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Education

Dress Code

Boston Ballet School's Classical Ballet Program 

Photo credit: Igor Burlak Photography

Girls | Boys


Boston Ballet School students adhere to a specific dress code, which is available to purchase at local retailers. So Danca and Motionwear are the school’s official slippers, tights and leotards.

All students are expected to maintain a neat appearance. Long hair must be worn in a bun and short hair must be pulled back off the face. For student safety, only simple stud earrings are permissible. Leg warmers or other warm-up gear are not permitted in class.

All Girls

LeotardsMotionwear, styles and colors vary by level, please see below
Tights
Elementary Levels: BodyWrappers tights, Style #C80 or C81. Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
Intermediate Level & Flex: BodyWrappers convertible mesh backseam tights, Style #A45 or #C45, Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
Advanced LevelBodyWrappers convertible mesh backseam tights, Style #A45. Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
Skirt (Elem 3 and above) Motionwear Style #1011 (Elem 3) / Motionwear Skirt Style #1236 (Intermediate & Above) ; colors vary by level, please see below.
Ballet slipper recommendation So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD-16 or #SD-18, Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone and selected tight color or the color in which they feel most comfortable.

Elementary 1

  • Tank Leotard – Motionwear Style #2200 in Silkskyn, Mint #466
  • Tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81 Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Ballet Slippers Recommendation – So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD-16 or #SD-18. Student should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone and selected tight color or the color in which they feel most comfortable.

Elementary 2

  • Tank Leotard – Motionwear Style #2200 in Silkskyn, Light Blue #445
  • Tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81. Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Ballet Slipper Recommendation – So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD-16 or #SD-18. Student should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone and selected tight color or the color in which they feel most comfortable.

Elementary 3

  • Tank Leotard – Motionwear Style #2200 in Silkskyn, Iris #498
  • Elementary 3 skirt – Motionwear Style #1011, Periwinkle #070
  • Tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81. Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Ballet Slipper Recommendation – So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD-16 or #SD-18. Student should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone and selected tight color or the color in which they feel most comfortable.

Intermediate 1

  • Leotard – Motionwear Style #2643 in Silkskyn (long available upon request}, Radiant Orchid #437
  • Motionwear Skirt Style #1169, Radiant Orchid #437
  • Tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81, Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Ballet Slipper Recommendation – So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD-16 or #SD-18. Student should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone and selected tight color or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Pointe Shoes – Do not buy in advance. Instructions on purchasing pointe shoes will be distributed in class by the teacher.
  • Character Shoes – So Danca, character shoes, Style #CH791, Black
  • Character Skirt – Motionwear Style #1364

Intermediate 2

  • Leotard – Motionwear Style #2643 in Silkskyn (long available upon request}, Raspberry #482
  • Motionwear Skirt Style #1169, Raspberry #482
  • Tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81, Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Ballet Slipper Recommendation – So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD-16 or #SD-18. Student should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone and selected tight color or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Pointe Shoes – Pointe shoes should match selected tight andballet slipper color.
  • Character Shoes – So Danca, character shoes, Style #CH791, Black
  • Character Skirt – fvfotionwear character skirt, Style #1364

Intermediate 3

  • Leotard – Motionwear Style #2643 in Silkskyn (long available upon request}, Ultraviolet #474
  • Motionwear Skirt Style #1169, Ultraviolet #474
  • Tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81. Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Ballet Slipper Recommendation – So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD-16 or #SD-18. Student should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone and selected tight color or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Pointe Shoes – Pointe shoes should match selected tight andballet slipper color.
  • Character Shoes – So Danca character shoes, Style #CH791, Black
  • Character Skirt – Motionwear character skirt, Style #1364
  • Modern tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81, Black

Advanced 1

  • Leotard – Motionwear Style #2643 in Silkskyn (long available upon request}, Hunter #479
  • Motionwear Skirt Style #1169, Hunter #479
  • Tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81. Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Ballet Slipper Recommendation – So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD-16 or #SD-18. Student should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone and selected tight color or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Pointe Shoes – Pointe shoes should match selected tight andballet slipper color.
  • Character Shoes – So Danca, character shoes, Style #CH791, Black
  • Character Skirt – Motionwear character skirt, Style #1364
  • Modern tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81, Black

Advanced 2

  • Leotard – Motionwear Style #2643 in Silkskyn (long available upon request}, Navy Blue #486
  • Motionwear Skirt Style #1169, Navy #486
  • Tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81. Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Ballet Slipper Recommendation – So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD-16 or #SD-18. Student should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone and selected tight color or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Pointe Shoes – Pointe shoes should match selected tight and ballet slipper color.
  • Character Shoes – So Danca, character shoes, Style #CH791, Black
  • Character Skirt – Motionwear character skirt, Style #1364
  • Modern tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81, Black

