General Dance Class and Studio Etiquette
- Arrive on time, if not a few minutes early to prepare for class and do a warm up. There is usually a warm up in a dance class, but you should be ready to start right on time.
- Bring it with you. Have your attire on, hair up, and any other items you may need for class with you, so you do not have to leave to get a tissue, some water, a hair tie, a band aid, etc.
- Bathroom Breaks – Some teachers give a break half way through the class. Other teachers do not give breaks. Know what your teacher wants. Please go to the bathroom before class!
- No talking! Yes, dance is partly a social activity. But more importantly, you are training. So talk about it later.
- Work hard. Work smart. Be aware of aches and pains fatigue, thirst and hunger. Your body is your instrument. Try to eat a good breakfast and pack a snack in your dance bag. Plan to eat a few snacks as well as meals in your busy dance day.
- Absolutely pack a water bottle! Water helps regulate your body temperature, lubricate your joints, and so much more. Staying hydrated is a must for any physical activity.
- Get plenty of rest! Sleep is the time when our bodies restore and heal themselves.
- Respect your teacher, your classmates, and the staff at the studio. There are a lot of people who work hard to make this experience great! That means our teachers work hard, the desk staff work hard, and the cleanup crew works hard.
- Clean up after yourself. If you dirty a dish, wash it. If you make a mess, clean it up. Please take your belongings with you daily or they will be placed in the lost and found, which will be donated regularly.
- Noise – It doesn’t have to be a whisper, but be aware if you are disturbing those around you or those trying to focus in class.
- Changing classes – Usually a teacher will end on time or a bit after if a combination needs to be run again. Gather your things and vacate the studio promptly so the next class can begin. Talk outside the studio.
- Check in! Please check in using your name and your class at the front desk when you arrive or before you head into the studio. This helps ensure that the front desk runs smoothly.
- Have fun! Dance is a wonderful way to express yourself, to work out and to improve brain function!
The dress code for classes at BSD is meant to allow proper, unrestricted movement, while keeping the dancer comfortable and the teacher informed regarding the student’s body mechanics and form.
Please note: If a class allows sneakers (or any other non-dance shoe), they must be specifically designated indoor-only shoes. The bottoms need to be clean of debris to keep our studio floors in good condition.
Classes for Students 6 and Under
- Toddler’s Dance, Creative Dance 3-6 – Leotard or fitted shirt, footless tights or leggings, bare feet
- Children’s Ballet I –Pink leotard, pink convertible tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in a bun or pulled back away from the face
- Children’s Ballet II –Lavender leotard, pink convertible tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in a bun or pulled back away from the face
- Children’s Ballet III –Burgundy leotard, pink tights, ballet slippers, hair in a bun
- Children’s Ballet IV –Navy blue leotard, pink tights, ballet slippers, hair in a bun
- Youth Ballet V –Black leotard, tights, ballet slippers, hair in a bun
- Beginning Ballet, Advanced Beginning Ballet, Low Intermediate Ballet, Intermediate Ballet, Advanced Ballet –Dancer’s choice of leotard, tights, ballet slippers or pointe shoes, hair in a bun
- Pointe I –III–Dancer’s choice of leotard, tights, ballet slippers or pointe shoes, hair in a bun (Pointe shoes can be purchased at Bodygears in Rutland, VT. They are the best in the area at fitting students.)
- Youth Modern, Advanced Beginning Modern, Intermediate Modern –Leotard or fitted exercise top, leggings or dance pants/shorts, bare feet or socks/toe undeez, hair pulled back and away from face (but not too high in the back, to facilitate lying on the floor)
- Children’s Tap I, Children’s Tap II, Intermediate Tap, Advanced Beginning Rhythm Tap –Clothes you can move in (leotards and leggings prefered), sturdy low-heeled Oxford-style tap shoes
- Advanced Beginning Theater Tap– Clothes you can move in (leotards and leggings or tights are prefered), flat or heeled tap shoes
- Children’s Jazz, Beginning Jazz, Intermediate Jazz– Leotard or fitted exercise top, black jazz pants, black jazz shoes or dancer’s choice, hair pulled back and away from face (but not too high in the back, to facilitate lying on the floor)
- Intermediate Dunham Jazz– Clothes you can move in, bare feet
- Children’s Hip Hop, Beginning Hip Hop– Clothes you can move in, dance sneakers or hip hop sneakers (NO outdoor shoes), hair pulled back and away from face (not too high in the back, to facilitate lying on the floor)
- Zumba– Work-out wear you can move in, dance sneakers (Regular sneakers are allowed if they are only used indoors, though you may want to consider “slip on dancers,” a product which provides more ability to twist and turn on the floor without the tread of your shoe sticking to the floor. Find out more on their website, Slip on Dancers)
Yoga and Pilates
- Embodyoga/Pilates –Clothes you can move in, bare feet (You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat, but there are also mats available for students to use.)
- Beginnging Pilates, Multi-Level Pilates – Clothes you can move in, bare feet (You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat, but there are also mats available for students to use.)
- Theater Dance– Leggings or tights and dance shorts; fitted t-shirt, leotard or dance top; socks; jazz shoes (heels or flats)
- Therapeutic Dance– Dancewear or comfortable workout clothes