Ballet Bun Tutorials

A dance class dress code is the equivalent of bringing a bat and glove to baseball practice or a football helmet to football practice. You wouldn’t come dressed in jeans to baseball, just like you wouldn’t come in shorts to ballet or without a bun. Please make sure your dancer arrives in correct dress code and correct hair for their respective classes. Ballet has the strictest dress codes. Please watch these videos if you need help making a ballet bun. 

Class Descriptions & Dress Codes

The first two dress code violations will result in warnings. After that, dancers will not be permitted to participate in the class for as long as they are out of dress code. If families experience difficulty meeting dress code requirements, we are happy to work with you to find a solution. Be sure you are wearing the correct foot wear as well. Ballet Slippers, Jazz Slipper, Tap Shoes, Bare Feet, or Street Shoes depending on the style.

The only time you may be out of dress code is if you are here for your free trial class or if you are doing a make up class in a style that is not your usual style of dance. In these instances we ask that you try to match the dress codes as close as possible.

Solos/Private Lessons

If your dancers is taking a private lesson each week please use the dress code details/requirements that match the style they are working on or using for choreography focus. For example, if they are building a jazz solo please use jazz dress code details for the private class.  f your dancers is working on ballet technique for the class use the ballet dress code. 

Ballet 

Female: Black Leotard, pink tights, and pink leather ballet slippers. Hair in a bun. (if cut short, pulled away from the face) No Jewelry. Ballet slippers should be worn to all classes. Please double knot and cut bow strings to avoid distraction.

NO TUTUS. Sheer skirt is fine. Teacher must be able to see alignment of hips and dancer’s lines.

Male: Black leggings or form fitting pants, short sleeve solid t-shirt, and black leather ballet slippers. Ballet slippers should be worn to all classes. Please double knot and cut bow strings to avoid distraction.

Adults: movable dance clothing to see alignment and maximize range of motion

Jazz

Female: Black leggings or black bike shorts, and tank top or leotard. Tan slip on jazz shoes. Hair pulled back. No jewelry. No mid-drift tops please. No dancing in bra tops or sports bras.

Male: Black basketball shorts and a t-shirt. Black jazz shoes and hair pulled away from the face.

Adults: movable dance clothes to see alignment and maximize range of motion

Contemporary/Lyrical

Female: black leggings or black bike shorts, tank or leotard, barefoot and hair in a ponytail. No jewelry. We recommend having layers to avoid floor-burn on knees/shoulders. Knee pads and paws optional. No mid-drift tops please. No dancing in bra tops or sports bras.

Male: Black basketball shorts and t-shirt. Barefoot and hair pulled back if long. No jewelry. We recommend having layers to avoid floor-burn on knees/shoulders. Knee pads and paws optional.

Adults: movable dance clothes to see alignment and maximize range of motion

Hip Hop

Male, Female, and Adults: Athletic, move-able clothing. We recommend wearing pants and bringing knee pads to class each week. As for hip hop footwear we recommend tennis shoes, vans, pumas, converse, or street shoes. Please keep a pair of shoes just for dance class that aren’t worn outside. Items that are popular now are hoodies, harem pants, leggings, sweats, capris, t-shirts, and tank tops. No skirts, dresses, or jeans please! No flip flops, bare feet, open toes, sandals, or crocs. No mid-drift tops please. No dancing in bra tops or sports bras.  Dancers with long hair, please pull it back into a ponytail.  

Acro

Class Description: This class is an introduction to the fusion of Gymnastics and Dance. We will focus on many things such as basic gymnastics, flexibility, strengthening, balance, leaps, jumps, turns, illusions, and partner work. While taking this class the students will be exposed to different styles of dance like Jazz and Contemporary. Acrobatics improves control over your body, confidence in execution, and motor coordination.

Female: black leggings or black bike shorts, tank or leotard, barefoot and hair in a ponytail. No jewelry. We recommend having layers to avoid floor-burn on knees/shoulders. Knee pads and paws optional.

Male: Black basketball shorts and t-shirt. Barefoot and hair pulled back if long. No jewelry. We recommend having layers to avoid floor-burn on knees/shoulders. Knee pads and paws optional.

Musical Theatre

Female: Black leggings or black bike shorts, tank top or leotard. Hair pulled back. No jewelry. No jeans. Barefoot. A shoe may be required for show/performance costume after December.

