What to Wear for Dance - Elev8 Dance

What to Wear for Dance

What are the Benefits of a Uniform?

We are Dressing for Success

“Dress for the job you want!” When a student walks into the studio with their dance uniform on and their hair pulled back, it instills in them that they are not just taking a dance class but also a dancer.

Creates a Team

A uniform gives the dancers something they all have in common and builds a positive sense of community. Wearing the same colours as the dancers beside you help to build camaraderie. Our community wants to build friendships and celebrate each other’s success. We are all in this together.

Promotes a Safe Environment

Dance is fun, often fast, and we don’t always see where we are landing. Having correctly fitted clothing and hair pulled off the face helps to eliminate the risk of unnecessary slips and falls. The uniform also allows your teacher to check for proper body placement to perform tricks safely.

Your teacher will provide you with the approved uniform items list. Only the items on the approved list can be worn in class.

For All Dancers

Tights: Tights replace socks and underpants. Pink for Ballet. Beige for others. New tights are required for all classes when on the stage, except hip-hop.

Hair: Bun for Ballet Academy. Other classes: ponytail, braid, bun or puff. Short hair, simple headband.

Elev8 T-Shirt: Can be worn over the leotard for the warm-up and at your teacher’s discretion.

2-3 and Me / Dance Discovery

  • Tank LeoDress
  • Optional Pink Tights, Ballet Shoes

1st Steps / KinderDance

  • Tank LeoDress and Ballet Shoes
  • Optional Pink Tights

Combo Classes

Combo Classes with Ballet

  • Tank Leotard and Ballet Shoes
  • Shorts or Pink Tights, or Both

Combo Classes without Ballet

  • Tank Leotard
  • Shorts or Beige Tights, or Both

Academy Classes (Non-Combo)


  • Tank Leotard, Pink Tights, Ballet Shoes

Jazz, Tap and Acrobatics

  • Tank Leotard and Shorts
  • Shorts or Beige Tights, or Both

Hip Hop (Non-Combo)

  • Elev8 T-Shirt, Black Shorts or Black Pants with Indoor Shoes or Barefeet

Boys or Non-Binary Uniform

  • Elev8 T-Shirt, Black Shorts or Black Pants
  • Ask your teacher for details per class


  • Pink for Ballet
  • Beige or Barefoot for Jazz
  • Black for Tap
  • Barefoot for Acrobatics
  • No Socks

Adult Dancers

  • Dress for exercise
  • Barefeet or indoor running shoes
  • Fun tap shoes.
  • Shoes that cause damage to the floor may not be worn.
  • Indoor running shoes only.

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    World-Class Dance Lessons at Elev8 Dance

    Our dance teachers work collaboratively to build a safe and caring environment for our students to learn, train and flourish. We take part in ongoing training to develop our skills as dance teachers and community leaders. We are committed to fulfilling our responsibility of teaching our students to become outstanding dancers and valuable community members.

    With years of experience across different age groups, our instructors use proven teaching techniques that consistently produce classroom results.

    Why Choose Elev8 Dance?

    One of a Kind Dance Instruction

    • Exceptional teachers
    • Comprehensive curriculum
    • Wide range of dance styles
    • Supportive and welcoming environment
    • Proven track record
    • Open to both recreational and academy dancers

    Elev8 Dance has been named “Hamilton’s Best Dance Classes for Children,” “Hamilton’s Best Dance Teacher,” and an overall award of “Hamilton’s Best Dance School” (Hamilton Spectator). We take pride in providing top-quality dance education with fun and engaging dance classes in an environment that will help your child reach their full potential.

    Preschool Programs

    2-3 & Me Dance Discovery: Dancers aged 2 and 3 and their parent or guardian learn to follow along in classes to spark the senses and develop motor skills.

    KinderDance 1st Steps: Dancers in Kindergarten learn to socialize and participate in group activities while learning to jump, roll and spin.

    Recreation Enrichment Programs

    Mini Dance: Students in Grades 1 and 2 can explore their movement range while developing coordination, strength, flexibility, and balance.

    Junior and Intermediate: Students in Grades 3 and up can choose from various dance styles such as Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and more.

    Adult Programs: There is no better place to build community than a dance class. Elev8 Dance provides a fun and supportive space for our adult students to learn new skills, meet new people and share laughs.

    *Ages groupings follow the school year.

    Academy Programs

    With specialty classes designed to hone your skills, our Academy dance students are ready to take that next step in their dance journey, eagerly embracing new challenges to build their dance and performance skills.

    Competition Programs

    Academy dancers will participate in specific weekly dance classes to elevate their skills. Students receive diverse cross-training in different styles to help them become well-rounded dancers and confident performers. Prior dance experience is required.

    What to Wear for Dance Class

    Elev8 Dance has a uniform in place, which helps to eliminate distractions, promotes a sense of community and makes getting ready for class easy. Only your teacher can set you up with the class uniform.

    How Much Do Classes Cost

    We provide affordable programs and free trials for students wanting to check it out for the first time. Enrolment is for the entire school year, with monthly tuition instalments. Youth programs have a tuition deposit which varies per program.


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