rpm Dress Code

Parents: Please help us maintain the dress code. Your cooperation is appreciated. The dress code instills discipline and encourages your children to work toward the next level.

Note to current students: Please realize that you are the role models at rpm dance. The younger students are watching you. Let’s set a good example for them.

Thank you!

Musical Theater Students should wear either a solid color leotard, tank top, or t-shirt with solid color jazz pants or non-baggy sweats. Jazz, Ballet shoes or Dance Sneakers are appropriate for these classes.

Girls’ Shoes

  • For performances, Capezio Slide-In Jazz Bootie in Caramel #CG05 is required.

Creative Movement and Beginning Combo 1:

  • Ballet – Capezio Technik/ Leather (wider feet may try Leo’s 045 also in leather)
  • Tap – Capezio Tie “Jr. Tyette” #625

Beginning Combo 2:

  • Ballet – Capezio Technik/ Leather (wider feet may try Leo’s 045 also in leather)
  • Tap – Leo 1012 (this is an inexpensive lace-up shoe)
  • Ballet for all other levels
  • Capezio CG2002

Intermediate Combo:

  • Tap – Black Leo #4028 in leather (if tap is your thing; for approx. $63.95) or
  • Capezio Tapster or Leo Jr. Jazz #1012 in Faux Leather as a cheaper option (for approx. $29.95) Either is fine.

Intermediate & Advanced Tap Only:

  • Bloch 388 in Black

All Jazz Levels & Musical Theatre Classes:

  • Capezio Slide-In Jazz Bootie in Caramel #CG05 (Goes down to a child 10)

All Hip-Hop Levels:

  • Solid Black Dance Sneaker
  • All Modern/Lyrical/Contemporary Levels:
  • Barefoot or Dancepaws

Boys’ Shoes

  • Ballet – Black Leather Ballet Shoe
  • Tap – Black Lace-Up Tap Shoe
  • Jazz – Tan Slide-In Jazz Shoe (Capezio Caramel color)
  • Hip-Hop – Solid Black Dance Sneaker
    *Note: For all students that have shoes from last year, please switch to the above brands as you grow out of your current shoes. Students should all have the same style/color of shoe for performances.


  • Hair must be worn away from the face in a classical bun with no bangs for all ballet, jazz, and modern classes. A pony-tail is permissible for Hip-Hop, Tap, and Musical Theatre classes. Solid sweats may be worn over leotards for Hip-Hop classes.
  • Boys, hair should be neat and out of the eyes.

Girls Attire:

  • Ballet Skirts… are permissible for Creative Movement and Beginning Combo classes only.


  • Creative Movement – Pink Leotard
  • Beginning Jazz & Beginning Combo – Light Blue Leotard
  • All Level 1 disciplines – Hunter Green Leotard
  • All Level 2 disciplines – Navy Blue Leotard
  • All Level 3 disciplines (see exceptions below) – Royal Blue Leotard
  • All Level 4 disciplines & Tap 3 – Burgundy Leotard
  • Teen Level – Lavender Leotard
    * Modern & Pointe Classes – wear your Ballet colors


  • All students should wear Pink Tights by Bloch. Beginning and Combo level classes should wear footed tights. Intermediate levels and above may wear footed tights or Transition/Adaptatoe Bloch Tights, also in Pink.

Boys Attire:

  • All Levels: Solid White Tee-Shirt with either Solid Black Sweat Pants or Shorts.

All Attire May be Obtained At:

Dance Outfitters in Chesapeake.

1036 Volvo Parkway, Suite 1
Chesapeake, VA 23320-8601

Mention RPM Dance and get 15% OFF your purchase.

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