SHOES AND UNIFORM
** Check with your teacher to see if there are any gently used shoes available in your size before purchasing new!**
Girls Soft Shoes- Beginner level dancers should purchase an Irish dance ghillie by the start of their second month of classes. These can be purchased new at: www.rutherfordshoes.com or at other online vendors (check with your teacher to check on the best brand and size for your dancer)
Boys Soft Shoes- Beginner level dancers should purchase basic lace up jazz shoes at www.capezio.com or a similar online vendor. Intermediate and Advanced level boy dancers will need to have an Irish dance heel added to the jazz shoe or purchase soft shoes with the heel already attached. Both of these options are available through www.rutherfordshoes.com
Hard Shoes- Intermediate level dancers should purchase Hard Shoes (or jig shoes) at www.rutherfordshoes.com or a similar online vendor (check with your teacher to check on the best brand and size for your dancer).
Socks- Boys may wear a mid-length white or black sock to class but must wear black socks at performances. Girls may wear a mid-length white or black sock to class but must wear "ankle length poodle socks" at performances. These can be purchased at: www.rutherfordshoes.com
T-Shirts and Other Class Gear-New dancers may wear a black or white t-shirt with black shorts of a modest length or leggings to their first month of classes but are expected to wear an official HID t-shirt or a feis shirt by the start of their second month of classes. Ask Mrs. Emily at class about ordering a t-shirt and other HID gear.
Performance Outfits- In addition to the shoes and socks outlined above, dancers interested in and ready to participate in performances will be required to purchase or rent performance outfits based on age and level. Ask Mrs. Emily at class about when you'll be ready to order your costume!
Girls Wigs- In recent years, girl dancers followed the tradition of curling their hair for performances and competitions. To make things a little easier on the dancers (and their moms!) some dancers opted to skip the sponge rollers and hairspray and go for the convenience of a wig. Visit irishdanceoutfitters.com to purchase one for your dancer! Dancers who are 9 and under typically get the Mairead full wig or the Tara bun wig. Dancers who are 10 and older typically get the Katie K full wig or the Kathleen bun wig.