Look like a dancer, feel like a dancer!

Why is dress code important?

We enforce a dress code for our dancers because:

  1. It allows the instructor to see a dancer’s alignment and positioning.
  2. Baggy clothes can hide bad habits and mistakes. An instructor needs to be able to see a dancer’s form in order to properly correct them.
  3. It teaches students discipline, helping with focus and energy.
  4. It creates unity among the dancers, much like a school uniform. This unified look helps to minimize distractions.
  5. “Dressing the part” helps dancers to feel like dancers.

Do’s & Don’ts of Dance Class Wear

Celtic Ceilidh Dress Code

All dancers will wear their hair in a pony tail to every class, with the exception of ballet, for which hair must be in a bun.  Shorter hair must be off the face.



All highland dancers require black regulation ghillies. Angelo Luzio Highland dance ghillies are not permitted. Bodysuit and tights are as follows:

  • Preschool – Black tank (sleeveless) bodysuit and knee high socks OR black tights
  • Primary and up – Black tank (sleeveless) bodysuit and knee-high socks. Additional dance shorts are optional.

Jig shoes and practice skirts will be required upon the teacher’s recommendation for higher grades.



All require black leather regulation irish pumps, black tank (sleeveless) bodysuit, and black microfiber tights or white poodle socks,

Hard shoes will be required when a certain level has been achieved, at which time the qualified instructor will advise when they are needed.

  • Dancers moving to the Junior level will require the custom made Celtic Ceilidh Skirt (or dress if desired)
  • Dancers moving to the Senior level will require the custom made Celtic Ceilidh performing dress

Teachers will provide ordering information for the skirt or dress required.

Tap & Jazz

Black tank (sleeveless) bodysuit, Lt. tan microfibre tights. Black lycra shorts are permitted. Bloch Jazz shoes, Tap shoe brand and style to be discussed with teacher prior to purchasing.



Bodysuits or fitted gymnastics/yoga wear that is fitted to the body. For safety reasons, participants should avoid any loose clothing, jewelry, or anything they can get caught in. Hair needs to be back in a bun or braid to avoid it getting caught up or stepped on. Bare feet only.



Form fitting, flexible dance and/or yoga wear. All soft soled dance footwear is permissible. No socks.



All require pink leather regulation ballet shoes. Bodysuit and tights are as follows:

  • Preschool -”Ballet Pink” tank (sleeveless) bodysuit with matching tights.
  • Primary – Purple tank (sleeveless) bodysuit with Ballet pink tights.
  • Grades 1 and up – Black tank (sleeveless) bodysuit with Ballet pink tights.

Character shoes and pointe shoes will be required upon the teacher’s recommendation for higher grades.



Black tank (sleeveless) bodysuit and dance shorts are permitted. Footwear will be determined yearly based on the chosen choreography. Ballet or jazz shoes are acceptable for practice.

Musical Theatre

Any of the above listed dance wear is appropriate.



Plain white t-shirt and black shorts or leggings.  Dance sneakers or choreography sneakers as chosen by the instructor.  NO outdoor footwear or street clothing.



Plain white t-shirt (no graphics or logos), black shorts and the required shoes as per the dance discipline.



Work out/yoga wear: sleeveless tank, shorts, capris, or leggings and the required shoe as per the dance discipline.