Advanced 3

  • Leotard – Motionwear Style #2643 in Silkskyn (long available upon request}, Perfect Plum #470
  • Motionwear Skirt Style #1169, Perfect Plum #470
  • Tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81. Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Ballet Slipper Recommendation – So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD-16 or #SD-18. Student should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone and selected tight color or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Pointe Shoes – Pointe shoes should match selected tight and ballet slipper color.
  • Character Shoes – So Danca, character shoes, Style #CH791, Black
  • Character Skirt – Motionwear Character Skirt Style #1364
  • Modern tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81, Black

Advanced 4

  • Leotard – Motionwear Style #2643 in Silkskyn (long available upon request}, Black #497
  • Motionwear Skirt Style #1169, Black #497
  • Tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81. Students should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Ballet Slipper Recommendation – So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD-16 or #SD-18. Student should choose the color which is closest to their natural skin tone and selected tight color or the color in which they feel most comfortable.
  • Pointe Shoes – Pointe shoes should match selected tight and ballet slipper color.
  • Character Shoes – So Danca, character shoes, Style #CH791, Black
  • Character Skirt – Motionwear Character Skirt Style #1364
  • Modern tights – So Danca convertible tights, Style #TS81, Black

All Boys

Ballet Slipper Recommendation: So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD-16/#SD-18 or #BA-26, White
Elementary 1-3
Short-Sleeved Leotard – Motionwear Style #2104, White
Bike Shorts – Motionwear Style #7110, Black
Ankle Socks – Students may wear any white plain thin socks
Ballet Slippers Recommendation – So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD- 16/#SD-18 or #BA-26, White

Intermediate 1-3 
Men's Cap Sleeve Fitted T-Shirt – Motionwear Style #7207 in Silkskyn, White #481 or Short­ Sleeved Leotard- fvfotionwear Style #2104, White
Ankle Tights – Motionwear Style #7130, Black
Socks – Students may wear any plain, thin white mid-calf socks
Ballet Slipper Recommendation – So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD- 16/#SD-18 or #BA-26, White
Thong Style Dance Belt
Character Shoes – So Danca low profile split sole character shoes, #JZ-76, Black

Advanced 1-3 
Men's Cap Sleeve Fitted T-Shirt – Motionwear Style #7207 in Silkskyn, White #481 or Short­ Sleeved Leotard- Motionwear Style #2104, White
Ankle Tights – Motionwear Style #7130, Black
Socks – Students may wear any plain, thin white mid-calf socks
Ballet Slipper Recommendation – So Danca stretch canvas split sole slippers, Style #SD-16/#SD-18 or #BA-26, White
Thong Style Dance Belt
Character Shoes – So Danca low profile split sole character shoes, #JZ-76, Black
 

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Technology Suggestions:  

In advance of the placement class, students should install the Zoom app on the applicable device. During the class, students will sign in to Zoom with their personal email or Zoom account. So that we can maximize student privacy and program security, meetings will be password protected. Students must make sure their full name (first, last) is displayed on Zoom in order to be let into the class. 
 
Students should make sure that their cameras are positioned in a way that can capture their full body from a distance. Students should also make sure that the lighting in their at-home studio is conducive to being seen well on camera. For example, if a student is positioned between the camera and a bright window, they will be silhouetted, and the faculty will not be able to properly view their technique. For the best results, light sources should be positioned in front of a student, rather than behind.
 
Because devices may be a good distance away from the student in order for the camera to capture the student’s full body, students should make sure they are able to clearly hear the instructor and the accompanist. If students have headphones or Bluetooth speakers that can be connected to their device, it is suggested that students use them for the placement classes.  

Placement Class FAQs:

What should I wear to the placement class?
Prospective students should wear regular ballet attire (no skirts or leg warmers allowed) with hair pulled back neatly and securely off of the neck. Students with pointe experience should have their pointe shoes nearby and be prepared to put them on during class.

How long will the placement class last?
Depending on the ages and amount of applicants, students may be divided into two groups. Placement classes generally take one hour, although prospective students may finish prior to the scheduled end time. Occasionally, younger students between the ages of 9-11 may be evaluated within 15-25 minutes. 

How long will the placement class last?
Placement classes generally take one hour, although prospective students may finish prior to the scheduled end time.

How will I know my child's results?
Following the placement class, you will be notified by email of your child's placement class results.



If you have any questions regarding the placement process, please contact Boston Ballet School at 617.456.6333 or school@bostonballet.org.

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