Dance Attire & Class Details

preschool dancing babiesDance Attire & Class Details @ Dance Obsessions

Proper attire must be worn to classes and rehearsals. At D.O. we are very relaxed when it comes to attire, however we do have formal rules for our Ballet Programs and request that form-fitting or loose clothing (depending on class, see details below), such as comfortable work-out clothes be worn. No jeans, overtly baggy or street clothes. Proper foot-wear should be worn to each dance class. Please ask the office manager or your instructor if you have specific foot-wear questions (and see the class foot-wear details below). Students should come to classes / rehearsals with hair pulled up (out of face), dressed appropriately, and ready to dance!

General Class Attire Overview

Ballet: Proper attire, including a leotard, tights and hair in a bun (for female dancers) and form-fitting attire (for males) must be worn for all Ballet Level classes.
• Female students participating in Ballet (all ages) MUST wear proper Ballet attire: Leotard/ bodysuit; pink tights; skirt (optional); booty/short/spandex shorts are acceptable for some Ballet classes, please check with your instructor; pink ballet shoes (canvas or leather, check class details below). Hair MUST be pulled up and secured in a bun.
• Male students participating in Ballet (all ages) MUST wear a form-fitting beater/tank top or tight t-shirt; form-fitting or loose basketball shorts; either bare feet or black jazz shoes.

Tap, Jazz & Lyrical: Appropriate comfortable dance-wear / workout clothes – no jeans or sneakers. Tap shoe will be determined by class / level. Jazz shoe or Pirouettes will be determined by class / level (see class details below).

Hip Hop: Open attire (no jeans) – Any form of sneaker. No flip flops or bare feet.

Acro: Form-fitting clothing or bodysuit with shorts/leggings/pants. No dangling jewelry or earrings. Bare feet.

ALL CLASSES: Dancers with long hair, please have hair pulled back and off the face for all classes. Flying hair tends to become a distraction, as is, playing with or continually putting up and taking down hair, during class time. Secured ponytails, braids, buns, or any other pulled back style is acceptable, with along headbands or fun accessories.

Class Details

Pre-School Level I – Thursday 5:00
Designed for children 2–3 years old, dancers will explore the creativity of movement in this beginner class. Learning the basic dance styles of tap, (a little bit of jazz) and ballet, plus tumbling and simple mat-work. This level will emphasize stretching, coordination, and discovering self-expression through body movement. Students will learn how to participate in a classroom atmosphere, learning proper dance-etiquette. Fun props, such as hula-hoops, scarves, and instruments will be used to keep the class interesting. We do our best to keep the class moving along, so their attention stays focused on the class!
Class size is limited in order to give each child more personal attention.
Classes start out with either Ballet or Tap (depending on instructor) and the dancers will warm up, learn beginner Ballet or Tap skills, and also gain the important aspect of “taking turns” down the room. Half-way through class, dancers will come into the waiting/changing area to request to switch shoes. “Tumble Time” will be after the Ballet portion of class. At the end of class, instructors will send the dancers to put on their street shoes for “Freeze Dance.” During “Freeze Dance”, dancers will have the opportunity to explore their improvisational skills, freestyle dance, etc., while “freezing!” when the music stops. #1 rule in our classes are “No Running, Only Dancing!” Lollipops and stickers are provided to each dancer at the end of class, and here, our littles earn these special treats for being good listeners and learning new and fun moves every week!

Dance Attire
Princess Ballerinas: Any kind of comfortable form-fitting attire: leotards, unitards, stockings/tights, tutu’s or skirts, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, leggings of any color or pattern is acceptable. At D.O. we are very relaxed when it comes to attire, and we encourage fun and fancy ballerina princess or funky diva dance outfits! If you’re running late and your little dancer only has on a t-shirt and shorts, that is OK… if your little dancer wants to dress in her favorite ballerina tutu, all fancy ensembles are welcome :)
Princes: Any kind of comfortable work-out/gym-like clothing: t-shirts, tanks, shorts, sweats, etc.
No jeans or street clothes.
Foot-wear
• Pink leather ballet shoes for Princess Ballerinas; Black ballet or jazz shoes for Princes
• Black tap shoes (tie or buckle)
– Items can be purchased at Payless, Target, Walmart or any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, etc).

