Ballet attire goes on in the following order: Pink Tights, Leotard, Ballet Shoes, Wrap Skirt. Jazz attire goes on in the following order: Pink Tights, Leotard, Black Tights, Shorts, Jazz Shoes.
When do we change out?
Ballroom begins changing out on Block day. Company begins changing out on Tuesday. All dancers must change out by Friday, July 28th. OR, if their items are back-ordered they must email a proof of purchase receipt to Miss McLeod.
Why new uniform colors? Great question!
Many students had belongings accidentally picked up or lost last year. We want to make certain your property is returned to you! Different colored leotards allow us to know which classes need their things returned. There are fewer kids with the same leotard, so it is easier to locate the owner.
Different colored leotards are common procedure with ballet levels. We have begun to usher this into our program.
Having different colored leotards as a uniform allows those leotards to act as another costume option for the students. Then, the whole class has a color and is set apart from a different level.
Different colors give a sense of pride in working hard for the next level. Students will be excited when they move up into a new color.
Class fees or uniform purchases should never be the reason why a student cannot take dance class. If finances are presenting an obstacle, please contact Miss McLeod on the contact page!
Class Uniforms! -- You do not have to change out the first day of school.
All class uniforms are due by Friday, August 4th at the latest. Allowances will be made for items on backorder, if proof of purchase is sent before Friday, July 28th. Please email your receipts as proof of purchase to Miss McLeod.
***UPDATE: Discount Dance has changed its discount for the teacher program this year. You get 8% off your first purchase when you use the Teacher Code 108956. ***
Check your class page for your homework assignments!
Welcome, students and parents!
Thank you for visiting the Benjamin Franklin High School Dance page. Here, you will be able to find everything from uniform requirements to rehearsal schedules to homework assignments.
All dance classes have the following basic aspects:
UNIFORM: The moment you step into your first ballet class you are taking part in something almost 400 years old that is still influential and expanding today. Proper respect begins with the appropriate uniform,
VOCABULARY: One cannot learn to speak and write without first learning words. The terms of dance give you the physical words to string together a phrase of movement to music.
TECHNIQUE: Knowing the steps is not enough; it would be like learning words without being taught how to use them well.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Painters study the brush strokes of great painters to learn how to paint. You will learn both classical and contemporary choreography.
PERFORMANCE: Art cannot live in a vacuum. It is created for show. Learning to dance must be a generous enterprise; expect to perform in front of others.
ASSESSMENT: In order to truly learn something, you must test you knowledge and skill in that subject. All dance classes will have quarterly assessments to test the quantity of vocabulary a dancer has mastered and the quality of his technique.