Creativity and Community Through Dance

Classes and Workshops

Welcome to the home of our current offerings at Ballet Wolcott. Thank you for visiting! You will find information regarding tuition and fees, important dates, general class policies, and required class attire by using the links above this greeting.  Students must pre-register for all classes, workshops, and intensives.  Unless otherwise noted, classes, workshops, and intensives will be held at the Wolcott Town Hall.  

Summer classes willl soon be updated. We are ironing out the final details.

*Be sure to check class attire at the bottom of this page.


Ongoing Classes

*Because dance training is linked to an individual's unique development, each student progresses at his or her own rate.  Most students can expect to take two to three years to complete a level before moving up to the next one.  Please, check with Brandy to find out your child's placement in class.
 

Summer 2017


Tuesdays

Creative Ballet with Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez

Ages 5-7
3:30-4:30 PM
June 20-August 1, 2017
*No class will be held on July 4, 2017.
 

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Children will learn ballet basics while engaging in games, stories, and dances that encourage their imagination and creativity.
Tuition: $75.00

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Charlotte Feinberg

Ages 11 and up (or with teacher recommendation)
4:30-6:00 PM

June 20-August 1, 2017
*No class will be held on July 4, 2017.
 

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This course will offer the student who wants more from dance the opportunity to learn more material, improve dance technique, and condition the body for pointe work and men's work. As a result of more frequent practice, students will learn how to dance efficiently in order to prevent injuries while developing a great pride in their work.  Students who take this class are encouraged to take Brandy's Thursday ballet class to supplement the work done here.
Tuition: $81.00

Pointe/Pre-pointe with Charlotte Feinberg

Teacher Recommendation Only
6:00-6:30 PM
June 20-August 1, 2017
*No class will be held on July 4, 2017.

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This class must be taken twice a week with a ballet class.  Students will condition their bodies for dancing in pointe shoes.  This requires a willingness to work hard and really focus on dancing with the best technique possible. Students who are not yet wearing pointe shoes may attend this class (by teacher recommendation only) and be evaluated for possible beginning pointe, this fall.  Students who are already en pointe will learn warm-up and conditioning exercises as well as additional "pointe work."
Tuition: $42.00

 

Learn to Choreograph Dances with Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez

Ages 11 and up
6:45-7:45 PM
June 20-August 1, 2017
*No class will be held on July 4, 2017.
 

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Learn about the different methods that professional choreographers use to create their dances; and, explore new ways of finding inspiration for your own individual pieces.  Dancers will have the opportunity to present pieces at a public performance.
Tuition: $75.00


Wednesdays

Kids Tap & Jazz with Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez 

Ages 8-10 or with teacher recommendation
3:30-4:30 PM
June 21-July 26, 2017 
 

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Explore the world of popular dance as well as making music with your body! Dancing to age appropriate pop music, students will learn the fundamentals of jazz dance and build upon them when they add tap shoes to create sound with their movement.Tuition:  $75.00

Summer Ballet & Lyrical Enrichment with Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez

Ages 8-10 or with teacher recommendation
4:45-6:15 PM
June 21-July 26, 2017 

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Students will spend an hour learning classical ballet barre, center, and traveling combinations that will help them build and maintain  grace, strength, and flexibility. Afterwards, they will learn expressive, creative combos and explore the meaning of lyrics to create movement from the heart. 
Tuition:  $81.00


Thursdays

Kids' Tap & Jazz with Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez 

Ages 5-7
3:30-4:30 PM
June 22-August 3, 2017
 

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Explore the world of popular dance as well as making music with your body! Dancing to age appropriate pop music, students will learn the fundamentals of jazz dance and build upon them when they add tap shoes to create sound with their movement.  Tuition: $75.00

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet with Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez

Ages 11 and up (or with teacher recommendation)
4:30-6:00 PM
June 22-August 3, 2017
*No class will be held on July 20, 2017.

