What is appropriate dance attire?

Students aged 3 - 18 MUST wear leotard, tights or dance pants, and appropriate dance shoes. Hair must be off the face if long. Please label shoes and outerwear. Check below or with the studio for specific shoe recommendations. No specific leotard color or style is required for tap, jazz or preschool classes, but please avoid tutu's. If skirts are worn they must not hang below the knee and we prefer them to be attached. Boys are to wear white t-shirts and black dance pants or shorts. Technique students require standard ballet attire of black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers.

What shoes should I purchase for myself and/or my child?

Preschoolers - 3 yrs. - 5 yrs.

Pink ballet slippers for girls; black ballet slippers for boys (leather - full sole)

Grades 1 - 2
Pink ballet slippers and beige tap shoes (Bloch tap shoes style 302 in beige/caramel or Capezio style 3800C) for girls; black ballet slippers and black tap shoes (Capezio 442-C) for boys

Grades 3 - 5 (level 3+)
Beige split sole Bloch jazz shoes and Bloch tap shoes style 302 in beige/caramel or Capezio style 3800C for girls.  Black ballet slippers and black tap shoes for boys

Grades 6 - 12
Black ballet or black jazz shoes; black tap shoes (Bloch style SO361L or SO301L for ladies and style SO301M for men)

Hip Hop Students Gr. 3 - 12
Leotards, jazz pants, or shorts. Black jazz sneakers or black hip hop sneakers (Bloch Suede Low Top only). Soft knee pads.

Adults and Advanced Students
Black jazz shoes, black flat tap shoes, or character tap shoes

In some instances, it is necessary to change the color or style of a dance shoe to complete a specific costume "look." Used shoes are on sale at the studio during Open Houses held in September and April.

Where can I purchase my child's dance supplies?


The following local stores carry many of our recommended shoes and clothing:

All shoes that are required can be ordered at The Dance Inn. The Dance Inn carries all sample sizes to try on before placing your order. 

Michelson's (781-862-1034) in Lexington Center, michelsonshoes.com
Patterson's (781-273-3089) in Burlington, backbaydancewear.com
Dancer's Image (617-964-4070) in Newton, dancersimage.com
Dance This Way (978-318-1960) in West Concord, dancethisway.com

In addition, you can purchase shoes and clothing online at discountdance.com (1-800-328-7107) or The Dance Inn carries used shoes in a variety of sizes.

What is the attendance policy?

Weekly attendance is necessary to provide the reinforcement and continuity of instruction needed to teach an individual the coordinated skills of a dancer. An award will be given at the last class to those students who have perfect attendance.

Can a student make up a missed class?

A make-up class schedule is distributed to each student in early October. This schedule provides flexibility and additional class opportunities for unavoidable absences or for students who would benefit from extra help. After January, it is only possible to offer make-up classes for groups performing the same dance routine in the recital. This schedule is posted in January.

Can parents observe their child's class?

Parents are invited to special observation classes two times during the dance season. The first one is in mid-November and the second coincides with costume distribution week, which is usually 2-3 weeks prior to the recital. Observation day for the spring program is the last class of the session.

What holidays do you observe?

The Dance Inn generally follows the Lexington Public School calendar and snow day policy. Due to the early recital, CLASSES ARE HELD during February vacation. A calendar for the dance season is distributed in September. Check the calendar or call if you are still unsure.

Can my child try a class?

Yes, any child can try a class before making a commitment. The child must attend the FIRST class of the session, and make a final decision by the 3rd lesson.  The Dance Inn charges $20.00 to try a class, which is used towards tuition if you decide to register for the full session.

Does The Dance Inn produce an annual recital?

An annual production is held in March or early April. Students will be notified in September of the exact date. Costumes are ordered in November.  You must notify the studio IN WRITING by November 1st if your child chooses not to participate. Tickets for reserved seats are ordered by mail.


Thelma's love of dance and ability to understand where each student is at and to get him or her to do their best is remarkable. ” —Adult Student

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