Acro

  • (SW Preference) Bodysuit and fitted dance shorts. We will also accept the other options below;
    - snug tank top
    - fitted dance shorts
    - fitted leggings
  • No additional layers of clothing. No tank tops, t-shirts or sweat pants.
  • Hair must be secured in a bun with hairpins (girls). No ponytails. 
  • Shoes: Bare feet.

Ballet (R.A.D.)

Pre-Primary, Primary, Grade 1

Male Dancers

  • White, short-sleeved leotard, or a well-fitting white T-shirt.
  • Navy or black shorts.
  • White ankle socks.
  • Shoes: White (preferred) or black, full-sole ballet slippers in leather or canvas with elastic sewn across the arch.

Female Dancers

  • Light blue, short-sleeved, scooped-neck leotard (e.g. Mondor style #1635; comes with matching elastic belt, but that will not be used).
  • No skirts
  • Pink footed tights (e.g. Mondor style #316).
  • Shoes: Pink, full-sole ballet slippers in leather with pink elastic sewn across the arch (e.g. Bloch style #205). Flimsy “gymnastic” slippers are not permitted.

Ballet (R.A.D.)

Grades 2, 3, 4, 5

Male Dancers

  • White, short-sleeved leotard, or a well-fitting white T-shirt.
  • Black/navy tights (e.g. M Stevens #1097 or #1099), or black/navy shorts.
  • White ankle socks.
  • Shoes: White (preferred) or black, full-sole ballet slippers in leather or canvas with elastic sewn across the arch.
  • Shoes: Black lace-up character shoes, or a suitable alternative with hard heels, such as tap shoes (with taps removed) or “dress shoes.” Character shoes are used in Grades 2/3/4 Technique (at the end of class).

Female Dancers

  • Navy, sleeveless leotard (e.g. Mondor style #1645 or #1633; comes with matching elastic belt, but that will not be used).
  • Pink convertible tights (e.g. Mondor style #319).
  • Shoes: Pink, full-sole ballet slippers in leather with pink elastic sewn across the arch (e.g. Bloch style #205).
  • Shoes: Black, canvas character shoes, with pink elastic across the arch. The low heel (Bloch style #315) should be worn for Grades 2 and 3 classes; beyond that the higher heel (Bloch style #314) should be worn. Character shoes are used in Grades 2/3/4 Technique (at the end of class).

Ballet (R.A.D.)

Grades 6, 7, 8, Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced

Male Dancers

  • White leotard, or a short-sleeved white T-shirt worn inside tights.
  • Navy or black tights (e.g. M Stevens #1097 or #1099). Dance belt required.
  • White socks.
  • Shoes: Black or white ballet slippers with white elastic.

Female Dancers

  • Sleeveless leotard in black, navy blue, royal blue, or purple. Simple classic styles only, e.g. Mondor styles #1633, #1645, #1613, #3546, #3545. (For Grades 6/7/8 exams, plan leotard with teacher.)
  • Pink convertible tights (e.g. Mondor style #319).
  • Shoes: Pink ballet slippers (e.g. Bloch style #205). Split-soles are acceptable. Pointe shoes and soft-pointes only if recommended by the teacher.

Creative Movement / Creative Dance

  • T-shirt and shorts, or girls may wear a leotard and skirt.
  • Thin socks (or tights if wearing a leotard).
  • Shoes: Soft ballet slippers or gymnastic slippers (white for boys, pink for girls).

Hip Hop

  • Clothing that is loose, comfortable and easy to move in. Sweatpants and t-shirt or tank top preferred. No jeans.
  • Shoes: Sneakers with CLEAN SOLES.

Jazz 

  • Leotard or other snug-fitting top.
  • Jazz pants/snug yoga pants or dance shorts.
  • Tights or thin socks.
  • Shoes: Black slip-on jazz shoes.

Jazz (Company)

(Jr 1, 2 and Inter 1 Co)

  • (SW Preference) Bodysuit and Convertible Tights.
  • We will also accept the other options below;
    - bodysuit of any colour
    - fitted dance shorts
    - convertible tights or fitted leggings of any colour
  • No additional layers of clothing. No tank tops, t-shirts or sweat pants.
  • Hair must be secured in a bun with hairpins (girls). No ponytails. 
  • Shoes: Black slip-on jazz shoes.

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary (Company Block) 

(Jr 3, Inter 2, 3, 4, Senior 1 & 2)

  • (SW Preference) Bodysuit and Convertible Tights.
  • We will also accept the other options below;
    - bodysuit of any colour
    - fitted dance shorts
    - convertible tights or fitted leggings of any colour
  • No additional layers of clothing. No tank tops, t-shirts or sweat pants.
  • Hair must be secured in a bun with hairpins (girls). No ponytails. 
  • Shoes: Black slip-on jazz shoes, and capezio or bloc brand foot undies are a requirement for every class.

Lyrical/Contemporary

  • Leotard or other snug-fitting top.
  • Dance shorts and/or tights (convertible or footless).
  • Shoes: Foot "undies".

Musical Theatre

  • Any fitted dancewear, or other non-restrictive clothing that is easy to move in (but not so loose that it becomes a hazard).
  • No jeans.
  • Shoes: Black slip-on jazz shoes.

Open Ballet

 Male Dancers

  • White, short-sleeved leotard, or a well-fitting white T-shirt.
  • Navy or black shorts or tights.
  • White ankle socks.
  • Shoes: White or black ballet slippers in leather or canvas with elastic sewn across the arch.Either full-soles or split-soles are acceptable.

Female Dancers

  • Any leotard.
  • Pink convertible or footed tights (i.e., Mondor style #319).
  • Shoes: Pink ballet slippers in leather with pink elastic sewn across the arch. Either full-soles (i.e., Bloch style #205) or split-soles are acceptable.

Stage

  • Leotard or other snug-fitting top.
  • Jazz pants/snug yoga pants or dance shorts.
  • Tights or thin socks.
  • Shoes: Black slip-on jazz shoes.

Tap

  • Any fitted dancewear, or other non-restrictive clothing that is easy to move in (but not so loose that it becomes a hazard.)
  • No jeans. No little/short-shorts.
  • Shoes: Black Capezio Teletone taps, hard sole, oxford lace up shoes are preferred for more experienced tappers. (Bloch, Capezio, and So Danca brands are acceptable.)

Where to buy? 


Second Hand Dance Apparel

We often have a variety of gently used items available in the studio, including shoes (ballet, character, jazz, tap), leotards, tights, shorts, sweat pants, SW clothing, and costumes. Check with us if you're looking for something!

Studio West Apparel

Our studio-branded apparel and dance gear go on sale every September, and each year we get different items made. Past pieces included:

  • Supplex jackets (company logos offered for competitive wear)
  • Onesies
  • Zip-up hoodies
  • Sweat pants
  • Toques
  • Flat brim hats

If you have an idea for studio apparel, please let us know!