We teach the syllabuses of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) for ballet and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) for modern and tap. Our uniform requirements are therefore guided by the requirements of these two associations.
New and Second Hand uniform may be obtained from Gillian Griffiths. She works on a voluntary basis for the school Costume Fund and all profits made from uniform sales subsidise the price of costumes for our biannual shows, held in aid of different charities each year.
New uniform may be also obtained from any dance wear shop although this does not go towards production costs of the show. Beat School Uniforms on Station Road have a list of our uniform requirements and stock HDS branded bags, crossovers cardigans, Zoodies, and Dress Up and Dance (formerly Funzone) in High Oaks, St Albans have a good selection of shoes and dancewear and supply our Character skirts.
School Zoodies are available from BSU on Station Road.
Lost property – All unclaimed lost property will be donated to the uniform sale or charity shops after 31 July.
UNIFORM – Second-Hand Uniform – Gillian Griffiths very kindly provides a second-hand uniform service, to raise money for show costumes. This means that each show can make as much money as possible for our chosen charities. However we are also aware that many of you would prefer to independently trade or swap dance kit and we would like to encourage you to post on our facebook page – Harpenden Dance School Selling Page – if you have anything you need to buy or borrow or would like to sell. Gillian also currently has some NEW stock available.
Girls/Boys Uniform Options may be worn by either gender but should not be mixed and matched. Choice of uniform may affect syllabus settings.
Tiptoe Toddlers & Pre-School Dance
GIRLS and BOYS wear their own choice of sports/dancewear with bare feet or grip socks or
GIRLS may wear soft pink full-sole ballet shoes with pink elastic (not split-sole).
BOYS may wear soft black full-sole ballet shoes with black elastic (not split-sole).
GIRLS may wear RAD lilac short sleeved leotard.
GIRLS and BOYS – wear their own choice of sports/dancewear with bare feet or ballet shoes for the ballet & modern elements. Socks will be required for the tap elements; we have tap shoes to lend out or you can wear your own tap shoes or similar (clean firm-soled/low heeled shoes).
Pre-primary & Primary Ballet
GIRLS – lilac short sleevelessleotard and lilac petal skirt. Soft pink full-sole ballet shoes with pink elastic (not split-sole). Pink ballet socks or white ankle socks.
BOYS -White short sleeved T shirt or leotard with close fitting black shorts over. Soft black full-sole ballet shoes with black elastic (not split-sole). White ankle socks.
Grades 1 & 2 Ballet
GIRLS – Lavender sleeveless leotard with matching waist elastic, pink ballet socks or plain white ankle socks. Pink full-sole ballet shoes with pink elastic (not split-sole). Character shoes and skirt.
BOYS – As for Primary plus character shoes.
Grades 3, 4 and 5 Ballet
GIRLS – Navy blue sleeveless or short sleeved leotard with matching waist elastic. Pink ballet tights, pink full-sole ballet shoes with elastics (not split-sole). Character shoes with cuban heel and skirt.
BOYS – White leotard with black footless tights over. White full-sole ballet shoes with elastics (not split-sole) and white ballet socks. Character shoe.
Discovering Repertoire, Grades 6, 7 & 8 Ballet
GIRLS – Burgundy leotard, any style, and burgundy chiffon skirt – short skirt compulsory for DR, optional for barre in G7/8, long skirt compulsory for G7/8. Character skirts and shoes as in Grades 3, 4, and 5.
BOYS – White leotard with black footless tights over. White ballet shoes with elastics and white ballet socks. Character shoe.
Primary – Grade 2 Tap
GIRLS – Long sleeved black leotard, white ankle socks and black tap shoes.
BOYS – White T shirt, black shorts, white ankle socks, black tap shoes.
Grade 3 – 6 Tap
GIRLS – Burgundy/black leotard, black leggings, black ankle socks and black tap shoes
BOYS – Shirt or T shirt, black shorts or trousers, black tap shoes.
Primary & Grade 1 Modern
GIRLS – Long sleeved black leotard, bare feet.
BOYS – Black shorts, white T shirt, bare feet. Optional – jazz shoes for part of the exam only.
Grade 2 & 3 Modern
GIRLS – GIRLS Long sleeved black leotard, black leggings, bare feet or foot undeez.
BOYS – lack shorts, white T shirt, bare feet. Optional – jazz shoes for part of the exam only.
Grades 4 Modern and (right) including Jazz Awards
GIRLS – Leotard as agreed with teacher and black leggings.
BOYS – Jazz Trousers and t-shirt.
GIRLS – Royal Blue leotard with matching belt, satin full sole ballet shoes with ribbons, pink ballet tights, pointe shoes
BOYS – White short sleeve leotard, navy stirrup tights, white socks and shoes.
As for Intermediate Foundation EXCEPT girls need soft block/soft demi pointe shoes instead of satin ballet shoes and require tutu (Variation 1) or short ballet skirt (Variation 2).
Advanced Foundation and above
GIRLS – Black leotard with matching belt, soft block/soft demi pointe shoes, pink ballet tights, pointe shoes, tutu (Variation 1) or short ballet skirt (Variation 2).
BOYS – White short sleeve leotard, black stirrup tights, white socks and shoes.