Pre-School Level II – Thursday 5:45
For dancers 4–5 years old (3 turning 4 or 4 turning 5), or dancers with 1 full year of Pre-school dance experience. This class will learn tap, ballet (and some jazz), plus tumbling and basic mat-work. Like Pre-school I,  students will learn how to participate in a classroom atmosphere, learning proper dance-etiquette, however this class will be a little more quick-paced, since students will either be experienced or a little older. Fun props, such as hula-hoops, scarves, and instruments will be used to keep the class interesting.
Class size is limited in order to give each child more personal attention.
Classes start out with either Ballet or Tap (depending on instructor) and the dancers will warm up together, learn Ballet or Tap basic skills, and also gain the important aspect of “taking turns” down the room. Half-way through class, dancers will come into the waiting/changing area to request to switch shoes. “Tumble Time” will be after the Ballet portion of class. At the end of class, instructors will send the dancers to put on their street shoes for “Freeze Dance.” During “Freeze Dance”, dancers will have the opportunity to explore their improvisational skills, freestyle dance, etc., while “freezing!” when the music stops. #1 rule in our classes are “No Running, Only Dancing!” Lollipops and stickers are provided to each dancer at the end of class, and here, our littles earn these special treats for being good listeners and learning new and fun moves every week!

Dance Attire
Princess Ballerinas: Any kind of comfortable form-fitting attire: leotards, unitards, stockings/tights, tutu’s or skirts, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, leggings of any color or pattern is acceptable. As mentioned above, we encourage fun and fancy ballerina princess or funky dance outfits! If you’re running late and your little dancer only has on a t-shirt and shorts, that is OK… if your little dancer wants to dress in her favorite ballerina tutu, all fancy ensembles are welcome :)
Princes: Any form of comfortable/gym-like attire: t-shirt, tank top, shorts, sweatpants, etc.
No jeans or street clothes.
Foot-wear
• Pink leather ballet shoes for Princess Ballerinas; Black ballet or jazz shoes for Princes  Black tap shoes (tie or buckle)
– Items can be purchased at Payless, Target, Walmart or any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, etc).

Pre-School – Saturday AM 11:45
For dancers 3–4 years old, a weekend class option for you! This class will learn tap, ballet (and some jazz), plus tumbling and basic mat-work. Like our other Pre-school classes,  students will learn how to participate in a classroom atmosphere, learning proper dance-etiquette, and sweet new moves. Fun props, such as hula-hoops, scarves, and instruments will be used to keep the class interesting.
Class size is limited in order to give each child more personal attention.
Classes start out with either Ballet or Tap (depending on instructor) and the dancers will warm up together, learn Ballet or Tap basic skills, and also gain the important aspect of “taking turns” down the room. Half-way through class, dancers will come into the waiting/changing area to request to switch shoes. “Tumble Time” will be after the Ballet portion of class. At the end of class, instructors will send the dancers to put on their street shoes for “Freeze Dance.” During “Freeze Dance”, dancers will have the opportunity to explore their improvisational skills, freestyle dance, etc., while “freezing!” when the music stops. #1 rule in our classes are “No Running, Only Dancing!” Lollipops and stickers are provided to each dancer at the end of class, and here, our littles earn these special treats for being good listeners and learning new and fun activities every week!

Dance Attire
Princess Ballerinas: Any kind of comfortable form-fitting attire: leotards, unitards, stockings/tights, tutu’s or skirts, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, leggings of any color or pattern is acceptable. As mentioned above, we encourage fun and fancy ballerina princess or funky dance outfits! If you’re running late and your little dancer only has on a t-shirt and shorts, that is OK… if your little dancer wants to dress in her favorite ballerina tutu, all fancy ensembles are welcome :)
Princes: Any form of comfortable/gym-like attire: t-shirt, tank top, shorts, sweatpants, etc.
No jeans or street clothes, but super heroes are always welcome.
Foot-wear
• Pink leather ballet shoes for Princess Ballerinas; Black ballet or jazz shoes for Princes  Black tap shoes (tie or buckle)
– Items can be purchased at Payless, Target, Walmart or any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, etc).

