dress code

Youth Dress Code

For superior in-store service, please consider visiting the following MSA sponsors and recommended retailers:

 FOOTLIGHTS | ROBCYNS | HEATHER’S | CINNAMON TREE

Most importantly, PLEASE LABEL all clothes, shoes, bags and personal belongings with your student’s name and leave expensive electronics and other valuables at home. MSA is not responsible for lost or misplaced property.

To provide the most professional experience for your children, the faculty of MSA will strictly enforce dress code attire beginning the third week of classes. Proper apparel and shoes allow students to safely perform the skills taught in class and permit teachers to observe their form and make any necessary corrections. All students must have their hair in a classical ballet bun to participate in ballet class. A $3 bun kit will be provided and charged to the account on file if a student attends ballet class without a proper bun. Hair must be worn off the neck and out of the face for all other classes.

Where a Required Style is listed, students must wear that specific item. Where a Preferred Style is listed, students may wear that specific item or another similar item fitting the description. Where no style is listed, students may wear their choice of apparel/shoes fitting the description.

* Preferred tights brand (required for performances) is Capezio Ultra Soft, in Ballet Pink and appropriate skin tone color (Light Suntan [lighter skin tones] or Dark Suntan [darker skin tones])

BALLET 

Early Childhood 1 & 2 and Primary Ballet
  • Light pink short sleeve leotard (preferred style: Theatricals N5502C), pink footed tights*
  • Pink, full-sole leather ballet shoes
  • Hair in a classical Ballet Bun
Ballet 1 & 2
  • Perfect Plum tank leotard & belt (required style: Motionwear 2643, color 470), pink footed tights*
  • Pink, split-sole leather ballet shoes
  • Black 1-inch heel Academy character shoes with snap closure (required style: So Danca RO01 or RO01A)
  • Hair in a classical Ballet Bun
Ballet 3-5
  • Vivid Rose tank leotard & belt (required style: Motionwear 2643, color 419), pink tights*
  • Pink, split-sole leather ballet shoes
  • Level 3 & 5 only: Black 1.5-inch heel Academy character shoes with snap closure (required style: So Danca RO01 [Child], RO02 or RO42 [Adult])
  • Hair in a classical Ballet Bun
Ballet 6+ and Teen Levels
  • Black tank/camisole leotard (required style: Motionwear 2643, Capezio CC110, CC202 or TC0053W or Theatricals N5501), pink tights*
  • Pink, split-sole leather ballet shoes
  • Hair in a classical Ballet Bun
Ballet Conservatory
  • Black tank leotard (required style: Motionwear 2643, Capezio TC0053W or CC202 or Theatricals N5501) and belt, pink tights*
  • Pink, split-sole leather ballet shoes
  • Additional ballet shoes and apparel may be required as directed by the teacher
  • Hair in a classical Ballet Bun

COMBINATION CLASSES

Tutus & Taps, Pre-Primary 1 & 2 and Combination 1
  • Light pink short sleeve leotard (preferred style: Theatricals N5502C), pink footed tights*
  • Pink full-sole leather ballet shoes
  • Black Mary Jane tap shoes with Velcro; no ties please
Combination 2
  • Black short sleeve leotard (preferred style: Theatricals N5502C), skin tone footed tights*
  • Black oxford-style tap shoes
  • Black slip-on jazz shoes (preferred style: Bloch Super Jazz S0401G)
  • Plain black dance shorts or jazz pants are acceptable

JAZZ

  • Black leotard, skin tone tights*
  • Black slip-on jazz shoes (preferred style: Bloch Super Jazz S0401G/S0401L)
  • Plain black dance shorts, capris or jazz pants are acceptable
  • Jazz 8-10 students may wear comfortable, appropriate dance attire of choice (no bare midriffs, no loose/baggy tops or bottoms)
  • Tan slip-on jazz shoes may be required for the spring production once costumes are determined

HIP-HOP

  • Comfortable, appropriate, loose athletic attire (sweats, t-shirts, hoodies, baseball caps, etc. – no bare midriffs)
  • Clean sneakers or combat boots (street shoes are not allowed in the studios)
  • No leotards & tights please

CONTEMPORARY

  • Black leotard, skin tone or pink tights*
  • Plain black dance shorts, capris or jazz pants are acceptable
  • Bare feet or lyrical shoes/dance paws/foot undeez
  • Contemporary 4-6 students may wear form-fitting, appropriate dance attire of choice (no bare midriffs, no loose/baggy tops or bottoms)

TAP

  • Black leotard, skin tone or pink tights*
  • Black oxford-style, full sole tap shoes
  • Plain black dance shorts, capris or jazz pants are acceptable
  • Tap 8-10 students may wear comfortable, appropriate dance attire of choice (no bare midriffs)
  • Advanced dancers are encouraged to dance in Capezio K360 tap shoes or similar style
  • Advanced Broadway Tap: tan heeled tap shoes (preferred style: Capezio Manhattan 657)

MUSICAL THEATER

  • Comfortable, appropriate dance attire of choice
  • Black slip-on jazz shoes (preferred style: Bloch Super Jazz S0401G/S0401L)

ACTING

  • Comfortable, appropriate clothing that allows freedom of movement
  • Ballet or jazz shoes or bare feet (no street shoes are permitted in studios)
  • Long hair pulled back; leggings or shorts worn under skirts/dresses

BOYS/YOUNG MEN’S ATTIRE

  • White fitted shirt, black shorts
  • For Ballet 3+: White fitted shirt, black tights
  • Appropriate dance shoes (black ballet / black slip-on jazz / black oxford  tap)

ONLINE RETAILERS

MSA Dancewear Exchange Group
Join our facebook group to buy, sell and exchange your new or gently used dance shoes and apparel!

Footlights Online Shop
Automatic 10% discount applied by shopping through this link!

Discount Dance Online
Use our Teacher Code TP27446 at checkout for discounts!

LOCAL DANCEWEAR RETAILERS

Before visiting a store for a specific item, we suggest you call them to check that they carry what you are looking for and have your size in stock. Not all stores carry all items listed on our dress code.

The American Backstage Company
5380 Eisenhower Ave | Alexandria, VA 22304
703.212.8982 | www.americanbackstage.com

Cinnamon Tree
1108 Herndon Pkwy | Herndon, VA 20170
703.435.3255 | www.cinnamontreeva.com

The Dance Shoppe
14215 Centreville Square | Centreville, VA 20121
703.815.3205 | www.mydanceshoppe.com

Footlights Dance & Theatre Boutique
6448 Landsdowne Center | Alexandria, VA 22315
800.349.1186 | www.dancefootlights.com

Heather’s Dancewear Boutique
8759 Mathis Ave | Manassas, VA 20110
703.331.5964 | www.heathersdancewear.com

Liesl Dancewear
13885 Hedgewood Dr #141| Woodbridge, VA 22193
571.659.2937 | www.lieslshop.com

Robcyns
3660 King Street | Alexandria, VA 22302
703.379.7800 | www.robcyns.com