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Dress Code

4 Performing Arts Academy – 2023 / 2024 – DRESS CODE, POLICIES & PRACTICES

Please read and make note of the following information. All policies are final and will be strictly enforced!!. No exceptions. All students must wear the appropriate dancewear and shoes in the corresponding classes. All dancewear can be purchased at On Your Toes in Peabody!
If you have questions or concerns, please call the studio (978) 744-8277 / (978) 745-0465.



Hand in Hand – child and adult wear comfy clothes to move in and dance shoes or socks.

Intro. To Movement & Dance through level (grade) IV – light pink, leotard or dance dress (no tutus please!)
Levels (grade) V through VIII – black leotard – may wear a color coordinated skirt to match their leotard. Jazz can wear bike shorts or leggings over leotard and tights.
Advanced & All Company Classes – black leotard – may wear a color coordinated skirt to match their leotard
Contemporary – solid colored leotard & tights. leggings or bike/dance shorts
Hip Hop – leotard or t-shirt and leggings or bike shorts – for shoes a light weight indoor sneaker for class and a specified shoe for the recital (black high top converse)
Tumbling – leotard with bike shorts or leggings – bare feet is preferred instead of shoes<


All female students in all levels must wear light pink, footed or convertible tights to dance class at all times. Micro fiber tights are the type of tights that are recommended for the students to wear to class and the recital. Boys in all levels wear black thin dress type socks. For the recital some jazz and tap classes will also need tan tights.

Students in any tumbling classes other than toddler tumbling should wear convertible tights because bare feet are preferred for class.

T-shirts, tank tops, sweat shirts, sweat pants, shorts, any other kind of street clothes, costumes and dress up clothes are not allowed in dance classes at any time unless listed or for special theme days or occasions

If students do not follow these guidelines, they will be asked to leave the classroom until the situation is resolved. Light pink ballet sweaters are allowed in all classes, and tight fitting jazz or dance shorts or hemmed jazz pants are allowed in jazz or other classes listed only. Jazz pants that are too long or too large for students are not allowed. During the winter months, knit dance pants may be worn in all classes. Studio logo camisole tank tops may be worn in dance classes over leotards.



Intro. through level (grade)V – pink, soft sole ballet slippers – not dress up or Isotoner type slippers (boys all levels – black)
Levels (grade) VI through Company – pink, canvas, split sole ballet slippers must have elastics sewn on!


Kindergarten through level (grade)V – beginner black, flat tap shoes
Junior, Senior & Premier – black, flat, tie tap shoes.


Levels (grade) I through IV – Beige, leather split sole, slip on jazz shoes (no hard or cardboard soles please)
All Company Levels & Dance Team – Beige slip on jazz shoe (Please Note – Team occasionally needs a special color or type of shoe)

Hip Hop:

Black, Converse, High Tops


Levels to be determined by instructor – pink or peach pointe shoes (students should have shoes checked by instructor before sewing ribbons and elastics on to shoes)

Contemporary & Lyrical:

Start with ballet slippers and teacher will specify what shoes to purchase after classes start.


Student’s hair should ALWAYS be off of face and neck so that the instructor is able to make proper alignment and posture corrections. In ballet class, buns are preferred and required for grades 5 and up!  In tap or jazz classes, hair must be worn in a ponytail or French braid. (Students who come to class with hair down, will be asked to leave the class room and put hair up before returning.)


Students should have a dance bag with their shoes, Band-Aids, a disposable ice pack, a package of sharpened pencils, water bottle, face cloth, hairbrush, hair elastics, barrettes, bobby pins, and hair spray as we can not supply these things for students if they are forgotten. Older students should also have a sewing kit, deodorant, and personal hygiene products.


Attendance of all scheduled classes and rehearsals is very important and mandatory. And non-negotiable for team! If the student must be absent due to illness or family emergency; you should call the studio before class time in case an announcement was made or a notice was given out. A student with a temporary conflicting commitment is still required to sign up for the year and pay tuition and attend the class whenever possible until regular attendance resumes. A student with too many un-excused absences may be required to move into a lower level class to make up missed work. More than 2 absences per month could also result in the student losing the privilege of performing in the recital.


Student’s full name should be in each and every article of clothing, their dance bag and all shoes that they bring or wear to the studio. We can not be responsible for things left behind. After one month, lost and found items are donated to local charities. Proper conduct is expected from students, siblings and parents while at the studio or any studio related activity! No food or drinks other than water is allowed at the studio! – THANK YOU. Please call the studio with any questions or concerns.