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Dancers will continue to work towards dancing efficiently and accurately, while learning more difficult material.  Students must be mature and focused in this class for kids who have a passion for dance.  Students who take this class are encouraged to take Charlotte Feinberg's Tuesday ballet class to supplement the work done here.
Tuition:  $81.00  

Pointe/Pre-pointe with Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez  

Teacher Recommendation Only
6:00-6:30 PM
June 22-August 3, 2017
*No class will be held on July 20, 2017.

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This class must be taken twice a week with a ballet class.  Students will condition their bodies for dancing in pointe shoes.  This requires a willingness to work hard and really focus on dancing with the best technique possible. Students who are not yet wearing pointe shoes may attend this class (by teacher recommendation only) and be evaluated for possible beginning pointe, this fall.  Students who are already en pointe will learn warm-up and conditioning exercises as well as additional "pointe work."
Tuition:  $42.00 

 

Lyrical with Taryn Colby 

Ages 10 and up
6:30-7:30 PM
June 22-August 3, 2017
*No class will be held on July 20, 2017.
 

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Express yourself, learn creative combos, and explore the meaning of lyrics to create movement from the heart. 
Tuition:  $75.00

 

Hip Hop with Casey English

Ages 8 and up
7:30-8:30 PM
June 22-August 3, 2017
*No class will be held on July 20, 2017.
 

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In this high energy class, dancers will learn Caribbean influenced, modern hip hop, as well as traditional hip hop styles.  Hip Hop will be a fun and unique way to expand the dancers' experience while strengthening and conditioning the body to be able to perform this style of dance.  Be ready to work hard and have a lot of fun! 
Tuition:  $75.00


Fridays

Ballet Wolcott Youth Company 

Ages 8 and up 
4:00-6:15 PM
*Youth Company will only meet for specific rehearsals, throughout the summer.  We will not meet weekly until September.

 

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Through the Youth Company, Ballet Wolcott continues to offer creativity and community through dance by providing young, dedicated dancers the opportunity to enrich their lives by learning in a positive and supportive atmosphere. Led by the directors and faculty of Ballet Wolcott, our Youth Company was created for dedicated dancers who would like to dance and perform outside of regular classes and performances. Dancers in the Youth Company will have the opportunity to dance in shows in the community as well as perform as soloists, principal dancers, and corps de ballet in Ballet Wolcott's performances.
Dancers who want to join the Youth Company should have a hunger to dance and a willingness to try a variety of forms of dance. While ballet remains the heart of our training, dancers will have the opportunity to learn and perform other genres of dance such as jazz, lyrical, tap, modern, hip hop and ethnic dances for our holiday shows, Spring Performance, and community engagements.  By featuring their talents within the community, dancers can truly shine and share their love of dance and performing with others.
Being a member of a dance company comes with some responsibility.
Members must be committed to attending rehearsals and performances. Members are required to attend all Friday 4:00-6:15 PM rehearsals throughout the September 2016-May 2017 season.  This requires full commitment from dancers as well as their families. The rehearsal process includes technical training as well as learning repertory.   More than four absences in one eight week period will result in a dancer being put on probation. Five or more absences will result in the possibility of dismissing the dancer from the company. 
Members need to be at least 8 years old as well as enrolled in and attending at least one ballet class per week at Ballet Wolcott.
Members must pay a yearly rehearsal fee of $100.00.

 

 


Summer Workshops and Intensives

Stories in Motion Workshop with Analou Hathaway, Helene Nilsen, & Brandy Ofciarcik Perez

Age: 3-5
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
July 10-14, 2017
Please, pre-register for this course by July 1, 2017!  
 

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Children will spend their mornings, learning about ballet, exploring the animal world with creative stretching, playing games to help them learn about their bodies and movement,  and creating their very own fairytales, costumes, and crafts to show off their stories in a peformance at the end of the week.  Bring a healthy snack and water bottle.
Tuition:  $200.00

August Ballet Intensive with Jennifer Wiley, Christine Harris, Robert Royce, and Jesse Tidquist

Age: 11 and up (and well focused 10 year olds with ballet experience)
9:00 AM-5:15 PM
August 7-11, 2017
Please, pre-register for this course by June 30, 2017!  
 

