Studio Policies - Allegro Ballet Academy
Allegro Ballet Academy Pittsburgh Ballet Policies - Dress code, make up policies, rules and regulations, and class etiquette
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Studio Policies

Dress Code



Hair pulled tightly and neatly off the face and neck, then secured into a bun. Footed or convertible pink tights and pink ballet shoes. First Steps and ready for ballet students wear light pink leotard. Level 1 and up students wear black leotard (tanks or camisoles).


Fitted white t-shirt,black tights or bike shorts,black or white ballet shoes and white socks.


Students taking Jazz class will need jazz shoes (slip-on or lace-up). Students may wear ballet skirt or shorts.


Wear any colored leotard and tights (ballet skirt if desired) or leggings and workout clothes. Ballet shoes are required.

Make-Up Policies

Group Classes

Within the term students may make up the class at another appropriate class time. Please let the teacher know when you plan to make up the class for attendance purposes.

Rules and Regulations

Students are expected to be ON TIME for every class. This means the student should be in the studio before the music begins

Students are expected to stay in a class until the end and should not leave the classroom without permission.

Use the restroom, get a drink of water, secure hair, etc, before entering the studio.

Students are required to wear proper attire. Refer to Dress Code Policy for complete information.

Students are expected to be respectful and courteous towards all instructors, staff members, and guests of the Allegro Ballet, as well as fellow classmates. Students are expected NOT TO TALK while in class.

If a student has a question, he/she should raise his/her hand and ask the instructor.

During class do not touch the mirrors, and do not hang on barres.

Students are not allowed to use cell phones in the studio.

Students are not allowed to take photo or video recording in the facility (including during class) without permission.

Students are ABSOLUTELY NOT ALLOWED to chew gum, eat, or bring sodas/juice or any open bottles into a studio. WATER ONLY

Students are expected to keep the noise level to a minimum in the hallway and in dressing rooms at all times.

Students are expected to have respect for the property of the school and other students.

The school cannot assume responsibility for the loss of students' valuables.

Arrival and departure from classes and rehearsals are expected to be punctual. Students and their parents are responsible for reading all posted notices.

It is highly recommended that parent(s) attend all meetings to keep informed regarding the school and performances.

Parents and students should discuss all rules and regulations.

Proper understanding of the rules will lead to a more positive experience for all.

Class Etiquette

Be on time

Arriving late is disruptive to the overall flow of the class, other students and the teacher. Teachers carefully plan class lessons to build on the exercises done at the beginning of each class. If you must be late it is very important that you not enter the class unobserved after attendance has been taken.

Be neat

Keep your hair pulled back off your face and neck and firmly secured. Hair flying about can be distracting, get in the eyes and cause problems with spotting freely during pirouettes.

Be clean

Being respectful to others means wearing clean clothes and clean smelling shoes. Show others you have respect for yourself by coming to class clean, neat, and well put together.

Dress like a dancer

Follow the dress code policy. The dress code allows the teacher to see your physical movement and make the proper corrections. Being properly dressed shows the teacher you are serious about your art form. You will feel more confident and dance better when properly dressed for class.

Dance shoes should never be worn outside on concrete or asphalt surfaces, as it will ruin them very quickly. Remember, how you enter an establishment or room says a lot about who you are as an individual and what you are there to do.

Our manners

Dancers are polite ladies and gentlemen. They should not lean against the wall, barre, or piano (if an accompanist is present for class).

Yawning, talking, whispering, or having private giggle sessions with your friends is considered rude behavior.

Perform entire combinations as given

It is not only distracting but is also incredibly rude and disrespectful to your teacher to do combinations other than the way the combination was given. Any physical problems should be discussed with the teacher before the class begins so the teacher understands why you may not be doing a step to your fullest potential.

Finish every combination no matter what. Even if you are having difficulty, ballet discipline requires that you finish a combination to the best of your abilities and with as much grace as you can.

Where to stand

If you are new in class, notice whether the other dancers have a set place at the barre. Ask the teacher to suggest a spot for you to stand. Otherwise, find an empty place or ask your fellow classmates if there is room for you to stand next to them. Make sure you have enough room to extend your legs fully in front and behind yourself without hitting the person standing next to you.

When class moves to the center the teacher may find a place for you in line. Lines will rotate when repeating combinations so all students get the opportunity to check their technique in the mirror (this is what the mirrors in class are for).

When moving across the floor or from the back to the front of the room, take your position in line and be ready to go. If you are not intending to go, make it clear to others by getting out of the way. When moving across the floor or from the back to the front of the room, take your position in line and be ready to go. If you are not intending to go, make it clear to others by getting out of the way.

Drinking water during class

It is good to drink water before and after class ends. If the teacher allows, students may drink water from a water bottle between barre and moving to the center. Drinking water from a bottle with a secure closable lid is very important.

Permission to leave class

Dancers should always ask permission to leave the studio while class is in progress, even if ill. To disappear from class without permission is unacceptable. If you must leave class early, quietly catch the teacher's attention at the end of a combination, wave thank you and silently leave. Always try to speak with the teacher before class begins to let them know you will have to leave early. This will cause less distraction and not disrupt the flow of class when you leave.