Pre-School Gym & Dance – Wednesday 6:00
Gym & Dance is for children  3–4 years old, looking to explore ballet/jazz and the basics of tumbling/gymnastics. Half of the class will focus on the basics of Ballet and/or Jazz dancing, while the latter half of the class will include mat-work and Tumbling. Fun props, such as hula-hoops, trampoline, and a mini/soft balance beam will be used to keep the class interesting and fun!
Class size is limited in order to give each child more personal attention.
Classes start out with Ballet warm up and stretching. Dancers will learn basic Ballet technique, and also gain the important aspect of “taking turns” down the room or mat. “Tumble Time” will be after the Ballet portion of class. When tumbling, dancers will take turns to make sure that only 1 tumbler is permitted on the mat at a time, so we can be sure nobody gets accidentally kicked or bumped into.  Tumblers will learn basic forward rolls, frog hops, crab walks, etc. and will start to learn kart-wheels on an individual basis. Obstacle courses, trampoline and balance beam are everybody’s favorite and faculty will set these up a few times a month. At the end of class, instructors will send the dancers to put on their street shoes for “Freeze Dance.” During “Freeze Dance”, dancers will have the opportunity to explore their improvisational skills, freestyle dance, etc., while “freezing!” when the music stops. #1 rule in our classes are “No Running, Only Dancing!” Lollipops and stickers are provided to each dancer at the end of class, and here, our littles earn these special treats for being good listeners and learning new and fun moves every week!

Dance Attire
Tumblinas: Girls can wear any kind of comfortable form-fitting attire: leotards, unitards, stockings/tights, tutu’s or skirts, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, leggings of any color or pattern is acceptable. As mentioned above, we encourage fun and fancy ballerina princess or funky dance outfits! If you’re running late and your little dancer only has on a t-shirt and shorts, that is OK… if your little dancer wants to dress in her favorite ballerina tutu, all fancy ensembles are welcome :)
Note: Sometimes tutu’s or skirts may need to be removed before Tumble Time, so not to get caught in the gymnastic moves.
Tumblers: Guys can wear any form of comfortable/gym-like attire: t-shirt, tank top, shorts, sweatpants, etc.
No jeans or street clothes.
Foot-wear
• Pink leather ballet shoes for Tumblinas; Black ballet or jazz shoes for Guy Tumblers.
Depending on the instructor, sometimes we change from ballet foot-wear to barefoot for Tumble Time.
– Items can be purchased at Payless, Target, Walmart or any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, etc).

Kinderdance – Tuesday 6:00
Kinderdance classes are a step above the Pre-School program, and are for children 5–6 years of age, or for any dancer who has had 2 years of Pre-school dance experience. Kinderdance is structured to continue to emphasize beginner ballet, jazz and tap skills, while learning a bit more advanced movement and technique. Students will be challenged to retain longer combinations of steps as well as being taught the basic terminology for the steps executed. Class structure will include a Ballet barre & center warm-up and stretching followed by taking turns doing down-the-room progressions. Half-way through class, dancers will exit the dance room to change into Tap shoes. Tap Time includes learning and practicing tap skills at the barre, down-the-room progressions, and a mini dance towards the end of class. If time permits, class will do a Freestyle dance at the end of class!

Dance Attire
Kidergals: Girls can wear any kind of comfortable form-fitting attire: leotards, unitards, stockings/tights, tutu’s or skirts, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, leggings of any color or pattern is acceptable.
Kinderguys: Guys can wear any form of comfortable/gym-like attire: t-shirt, tank top, shorts, sweatpants, etc.
No jeans or street clothes.
Foot-wear
Kindergals: Pink leather ballet shoes; Black tie or buckle tap shoes
Kinderguys: Black ballet or jazz shoes; Black tie or buckle tap shoes
– Items can be purchased at Payless, Target, Walmart or any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, etc).

Ballet
The core foundation of all dance forms. All technical aspects of dance derive from ballet, and this class will serve to train dancers on the formal steps that are found in all styles of dance. In ballet class, students will develop grace, control, strength and fluidity in their dancing. Accomplishing a solid ballet foundation is crucial to becoming a great dancer in any dance style. This proves that a study of ballet is necessary for any dancer who wants to succeed in any genre of dance.

Dance Attire – Level I
• Female students participating in Ballet I will wear proper Ballet attire, including a leotard/bodysuit (colored and printed leotards are acceptable); colored, pink or nude tights; skirt (optional)
Hair should be pulled up and secured in a bun.
• Male students participating in Ballet I will wear a tightish or form-fitting beater/tank top or shirt; basketball shorts or jazz pants and joggers are acceptable.
Foot-wear
• Pink leather ballet shoes for Ballerinas; Black ballet or jazz shoes for Guys.
– Items can be purchased at Payless, Target, Walmart or any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, such as a specific style shoe or boys black jazz or ballet shoes, you may want to try the dance shoppes first.

