For ballet we prefer the girls to be wearing a bodysuit/leotard and leggings or tights. If you already have a bodysuit for your dancer, it is fine. If you are purchasing, then we suggest a pink bodysuit such as this one for younger girls and black for older girls (approximately 10 and up). A black bodysuit we have found to be great is this one by Capezio. Several of our teens and adults already own one, so if you want to match others, giving you a chance to save a bit of money at costume time, we recommend it. They fit a bit small.
Please no elaborate skirts. Small tutus or ballet skirts are fine but not required. Ballet shoes on the feet.
For Highland Dancing any clothing that is comfortable to move in is fine, although bodysuit and leggings or tights is great for girls. Shoes should be either jazz shoes or clean running shoes, and certainly not bare feet or just socks.
For Hip Hop and Break dancing any clothing that is comfortable to move in is fine, such as shorts and t-shirt. Special hip hop shoes are available in stores, but clean running shoes are great. Break dancers may wish to bring a toque.
For acro a bodysuit, unitard, biketard, or bodysuit and leggings or shorts is perfect. No shoes or socks.
For Music & Movement kids may wear shorts and t-shirt, dancewear, dresses, tutus, sweatpants, or whatever they like, as long as it is easy to move in. Please no jeans. Shoes should be clean and easy to dance in: running shoes are fine, but ballet shoes or jazz shoes or gymnastics slippers are best.
Baton classes should wear snug dancewear and ballet or jazz shoes. Loose-fitting clothing will be in the way. You will need to purchase a baton. We can supply.
Tap classes: dancewear and tap shoes.
Jazz and Stage classes: dancewear and jazz or ballet shoes.
Long skirts are not dance attire. They make it difficult to do the steps properly, and impossible for the teacher to see what the legs are doing to make corrections. Please talk to us about options if this is an issue.
For all classes hair should be tied up out of the face.
At the end of the performance year we will give out awards. We give out certificates to every dancer who performs, and special awards to those who have done something outstanding. Some of these will be for good character, such as attendance, spirit, perseverance, leadership, hard work, or service, and some will be for great dancing. Preference will be given to dancers with a good attendance record who have been enrolled for the entire year. Achievement awards may be given to the best dancers, or to the most improved dancers. Some of the great dancers may have achieved those skills in a prior year, and will not be receiving the achievement award in the current year.
How to Register
1. Drop by the studio any time the gym or studio is open and fill out a form, and pay the $20 registration fee. Call Donna for office hours. 604-316-1908. Office 604-795-6009 shared with gymnastics.
2. Email your filled-out registration form to firstname.lastname@example.org, and e-transfer $20 registration fee to the same address.
3. Call or text Donna at 604-316-1908 to arrange a time to meet.
4. Leave a message at the office. 604-795-6009.
5. Register online.
Find a copy of the registration form here.
For payment we accept cash, cheques, credit cards, interac, e-transfers, home school funds, and subsidy programs. No automatic debit at this time.
Where to buy dance attire
Bodysuits are available in various locations around town. Sometimes you can find them at Walmart or Superstore or Once Upon A Child or thrift stores, but you can always find them at Teddy Bear Dreams on Wellington Ave near 5 corners in downtown Chilliwack. They are also available through a number of online retailers. Chilliwack Dance School may be able to supply the black adult sizes of Capezio bodysuits mentioned under "Attire" on this page.
Tights are available at Teddy Bear Dreams, as well as other clothing retailers.
A good place to find leggings is Ardene or Urban Kids at Cottonwood Mall, or at Walmart. We can also supply black Sweetlegs leggings.
Dance shoes in all sizes are available at Teddy Bear Dreams. Jazzmatazz on Essendene Ave in Abbotsford sells used shoes as well as new ones.
We have found some dancewear swap sites on social media. Try your luck there or on other resale sites online for used dancewear and shoes.