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This unique opportunity will provide students with the highest quality training!
Spend the week immersed in dance! Study classical ballet technique, Graham Technique, pointe work, partnering, and hip hop for a public performance at the end of the week. This intensive is geared towards serious students who have plenty of ballet experience, are well focused, and are dedicated to dance. Bring your own bag lunch, healthy snack, and water bottle.
Tuition:  $350.00

Dance Teachers' Workshop with Jennifer Wiley

Age: Adults and Mature Teens
5:30-7:30 PM   Ballet for Intermediate/Advanced Students
August 7-11, 2017
7:30-8:30 PM  Ballet for Young Students and Beginners
August 7-9, 2017
Please, pre-register for this course by June 30, 2017!  
 

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This exciting class offers students the opportunity to explore advanced ballet technique with an exceptional instructor.  Learn how to teach clean and precise ballet technique to your dance students.  Cecchetti method grades 5 and 6 as well as advanced supplemental work such as pointe and men's work will be presented for dance instructors, those who hope to one day teach dance, and for experienced dancers who would like to learn more about dance technique.
Intermediate/Advanced Tuition:  $175.00  Young/Beginners Tuition:  $75.00

 


Class Tuition & Fees

  • Ongoing Classes, September 6, 2016 through May 21, 2017 (31 weeks)

    • 1 hour class:  Details Soon
    • 1 hour & 15 minute class:  Details Soon
    • 1 hour & 30 minute class:  Details Soon
    • 30 minute class:  Details Soon
  • Summer Classes, Workshop Series, Master Classes, and Intensives will be priced individually.
  • Other Fees

    Drop-in Rates
    30 minutes-$10.00 per class
    1 hour-1.25 hours-$15.00 per class
    1.5 hours-$18.00 per class  

    Rehearsal Fee (paid once yearly)
    Details  Soon

Rehearsal Fees can be paid on the first day of classes or due by March 1, 2018.

Payment in full is due on the first day of the class.

Monthly payment plans are available and must be applied for by the first week of classes in order for students to attend class. If payments are not being made, the student may be asked to discontinue classes until payments are caught up.

There are no refunds. Tuition may be applied to future classes.

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Important Dates

Ballet Wolcott Summer Classes:  June 19-August 4, 2017  *Details above!
August Ballet Intensive:  Monday, August 7-Friday, August 11, 2017
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GENERAL POLICIES

Information

For the latest information on classes, workshops, and events, visit us on face-book, www.balletwolcott.com or check the bulletin board in the hallway at the Wolcott Town Hall. Much of our information is distributed by e-mail. Please, make sure that Ballet Wolcott has your most recent e-mail address. If you are unable to consistently access the internet, please, visit our bulletin board in the hallway at the Wolcott Town Hall for updates. Please, read all announcements so that you are up to date on any news and changes. Feel free to contact Helene and Brandy with any questions and concerns you may have.  Contact information for Helene Nilsen, Administrative Director and Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez, Artistic Director is listed below:
Helene Nilsen, Administrative Director: (802)888-5891, ext. 2 HSNilsen@comcast.net
Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez, Artistic Director: (802)249-9278 BrandyBalletWolcott@gmail.com

Registration: Students must pre-register for all classes and intensives.  Students will be notified of any class or rehearsal cancellations by telephone. If we are not able to reach a student by telephone, we will e-mail.

Tuition: For current prices, please, read above. Prices will also be included in our handbook and most current brochure. Payments are required to participate in classes and are due in full by the first day of classes. Cash or checks are payable to Ballet Wolcott.  You may give your payment to your teacher or mail it along with your registration to Ballet Wolcott, PO Box 151, Wolcott, VT 05680. We do not accept credit cards. Payment plans are available and should be filled out and turned in within one month of registering for any class/workshop. There are no refunds unless Ballet Wolcott cancels an entire course or workshop. Unused tuition may be applied towards future classes.

