over cardigan or close fitting, long sleeved running top or Dansworks Team Jacket.  NO BAGGY WARM-UPS.

Other suitable class attire - Plain black leggings, cycle shorts or black tights with any leotard, tight vest top or crop top.


BALLET

GIRLS

Uniform & Exam wear

Regulation class leotard

Ballet socks or ballet tights

CLEAN ballet shoes

Cross over cardigan for warm up (ESSENTIAL)

Other suitable class attire – Any leotard, Dansworks shorts and / or tights, Close fitting, long sleeved running top for warm up.

BOYS

Uniform & Exam wear

Regulation BLACK leotard

Dansworks Boys Shorts / Dansworks Boys Leggings (Grade 2 and above)

Black ballet socks

Black ballet shoes

Close fitting, long sleeved running top for warm up (ESSENTIAL)

Other suitable class attire – Any leotard or tight vest with black cycle shorts or black running leggings.


TAP

GIRLS

Uniform & Exam wear

Regulation class leotard

Dansworks Shorts (Grades 1 – 4)

Plain white ankle socks (Grades 1-4)

Tan fishnets (Grades 5 & Above)

Black Tap shoes

Cross over cardigan or close fitting, long sleeved running top or Dansworks Jacket/Hoody for warm up (ESSENTIAL)

Other suitable class attire – Any leotard with Dansworks shorts, Dansworks leggings, plain black leggings, or plain black tights.

BOYS

Uniform & Exam Wear

Regulation Boys Black leotard

(Exam Wear ONLY for Grade 1 and above - Smart white shirt and blue bow tie)

Black Dansworks boys’ shorts / Black Dance Trousers (Grade 1 and above)

Plain black socks

Black Tap shoes

Dansworks Jacket/Hoody or close fitting, long sleeved running top for warm up (ESSENTIAL)

Other suitable class attire – Any leotard or fitted vest with black cycle shorts or plain black running leggings.