Preparing for Class

NEW DRESS CODE!
We are thrilled to announce that all levels of The Louisville Ballet School have a new uniform assignment for the 2019-2020 School Year!
 
Required styles and colors of the Children’s and Classical Ballet Programs are reasonably priced and are only available for purchase at eurotard.com or in store at Dancetastic DancewearStudents of the Children’s and Classical Ballet Program are invited to try a selection of sample Eurotard leotard sizes at the St. Matthews Studios during school hours.
 
For Pre-Professional Program ladies, we are partnering with Wear Moi to provide an exceptional quality, which will be sold exclusively through The Louisville Ballet School. Every dancer in the Pre-Professional Program is required to wear their assigned uniform color during Pre-Professional classes as well as Encore classes (PP 3-6 only). Please click here to submit an order for the 2019-2020 Pre-Professional Program uniform.  Ladies of the Pre-Professional Program are invited to try our selection of Wear Moi leotard sample sizes at the Downtown Studios before placing an order.
 
Questions? Please reach out to Admin Coordinator, Audra Brian (abrian@louisvilleballet.org)

Dress Code by Program & Level:
Children’s Program

Creative Movement girls wear a WHITE Eurotard leotard and pull on skirt in any of the styles listed below with plain white socks and pink leather full-sole ballet shoes. No tights, please. Boys wear a white tank top and black shorts, white ankle socks and white full-sole leather ballet shoes. Eurotard Store code: 2475.

1043 – WHITE – Eurotard Girls Short Sleeve Leotard with Cotton Lycra®

10527c – WHITE – Eurotard Girls Camisole Leotard with Cotton Lycra®

10127 – WHITE – Eurotard Girls Chiffon Mock Wrap Pull On Skirt

Pre-Ballet girls wear a PINK Eurotard leotard in any of the styles listed below with plain white socks and pink leather full-sole ballet shoes. No tights, please. Boys wear a white tank top and black shorts, white ankle socks and white full-sole leather ballet shoes. Pre-Ballet students also wear black tap shoes. Eurotard Store code: 2476.

10467 – PINK – Eurotard Girls Short Sleeve Dance Dress with Cotton Lycra

10466 – PINK – Eurotard Girls Tank Dance Dress with Cotton Lycra®


Classical Ballet Program

CB I – II level girls wear a LILAC Eurotard leotard in any of the styles listed below with plain white socks and pink leather full-sole ballet shoes. No skirts or tights, please. Boys wear a white cap sleeve fitted top (7207) and black bike shorts with tan (or nude) colored dance briefs or dance belt, white ankle socks and white leather full-sole ballet shoes. Eurotard Store code: 1043.

1043 – LILAC – Eurotard Girls Short Sleeve Leotard with Cotton Lycra®

10527c – LILAC – Eurotard Girls Camisole Leotard with Cotton Lycra®

1064c – LILAC – Eurotard Girls Princess Seam Camisole Leotard with Cotton 

CB III – IV level girls wear a PURPLE Eurotard leotard in any of the styles listed below with pink tights and pink leather full-sole ballet shoes. No skirts, please. Boys wear a white cap sleeve fitted top (7207) and black bike shorts with tan (or nude) colored dance briefs or dance belt, white ankle socks and white leather full-sole ballet shoes. Eurotard Store code: 2478.

1043 – PURPLE – Eurotard Girls Short Sleeve Leotard with Cotton Lycra®

10527c – PURPLE – Eurotard Girls Camisole Leotard with Cotton Lycra®

1064c – PURPLE – Eurotard Girls Princess Seam Camisole Leotard with Cotton 

CB V- VI level girls wear an EGGPLANT Eurotard leotard in any of the styles listed below with pink tights and pink leather full-sole ballet shoes (pre-pointe shoes for pre-pointe class). No skirts, please. Boys and young men wear a white cap sleeve fitted top (7207), black tights with tan (or nude) colored dance belt, white ankle socks and white leather full-sole ballet shoes. Eurotard Store code: 2479

44822 – EGGPLANT – Eurotard Womens Multi-Way Camisole Leotard with Tactel®

44822c – EGGPLANT – Eurotard Girls Multi-Way Camisole Leotard with Tactel® Microfiber