Attendance: Attendance is required at all scheduled rehearsals and classes. There will be no refunds for missed classes. Students may make up missed classes within 30 days. Please, discuss with Brandy what classes your child may attend in order to make up a missed class. Make-up classes may not be carried over to the next semester.

Absences: Ballet Wolcott staff will contact the parents of students who miss 3 or more classes in a row. If students miss 5 or more classes in one semester, the student may be asked to step down from roles in performances, pointe work, and Youth Company.

Cancellations: For information regarding class cancellations, visit the news page on our website or call Brandy or Helene. If the public schools are canceled due to dangerous weather, classes will automatically be canceled. Classes will be held on teacher in-service days
and most state/national holidays.  Ballet Wolcott reserves the right to cancel a class or workshop due to low enrollment.  Six or more paying students must be enrolled in a class in order for it to run.

Read "Important Dates" to see when classes are being held or cancelled on state holidays. If you are unsure if classes are being held, please, contact Helene or Brandy.

Parking: We politely ask families to park in the large parking lot to the right of the post office. When too many cars park in front of or near the post office, it prevents the postal trucks from parking close enough to load and unload mail. It also blocks access to the mailbox in front of the building.

Arriving and Leaving Your Class: When arriving and leaving your class, please be aware that another class may be in session and show them the respect that you would have them show you. Please, enter and exit the studio quietly so that dance students may hear their music and teacher.
Parents must promptly pick up their children when classes and rehearsals have ended. Please, check your rehearsal schedule or class schedule to learn the time that the rehearsal or class ends.
In order to prevent injury and to allow for students to access the dance studio, please, line up shoes and boots neatly in the hallway; and, hang up your coat (and other clothing) on the coatrack.

Lateness: To allow preparation before class, students should arrive 15 minutes before class begins. It is very important for students' safety to be present for the warm-up (first 20 minutes of class). Lateness also disrupts the class, distracting the students as well as the instructors.

Classroom Etiquette:
Please, enter and exit the studio quietly.
Please, do not wear street shoes in the dance studio.
Please, do not loiter in the bathrooms.  Be respectful of others who may need to use them.
Please, do not go up on the stage unless it is story-time.
No food or gum is allowed in the dance studio. Water only.
Students must be wearing the dress code for their class. Please, see “Class Attire,” below, for your child's requirements.
Students are asked to pay respectful attention to their instructors. For younger students who may have a difficult time with this, parents may be asked to attend class and supervise them.

Class Placement:  Students are evaluated during the months of September, December, and April in order to determine their proper placement in class levels. Faculty may consider age, class attendance, a student's individual progression, negative/positive attitude, and ability to focus, among other criteria. Students normally spend two to three years in one level. New students should contact Brandy for a recommendation.

Injury and Medical Conditions:  Parents/Guardians and dancers must make any injuries and medical conditions known to the instructor of the class being taken.

Food/ Drinks: Please, no food in the dance studio. Healthy food may be consumed in the kitchen and foyer during breaks and lunches. Water only in the dance studio, please.  Students/Parents who are preparing and eating meals at the Wolcott Town Hall must clean up after themselves. Please, do your dirty dishes, sweep crumbs off of the floor, and cover open containers of food. We do not want to attract pests.  


Electronics: Please, safely stowe your electronics so that they are not damaged during class. Please, do not bring cell phones, tablets or computers into the studio. They may not be used during class time or rehearsals unless permission is given by a teacher or director (to call a parent for a ride home, to record a dance to practice, or to play a specific song).
If a cell phone or any other electronic device is found we will try to identify the owner by calling the parents/guardians in the contact list. If we cannot access this information, we will send out an email trying to describe the device. You will be expected to provide proof of ownership.

Safety: Please do not leave young children unattended in the lobby, on the stage, bathrooms, kitchen or outside. Children may not go onto the stage unless it is during an approved activity, such as “Story Time” in Stories in Motion and Pre-ballet.

