DRESS CODE

Find Your Dress Code for Every Level

The Dance Conservatory of Charleston requires the following dress code for each of their respective classes. Please arrive for class in the proper attire.

CHILDREN'S LEVELS

CLASS: MOMMY & ME / BEGINNER BALLET

A fun introduction to dance designed to focus on rhythm, basic motor skills, coordination activities and creative movement. Classroom activities are designed to develop student’s creativity through the use of props and imagery, musicality, strength, flexibility and coordination. Dancers will learn correct terminology in a fun and loving environment.
DRESS CODE
  • Girls: Pink-footed tights, pink leather ballet shoes, and Pink Leotard
  • Boys: White t-shirt, black tights or athletic shorts, white socks and white or black leather ballet shoes
  • All hair must be pulled back into a neat bun, and short hair must be secured away from the face.  No leotards with attached tutus or skirts, and underwear is not to be worn under the leotard
CHILDREN'S LEVELS

CLASS: BEGINNER TAP

Our beginner tappers will enjoy the different sounds their feet can make! Our focus for this level will include speed, rhythm and basic tap steps.
DRESS CODE
  • Black tap shoes, black dance shorts or black leggings, leotard
    or long fitted top
  • NO CROP TOPS and NO JEWELRY except for small earrings
  • Hair pulled back and out of face for all classes
PRIMARY LEVELS

CLASS: BALLET LEVELS 1A, 1B and 2

In levels 1 and 2, students begin their formal ballet training with the emphasis on barre work, focusing on muscle development, musicality, and coordination. Children will become familiar with the structure and discipline of a ballet class. The technique is Vaganova based, with an emphasis on vocabulary and correct execution of steps.
DRESS CODE
  • Girls Ballet 1A & 1B: Pink-footed tights, pink leather ballet shoes, and White Leotard
  • Boys Ballet 1A & 1B: White t-shirt, black tights or athletic shorts, white socks and white or black leather ballet shoes
  • Girls Ballet 2: Pink-footed tights, pink leather ballet shoes, and Light Blue Leotard
  • Boys Ballet 2: White t-shirt, black tights or athletic shorts, white socks and white or black leather ballet shoes
  • Level 1: Ballet is recommended at least 1 time per week
  • Level 2: Ballet is recommended 1-2 times per week
  • No leotards with attached tutus or skirts, and underwear is not to be worn under the leotard
  • All hair must be pulled back into a neat bun, and short hair must be secured away from the face
PRIMARY LEVELS

CLASS: JAZZ 1

At the Beginner level, dancers will continue to enhance their basic exercises and dance skills while introducing new techniques. Musicality and speed will be two dance elements we will start to work on through the year to prepare them for the next level.
DRESS CODE
  • Black dance leggings, black dance shorts, leotard or long fitted top
  • Approved Shoes: Black/Tan jazz shoes, Nude half soles
  • NO CROP TOPS and NO JEWELRY except for small earrings
  • Hair pulled back and out of face for all classes
PRIMARY LEVELS

CLASS: TAP 1

Tappers will start to learn a variety of basic tap combinations to enhance their sounds and rhythm.
DRESS CODE
  • Black tap shoes, black dance shorts or black leggings, leotard or long fitted top
  • NO CROP TOPS and NO JEWELRY except for small earrings
  • Hair pulled back and out of face for all classes.
PRIMARY LEVELS

CLASS: HIP HOP 1

While dancing to fun pop and hip hop music, dancers will learn fun combos, hip hop tricks and techniques. Many dancers build their confidence in this fun and relaxed class as this class encourages individuality and stepping out of your comfort zone.
DRESS CODE
  • Sneakers, Exercise Clothing, No Jeans - Hats are ok
  • NO CROP TOPS and NO JEWELRY except for small earrings
  • Hair pulled back and out of face for all classes
  • Warm-ups must be taken off after first 10-15 minutes of class
INTERMEDIATE LEVELS

CLASS: BALLET LEVEL 3

As the students progress through the levels, the emphasis continues to be on increasing the student’s vocabulary and continuing to refine the correct execution of steps. Girls begin pre-pointe exercises to strengthen their feet, ankles, and legs for future pointe work.