Dance Attire – Level II
• Female students participating in Ballet II will wear proper Ballet attire, including a black or solid color leotard/bodysuit; pink or nude tights; skirt (optional); booty/spandex shorts are acceptable (unless teacher specifies in class).
Hair must be pulled up and secured in a bun.
• Male students participating in Ballet II will wear a tightish or form-fitting beater/tank top or shirt; basketball shorts or jazz pants and joggers are acceptable.
Foot-wear
• Pink canvas ballet shoes for Ballerinas; Black ballet shoes for Guys.
– Items can be purchased at Payless, Target, Walmart or any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, such as a specific style shoe or boys black jazz or ballet shoes, you may want to try the dance shoppes first.

Dance Attire – Level III
• Female students participating in Ballet III will wear proper Ballet attire, including a black leotard/bodysuit; pink or nude tights; skirt (optional); booty/spandex shorts are acceptable (unless teacher specifies in class).
Hair must be pulled up and secured in a bun.
• Male students participating in Ballet III will wear a tight or form-fitting beater/tank top or shirt; basketball shorts or jazz pants and joggers are acceptable.
Foot-wear
• Pink canvas ballet shoes for Ballerinas; Black ballet or jazz shoes for Guys.
– Items can be purchased at any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, such as a specific style shoe or boys black jazz or ballet shoes, you may want to try the dance shoppes first to try on for size.

Dance Attire – Level IV
• Female students participating in Ballet IV will wear proper Ballet attire, including a black leotard/bodysuit; pink or nude tights; skirt (optional); booty/spandex shorts are acceptable (unless teacher specifies in class).
Hair MUST be pulled up and secured in a bun.
• Male students participating in Ballet IV will wear a tight or form-fitting beater/tank top or shirt; basketball shorts or jazz pants and joggers are acceptable.
Foot-wear
• Pink canvas ballet shoes for Ballerinas; Black ballet or jazz shoes for Guys.
If you are unsure of the proper shoe, you may ask Miss Rebecca.
– Items can be purchased at any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, such as a specific style shoe or boys black jazz or ballet shoes, you may want to try the dance shoppes first, to try on for size.

Dance Attire – Level V
• Female students participating in Ballet V will wear proper Ballet attire, including a black leotard/bodysuit; pink or nude tights; skirt (optional); booty/spandex shorts are acceptable (unless teacher specifies in class).
Hair MUST be pulled up and secured in a bun.
• Male students participating in Ballet V will wear a tight or form-fitting beater/tank top or shirt; basketball shorts or jazz pants and joggers are acceptable.
Foot-wear
• Pink canvas ballet shoes for Ballerinas; Black ballet or jazz shoes for Guys.
If you are unsure of the proper shoe, you may ask Miss Rebecca.
– Items can be purchased at any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, such as a specific style shoe or boys black jazz or ballet shoes, you may want to try the dance shoppes first, to try on for size.

Jazz
Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of fast paced, unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. Jazz classes @ D.O. focus on utilizing techniques and tricks within combinations, as well as stylized isolations of the body, performance quality and learning simple to complex rhythms and patterns. Dancers will be exposed to various forms of jazz dancing, such as Sassy or Energetic, Broadway & Musical Theater, Edgy or Contemporary styles, which helps students become well-rounded dancers.  Class structure will include warm-up and thorough stretching, down-the-room technical progressions and combinations, typically followed by a center jazz combination dance (sometimes combinations are continued in upcoming weeks). Class Level is based on dance experience & ballet training. Students progress through our Dance Levels, from simplified and clean technical movement, to increasingly complex and more difficult combinations/dances.

Dance Attire – Combination Jazz & Tap – Level I
All students participating in Combo Tap & Jazz Level I, can wear form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with stockings and skirt, shorts, leggings, sweats, etc. No jeans, overly baggy or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Female students: Tan slip on Jazz shoes; Tan slip on Tap shoes
• Male students: Black Jazz shoes (tie), Black Tap shoes (tie)
– Items can be purchased at any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, Bloch,  etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, such as a specific style shoe or boys black jazz or ballet shoes, you may want to try the dance shoppes first, so you can try on for sizing.

