School Dress Code - Pacific Northwest Ballet
School Dress Code2019-03-18T09:32:35+00:00

School Dress Code


  • Non-restrictive clothing.

PNBS Tots, Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Levels I-VIII


  • Pink and flesh colored tights are welcomed. Tights should be matte (not shiny or Lycra), with no holes and worn without underwear. Ballet slippers should be leather, align with the color of the tights, and sewn with a single elastic.
  • Leather ballet slippers that match the color of the tights (single elastics, no criss-crossed elastics).
  • Leotard (color appropriate for the Level; see color chart below)
  • Mid-length to long hair is required to be pulled back into a neat bun and fastened securely using pins and a hair net. Short hair needs to be fastened away from face. Students/parents must be responsible for the necessary supplies to have hair done before class time.
  • Pointe shoes are required for Level IV-VIII (Freed preferred; personal fittings are scheduled each fall)
  • A smock/apron or craft-friendly clothes are needed for the arts and crafts portion of the daily session for Eastside Summer Dance Workshops.


  • Short-sleeved white leotard (clean, snug-fitting white t-shirts acceptable for Level VII and above)
  • Black tights. No short cut-off tights.
  • Thin white crew-length dance socks (no tube socks)
  • White ballet shoes
  • Belts are required for Level I and above.
  • Boys must wear shirts or leotard at all times.
  • Hair should be combed and fastened away from face if long.
  • A smock/apron or craft-friendly clothes are needed for the arts and crafts portion of the daily session for Eastside Summer Dance Workshops.

Professional Division


  • Black Leotard for Technique, Pointe, Pas de Deux, and Extended Curriculum classes
  • White Leotard and white pointe skirt for Variations class
  • Pink or flesh colored tights are welcomes and technique shoes should align with the color of the tights.
  • Pointe shoes (Freed preferred; personal fittings are scheduled each fall).
  • Leotard Guidelines: No excessively low or criss-crossed backs, sparkle, Lycra, contrast or patterned materials. Same color velvet allowed as edge trim on leotards.
  • PNBS Logo Leotards: PD Women have the option (not required) to order PNBS Logo leotards in black or white


  • Short-sleeved or tank-style white leotard, or a white, fitted dance t-shirt
  • Black tights (no short, cut-off tights)
  • White dance socks
  • White or black technique shoes

Extended Curriculum Classes (Level IV-VIII and PD)

  • Women’s Variations (Level VIII, PD): white leotard and white pointe skirt
  • Pas de Deux: black tights allowed for women
  • Jazz – jazz or technique shoes, black tights allowed for women
  • Modern – technique shoes or bare foot, black tights allowed for women
  • Seminars and Music – street clothes

PNBS Logo Leotards

PNBS’s dress code is designed to encourage unity and discipline among our students. All students in All students in PNB Tots, Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, and Levels I-VIII are required to wear PNBS logo leotards. Students not meeting the required dress code will be restricted from participation in class.

Leotard Colors
PNBS Tots: Black
Creative Movement: White
Pre-Ballet: Red
Level I: Pink
Level II: Light Blue
Level III: Orchid
Level IV: Turquoise
Level V: Perfect Plum
Level VI: Royal Blue
Level VII: Chocolate
Level VIII: Navy
All Boys/Men: White

Purchasing Leotards
These beautiful PNBS-logo leotards are designed to suit PNBS’ dress requirement standards and create a uniform appearance in the classroom. Leotards may be purchased through Empire Dance Shop. Download the Tots-Level III Leotard Order Form or Level IV-Level VIII Leotard Order Form online or find them in the School office.

Empire Dance Shop
Phone: 888.445.8848
Fax: 509.838.6929

Freed of London Pointe Shoes

PNBS offers professional pointe shoe fittings to our students to ensure proper fit and safety. Students should always obtain approval from PNBS faculty before sewing or wearing pointe shoes.

Kristen Klein
Special Orders/Professional Accounts & Custom Shoe Fitter
Freed of London, Ltd.
1-866-693-7333 ext.12

Additional Dress Code Guidelines

  • No shirts, legwarmers, skirts, etc., may be worn.
  • Jewelry should be minimal: small earrings and watches at the teachers’ discretion. NO facial jewelry (nose rings, etc.).
  • Shoes should be neatly sewn with like color thread. NO safety pins.
  • Dancewear is to be kept laundered and in good repair. Any holes should be mended with same color thread.
  • Please mark clothing, shoes and dance bags with the student’s name and class level. Extended curriculum dress code requirements are mandatory as announced.
  • Dress Code must be adhered to in all Company rehearsals.
  • Please note: Do not use fabric softeners when laundering dance attire; it damages studio floors.