BABC Dress Code

Bay Area Ballet Conservatory enforces a dress code to ensure our teachers are able to see students' alignment and positioning. Our traditional dress code is also intended to impart discipline and minimize distraction. We expect our students to be in dress code within two weeks of enrollment or level change.

For your dancer’s safety, no jewelry, watches, Fitbits, or long finger nails are permitted. Stud earrings are acceptable. 

BABC has a very limited supply of uniform items on hand for purchase. Please contact school@bayareabc.com to inquire if items are available or where to purchase items.

Primary Division - Ballet

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Parent & Me

  • Pink leather full sole ballet shoes or socks. Shoes are recommended.

  • Any dance or movement clothing that allows a freedom of movement!

  • Hair pulled out of face (ballet bun, pony tail, etc.)

Creative Movement

  • Pink leather full sole ballet shoes.

  • Any dance clothing (leotard, tights). Please, no tutus. Ballet skirts are okay.

  • Hair in ballet bun or pony tail.

Ballet & Tap Combo

  • Pink leather full sole ballet shoes.

  • Black Mary-Jane style tap shoes.

  • Thin white turn cuff “bobby” socks - no frills/lace. No thick athletic socks.

  • Pink cap sleeve Mirella leotard M515c.

  • No undergarments should be worn/visible under leotard.

  • Hair in neat bun, with invisible hair net.

Pre Ballet 1 & 2

  • Pink leather full sole ballet shoes.

  • Thin white turn cuff “bobby” socks - no frills/lace. No thick athletic socks.

  • Pink cap sleeve Mirella Leotard M515C.

  • No undergarments should be worn/visible under leotard.

  • Hair in neat bun, with invisible hair net.

Level 1A

  • Pink leather full sole ballet shoes.

  • Thin white turn cuff “bobby” socks - no frills/lace. No thick athletic socks.

  • Lilac cap sleeve Mirella leotard M515C.

  • No undergarments should be worn/visible under leotard.

  • Hair in neat bun, with invisible hair net

Level 1B

  • Pink leather full sole ballet shoes.

  • Pale pink ballet tights, footed or convertible footed. Tights should be matte, without any design, and without a seam/band at the thigh.

  • Seafoam cap sleeve Mirella leotard M515C.

  • No undergarments should be worn/visible under leotard.

  • Hair in neat bun, with invisible hair net.

Primary Division Boys

  • White t-shirt, tucked in, or white cap sleeved boys leotard.

  • Black leggings or black biker shorts. (Black leggings required for performances)

  • White thin socks, long enough to cover ankles.

  • White leather full sole ballet shoes.

  • Hair neatly combed.

 

During colder months, Ballet & Tap Combo, Pre Ballet 1, Pre Ballet 2, Level 1A  and Level 1B may purchase Theatricals TH5514C Wrap Sweater in White.

No other warm-ups permitted.

Dance Division - Ballet

 

Elementary Ballet

  • Pink leather full sole ballet shoes.

  • Pale pink ballet tights, footed or convertible footed. Tights should be matte, without any design, and without a seam/band at the thigh.

  • Black cap sleeve Mirella Leotard M515C or M515L.

  • No undergarments should be worn/visible under leotard.

  • Hair in neat bun, with invisible hair net.

Intermediate Ballet

  • Pink leather full sole ballet shoes.

  • Pale pink ballet tights, footed or convertible footed. Tights should be matte, without any design, and without a seam/band at the thigh.

  • Black cap sleeve Mirella Leotard M515C or M515L.

  • No undergarments should be worn/visible under leotard.

  • Hair in neat bun, with invisible hair net.

Advanced Ballet

  • Pink canvas split sole ballet shoes.

  • Pale pink ballet tights, footed or convertible footed. Tights should be matte, without any design, and without a seam/band at the thigh.

  • Any style black leotard. No leotards with sheer midriffs.

  • No undergarments should be worn/visible under leotard.

  • Hair in neat bun, with invisible hair net.

Dance Division Boys' & Mens' Dress Code (ballet)

  • White cap sleeve t-shirt, tucked in, or white cap sleeve men's leotard. White long sleeve athletic compression shirt may be worn in colder months.

  • White thin socks, long enough to cover ankles.

  • Dance belt for boys ages 10+.

  • Elementary & Intermediate - white full sole leather ballet shoes.

  • Advanced Ballet - white canvas split sole ballet shoes.

During colder months, Dance Division Ballet Students may purchase Theatricals TH5514C (child) or Bloch Z0910 (Adult) Wrap Sweater in Black. No other warm-ups permitted.

Pre-Professional Division - Ballet

 

Level 2

  • Light blue camisole Mirella M207C leotard.

  • Pale pink convertible ballet tights. Tights should be matte, without any design, and without a seam/band at the thigh.

  • Pink leather full sole ballet shoes.

  • No undergarments should be worn/visible under leotard.

  • Hair in neat bun, with invisible hair net.

(Level 2 students may also wear last year’s uniform leotard - Mirella M201C in light blue. However, all students must have the M207C in light blue for the year-end student concert.)

Level 3

  • Royal blue camisole Mirella M207C leotard.

  • Pale pink ballet convertible tights. Tights should be matte, without any design, and without a seam/band at the thigh.

  • Pink leather full sole ballet shoes.

  • No undergarments should be worn/visible under leotard.

  • Hair in neat bun, with invisible hair net.