Class Attire:  See below for appropriate attire for each class.  For the safety and comfort of our students, proper dance attire and hair styles are required for every class. No jewelery may be worn in children's classes. Please, leave the jewelry at home or hold it for your child so that it is not lost or stolen. No jeans or “jeggings” may be worn to dance classes.  Warm-ups and ballet skirts are allowed at the discretion of the instructor, but must be removed by the time dancers are warm (usually by ronde de jambe's at the ballet barre or 20 minutes into class).  Please, talk to us if you are unable to locate the proper dance attire for your class. We do have some on hand.  For purchasing attire, we highly recommend Lines for the Body in Williston, which is a local dance wear boutique owned and run by a dancer; and, the service is excellent. 
Also, http://www.discountdance.com/ has a great selection of dance wear as well as a list of Ballet Wolcott's required attire, use discount code: TP74681.

Rehearsals and Performances:

Each spring Ballet Wolcott Youth Company and the students of Ballet Wolcott produce a story ballet complete with lighting, scenery, costumes, and props. This requires commitment from Ballet Wolcott families and students.
Rehearsals are times scheduled for practice and preparation for performance. Class is time to practice technique and develop strength to execute movement vocabulary properly. Some of class time will be used to learn choreography for a performance; but, extra rehearsals will always be necessary. Dancers begin rehearsing many weeks in advance of the show. When we perform dance-stories or ballets, several classes may work as a team to present a quality performance to our community.
Bright lights, a new sound system, and the stage itself can be overwhelming to a young student. Allowing them to work in the space beforehand will help them to become comfortable in the space and allow them to do their best when show time comes.
Rehearsals outside of class time will be limited for our youngest students so that participants are not overwhelmed. Please make an extra effort to save rehearsal times as soon as you are notified of them. Ballet Wolcott chooses to work this way so that our students have the opportunity to fully enjoy the process of creating and preparing a performance they can be proud of.
All rehearsal schedules will be e-mailed to parents, posted on the website and bulletin board, and available in print on the tables at the studio.
Regular attendance to class is extremely important for Stories in Motion and Pre-Ballet during March, April, and May as students finish learning dances for the Spring Performance.
Students in Ballet 1, 2, 3, and 4 must attend all rehearsals. If a student is unable to be present when scheduled, he or she may lose their role or the opportunity to perform.

Assignment of Roles in Performances:

Some roles in Ballet Wolcott productions may be auditioned. Others may be assigned by the director/choreographer. Please, understand that there are many components which are carefully considered when assigning roles: technical ability, a student's natural movement inclinations, stage presence, class attendance, negative/positive attitude, willingness to work hard, ability to attend rehearsals, and more. Parents and students are expected to respect the judgment of the Artistic Director and give their best to the role they are given as well as be supportive of their fellow dancers. We cannot guarantee any specific part to any specific person.
Characters will be separated into Primary and Secondary Roles.  Students who are playing Primary Roles will be required to perform in both shows of the Spring Performance.  Primary Roles will not be double cast.  If you are cast in a Primary Role and know that you will be unable to perform at both shows, please, contact Helene Nilsen or Brandy Ofciarcik-Perez immediately.
Your child has the freedom to decline a role; however, we may not have another alternate role to offer.
Students in Ballet 1, 2, 3, and 4 have the opportunity to audition for roles. Ballet 1 and 2 will audition in class on a day specified by the Artistic Director. Ballet 3 and 4 will audition on a specific day outside of class time.
Students in Stories in Motion, Pre-Ballet, Ballet 1, and Ballet 2 will be involved in a “class dance,” which they will learn during their class time.
No child will be forced into performing. Please, make it clear to your instructor or the Artistic Director that your child will not be performing in the show as early as possible. Otherwise, Ballet Wolcott will expect the performance fee to be paid in full by March 1.

Parent Volunteers:

In order for the studio and performances to run smoothly, parent/guardian volunteers are absolutely necessary. So that tasks are not placed on the shoulders of only a few, parents/guardians from all class levels will be asked to assist with specific tasks throughout the year. Individual  talents and capabilities will be kept in mind.

