Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where do I get shoes and tights?

Recommended shoes and tights are listed below on this page with links where they may be available for order.  They are often available from other online sellers or dance shops as well.

When is tuition due?

Tuition is due on the 1st day of the month August-April. Payments not made by the 10th of the month are subject to a $10.00 late fee.

How do I pay my tuition?

Checks may be placed in the dropbox in the waiting area of Studio 1 or you can set up an autopay through your bank.

What do dancers wear to class?

Dancers are asked to wear tights and a leotard to ballet classes. This attire may be worn for all classes – except for acro dance, which requires bare feet. Otherwise, dancers should wear form fitting clothes to non-ballet classes.  Dancers are also required to wear the proper shoes. Students should have hair secured and away from their face. Recommended shoes and tights are listed below.

Do you cancel for bad weather?

If weather requires we will cancel classes. If classes must be canceled an email will be sent and notice placed on the website. Make-ups for cancelled classes are held the week before Recital.

If your question is not answered here or cannot be answered by our website, you can email us at gretchen@developpedance.com.

Recommended Shoes

Ballet – pink ballet slippers

Jazz – Bloch Pulse jazz shoe, color: Tan– can be purchased here (Adult) or here (Child)

Modern/Lyrical/Contemporary – Bloch Eclipse canvas lyrical shoe, color: Nude – can be purchased here

Tap – Adult: Bloch Tap-Flex tap shoe, color: Tan – can be purchased here

Tap – Child: Theatricals Neoprene Insert tap shoe, color: Tan – can be purchased here

Pointe – for pointe shoes, I recommend going to Mark’s Dancewear.  They will fit pointe shoes by appointment.  They are located at 6212 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131, phone: (515) 270-0744.

Hip Hop – the black hip hop shoes we wear can be purchased here

Dance Team / Cheer – Bloch Eclipse canvas lyrical shoe, color: Nude – can be purchased here

Recommended Tights

These are the recommended tights for class and recital.  Using the recommended tights ensures uniformity of color for all dancers.

Ballet & Pointe:

Pink tights are worn for ballet and pointe. 
Recommended tights are the Capezio Ultra Soft Transition or Footed tights. Color is Ballet Pink.
Adult transition sizes can be ordered here.  Child transition sizes can be ordered here.
Adult footed sizes can be ordered here. Child footed sizes can be ordered here.

Acro Dance:

No tights are worn for Acro Dance

Jazz, Lyrical, Modern/Contemporary, Tap, Dance Team/Cheer:

Caramel tights are worn for all classes other than Ballet/Pointe and Acro. For Modern/Lyrical/Contemporary and Dance Team/Cheer, the recommended tights are the Capezio Ultra Soft Stirrup tights. The stirrup style can be worn for all classes and with different dance shoes, eliminating the need to have different tights. When they are worn with anything other than the lyrical shoe, the back must be pulled down over the heel and tucked in the shoe so that it is not visible. This style can also be worn for Jazz and Tap.

Color is caramel – can be ordered here (Adult) and here (Child).

Dancers who need caramel tights only for Jazz or Tap can wear a footed caramel tight if preferred.  Adult sizes can be ordered here. Child sizes can be ordered here.

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