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As of 3/6/12<br />

<strong>HSA</strong> <strong>Dance</strong> <strong>Department</strong> <strong>Dress</strong> <strong>Code</strong> <strong>Guidelines</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> School of the Arts (<strong>HSA</strong>) <strong>Dance</strong> <strong>Department</strong> <strong>Dress</strong> <strong>Code</strong> is meant to inspire discipline and to<br />

support rigorous world-class training, which is consistent with the mission of the School.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> School of the Arts enriches the lives of young people and their families through<br />

world-class training in the arts. - Mission Statement<br />

<strong>The</strong> current dress code was achieved after a great amount of research into the School's history and<br />

discussions with former and current staff members and esteemed faculty from <strong>HSA</strong>, <strong>The</strong> Ailey School,<br />

<strong>Dance</strong> <strong>The</strong>atre of <strong>Harlem</strong>, <strong>The</strong> Cecchetti Council of America, and other high-caliber dance institutions<br />

across the country. Our dress code is completely in line with the standard in the dance world. <strong>The</strong> dress<br />

code will on occasion may be updated to make sure that it continues to celebrate diversity while instilling<br />

the discipline and uniformity required for young aspiring dancers. <strong>Dance</strong> requires DISCIPLINE from the<br />

moment you walk into a dance studio.<br />

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All dance students are required to wear the appropriate attire that is specified for the dance<br />

class that they are taking, without exception.<br />

A dance belt for boys is for protective support (similar to a jock strap in other sports) and<br />

should be worn for all dance classes.<br />

No jewelry may be worn except very small earrings or studs.<br />

White T-shirts and tank tops should fit snugly and be tucked in<br />

All ballet slippers should be fitted by the teachers or head of dance department. Elastics<br />

should be tucked in and sewn on. In general shoes and socks must match as well as shoes<br />

and tights.<br />

Tights come in many different styles, please review carefully the dress code details regarding<br />

tights. Convertible tights are those with a small pre-designed slit under the foot. <strong>The</strong>se can<br />

cover the full foot fully for ballet or rolled up above the ankle for African or Modern<br />

Hair:<br />

If you are not sure if your child's hair adheres to our guidelines indicated below, please speak to<br />

the Director of the <strong>Dance</strong> <strong>Department</strong>.<br />

○ Ladies – Preferably neatly pulled back into a bun (for longer hair) or French twist (for shorter<br />

hair). Some braided hairstyles that are pulled back or designed to look like a bun or French<br />

Twist are allowed but must be approved by Director of the <strong>Dance</strong> <strong>Department</strong>. Hair that is too<br />

short for a bun or French Twist must be pulled back away from face, off of neck, and above<br />

the ears. Loose bangs, fly away, messy, and hanging hair is not allowed.<br />

○ Gentlemen - Short and cut neat without designs. Braids, ponytails, and long, hanging, loose,<br />

hair are not allowed.<br />

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As of 3/6/12<br />

Students are not allowed to walk around <strong>HSA</strong> in their leotards and tights; this attire is for inside the<br />

studios during class. Please remind your children to cover up with at least one garment and wear shoes<br />

to protect their feet until they are inside the studio.<br />

If a student arrives to class without the proper dance attire, they will not be allowed to take class. Instead,<br />

they will be asked to sit down, watch and take notes. If a student repeatedly (2 or more times) wears<br />

inappropriate dance attire to class, the teacher will meet with both the parent and the student to discuss the<br />

importance of the dress code. If the situation persists, the child will be dismissed from the class.<br />

NOTE: All hair styles, leotards, tights, socks, and shoes must be approved by the <strong>Dance</strong> Program<br />

Director. Any exceptions to the <strong>HSA</strong> <strong>Dance</strong> <strong>Department</strong> <strong>Dress</strong> <strong>Code</strong> is at the discretion of the <strong>Dance</strong><br />

Program Director and CEO.<br />

<strong>The</strong> dress code will be strictly enforced<br />

<strong>HSA</strong> Nondiscrimination policy: <strong>The</strong> <strong>Harlem</strong> School of the Arts admits all students of any race,<br />

color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities<br />

generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis<br />

of race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its education policies,<br />

admissions, scholarship programs or any other school-administered programs.<br />