Male: Black basketball shorts and a t-shirt. Hair, if long, pulled away from the face. No jewelry. No jeans. Barefoot. A shoe may be required for show/performance costume after December

Tap

Female: Black leggings or black bike shorts, tank top or leotard. Hair pulled back. No jewelry. Tap shoes.

Male: Black basketball shorts and a t-shirt. Hair, if long, pulled away from the face. Tap shoes.

Jr. Performance Team

Females
Upper body: Girls basic racerback tank top (Turquoise)Discount dance supply (CLICK HERE)
Lower body: solid black leggings or bike shorts
Footwear: tan slip on jazz shoe Bloch neoflex – we recommend purchasing from Dance Theatre shop in downtown San Mateo. They only carry one tan slip on jazz shoe and this is the exact brand.  Nice for eliminating confusion.
Other: hair pulled back out of the face, no jewelry, no gum, no dancing in bra tops or sports bras

Males
Upper body: Go – Dry Performance Tee for Boys (Boogaloo Blue)
Lower body: solid black basketball shorts.
Footwear: Black slip on jazz shoe; bloch neoflex.
(These are sold at Dance Theatre shop in downtown San Mateo.)
Other: hair pulled out of the face if long, no jewelry, no gum

Jr. Hip Hop Team

Females
Upper body: Girls basic racerback tank top (Turquoise)Discount dance supply. (CLICK HERE)
Lower body: solid black pants (stretchy/athletic), solid black leggings, or solid black harem pants
Footwear: high top chuck Taylor sneakers, (black)
Other: hair pulled back out of the face, no jewelry, no gum, no dancing in bra tops or sports bras

Males
Upper body: Go – Dry Performance Tee for Boys (Boogaloo Blue)
Lower body: solid black basketball shorts, solid black pants (stretchy/athletic), solid black leggings, or solid black harem pants
Footwear: high top chuck Taylor sneakers, (black)
Other: hair pulled out of the face if long, no jewelry, no gum

Performance Team – Jazz

Females
Upper body: Girls basic racerback tank top (Turquoise)Discount dance supply (CLICK HERE)
(This tank is also available in adult sizes)
Lower body: solid black leggings or bike shorts
Footwear: tan slip on jazz shoe Bloch neoflex – we recommend purchasing from Dance Theatre shop in downtown San Mateo. They only carry one tan slip on jazz shoe and this is the exact brand.  Nice for eliminating confusion.
Other: hair pulled back out of the face, no jewelry, no gum, no dancing in bra tops or sports bras

Males
Upper body: Go – Dry Performance Tee for Boys (Boogaloo Blue)
Lower body: solid black basketball shorts
Footwear: Black slip on jazz shoe; bloch neoflex.
(These are sold at Dance Theatre shop in downtown San Mateo.)
Other: hair pulled out of the face if long, no jewelry, no gum

Performance Team – Hip Hop

Females
Upper body: Girls basic racerback tank top (Turquoise)Discount dance supply. (CLICK HERE
(This tank is also available in adult sizes)
Lower body: solid black pants (stretchy/athletic), solid black leggings, or solid black harem pants
Footwear: high top chuck Taylor sneakers, (black)
Other: hair pulled back out of the face, no jewelry, no gum, no dancing in bra tops or sports bras

Males
Upper body: Go – Dry Performance Tee for Boys (Boogaloo Blue)
Lower body: solid black basketball shorts, solid black pants (stretchy/athletic), solid black leggings, or solid black harem pants
Footwear: high top chuck Taylor sneakers, (black)
Other: hair pulled out of the face if long, no jewelry, no gum

Small Group – Lyrical Team

Females
Upper body: Girls basic racerback tank top (Turquoise)Discount dance supply (CLICK HERE)
(This tank is also available in adult sizes)
Lower body: solid black leggings or bike shorts
Footwear: tan slip on jazz shoe, half shoe/pirouette, or barefoot.
Other: hair pulled back out of the face, no jewelry, no gum, no dancing in bra tops or sports bras

Dance Theatre Shop - San Mateo

PCPA has partnered with DiscountDance.com to offer discounts for our families. Use the Teacher ID: 101020 at checkout. 

Dance Theatre Shop - San Mateo

Dance Theatre Shop will have back to school sales the entire month of August. We especially recommend them for shoes. DTS carries both boys and girls dance attire. Located on B st. in downtown San Mateo. 

PCPA Apparel

PCPA gear is available through our website. We will be designing new items throughout the season to be sure to check back or follow us on social media to keep up with new items.