1) First, having the correct attire for class is respectful to instructors. It shows that students care about the class they are in, and that they are focused and ready to work on that instructor’s particular style and all they have to teach them.
2) Wearing the appropriate dance attire, tights and leotards and most importantly no extra or baggy clothes, is also necessary in order for instructors to see if the body is being held correctly, if the right muscles are being used and engaged, which in turn allows them to see what needs work and to give more precise and beneficial corrections in order to help their students grow.
3) This concept of wearing the right attire also applies to shoes. All dance shoes are different and are made specifically for their corresponding dance style. Turning in shoes is completely different from turning in socks. Shoes provide control during turns and can absorb shock from jumps and other moves.
So do not think of your dance clothes as an inconvenience but tools that create a Better and SAFER dancer.
Looking for inspirational ways to get students ready to comply? Let these tips get your students in tip-top attire:
1. INCLUDE COSTS: At the beginning of the term, hand each student a nicely wrapped package of appropriate attire (in their size.) Add the cost of the clothing to the cost of the class and charge by the month. Parents then only see a $5 or so monthly increase, and you see your students properly dressed. (NOTE: School Empower has a great feature that includes cost of costumes in the cost of the session. Check out this video!)
2. REWARD: Even though they are in highschool, make the entire team dress perfectly for 1 month and then reward them with a cup cake party, other snacks or a free dance class!
3. SIT IT OUT: For the worst offenders, make them sit out after missing 1 time.
4. MAKE THEM PAY: Make sure you have plenty of tights on hand for students that insist on forgetting. Add the $7 to their bill AFTER a parental warning note goes out.
5. HAVE COMMUNAL PAIRS: STudent forgets? No problem. They need to wear one of the communal pairs you have (yes, they need to be clean!! )
6. RUBBER BANDS AND PINS: Have 100's on hand. Purchase from the 99 Cents stores in your town.