Preparing for Class
The student dress code or uniform maintains the tradition of classical ballet. Therefore, appropriate class attire is required. Please carefully review the following uniform requirements listed for your child’s class level. Students dressed inappropriately for class will not be allowed to participate, but will remain in the studio and observe.
Dance Bag Essentials
Students may arrive at the studio underdressed in their leotard and tights and/or other required dancewear. Make certain that students are properly dressed in street clothes over their dancewear. Dressing rooms for boys and girls designated by the students’ level are available for changing into and out of dance clothes before and after classes.
Students in the Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Divisions, are to keep a notebook in class in order to record corrections, study ballet terminology, and set goals.
Sufficient hydration is important for dancers. Students are strongly encouraged to bring a bottle of water to class and to make use of the water fountain as needed.
Students are expected to bring only their dance bags with dance shoes and accessories into the studio. Coats, street clothes, street shoes and school bags are to be kept in the dressing room during classes. Students may store these items in the lockers that are provided in each dressing room.
Required styles are reasonably priced and can be purchased at Kinney Dancewear & online at Discount Dance Supply. A percentage of all orders placed through Discount Dance Supply will benefit the Louisville Ballet School by using the Teacher Referral Program code “TP27451.” Please visit our Dress Code Pages on Discount Dance Supply’s website for images and examples of appropriate dance wear.
Parents are encouraged to monitor the fit and condition of all dancewear. Leotards, tights, and shoes that are too small or too large can interfere with technique. Severely small shoes can permanently injure a student’s feet, joints and back. Oversized garments and shoes can be dangerous and may cause injury. The instructor must check all shoes before elastics or ribbons are sewn.
Any clothing worn over the dancewear qualifies as a warm-up. Warm-ups make it quite difficult for the instructor to assess proper technique, placement and alignment. When necessary, warm-ups specifically made for ballet are the only additional dancewear permitted during classes. These items are snug and form fitting, like a leotard, allowing the instructor a clear view of the torso and spine.
All leotards, tights, skirts and dance shoes should be clean, neat, and labeled with the student’s first initial and last name in permanent, waterproof ink. Class attire for those in the Primary, Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced divisions includes, but is not limited to, one leotard in the required style, per student. Required styles for each level are listed. Additional leotard styles may be worn but must be in the specified color for each level.
Primary Division girls wear a pink cap-sleeved leotard, pink crepe skirt, plain white socks and pink leather full-sole ballet shoes. No tights, please. Boys wear a tight fitting white tank with black shorts, plain white socks and black or white full-sole ballet shoes. Pre-Ballet students also wear black tap shoes.
Elementary I level girls wear a light-blue cap-sleeved leotard, plain white socks and pink leather full-sole ballet shoes. No tights or skirts, please. Boys wear a tight-fitting white tee shirt or leotard, black or gray tights with dance belt, plain white socks and black or white full-sole ballet shoes.
Elementary II-IV level girls wear a light-blue tank style leotard, pink tights and pink leather full-sole ballet shoes. No skirts, please. Boys wear a tight-fitting white tee shirt or leotard, black or gray tights with dance belt, plain white socks and black or white full-sole ballet shoes. Elementary IV girls also wear Pre-Pointe shoes for pre-pointe class).
Intermediate I young ladies wear a maroon sweetheart tank leotard with pink tights and pink leather full-sole ballet shoes (pointe shoes for pointe class). No skirts, please. Young men wear a gray or black unitard, or tights and white tee shirt, dance belt, plain white socks and black or white full-sole ballet shoes.
Intermediate II-III young ladies wear a maroon sweetheart tank leotard with pink tights and pink split-sole ballet shoes (pointe shoes for pointe class). No skirts, please. Young men wear a gray or black unitard, or tights and white tee shirt, dance belt, plain white socks and black or white split-sole ballet shoes.
Advanced ladies wear a lavender camisole leotard with pink tights, pink split-sole ballet shoes and pointe shoes. No skirts, please. Gentlemen wear a gray or black unitard, or tights and white tee shirt, dance belt, plain white socks and black or white split-sole ballet shoes.
Youth and Teen Open Ballet young ladies wear a solid-colored leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair must be kept off the face and neck. Long hair must be prepared in a neat bun secured with hairpins and hairnet. Boys and young men wear a tight-fitting white t-shirt or leotard, black or gray tights with dance belt, plain white socks, and black or white full-sole ballet shoes.
Flamenco ladies wear a solid-colored leotard, a long flamenco skirt and shawl, with character shoes. Additional accessories and dress requirements for young men will be coordinated with the instructor. Click here for additional information on purchasing a Flamenco skirt.
Hip Hop ladies wear a solid-colored leotard or a solid-colored t-shirt, jazz pants, and jazz sneakers with socks or tights. Boys and men wear a solid-colored t-shirt, jazz pants with dance belt, and jazz sneakers with socks. (No shoes that are worn outdoors, please.)
Tap students may wear a solid-colored leotard or a solid-colored t-shirt, jazz pants, and black tap shoes with socks.
Modern ladies wear a solid-colored leotard with pink or black convertible tights and bare feet. Boys and young men wear a tight-fitting, solid-colored t-shirt, jazz pants with dance belt, and bare feet.
Ballet Bootcamp & Conditioning students may wear yoga or other similar work out wear and bare feet.
Adult Ballet ladies wear a leotard with tights or leggings and ballet shoes. Gentlemen wear a tight-fitting t-shirt, black tights with dance belt, white socks, and ballet shoes.
Hair must be kept off the face and neck. All hair should be secured to the crown of the head with hairpins or bobby pins and a hair net. Long hair must be prepared in a neat bun secured with hairpins and hairnet prior to class time. Girls with very short hair should secure their hair with a band, held in place with bobby pins and/or clips, and should use hairspray or gel to prevent hair from becoming loose and falling in front of the face. Headbands, hair pins or clips, and hairnets are to be the same color as the student’s hair or the color of their uniform leotard. Loose ponytails, braids, or unsecured buns are not permitted.
Ballet Bun Instructions
Be sure to check out our Ballet Bun Tutorial with Miss Brienne to perfect your bun!
No watches or jewelry may be worn except small earrings.
Coming to Class
Since young children often need to use the restroom or need a parent at a moment’s notice, we would appreciate it if parents could please remain at our studios during classes that are thirty minutes in length.
St. Matthews Location: Parents and guardians will need to walk to the second floor and into our lobby to drop off or pick up their children. All students, regardless of their age and maturity, MUST wait to be picked up by their guardian in the front seating area where our receptionist is located.
Downtown Location: For the safety and security of the staff and students, the Louisville Ballet Center building must remain locked after normal business hours. Please refrain from allowing entry to individuals whom you do not know personally. If necessary, please contact a staff or faculty member to confirm that an unknown visitor is authorized to enter the building after hours.
Please be punctual when picking up your child after class. Late pick-ups will be charged $25 for any portion of each hour that the parent is late.
For the safety and health of the students, street clothing and shoes must be worn over dance clothes when entering and exiting the building.
Staying in Touch
Families are asked to provide an email address at Registration in order to expedite the delivery of important school information. Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list or address book and check your email regularly to ensure you receive important school information in a timely manner. Students and parents are encouraged to monitor LBS update emails containing information concerning class changes, upcoming events, seminars, rehearsals, performances and other School-related information. When time permits, the Louisville Ballet School staff will make every effort to communicate urgent and important information via email blast. Please inform us of any changes in your email address.