Dance Attire – Level II
All students participating in Jazz Level II, can wear form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings, shorts, leggings, yoga pants, sweats, etc. No jeans or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Female students: Tan slip on Jazz shoes
• Male students: Black Jazz shoes (tie)
– Items can be purchased at any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, Bloch,  etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, such as a specific style shoe or boys black jazz or ballet shoes, you may want to try the dance shoppes first, so you can try on for sizing.

Dance Attire – Level III
All students participating in Jazz Level III, can wear form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings, shorts, leggings, yoga pants, sweats, etc. No jeans, overly baggy or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Female students: Tan slip on Jazz shoes or Nude Canvas Pirouettes
• Male students: Black Jazz shoes (tie)
– Items can be purchased at any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, Bloch,  etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, such as a specific style shoe or boys black jazz or ballet shoes, you may want to try the dance shoppes first, so you can try on for sizing.

Dance Attire – Levels IV & V
All students participating in Jazz Level IV & V, can wear form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings, shorts, leggings, yoga pants, sweats, etc. No jeans or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Female students: Nude Canvas Pirouettes
• Male students: Black Jazz shoes (tie)
– Items can be purchased at any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, Bloch,  etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, such as a specific style shoe or boys black jazz or ballet shoes, you may want to try the dance shoppes first, so you can try on for sizing.

Tap
A form of dancing characterized by using shoes equipped with metal taps, along with the floor, as a percussive instrument. The term “Tap dancing” is derived from the tapping sound produced when the small metal plates on the dancer’s shoes hit a hard floor. Tap classes @ D.O. focus on learning tap dancing techniques and rhythms within combinations, as well as fancy footwork, performance quality within routines, and learning simple to complex rhythms, sounds and patterns. Dancers will be exposed to various forms of tap dancing, such as quick-paced & fast Rhythm Tap, Broadway & Musical Theater, Tap Funk, and Street styles, which helps students become well rounded dancers.  Class structure will include barre or center ankle warm-ups, center technical steps and tricks, down-the-room technical progressions and combinations, typically followed by a center tap combination dance (sometimes combinations are continued in upcoming weeks). Class Level is based on tap dance experience. Students progress through our Dance Levels, from simplified and clean technical movement, to increasingly complex and more difficult combinations/dances.

Dance Attire – Combination Jazz & Tap – Level I
All students participating in Combo Tap & Jazz Level I, can wear form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with stockings and skirt, shorts, leggings, sweats, etc. No jeans or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Female students: Tan slip on Jazz shoes; Tan slip on Tap shoes
• Male students: Black Jazz shoes (tie), Black Tap shoes (tie)
– Items can be purchased at any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, Bloch,  etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, such as a specific style shoe or boys black jazz or ballet shoes, you may want to try the dance shoppes first, so you can try on for sizing.

Dance Attire – Level II
All students participating in Tap Level II, can wear any form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings, shorts, leggings, yoga pants, sweats, etc. No jeans or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Female students: Tan slip on Tap shoes
• Male students: Black Jazz shoes (tie)
– Items can be purchased at any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, Bloch,  etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, such as a specific style shoe or boys black jazz or ballet shoes, you may want to try the dance shoppes first, so you can try on for sizing.

Dance Attire – Level III
All students participating in Tap Level III, can wear form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings, shorts, leggings, yoga pants, sweats, etc. No jeans or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Students: Black Bloch Split-Sole “TapFlex” Lace Up Tap Shoes
– Items can be purchased at any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Bloch,  etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, you may want to try the dance shoppes first, so you can try on for sizing.

Dance Attire – Levels IV & V
All students participating in Tap Level IV & V, can wear form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings, shorts, leggings, yoga pants, sweats, etc. No jeans or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Students: Black Bloch Split-Sole “TapFlex” Lace Up Tap Shoes
– Items can be purchased at any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Bloch,  etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, you may want to try the dance shoppes first, so you can try on for sizing.

