Class Information & Dress Code

Sutherland Studio of Dance is a competitive school and therefore there is an expectation that our dancers come to class more than once a week (depending on level) as well as perform and compete regularly. Our recommendation is to compete once a month. For dancers in the Beginner/Novice categories where stamps are counted for progression it is best to make a competition plan with the teacher in order to ensure that the dancer masters the basic dance principals over a period of time.

Competitions should be chosen to reflect a challenging level of competition. The terms Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Premier denote the level of competition offered and in reality usually does not reflect where your dancer is in their progression. Our studio philosophy continues to be quality of technique over the number of dances known.

Please Leave Your Valuables At Home: Money, Watches, Jewelry, Cell Phones, IPods etc.

Water: Dancers may bring a Water Bottle (please no pop, juice) to class with their name on it. Please do not share.

Dancewear: Dancers are required to wear Dancewear. The Teacher must be able to see bodylines and muscle engagement for development of good posture, muscle control and muscle development. Parental support and co-operation is required to ensure that your dancer follows the Studio Dress Code. Your child MUST be dressed properly for class and have the required equipment with them for each class. This is part of the self-discipline needed to be a Dancer.

Dancewear Requirements

Primary / Beginner Highland: An introduction to highland dance based on basic dance principals and music appreciation. Two or more seasons are usually needed at this level.

  • Girls:
    • Black leotard is preferred; dancers may wear tight fitting black dance shorts over their body suit
    • White knee socks, dance slippers
    • Hair neatly groomed off the face in a bun
  • Boys:
    • Black/navy soccer style shorts (without pockets)
    • Neat fitting t-shirt
    • Knee socks and dance slippers

Ballet for Highland Dancers: This class is offered to assist Highland Dancers with their dance training. Hair neatly groomed, off the face in a Bun.

  • Girls:
    • Black leotard is preferred
    • Ballet skirt, pink ballet tights, pink ballet slippers
    • Hair neatly groomed, off the face in a Bun
  • Boys:
    • Black/navy soccer style shorts (without pockets)
    • Neat fitting t-shirt
    • White knee socks and boy's ballet slippers

Highland Dancing: Highland classes are offered from Primary 4 – 6 yrs and Beginner to Championship Level.

  • Girls:
    • Black leotard is preferred; dancers may wear tight fitting black dance shorts over their body suit. Please no loose fitting shorts.
    • Pink ballet tights or white knee socks and highland slippers.
    • Hair neatly groomed, off the face in a Bun.
    • Pre-Premier & Premier Dancers require a Practice Skirt for National Dances.
    • Intermediate & Premier Dancers require Irish Jig Hard Shoes.
  • Boys:
    • Black/navy soccer style shorts
    • Neat fitting t-shirt,
    • White knee socks, and Highland slippers
    • Intermediate & Premier Dancers require Irish Jig Hard Shoes, Shillelagh & Paddy Hat