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As of 3/6/12<br />

<strong>HSA</strong> DANCE DEPARTMENT<br />

<strong>Dress</strong> <strong>Code</strong><br />

In order to maintain a standard of excellence in dance instruction, every <strong>HSA</strong> <strong>Dance</strong> student must adhere<br />

to the <strong>Dress</strong> <strong>Code</strong> <strong>Guidelines</strong> and the following for each class:<br />

Ages 2-3<br />

TINY MOVES AND BABY SAMBA<br />

Girls: Pink short sleeve leotard, footless pink tights, and bare feet.<br />

Boys:<br />

White fitted T-shirt, comfortable gym shorts, and bare feet.<br />

Ages 4-6<br />

LITTLE LEAPS I & II, NIMBLE JACKS, AND MINI- TAPS<br />

Girls: Pink short sleeve leotard, pink convertible tights that cover the foot, pink ballet slippers.<br />

Black tap shoes for tap classes.<br />

Boys:<br />

White fitted T-shirt, black biker shorts or black gym shorts, bare feet. Black socks and<br />

black tap shoes for tap classes<br />

Ages 7-17<br />

AFRICAN AND AFRO-CARIBBEAN<br />

Ladies: Black short sleeve leotard, pink convertible tights rolled up above ankle, *Lapa, and<br />

bare feet.<br />

Gentlemen:<br />

White fitted tank top, *African print pants, dance belt, bare feet.<br />

*Lapas and African print pants can be ordered through the school.<br />

BALLET<br />

Ladies:<br />

Gentlemen:<br />

Black short sleeve leotard, pink seamless tights that cover the foot, pink ballet slippers,<br />

pink point shoes.<br />

White fitted tank tops, black tights that cover the foot, dance belt, white socks, white<br />

ballet slippers. Shoes must match socks.<br />

DISCOVER DANCE 1 & 2<br />

Ladies: Black short sleeve leotard, pink convertible* tights, pink ballet slippers.<br />

3<br />

Gentlemen: White fitted tank tops, black convertible* tights, dance belt, white socks, white ballet<br />

slippers. Shoes and socks must match.<br />

*Convertible tights can be rolled up above ankle for bare foot work.


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DYNAMIC DANCE FOR BOYS<br />

Gentlemen: White tank top, black biker shorts or black gym shorts, dance belt, bare feet.<br />

HIP-HOP<br />

Ladies:<br />

Black short sleeve leotard or <strong>HSA</strong> T-shirt, black sweat pants, black socks, black dance<br />

sneakers. Black converse or indoor sneakers allowed. No outdoor sneakers allowed.<br />

Gentlemen: White T-shirts or <strong>HSA</strong> T-shirt, black sweat pants, dance belt, black socks, black dance<br />

sneakers preferred. Black Converse and other black sneakers are ok but must be worn<br />

only in the studio and not in the street. No outdoor sneakers allowed.<br />

JAZZ AND MUSICAL THEATRE PROJECT<br />

Ladies: Black short sleeve leotard, black jazz pants, thin black socks, black jazz shoes.<br />

Gentlemen: White fitted T-shirts, black jazz pants, dance belt, thin black socks, black jazz shoes.<br />

MODERN<br />

Ladies:<br />

Gentlemen:<br />

TAP<br />

Ladies:<br />

Gentlemen:<br />

Black short sleeve leotard, black convertible tights, bare feet.<br />

White fitted tank tops, black convertible tights, dance belt, bare feet.<br />

Black short sleeve leotard, pink tights and optional black dance skirt, thin black socks<br />

(if black jazz pants are worn), flat black tap shoes.<br />

White fitted tank tops, black jazz pants, dance belt, thin black socks, black tap shoes.<br />

Please note that undergarments should not be worn under ladies' leotards!<br />

An extra nude color camisole style leotard may be worn as needed.<br />

CAPEZIO AUTHORIZED RETAILERS<br />

<strong>Dress</strong> code garments and shoes can be purchased at Capezio at the following locations:<br />

1. Capezio, 1650 Broadway at 51st Street 212.245.2130 10% <strong>HSA</strong><br />

discount<br />

2. Lee’s Boutique, Inc. 276 West 125th, (Between 7 th and 8 th ) 212.749.4590<br />

3. Capezio, 136 EAST 61st at Lexington Avenue 212.758.8833<br />

4. Capezio, 201 Amsterdam at 69th Street 212.586.5140<br />

5. Capezio, 1651 3rd Avenue 212.348.7210<br />

6. JoAnne’s Boutique, 44 West 125 th Street 212.749.4590<br />

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