Hip-Hop
Hip Hop is known as a broad category of movement, which showcases a variety of old and new urban dance styles, such as breaking, street, popping and locking. Hip Hop classes @ D.O. are incredibly popular, and focus on learning intricate styles and rhythms within combinations, as well as tricking, performance quality within routines, and learning simple to complex combinations. Dancers will be exposed to various forms of Hip Hop dancing, such as quick-paced footwork & difficult intricacies, B-Boy/Breaking, Popping & Funk, House & Street, etc., which will help students become well rounded dancers.  Class structure will include center warm-ups, center tricks & breaking (depending on level), down-the-room progressions and combinations, typically followed by a center combination dance (sometimes combinations are continued in upcoming weeks). Class Level is based on dance experience. Students progress through our Dance Levels, from simplified and clean technical movement, to increasingly complex and more difficult combinations/dances.

Dance Attire – Hippity Hop – Level I
Beginner Hip Hop for students 5-8 years old. This is a fun and energetic class, for young boys and girls who will learn the basics of Hip-Hop dancing. Hippity Hop also includes beginner mat work/tumbling at the end of class. Definitely a fan-favorite @ D.O.!
All students participating in Hippity Hop Level I, can wear form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with stockings and skirt, shorts, leggings, sweats, etc. No jeans or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Students: Any kind of sneaker (no flip flips or sandals or barefoot)

Dance Attire – Level II
All students participating in Hip Hop Level II, can wear any form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings, shorts, leggings, yoga pants, sweats, etc. No jeans or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.

Foot-wear
• Students: Any kind of sneaker (no flip flips or sandals or barefoot)

Dance Attire – Level III
All students participating in Hip Hop Level III, can wear form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings, shorts, leggings, yoga pants, sweats, etc. No jeans or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Students: Any kind of sneaker (no flip flips or sandals or barefoot)

Dance Attire – Levels IV & V
All students participating in Hip Hop Levels IV & V, can wear form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings, shorts, leggings, yoga pants, sweats, etc. No jeans or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Students: Any kind of sneaker (no flip flips or sandals or barefoot)

Acro & Tumbling
Gymnastic floor-work, from beginner to advanced, based on the student’s individual skill-set. Tumblers will learn moves such as forward rolls, dive forward rolls, kart-wheels and round-offs, progressing to back hand-springs/flips, walk-overs, aerials, back tucks, etc.
Tumbling: Ages 6+ Class structure will include center-mat warm-ups and stretching, down-the-room progressions and combinations of beginner tumbling techniques.
Acro: For the more experienced, (ages 12+), Acro class consists of advanced floor training in gymnastic tricks, flips, handsprings, tucks, etc. Class structure will include center-mat warm-ups and stretching, down-the-room progressions and trick practices.
*Class Level is based on dance experience. Students progress from Tumbling to Acro, learning simplified and clean techniques and tricks, to increasingly complex and more difficult combinations of gymnastic acrobatics.

Dance Attire
All students participating in Tumbling & Acro, can wear form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard, unitard, shorts, leggings, yoga pants. No jeans or street clothes. No dangling jewelry.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Students: Barefoot

Cheer Dance
NEW to our dance program last year and headed by former Sun Valley High School Cheer Captain and Dance Obsessions Alumni, Lauren Donohue. Cheer Dance @ D.O. will will fuse Dance and Cheer aspects, including basic tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting. Various forms of Cheer Dance will be incorporated such as jazz-style dancing, coupled with fun and rhythmic cheer moves.  Class structure will include mat warm-ups, mat-work and tumbling, down-the-room progressions, typically followed by a center Cheer Dance combination (sometimes combinations are continued in upcoming weeks).
Cheer Dance is a Beginner to Intermediate Level class (Ages 8-12).

Dance Attire
All students participating in Cheer Dance, can wear any type of form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard, unitard, shorts, leggings, yoga pants. No jeans or street clothes. No dangling jewelry.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Students: Sneakers

Lyrical & Contemporary
Both have their primary basis in ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern movements. These forms of dance are expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. It is a combination of intricate, technical, naturalistic moves. Lyrical classes @ D.O. will focus on learning proper technique and fluent styles within combinations, as well as performance quality and presentation of emotion while dancing. Dancers will be exposed to various forms of Lyrical & Contemporary dancing, such as soft and subtle dancing or sharp and difficult intricacies, Modern-type and unusual movements, light, open and fluent movements–all which will help students become well rounded dancers.  Class structure will include barre or center warm-ups, down-the-room progressions and combinations, typically followed by a center combination dance (sometimes combinations are continued in upcoming weeks). Class Level is based on dance experience. Students progress through our Dance Levels, from simplified and clean technical movement, to increasingly complex and more difficult combinations/dances.

