About Our School

Bayou City Ballet School provides exceptional ballet training in a small school setting in West Houston. Founder and Director Alex Pandiscio has created a classically-based ballet curriculum updated for the twenty-first century. The school prepares aspiring young men and women for a life both in and beyond dance by teaching the values of commitment, kindness, and hard work. In addition to ballet, students take classes in contemporary, improvisation, variations, anatomy, and music. The School’s Children’s Program begins at age four with Joy of Dance, Pre-Ballet, and Primary Classes. Starting at age eight, students may enter the Pre-Professional Program where they are placed in levels based on ability, not age. The school also offers classes and workshops for adult learners from beginner to advanced.

Honoring both the art and science of dance, Bayou City Ballet School has integrated a body conditioning program into all the pre-professional classes. The daily conditioning exercises work to optimize student’s performance and prevent injury, and are informed by sports science research and current practices at leading international ballet institutions.


 

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Dress Code

For Childrens Program and Pre-Professional Progam Only

Dress code is an essential component of ballet’s two-hundred year old discipline. In addition to teaching preparedness, the ballet uniform keeps the classroom focused and improves the instructor’s ability to assess and correct placement, thereby helping your child dance safely. ALL students are required to adhere to the dress code for their level. There will be an initial grace period of several weeks at the start of the term to acquire the specific items listed below, after which students not in dress code will be asked to sit and watch class.


All dance attire and footwear must be of right size and kept in good repair.  Dancewear and footwear that fit improperly can distract the student from fully participating in class.


Please put your child’s name in all dance wear and footwear. Bayou City Ballet School and its staff are not responsible for belongings left in studios, dressing area, restrooms or any common spaces. 

Ladies' Uniform:

Level: COLOR (Brand/Style#)

  • Joy of Dance & Pre-Ballet: PINK (Capezio Short Sleeve Leotard CC400C)

  • Primary 1 & 2: LIGHT BLUE (Capezio Short Sleeve Leotard CC400C)

  • Foundations 1 & 2: GARNET (Capezio High Neck Tank Leotard CC201C/CC201)

  • Intermediate 1 & 2: LAVENDER (Capezio High Neck Tank Leotard CC201C/CC201)

  • Advanced: NAVY (Capezio High Neck Tank Leotard CC201C/CC201)

Tights and Ballet Shoes for Ladies should be Ballet Pink*.

-Full Sole Leather ballet shoes preferred up through Foundations Levels

-Footed or Convertible Tights only; must cover the entire ankle and foot.

*In consultation with the Director, some students may choose to wear a tight/shoe color that more accurately honors their natural skin tone  (e.g. ballet brown, bronze, tan, etc.).

*For modern/contemporary: ladies should wear black footless tights over their leotards

Hair

  • Hair must be in a neat bun at the crown of the head (see video above). Females with short hair must keep their hair neat, secure and away from the face.

Miscellaneous ​

  • No jewelry of any kind, except small stud earrings.

  • Only pale pink or clear nail polish permitted in class.

  • Undergarments are not worn under tights for ladies.


Men’s Uniform:

  • White Stretch Crew Neck T-shirt (any brand, no logos)

  • Black Footed or Convertible Tights; must cover the entire ankle and foot.

  • Dance Belt: Thong or Full seat; worn underneath tights

  • White Socks: Preferred Style HUE 7693 Tender Top Sock

  • White Ballet Shoes: Full Sole Leather preferred up through Foundations Levels

 

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