New West Ballet School

Dress Code

NWB Dress Code

Our dress code bolsters our ability to provide high caliber ballet training by cultivating clarity for anatomical corrections, reducing unnecessary risk and distraction, facilitating focus and structure, and promoting unity and inclusion. NWB requires all dancers to attend prepared and in uniform. Dancers unprepared and/or not in uniform may by verbally warned, prescribed observation and note-taking instead of active participation in class, and/or prohibited from taking class.


Ballet and Open Ballet: Hair must be in a bun for ballet classes. Short hair may be pinned down and neatly off the face.

All Elective Classes: Hair must be secured in a ponytail when length permits.

Attire - Ladies

Ballet: Level-appropriate colored NWB leotard, pink/flesh-tone ballet tights, and pink/flesh-tone ballet slippers. NWB honors ballet diversity by supporting the use of flesh-tone tights and slippers within professional uniform for dancers of color.
  • Pre-Ballet Levels = Pink leotard
  • Classical Ballet Levels = Black leotard
Dancers in variation and pas de deux class will be required to purchase and wear a NWB practice tutu.

All Elective Classes: Level-appropriate colored NWB leotard, black tights or fitted legging/yoga pants or shorts. No loose legwear allowed.
  • Modern - bare feet
  • Lyrical/Jazz – flesh-toned half-soles
  • Character– t-strap black character shoes and character skirt
  • Contemporary Ballet - pointe shoes

Attire - Gentlemen

Ballet: White NWB dance shirt, black tights, dance belt, and black ballet slippers.

All Elective Classes: White NWB dance shirt, black tights or fitted legging/yoga pants or shorts. No loose
legwear allowed.
  • Modern - bare feet
  • Lyrical/Jazz – flesh-toned half-soles
  • Character– black men’s character shoes

Performance Attire

NWBS requires uniform performance tights and shoes for all dancers (unless specified otherwise; e.g., principal artists, soloists, and/or male-presenting roles may vary and will be specified) to create professional unity. Performance tights and shoes should be new and free from tears, stains, dirt, etc.
  • Tights - Body Wrappers Convertible Seamed Mesh Tights in Ballet Pink Style No. A45 (Adult) or C45 (Child).
  • Ballet Slippers - Bloch “Prolite II Hybrid” Split Sole Ballet Slippers Style No. S0203L (Adult) or S0203G (Child)
  • Pointe Shoes - NWB requires “pancaked” performance pointe shoes to elongate the visual line of the legs by eliminating excessive satin shine. NWB recommends Covergirl Outlast All-Day Ultimate Finish Foundation, Ivory to pancake performance pointe shoes and ribbons to the same color as the performance tights. For a tutorial on how to pancake your pointe shoes please see

Additional attire requirements may be necessary depending on the production/respective roles. Additional
requirements will be noted during performance preparations.

Where to Purchase Uniforms, Tights, and Shoes

NWB Uniform Leotards and Shirts, Tights & Shoes
NWB has partnered with Corps Dance Wear and Discount Dance to provide you with our NWB uniform. More information on how to order uniforms will be made available soon.

Additional Places to Purchase Tights & Shoes (and other dance supplies)


Please put your child’s name in all belongings, including leotards, tights, and shoes. NWB is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings.
  • No costumes, skirts, or accessories are allowed.
  • No jewelry allowed (with the exception of small earring studs). All kind of jewelry can present a
  • distraction and a hazard in a dance class. External piercing/jewelry can get caught in clothing, hair skin of the dancer or fellow dancers and may cause injury. Jewelry can be a major hazard for the performer/classmate if it falls off during class/performance. Biomechanically, jewelry can change people’s balance. When partnering, wearing jewelry (even wedding bands) can seriously injure the dancer or their partner.
  • No underwear or diapers should be worn under the tights.
  • Do not wear your dance shoes outside of the studio. Please bring a change of shoes to wear to and from the studio.