Dance Attire – Level II
All students participating in Level II Lyrical, can wear form-fitting or loose-ish clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings and skirt (optional), shorts, leggings, etc. No jeans, overtly baggy or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Female students: Nude Foot Undeez or Foot Paws
• Male students: Black Ballet or Jazz shoes or Nude Foot Undeez or Foot Paws

Dance Attire – Level III Lyrical
All students participating in Lyrical Level III, can wear form-fitting or loose clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings, shorts, leggings, yoga pants, sweats, etc. No jeans, overtly baggy or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Female students: Nude Foot Undeez or Foot Paws
• Male students: Black Ballet or Jazz shoes or Nude Foot Undeez or Foot Paws

Dance Attire – Levels IV & V Lyrical
All students participating in Lyrical Levels IV & V, should wear form-fitting clothing: tank top, tight/form-fitting t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings, booty/spandex shorts, leggings. No jeans, baggy or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Female students: Nude Canvas Pirouettes
• Male students: Black Ballet or Jazz shoes or Nude Foot Undeez or Barefoot

Ballet Based Contemporary
• Ballet & Contemporary class for Level III will include 1/2 hour of Ballet warm-up (barre & center), Ballet techniques, and 1/2 hour of Contemporary style dancing.
• Ballet & Contemporary for Levels IV/V will include 45 minutes of Ballet warm-up (barre & center), Ballet techniques, plus 45 minutes of Contemporary dancing and combinations.

Dance Attire – Level III Ballet & Contemporary
All female students participating in Level III Ballet & Contemp. will wear proper Ballet attire, including a black leotard/bodysuit; pink or nude tights; skirt (optional); booty/spandex shorts are acceptable (unless teacher specifies in class). After the Ballet portion of the class, students can add clothing layers, but must be form-fitting (leggings, tank tops, etc).
Hair must be pulled up and secured in a bun or high ponytail.
• Male students wear a tight or form-fitting beater/tank top or shirt; basketball shorts or jazz pants and joggers are acceptable.
Foot-wear
• Female students: Nude Canvas Pirouettes
• Male students: Black Ballet or Jazz shoes or Nude Foot Undeez or Foot Paws
– Items can be purchased at any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, Bloch,  etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, such as a specific style shoe or boys black jazz or ballet shoes, you may want to try the dance shoppes first, so you can try on for sizing.

Dance Attire – Level IV & V Ballet & Contemporary
All female students participating in Level IV & V Ballet & Contemp. will wear proper Ballet attire, including a black leotard/bodysuit; pink or nude tights; skirt (optional); booty/spandex shorts are acceptable (unless teacher specifies in class). After the Ballet portion of the class, students can add clothing layers, but must be form-fitting (leggings, tank tops, etc).
Hair must be pulled up and secured in a bun or high ponytail.
• Male students wear a tight or form-fitting beater/tank top or shirt; basketball shorts or jazz pants and joggers are acceptable.
Foot-wear
• Female students: Nude Canvas Pirouettes
• Male students: Black Ballet or Jazz shoes or Nude Foot Undeez or Barefoot
– Items can be purchased at any local dance store such as Motions Dance & Fitness Shoppe or Brandywine Dance Shoppe (also check online: Discount Dance; Capezio, Bloch,  etc).
*If you’re looking for something particular, such as a specific style shoe or boys black jazz or ballet shoes, you may want to try the dance shoppes first, so you can try on for sizing.

Pointe
Meaning “on the tip” – is a part of classical ballet, usually practiced using specially reinforced shoes called pointe shoes or toe shoes. The technique developed from the desire for dancers to appear weightless has evolved to enable dancers to dance on the tips of their toes for extended periods of time. Dancers must be at least 12 or 13 years old, with advanced Ballet training to take this class (recommendations per Ballet IV & V Instructor).

Dance Attire
• Female students will wear proper Ballet attire, including a black leotard/bodysuit; pink or nude tights; skirt (optional); booty/spandex shorts are acceptable (unless teacher specifies in class)
Hair MUST be pulled up and secured in a bun.
Foot-wear
Instructor will provide proper details regarding obtaining Pointe Shoes.

