Des Plaines Park District

Des Plaines Dance Academy Dress Code

Proper attire is vital for the dancer’s safety and will maximize the dancer’s learning experience. It is necessary for the instructor to see the shape and line of the dancer’s body which will assist in the proper assessment of the advancement of each student. The Des Plaines Dance Academy staff will be enforcing the dress code. We appreciate your cooperation with the compliance of the dress code for our program. Please note: We encourage a hands-on teaching approach. Instructors may need to physically readjust a student’s body, to fully correct the dancer’s placement and alignment. 

ALL DISCOVER DANCE AND PRE-DANCE CLASSES: SOLID colored leotard with PINK tights. No skirts; attached or otherwise, tutus, or dance costumes are not permitted.

Discover Dance: Dancers will be barefoot

Pre-Ballet: Full-sole leather pink ballet shoes (no satin slippers)

Pre-Jazz: Black jazz shoes Pre-Tap: Black buckle tap shoe (no ribbons or ties) Boys: White or Black shirts, black pants or black bike shorts and appropriate shoes, depending on style of class.

Ballet/Pre-Pointe/Pointe (Jr./Sr. Levels): BLACK leotard and PINK tights (NO TAN TIGHTS). Pink ballet shoes; canvas ballet shoes are required for Junior & Senior class levels. Proper ballet bun (bobby pins and hairnets) required. All Pointe shoes must be approved by the instructor before ribbons and elastics are sewn on.
Jazz: BLACK solid leotard and form fitting bottoms (tights, leggings, shorts). Black leather jazz shoes.
Contemporary/Modern (Jr./Sr. Levels): Any solid colored leotard and form fitting bottoms (tights, leggings, shorts). Barefoot.
Tap: Fitted tank top or leotard and fitted bottoms. NO JEANS. Jazz tap shoes (hard toe and shank, no split-sole) required for all Junior and Senior levels.
Hip Hop: Loose fitting clothes, easily able to move in. Clean sneakers, no street shoes. The instructor will notify each class what specific shoe to purchase during the first week of classes. NO JEANS OR SHORTS. Legs must be covered.
Acro: Biketard or leotard with dance shorts/leggings or tight fitting tank top with dance shorts/leggings, no tights, hair in a ponytail. Barefoot.
Aerial Silks: Comfortable, fitted clothing that covers the backs of your knees, underarms, and midsection. NO LOTION, JEWELRY, SHOES, or clothing with ZIPPERS.
Individual instructors may have additional requirements; please check with your instructor after the first day of class.
Additional requirements:
· Hair must be secured away from the face for ALL classes, except Tap, Hip Hop, Acro, and Aerial Silks.
· Tools needed for a ballet bun: Elastic ponytail holders, bobby pins/hair pins, hair net, brush/comb, gel/hairspray.
· All jewelry must be removed before any class.
· Dancers who have reached the age where support undergarments are necessary are required to wear a black sports bra only.
· Dancers ages 10 and older should wear deodorant.
· ALL Level dancers should not wear underwear underneath a leotard and tights. (Tights are the undergarment.)
Suggested Dance Shoes:
Pre-Ballet Slipper: Capezio “Daisy” Leather Full Sole – Pink
Jr Level Ballet Slipper: Sansha Split Sole Leather – Pink, Capezio “Cobra” Child Split-Sole Leather – Pink
Sr Level Ballet Slipper: Sansha Split Sole Canvas – Pink
Jazz Shoe: Bloch Split Sole Jazz Shoe – Black
Tap Shoes (Pre-Dance Levels): Capezio “Mary Jane” Child Buckle Tap Shoe – Black (Jr. Levels 1+): Bloch Lace up Leather – Black

Where to go:
Allegro Dance Boutique  •  847-733-8460
2114 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Dance N’ Tees  •  847-884-5924
1065 North Salem Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60194
Toe the Line  •  847-818-9800
Buffalo Grove Town Center, 302 McHenry Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Discount Dance Supply

Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711