44822c – EGGPLANT – Eurotard Girls Multi-Way Camisole Leotard with Tactel® Microfiber

44819 – EGGPLANT Eurotard Womens Adjustable Camisole Leotard with Tactel® Microfiber

44819c – EGGPLANT – Eurotard Girls Adjustable Camisole Leotard with Tactel®

4493 – EGGPLANT – Eurotard Womens Lattice Back Leotard

4493c – EGGPLANT – Eurotard Girls Lattice Strappy Back Leotard

4464 – EGGPLANT – Eurotard Womens Princess Seam Camisole Leotard with Tactel® Microfiber

CB VII – IX level girls wear a BURGUNDY Eurotard Leotard in any of the styles listed below with pink tights and pink leather full-sole ballet shoes (pointe shoes upon approval for pointe class). No skirts, please. Young men wear a white cap sleeve fitted top (7207), black tights with tan (or nude) colored dance belt, white ankle socks and white leather full-sole ballet shoes. Eurotard Store code: 2480

44822 – BURGUNDY – Eurotard Womens Multi-Way Camisole Leotard with Tactel

44819 – BURGUNDY – Eurotard Womens Adjustable Camisole Leotard with Tactel

4402 – BURGUNDY – Eurotard Womens Tank Leotard with Tactel® Microfiber

41593 – BURG/BURG – Eurotard Womens Silhouette Mesh Tank Leotard


Pre-Professional Program

PP 1 – 2 young ladies wear thSKY Wear Moi leotard with pink tights and pink leather full-sole ballet shoes (pointe shoes for pointe class). No skirts, please. Young men wear a white cap sleeve fitted top (7207), black tights with tan (or nude) colored dance belt, white ankle socks and white leather full-sole ballet shoes.

PP 3 – 4 young ladies wear the FRENCH BLUE Wear Moi leotard with pink tights and pink split-sole or full-sole canvas or leather ballet shoes (pointe shoes for pointe class). No skirts, please. Young men wear a white cap sleeve fitted top (7207), black tights with tan (or nude) colored dance belt, white ankle socks and white leather full-sole ballet shoes.

PP 5 – 6 young ladies wear the NAVY Wear Moi leotard with pink tights and split-sole or full-sole canvas or leather ballet shoes (pointe shoes for pointe class). No skirts, please. Young men wear a white cap sleeve fitted top (7207), black tights with tan (or nude) colored dance belt, white ankle socks, and white leather or canvas split-sole ballet shoes.​


Complementary Dance and mbb Programs

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.

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.

Jazz young ladies wear a solid-colored leotard, leggings or jazz pants, and black jazz shoes with socks or tights.  Boys and young men wear a tight-fitting, solid-colored t-shirt, jazz pants with dance belt, and black jazz shoes with socks.  (No jazz sneakers, please.)

Body Conditioning students may wear yoga or other similar work out wear and bare feet.


Dancewear

Other dancewear basics (tights, shoes, flamenco skirts, jazz pants, etc) 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. 


Hairstyling

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

1. Brush hair to smooth and remove tangles toward the crown of the head. 

2. Spray hair lightly with hairspray or gel. Smooth hair with hands into a ponytail (at the crown of the head) and secure with a thin cloth-covered elastic band. 

3. Secure any loose hair with clips, pins and barrettes that match hair color, if necessary. 

4.  Twist or braid hair, flattening tightly around the base of your ponytail as you go. For thick hair, divide ponytail into two sections for this step.

5. Wrap sections of twisted or braided hair around the elastic band and secure with hair pins or bobby pins as you wrap. Keep the bun as flat to the head as possible. 

6. Place the hair net over the bun, twisting the net over the bun at least two times. Tuck ends of hairnet into the bottom of the bun and secure with pins. 

7. Spray hair and bun with hairspray or hair gel to set. Smooth with hands or comb. The bun should be secure, and held tightly in place when the student moves her head. 

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.


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 Classical Ballet & Pre-Professional Programs, 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.



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 are required 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 school@louisvilleballet.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.

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