Modern – Levels IV & V
Modern dance often produces divergent dance forms, centering on a dancer’s own interpretations instead of structured steps, or combinations. Modern is comparable to Contemporary, where the dancer is free dancing, improvising, or naturally moving, encouraging dancers to use their emotions and moods to design their own steps and routines. Modern class @ D.O. will focus on learning proper Modern technique and unique styles within combinations, as well as performance quality and presentation of emotion while dancing. Class structure will include center warm-ups and stretching, down-the-room progressions and combinations, typically followed by a center combination dance (sometimes combinations are continued in upcoming weeks).
*Modern is for Level IV & V dancers. Must have Ballet prerequisite or recommendation.

Dance Attire
• Female students will wear proper Ballet attire, including a black leotard/bodysuit; pink or nude tights; skirt (optional); booty/spandex shorts are acceptable (unless teacher specifies in class). After warm-up instructor allows layers to be added.
Hair must be pulled up and secured in a bun.
• Male students will wear a tight or form-fitting beater/tank top or shirt; basketball shorts or jazz pants and joggers are acceptable.
Foot-wear
Barefoot

Technique Levels II–V
Technique is the way in which the fundamentals, as an artistic form, are handled. Technique class includes stretching, turning, kicking, jumping, etc. which enhances the quality of any style of dancing.

Dance Attire
All technique students can wear form-fitting clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, tight t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings, booty/spandex shorts, leggings, yoga pants, etc.
No jeans, baggy or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Open: Jazz Shoe, Foot Undeez, Pirouettes, etc. (no sneakers).

Turns & Jumps – Levels IV & V
This class will consist of strengthening and stretching the muscles used in order to improve a students ability to showcase different jumps and turns. Dancers will practice various leaps and technical combinations down the studio room, as well as increasingly difficult turning sequences, in order to better these technical aspects.

Dance Attire
All technique & T&J students should wear form-fitting clothing, such as comfortable work-out clothes or gym-type clothes: tank top, tight t-shirt, bodysuit/leotard with/without stockings, booty/spandex shorts, leggings, yoga pants, etc.
No jeans, overtly baggy or street clothes.
Hair should be pulled up/back and off the face.
Foot-wear
• Open: Jazz Shoe, Pirouettes, etc. (no sneakers)

General Dance Obsessions Class Rules

1. Cell phone use by students and teachers in the studio classrooms will not be tolerated (with the exception of instructors using phones for music). In the case of excessive cell phone use, the phone will be revoked until the end of class. They may be used in the lobby/shack/waiting area or outside the building. In case of emergencies, parents may call the studio and we will excuse the child from class, if they cannot reach their dancer.

2. Please put your name on all of your belongings! Please do not leave expensive valuables out in the open within the waiting room or lobby. All dancers should make sure their items are packed in their bags or cubbies before entering class (no students are permitted to go through others belongings).
*Dance Obsessions is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings.

3. Students are expected to be cooperative and respectful at all times. In turn, your dancer will be treated in a friendly, courteous, respectful manner. Failure to do so will result in the student being asked to either sit down or leave the class to see the office manager. We ask that all dancers present proper etiquette within studio walls, to keep our dance school a pleasant and fun place to be!

4. No gum, candy, food, or drinks (besides water or gatorade) are allowed in the studio. Dancers are expected to clean up after themselves and throw away their trash. Trash cans and recycling bins are located in various areas of the studio.

5. Proper attire should be worn to classes and rehearsals, such as comfortable, work-out clothes (no jeans, overtly baggy or street clothes). Proper foot-wear need be worn to each class. Students must come to classes and rehearsals with hair up (out of face) and dressed appropriately.

Additional Info

Level placement, music selection, choreography, costuming, and spacing of recital dances are at the instructors and choreographer’s discretion. Our mission states that “It is our intention that while each student is attending classes, they are the main focus of our teachers and staff. No student or class will ever be given priority or special attention over any other, and we promise that all students and parents will be treated with impartiality and professionalism.” The entire Dance Obsessions faculty are passionate about the dance classes that we instruct and take pride in each student in every class. Inappropriate parent and/or student comments will not be tolerated and may result in dismissal. General and billing questions may be directed to the office manager. If you have inquires regarding your dancers training, please email DOtheDance5678@gmail.com to set up a meeting to chat.

We’re looking forward to sharing our passion and creativity with you this season!