The curriculum stresses correct body placement at all levels, in order to facilitate development of strong and flexible bodies. Careful repetition of exercises allows students to make faster and more consistent progress.

Level advancement is based solely on each individual student’s growth and development.

DRESS CODE
  • Girls: Pink-footed tights, pink leather ballet shoes, and Lilac Leotard
  • Boys: White t-shirt, black tights or athletic shorts, white socks and white or black leather ballet shoes
  • All hair must be pulled back into a neat bun, and short hair must be secured away from the face
  • No leotards with attached tutus or skirts, and underwear is not to be worn under the leotard
  • Level 3: Ballet is recommended 2-3 times per week and Pre-Pointe/Beginner Pointe is recommended to prepare the dancer’s legs and feet for future pointe work
  • Please have new pointe shoes inspected by teacher before sewing
INTERMEDIATE LEVELS

CLASS: JAZZ 2

At the Intermediate level, dancers will be focusing on technique to prepare them for the advanced level. Dancers will work on core strength, stamina, flexibility to ensure they have the foundation to be a strong dancer. This level will also begin improvisation.
DRESS CODE
  • Black dance leggings, black dance shorts, leotard or long fitted top
  • Approved Shoes: Black/Tan jazz shoes, Nude half soles
  • NO CROP TOPS and NO JEWELRY except for small earrings
  • Hair pulled back and out of face for all classes
INTERMEDIATE LEVELS

CLASS: TAP 2

At this level, tappers will continue to improve their tap skills by experimenting with speed, volume and rhythm. This will encourage the dancers to start adding a variety of different steps to their tap repertoire.
DRESS CODE
  • Black tap shoes, black dance shorts or black leggings, leotard or long fitted top
  • NO CROP TOPS and NO JEWELRY except for small earrings
  • Hair pulled back and out of face for all classes
INTERMEDIATE LEVELS

CLASS: HIP HOP 2

While dancing to fun pop and hip hop music, dancers will learn fun combos, hip hop tricks and techniques. Many dancers build their confidence in this fun and relaxed class as this class encourages individuality and stepping out of your comfort zone.
DRESS CODE
  • Sneakers, exercise clothing, no jeans, hats are acceptable
  • NO CROP TOPS and NO JEWELRY except for small earrings
  • Hair pulled back and out of face for all classes
INTERMEDIATE LEVELS

CLASS: CONTEMPORARY 1

Contemporary 1 will incorporate principles from modern to teach dancers to move in a new, more organic way while focusing on whole-body connection. Classes will include technique, conditioning and combos, as well as improvisation and movement exploration. The fundamentals of choreography will also be introduced in Contemporary 1.
DRESS CODE
  • Leotard and tights (can be footless) or leggings
  • Bare feet or half soles
  • NO CROP TOPS and NO JEWELRY except for small earrings
  • Hair pulled back and out of face for all classes
ADVANCED LEVELS

CLASS: BALLET LEVEL 4

At the advanced level, students are trained in a variety of styles, maximizing their versatility as an artist. Classes are designed with the pre-professional in mind, challenging the dancer with more complicated combinations, use of batterie and pointe work. Variations and pas de deux are added as an imperative component to their ballet training.
DRESS CODE
  • Girls Ballet Level 4: Pink-footed tights, pink leather ballet shoes, and Royal Blue Leotard
  • Boys Ballet Level 4: White t-shirt, black tights or athletic shorts, white socks and white or black leather ballet shoes
  • All hair must be pulled back into a neat bun, and short hair must be secured away from the face
  • No leotards with attached tutus or skirts, and underwear is not to be worn under the leotard
  • Level 4: Ballet is recommended 3-5 times per week
  • Pilates is highly recommended for all dancers attending advanced level classes
  • Please have new pointe shoes inspected by teacher before sewing
ADVANCED LEVELS