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CLASS ATTIRE

For more information about dancewear, visit Lines for the Body in Williston or online at linesforthebody.com
Students may also find dancewear at discountdance.com, use discount code: TP67616.  Or click here for quick access to our dress code at Discount Dance Supply.

Stories in Motion:
For girls, leotards(any color, style, brand), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers. Boys should wear dance/sweat pants or shorts, a t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. Feel free to bring your favorite costume (as long as you can comfortably dance in it) to dress up at storytime. Long hair should be pulled up and off of the neck.

Pre-Ballet:
Girls should wear a baby blue leotard (camisole or tank), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers and a neat bun. Boys should wear black dance/sweat pants or black tights, a white t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. For boys, long hair must be neatly tied back off of the face and neck.

Ballet 1:
Girls should wear a pink leotard (camisole or tank), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers and a neat bun. Boys should wear black tights, white t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. For boys, long hair must be neatly tied back off of the face and neck.

Ballet 2
Girls should wear a lavender leotard(camisole or tank), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers and a neat bun. Boys must wear black dance pants or black tights, a white t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. For boys, long hair must be neatly tied back off of the face and neck.

Ballet 3 & Ballet 3 Supplemental
​Girls must wear a royal blue leotard (camisole), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers and a neat bun. Boys must wear black tights, a white t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. For boys, long hair must be neatly tied back off of the face and neck.

Ballet 4 & Ballet 4 Supplemental
​Girls must wear a coral leotard (camisole with simple straps--No designs on the back or wrap around the neck styles), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers and a neat bun. Boys must wear black tights, a white t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. For boys, long hair must be neatly tied back off of the face and neck.

Ballet 5 & Ballet 5 Supplemental
​Girls must wear an eggplant leotard (camisole with simple straps--No designs on the back or wrap around the neck styles), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers and a neat bun. Boys must wear black tights, a white t-shirt, and black ballet shoes. For boys, long hair must be neatly tied back off of the face and neck.

Pre-pointe/Pointe
Students taking pre-pointe should wear their class leotard (see notes above), pink footed tights, and pink ballet slippers or pointe shoes (by teacher invitation only) and a neat bun.

Hip Hop
Students may wear clothing that is expressive but does not fall off of the body or restrict movement.  Clean non-skid sneakers, jazz shoes, or jazz sneakers may be worn.  No jeans or restrictive clothing, please.  Hair should be pulled off of the neck and out of the face.

Kid's Tap & Jazz, Broadway Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary Classes
Girls should wear a black (or ballet level color) leotard with black jazz pants and black tap (for tap class) shoes. Boys should wear a white or solid colored t-shirt with black jazz pants and black tap(for tap class) shoes. Long hair should be neatly pulled away from the face and off of the neck. Black jazz shoes or black ballet slippers may be worn for Broadway jazz, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary; although, students may also dance in bare feet or "foot undies." **No jeans or clothes with pockets, please.

T'ai Chi Chu'an, and other Adult Classes & Workshops
Comfortable, non-restrictive clothing.  Appropriate shoes (tap shoes for tap, ballet slippers for ballet, T'ai Chi shoes for T'ai Chi) if you have them.  

Ballet Wolcott Youth Company
Due to the wide range of styles that may be performed, dancers must provide their own clean, in tact dance attire as listed below:
Girls:  nude leotard, black camisole leotard, pink tights, nude tights, black jazz pants, pink ballet slippers, black ballet slippers or jazz shoes, and  pink pointe shoes if the dancer is en pointe.  If necessary:  Other undergarments must be nude in color.  Hair supplies for a bun:  non-colored/hair matching elastics, bobby/hair pins, hair matching hair net.
Boys:  black footed tights, black jazz pants, white dance T-shirt, white ballet slippers, black ballet slippers or jazz shoes.  If hair is not worn short, it must be pulled back away from the face in a low pony tail (hair matching elastic) or slicked back with gel (for performances).
*Girls and Boys may wear "Foot Undies" or another nude foot covering if they do not wish to dance in bare feet for modern dance and lyrical numbers.

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