Class Attire

Cortland Performing Arts Institute maintains a dress code to encourage concentration and a sense of inclusiveness (variations in attire can be distracting and contribute to feelings of inequality). Uniformity in dancewear allows the teachers to assess how well the students are implementing the technique being taught, problems with alignment, and other important aspects of dance training.

  • Students should carry their dancewear, shoes, and other belongings in a dance bag. Please print your child’s name on the bag as well as on all of its contents – including individual shoes!
  • Watches, jewelry, and safety pins should not be worn to class. 
  • Dance shoes should never be worn outside. 
  • ABSOLUTELY NO MIDRIFFS MAY BE WORN IN ANY CLASS!
  • ‘BOOTY’ shorts must be worn w/ tights.

INTRO TO DANCE & TWINKLE TOTS

GIRLS: Solid colored leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes (not Walmart fabric slippers). Hair in pony tail or off face.

Ballet skirts okay – no tutus or costumes.

BOYS: Solid colored tee-shirt, black jazz pants, black ballet shoes. 

BALLET/TAP FUNDAMENTALS

GIRLS: Solid colored leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes (Not Walmart slippers), black tap shoes. 

Hair in ponytail or bun. Ballet skirts okay – no tutus.

BOYS: Solid colored tee-shirt, black jazz pants, black ballet shoes, black tap shoes. 

BALLET (POINTE … SAME plus pink pointe shoes)

GIRLS: Solid colored leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers. Hair in bun. Ballet skirts okay – no tutus.

BOYS: Solid colored tee-shirt, black jazz pants, black ballet shoes.

**Ballet C & above and all PrePointe/Pointe classes: MUST have hair in a bun.

THEATRE DANCE, JAZZ, TAP

GIRLS: Solid colored leotard, black jazz pants, (or dance shorts w/ tights), black jazz shoes or black tap shoes. Hair in ponytail.  

BOYS: Solid colored tee-shirt, black jazz pants, (or dance shorts w/ tights), black jazz shoes or black tap shoes. Hair pulled back if needed. 

MODERN DANCE

GIRLS: Solid colored leotard, black or beige footless tights. Hair in ponytail.  

BOYS: Solid colored tee-shirt, black jazz pants or footless tights. Footwear:‘foot undies’ or barefeet.. Hair pulled back if needed.

GIRLS & BOYS: Footwear: Modern 1 & 2:beige ‘foot undies’. Modern 3 & 4: barefeet.

ACRO

GIRLS: Solid colored leotard, black jazz pants or jazz shorts w/ tights. Beige ‘Foot Undies’. Hair in ponytail.  

BOYS: Solid colored tee-shirt, black jazz pants or jazz shorts w/ tights. ‘Foot Undies’. Hair pulled back if needed. 

HIP-HOP

GIRLS: Solid colored leotard or tee-shirt, jazz pants, sweat pants, or jazz shorts w/ tights. Footwear: black jazz shoes or sneakers

BOYS: Solid colored tee-shirt, jazz pants, sweatpants or jazz shorts w/ tights. Footwear: black jazz shoes or sneakers

IRISH DANCE

GIRLS: black leotard, black tights, black ballet shoes or black ghillie shoes. Hair in ponytail.  

BOYS: Solid white or black leotard or shirt, black jazz pants, black ballet shoes or black ghillie shoes.  

DANCE COMPANY

See above PLUS: BEIGE NON-LACE JAZZ SHOES

ADDITIONAL SHOES MAY BE REQUIRED DEPENDING ON COSTUME