CLASS: BALLET LEVEL 5

At the advanced level, students are trained in a variety of styles, maximizing their versatility as an artist. Classes are designed with the pre-professional in mind, challenging the dancer with more complicated combinations, use of batterie and pointe work. Variations and pas de deux are added as an imperative component to their ballet training.
DRESS CODE
  • Girls Ballet Level 5: Pink-footed tights, pink leather ballet shoes, and Navy Leotard
  • Boys Ballet Level 5: White t-shirt, black tights or athletic shorts, white socks and white or black leather ballet shoes
  • All hair must be pulled back into a neat bun, and short hair must be secured away from the face
  • No leotards with attached tutus or skirts, and underwear is not to be worn under the leotard
  • Level 5: Ballet is recommended 4-5 times per week
  • For advanced placement, please contact Lindy at info@danceconservatorychs.com
  • Pilates is highly recommended for all dancers attending advanced level classes
  • Please have new pointe shoes inspected by teacher before sewing
ADVANCED LEVELS

CLASS: JAZZ 3

At the Advanced level, dancers will not only learn exercises to strengthen their bodies but also, they will have the opportunity to enhance their own choreography skills and techniques. Throughout the year, they will also be exposed to all different forms of jazz including Broadway, Contemporary and Commercial Dance. We value the importance of versatility and this class will help prepare any dancer for a professional career.
DRESS CODE
  • Black dance leggings, black dance shorts, leotard or long fitted top
  • Approved Shoes: Black/Tan jazz shoes, Nude half soles
  • NO CROP TOPS and NO JEWELRY except for small earrings
  • Hair pulled back and out of face for all classes
  • For advanced level Jazz and Tap placements, please contact Monica at info@danceconservatorychs.com
ADVANCED LEVELS

CLASS: TAP 3

At the advanced level, dancers will continue learning more advanced tap steps and tricks. Tappers will also start exploring improv and creating their own tap steps and combinations.
DRESS CODE
  • Black tap shoes, black dance shorts or black leggings, leotard or long fitted top
  • NO CROP TOPS and NO JEWELRY except for small earrings
  • Hair pulled back and out of face for all classes
  • Warm-ups must be taken off after first 5 minutes of class
ADVANCED LEVELS

CLASS: HIP HOP 3

While dancing to fun pop and hip hop music, dancers will learn fun combos, hip hop tricks and techniques. Many dancers build their confidence in this fun and relaxed class as this class encourages individuality and stepping out of your comfort zone.
DRESS CODE
  • Sneakers, exercise clothing, no jeans, hats are acceptable
  • NO CROP TOPS and NO JEWELRY except for small earrings
  • Hair pulled back and out of face for all classes
ADVANCED LEVELS

CLASS: CONTEMPORARY 2

Contemporary 2 will incorporate principles from modern to teach dancers to move in a new, more organic way while focusing on whole-body connection. Classes will include technique, conditioning and combos, as well as improvisation and movement exploration. The fundamentals of choreography will also be introduced in Contemporary 1, and a greater emphasis will be placed on composition in Contemporary 2.
DRESS CODE
  • Leotard and tights (can be footless) or leggings
  • Bare feet or half soles
  • NO CROP TOPS and NO JEWELRY except for small earrings
  • Hair pulled back and out of face for all classes
ADVANCED LEVELS

CLASS: MODERN

We will investigate many styles of “Modern” Dance, from some of the investigative ideas of Isadora Duncan, Mary Wigman, Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn to more well-defined styles, aka. techniques, and more well-known names of José Limón, Lestor Horton, Martha Graham, and more. Class emphasis will be on technique and body mechanics so that the styes of Modern Dance can be performed by the dancers at their highest level! We will discuss past and recent past history and of course consider the trends of today’s dance world. We will also “play” with improvisation which is so important in today’s dance world.
DRESS CODE
  • Leotard and tights (can be footless) or leggings
  • Bare feet or half soles
  • NO CROP TOPS and NO JEWELRY except for small earrings
  • Hair pulled back and out of face for all classes