Why have a uniform?

We don’t prescribe a uniform for ballet just to look smart. Ballet is a discipline and a uniform helps to build a culture for effective learning and with a sense of belonging, pride and unity.  But most importantly, our teachers must be able to clearly see each child’s alignment and positioning from head to toe in order to make proper corrections when needed and ensure the safety of our students.

Three girls standing in 1st position in ballet class wearing uniform leotards and skirts

Thank goodness our ballet uniform is quite forgiving when it comes to growing children; lycra leotards, socks and tights stretch with your child, but it’s a good idea to have a check before you come back to class at the start of a new term. If your child is just starting with us or moving up a grade after an exam, check below to see if there are any uniform requirements for their new class.

Just like in all walks of life, shoes are particularly important for ballet – our feet are our tools and we need to look after them.

Do those shoes fit?

Ballet shoes for our children from the youngest up to pre-vocational level should be leather with a full sole. They should fit snugly – don’t buy shoes with room for growth as they will stretch with the feet and big shoes will trip up your child.

Put on the shoes with ballet sock or tights (not those winter warmers!) and stand with feet parallel. There should be a little room at the toe (1cm max). Now open the feet to first position – there should no longer be any room at the toe, but the shoe shouldn’t cause the toes to bunch. We recommend buying ballet shoes from a dance wear shop such as Dancerama in Redruth to ensure correct fitting.

Image showing small child's feet in ballet shoes

Which uniform for which class?

We have a uniform for each class as the children love to feel a sense of achievement as they progress.
Once registered and settled in their class, new children can buy a starter pack from us which includes almost everything they need, we also sell single items. To order, login to the member area


Penzance Ballet School Logo
  • pink or pale blue skirted leotard
  • white wrapover cardigan
  • ballet socks
  • ballet shoes

image showing young primary dancers cheering on the stairs
  • Pale blue skirted leotard
  • white wrapover cardigan
  • ballet socks
  • full sole pink leather ballet shoes
  • hair tied back off the face in a bun

image showing two young grade 1 dancers
  • Hyacinth Cecchetti leotard
  • white wrapover cardigan
  • white elastic belt
  • ballet socks
  • full sole pink leather ballet shoes
  • hair tied back in a bun
Image showing young dancer doing strength exercises
  • royal blue Cecchetti leotard
  • white wrapover cardigan
  • white elastic belt
  • convertible ballet tights
  • full sole pink leather ballet shoes
  • hair tied back in a bun
  • PBT equipment (yoga mat, balls, band)
Image showing two young dancers limbering in ballet uniform
  • purple ruched leotard
  • purple wrapover skirt
  • convertible ballet tights
  • full sole pink leather ballet shoes
  • hair tied back in a bun
  • PBT equipment (yoga mat, balls & band)
Image showing young dancer in navy leotard
  • navy ruched leotard
  • navy wrapover skirt
  • convertible ballet tights
  • full sole pink leather ballet shoes
  • demi-pointe shoes with ribbons*
  • hair tied back in a bun
  • PBT equipment (yoga mat balls & band)

* must be professionally fitted with prior teacher agreement

Penzance Ballet School Logo
  • black thin-strap leotard
  • convertible ballet tights
  • soft ballet shoes with elastics
  • demi-pointe shoes with ribbons *
  • pointe shoes with ribbons *
  • hair tied back in bun
  • PBT equipment (yoga mat, balls & band)

* must be professionally fitted with prior teacher agreement

Penzance Ballet School Logo
  • leotard & tights of choice, or
  • t-shirt & leggings of choice
  • ballet skirt optional
  • soft ballet shoes
  • hair tied off the face
Image showing a young girl and boy dancer posing on the stairs
  • white or pale blue t-shirt (junior)
  • navy shorts (junior)
  • white leotard (senior)
  • navy leggings (senior)
  • white socks
  • black full sole leather ballet shoes
  • PBT equipment (seniors)