Ballet uniforms

The Bristol School of Dancing does have a strict uniform and hair code of practice. Uniform should not be purchased either online or from supermarkets as these are not the regulation uniform. Girls must have their hair in a bun and if the hair is short it must be dressed in a hair net that is the same colour as the hair and a hairband of the applicable grade colour of leotard. See the following for detailed information about the uniforms for each grade. For girls, socks/tights/shoes may be to match skin tone or ballet pink for all grades.

Ballet uniforms by Grade

Pre-School, Pre-Primary and Primary – Girls Regulation Bristol School of Dancing leotard/dress in pink – style ‘Bella’ (available from Dancewell),  ballet socks,  ballet shoes with  elastic. 

Pre-School, Pre-Primary and Primary – Boys: Regulation RAD leotard in white with cap sleeves – style ‘Aaron’, Regulation RAD navy blue shorts,  white ballet socks, white ballet shoes with white elastic.

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Grades 1 & 2 – Girls Regulation RAD sleeveless leotard in pale pink – style ‘Aimee’ – with matching pink belt,  ballet socks (Grade 1) or ballet seamless tights (Grade 2),  ballet shoes to match tights with elastic, black character skirt trimmed with pale pink and mulberry coloured ribbons. This should end two inches below the knee and black  low-heeled RAD character shoes

Grade 3 – Girls Regulation RAD sleeveless leotard in Mulberry – style ‘Aimee’ (no gathered front) – with matching mulberry belt,  ballet seamless tights, ballet shoes to match tights with elastics, black character skirt trimmed with pink and mulberry coloured ribbons. This should end two inches below the knee and black regulation Cuban-heeled RAD character shoes

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Grades 4 & 5 – Girls Regulation RAD sleeveless leotard in mulberry – style ‘Faith’  with ruched front – with matching mulberry belt, ballet seamless tights,  ballet shoes to match tights with elastics, black character skirt trimmed with pink and mulberry coloured ribbons. This should end two inches below the knee, Black regulation Cuban-heeled RAD character shoes

Grade 6 /7/8 – Girls Black RAD sleeveless leotard with ruched front and back or black capped sleeved leotard – style ‘Maddie.’ Black waist elastic. Seamless tights, split sole ballet shoes with elastics, black chiffon skirt, black character skirt with pink and mulberry ribbons, black character shoes with Cuban heels. A black or white chiffon scarf is also required (details from the teacher to order).

Discovering Repertoire – same leotard choice as Grade 6/Vocational plus DR wrap skirt (not the Grade 6 chiffon skirt). No belt. Seamless tights, split sole ballet shoes with elastics.

Vocational Grades – Girls  RAD sleeveless leotard with ruched front and back or black capped sleeved leotard – style ‘Maddie.’ Black waist elastic. Seamless tights. Students in Intermediate Foundation may wear leather, canvas or satin ballet flats with ribbons for the exam. Intermediate and above need soft pointe shoes. Intermediate Foundation and above all require pointe shoes with ribbons.

Boys Grades 1 through to Advanced 2 Regulation RAD sleeveless leotard in white – style ‘Aaron’, Regulation RAD navy blue footless tights, Coppelia white ballet socks, White ballet shoes with white elastic, Regulation black RAD Oxford Character shoes

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Ballet shoes Please note that all ballet shoes should have a snug fit, but not so tight that the toes scrunch. They should not be purchased with growing room. This is especially important for students of the higher grades. The elastic needs to be sewn on in the correct place on the shoe as the wrong place will impede the child during class. 

  Pointe shoes Our ballet teachers are happy to advise on what to look for in a pointe shoe. Generally a student should visit a store and try on pointe shoes until they find one that fits their feet in terms of shape and support for the level that they’re dancing at. The style of pointe shoe that’s best for a student is likely to change as they strengthen their feet and improve their technique, so it is always important to get fitted.

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