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.

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),

pink ballet socks,

pink ballet shoes with pink elastic.

Pre-School, Pre-Primary and Primary – Boys:

Regulation RAD leotard in white with cap sleeves – style ‘Aaron’,

Regulation RAD navy blue shorts,

Coppelia 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,

Pink ballet socks (Grade 1) or pink ballet seamless tights (Grade 2),

Pink ballet shoes with pink elastic,

Black character skirt trimmed with pale pink and mulberry coloured ribbons. This should end two inches below the knee,

Black regulation low-heeled RAD character shoes

Grade 3 – Girls

Regulation RAD sleeveless leotard in Mulberry – style ‘Aimee’ (no gathered front), with matching mulberry belt,

Pink ballet seamless tights,

Pink ballet shoes with pink ribbons,

Black character skirt trimmed with pink and mulberry coloured ribbons. This should end two inches below the knee,

Black regulation cuban-heel RAD character shoes

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Grades 4 & 5 – Girls

Regulation RAD sleeveless leotard in mulberry – style ‘Faith’ with matching mulberry belt,

Pink ballet seamless tights,

Pink ballet shoes with pink ribbons,

Black character skirt trimmed with pink and mulberry coloured ribbons. This should end two inches below the knee,

Black regulation cuban-heel RAD character shoes

Grade 6 – Girls

Regulation RAD leotard in navy blue – style ‘Jane’ with matching navy blue belt,

Pink ballet seamless tights,

Pink ballet shoes with pink ribbons,

Black character skirt trimmed with pink and mulberry coloured ribbons. This should end two inches below the knee,

Black regulation cuban-heel RAD character shoes

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Vocational Grades – Girls

Regulation RAD leotard in black with matching black belt,

Pink ballet seamless tights,

Pink soft block ballet shoes with pink ribbons (no split soles),

 

Pink 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. Ribbons on ballet shoes for girls from Grade 3.

 

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’s always important to get fitted.

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