(Level 3 students may also wear last year’s uniform leotard - Mirella M201C in royal blue. However, all students must have the M207C in royal blue for the year-end student concert.)

Level 4A

  • Navy spaghetti strap Mirella M207C or M207LD leotard.

  • Pale pink ballet convertible tights. Tights should be matte, without any design, and without a seam/band at the thigh.

  • Pink canvas split-sole ballet shoes.

  • No undergarments should be worn/visible under leotard.

  • Hair in neat bun, with invisible hair net.

  • Medium to hard strength TheraBand.

(Level 4A students may also wear last year’s uniform leotard - Mirella M201C or Mirella M201LD in navy blue. However, all students must have the M207C or M207LD in navy blue for the year-end student concert.)

Level 4B

  • Burgundy spaghetti strap BalTogs BT5170 leotard in burgundy. *

  • Pale pink ballet tights, convertible footed. Tights should be matte, without any design, and without a seam/band at the thigh.

  • Pink canvas split - sole ballet shoes.

  • No undergarments should be worn/visible under leotard.

  • Hair in neat bun, with invisible hair net.

  • Medium to hard strength TheraBand.

Level 4B students may also wear last year’s uniform leotard - Mirella 201C or 201LD in burgundy. However, all students must have the BalTog BT5170 in burgundy for the year-end student concert.

*Level 4B BalTogs BT5170 is not currently available at our local dance wear stores, but is available for purchase at discountdance.com.

Level 5

  • Garnet spaghetti strap Mirella M210LD leotard.

  • Any color / style leotard may be worn to Saturday classes or rehearsals.

  • Pink pink ballet convertible tights. Tights should be matte, without any design, and without a seam/band at the thigh.

  • Pink canvas split sole ballet shoes.

  • No undergarments should be worn/visible under leotard.

  • Hair in neat bun, with invisible hair net.

  • Medium to hard strength TheraBand.

Level 5 students may also wear last year’s uniform leotard - Mirella 201LD in garnet. However, all students must have the Mirella M210LD in garnet for the year-end student concert.

Level 6

  • Blackberry spaghetti strap Mirella M210LD leotard.

  • Any color / style leotard may be worn to Saturday classes or rehearsals.

  • Pale pink ballet convertible tights. Tights should be matte, without any design, and without a seam/band at the thigh.

  • Pink canvas split sole ballet shoes.

  • No undergarments should be worn/visible under leotard.

  • Hair in neat bun, with invisible hair net.

  • Medium to hard strength TheraBand.

Beginner I, Beginning II, Intermediate & Advanced Pointe Classes

  • Lambs wool toe pads or "bunheads" brand toe pads or similar. No gel pads.

  • Pointe shoes - with securely sewn elastic and ribbons. Students may not wear Gaynor Mindon pointe shoes without the express approval from the Artistic Director. Split-sole pointe shoes are not permitted.

  • Mirella S12 chiffon skirt (12”) in uniform color worn in pointe class.

  • Advanced pointe may wear any color 10”-12” chiffon skirt, but must have the uniform color for Year-End Concert.

  • We prefer to keep as little “stuff” in the pointe shoe’s box as possible. Therefore, "toe-spacers" are recommended only if student is feeling discomfort in the 1st MTP Joint, recommended by a doctor/physical therapist, or due to the unique shape of a dancers’s foot and needed for a proper fit.

  • Medium to hard strength TheraBand.

  • Sewing kit to keep in dance bag: (Needle, scissors, pink thread or unwaxed dental floss).

  • Foot care kit to keep in dance bag: Toe Tape (Nexcare adhesive tape recommended), Neosporin, Bandaids, toenail clippers, etc.

Pre Professional Division Boy's & Men's Dress Code (ballet)

  • White cap sleeve t-shirt, tucked in, or white cap sleeve men's leotard. White long sleeve athletic compression shirt may be worn in colder months.

  • White thin socks, long enough to cover ankles.

  • Dance belt for boys ages 10+.

  • Level 2 - 4A - white full sole leather ballet shoes.

  • Level 4B, 5 & 6 - white canvas split sole ballet shoes.

During colder months, Pre-Professional Ballet Students may wear a black wrap ballet sweater. Examples are the Theatricals TH5514C (child) or Bloch Z0910 (Adult) Wrap Sweater in Black. No other warm-ups permitted. 

Character, Modern/Contemporary, Tap, Jazz & Hip Hop Uniform

Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Character Classes

  • Uniform leotard.

  • Pink Ballet Tights, convertible. Tights should be matte, without any design, and without a seam/band at the thigh.

  • Black Character Skirt – fit below the knee.

  • 1.5 Inch Black Character Shoe.

Modern/Contemporary Classes

  • Uniform leotard.

  • Black socks.

  • Black convertible tights or leggings worn over leotard.

  • Hair in neat ballet bun or pony tail.

Tap

  • Black oxford style tap shoes.

  • Uniform leotard.

  • Black convertible tights or black leggings, worn over leotard.

  • Black low ankle cut socks.

  • Hair in neat ballet bun or pony tail.

Jazz

  • Black slip-on style split sole leather jazz Shoes. No laces.

  • Uniform leotard.

  • Black convertible tights or black leggings, worn over leotard.

Hip Hop

  • Any sneaker / tennis shoe with white or mostly white soles.

  • Clothing that allows a freedom of movement. No jeans or hoodies.

  • Hair pulled out of the face.