Dress Code

Dress Code and Uniform Policy

Halestone’s class uniform and dress code guidelines benefit dance students by promoting discipline and ensemble awareness, and allow for the accurate assessment of technical performance.  At the teacher’s discretion, dancers who are not properly attired may be excused from class participation.

Please contact us if our uniform requirements are a burden for your family. We have a collection of donated dance clothes and shoes that we can provide to your child. In particular, we have many pairs of tap shoes that we can loan to students in tap.

Students in Ballet and Kinder Ballet

Kinder Ballet for 4s, Kindergarten and 1st Grade

  • Girls – Leotard with attached skirt or leotard without skirt in pink or black
  • Boys – Dance pants and t-shirt
  • Students in Kinder Ballet need ballet shoes
  • Students in Kinder Ballet need to come to class with their hair secured and pulled back. No jewelry (necklaces or bracelets, etc.)

Ballet (Beginning Ballet, Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet, and Pointe)

  • Girls – black leotard, black wraparound skirt or dance shorts, pink tights
  • Boys – T-shirt, dance pants, shorts, or footless leggings, dance belt for boys above middle school

Students in Adult & Me and Creative Movement

  • Students in these classes may wear leotards, dance dresses or stretchy tops in any color and dance pants or footless leggings in any color
  • Students should be ready to dance barefoot (socks, footed tights and footed leggings are not safe!); however, students that wish to wear ballet slippers may do so
  • No jewelry, dance crowns, dress up clothes that inhibit movement

Students in Modern, Jazz, Tap, Clogging, and Company

  • Students in these classes may wear leotards or tightly fitting stretchy tops in any color and dance pants or footless leggings in any color
  • Kneepads are recommended but not required for company level dancers.**
  • Boys in high school should wear a dance belt.


  • Students in all levels of Ballet and Kinder Ballet need to have ballet shoes.
  • Students in all levels of Creative Movement (including Adult & Me) and Modern will be expected to dance barefoot.
  • Students in tap need to have tap shoes.
  • Students in clogging need to have clogging shoes with buck taps.
  • Students in Beginning Jazz/ Jazz I may dance in black jazz shoes or black socks.
  • Student in Advanced Jazz/ Jazz II need black jazz shoes.
  • Students in ballet progress to pointe shoes at the recommendation of the instructor only.
We recommend buying your kneepads from Contact Quarterly. They are of high quality and your purchase supports a dance non-profit.

Rules to Follow:

  • Arrive Prepared.  Dancers are expected to arrive for class on time with their class uniform, dance shoes, and other class equipment (including hair bands or pins for securing buns and other appropriate hairstyles).  
  • Hair must be styled securely, pulled away from the face and off the neck with bangs cut above the eyebrows or pinned back so that the dancer’s vision is not obscured and hair is not slapping the face when performing turns. Hair merely tucked behind the ears is NOT considered secure.
  • Female dancers in Ballet must wear their hair in a bun. If hair is too short to fashion in a bun, follow the above stated guidelines for a secured hairstyle that does not interfere with class participation.
  • Jewelry must be removed before class.  Wristwatches, necklaces, large rings on ears or fingers, and bracelets on wrists or ankles are a potential hazard should they catch on clothing, hair, or other dancers. Small, non-dangling earrings are allowed.
  • Jeans are not allowed in dance class.
  • Dance Shoes must be worn for studio use only.  Street shoes or dance shoes worn as street shoes (traveling from the car to studio) are NOT allowed in the studio since even small traces of dirt or grease cause damage to the studio floors and make it unsanitary for dancers performing floor exercises during class.  When purchasing shoes for class, dancers must buy the dance shoes specified for their class  (see Uniform Requirements above).  Shoes manufactured for street use damage the studio floors and leave behind hard to remove marks on the soft wood and vinyl surfaces.   
  • Bare Feet must be washed and clean before entering the studio for class.
  • Spill-proof water bottles are recommended for all students in all classes.


The Halestone Foundation enriches the Rockbridge area by providing access to quality dance experiences and education in nurturing environments. We foster the creative process, artistic excellence, and joy.  We empower individuals and communities to make, perform, and experience original dance as a theoretical, technical, and expressive art.

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Halestone is supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts

The Halestone Foundation

The Halestone Foundation is a non-profit organization that houses Halestone Dance Studio and its community outreach.

We are led by a volunteer board: Ann Courtney - President, Joel Kuehner - VP, Jessica Sullivan, Don Henk, Daniel Hinkle, Stephanie Hodde, Jessica Dixon, Robb Zahm, Erin Graves - members at large.
If you have questions about being a member of the board please contact the board at board@halestone.com


Halestone Dance Studio is handicap accessible, with a cement ramp to the door and a wheel-chair accessible bathroom.

We endeavor to make all of our events and classes accessible to all who desire to be there. Please contact us if you need a particular accommodation for one of our events.

Get in Touch

Artistic Director, Mauri Connors

Contact the Board of Directors

Studio Manager, Elizabeth Becker

Phone: (540) 463-7444

Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 1583 
Lexington, Virginia 24450