Frequently Asked Questions and
Dress Code Details

Attendance

Attendance is very important.  We want your child to be comfortable and have the opportunity to grow as much as possible during the year.  Please make an effort to have him/her attend all classes.  If a conflict does arise during a particular month, please contact us: we may have other classes at other locations available to your child as an alternative to missing an entire class.​

Extremely Shy Child and/or One Having Second Thoughts?

Our Programs are the perfect venue for the shy child to gain confidence in a safe, non-threatening social environment.  All classes are structured so that each student is given specific instruction on what to do each step of the way.  Students do not roam unattended at any point during the classes, nor are they asking for dance partners (thus leaving anyone to be the “last one chosen.”)  In each and every class, we practice shaking hands with adults and peers and looking people in the eye while speaking.  One of the biggest rewards for me, as a teacher, is to see a “shy” child evolve into a socially confident young adult.  It happens every year!

Weather

As we all know too well, Oklahoma’s weather can be somewhat unpredictable.  If we have a situation where we need to reschedule classes due to inclement weather, we will send an email with details.  We will also post the information on my blog at www.CareySueVega.com.  If you have any question whatsoever before heading out in unfavorable weather, please check for an email message, or check the blog for details.

Dress Code​

The classes and the Ball have a required dress code.  We believe this “sets the atmosphere” for the courtesies we are learning.  Please encourage your child to be aware of the dress code and the importance of it.  Class dress for the boys will be khaki pants, dress shirts, ties, and navy or dark blazers.  Please check new blazers and remove the label from the outer sleeve cuff and any white threads holding the vents temporarily in place.  Ladies should wear conservative Sunday dresses or knee-length skirts and dress shoes comfortable for dancing.  No jeans, t-shirts or tennis shoes will be allowed.

Following the dress code helps reinforce the courtesies we are teaching.  Thank you in advance for helping your child dress suitably for our program.  If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

Rule of Thumb...
Conservative “Sunday” clothing is both professional and functional.

 

Ladies: 
1.  Skirt Length:  Please choose dresses or skirts that are no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.  When the ladies lift their arms during the dancing portion of the class their hemline goes up as well. The current trend of the micro-mini is not suitable or acceptable for our programs – we don’t want any embarrassing situations to occur.

2.  Dress Top:  Nametags are placed up high and close to the right-hand shoulder, so ladies need material to receive the nametag.  Please, no strapless or thin-strapped tops (this also avoids a nasty sticker burn).

3.  Appropriate Necklines:  Select modest necklines (nothing too low cut, please).

4.  Comfortable Dress Shoes:  Comfort and safety are key: especially during dance practice.  Ladies are required to keep their shoes on…no kicking off the shoes and dancing barefoot.  (It is likely a few toes will be stepped on during practice!)

 

Gentlemen:
1.  Dress Clothes:  Khaki pants, dress shirt, tie, and navy or dark blazer are appropriate.  If your son has a suit that he would like to wear, that is completely fine.  For the majority of the young men, the navy blazer and khaki pants are just “easier” to accomplish.  Special note to gentlemen wearing newly purchased blazers/jackets:Please make sure to remove the tag bearing the brand name of the jacket from the lower left sleeve.  Also, don’t forget to snip any strings holding vents in place.

2.  Dress shoes:  We understand that it may be difficult to find dress shoes – the main goal is to steer clear of “tennis shoes.”

End-of-the-year Ball and Tutorial Dinner:  

The Ball is a very special occasion at the conclusion of our program year.  Invitations will be mailed prior to the Ball, and a response from your child is required.  This Ball is for registered students only, to allow them to practice the dance steps and skills learned during the year.  The tutorial dinner will include formal dining instruction between each course.  Due to the structure of the tutorial dinner, please ensure that your child arrives promptly.  Make plans now for this special event.

The Level 5 Dinner and Dance is semi-formal.  The dinner will consist of a three-course meal. Ladies should wear tea length, age-appropriate dresses (examples would be Easter or ‘party’ type dresses) and dress shoes.  We are more concerned with the dresses being age appropriate and comfortable than we are the length.  Gentlemen should wear khaki pants, dress shirts, ties, and navy or dark blazers.

The Level 6 Grand Ball is black tie.  The dinner will consist of a four-course meal.  Ladies: the majority of the young ladies wear floor-length dresses, with sleeves or straps (please, no strapless dresses).  If your daughter has a tea length dress and would like to wear it, that is completely acceptable; we are more concerned with the dresses being age appropriate and comfortable than we are the length.  Each gentleman will be wearing a traditional black tuxedo with a formal white shirt, a black bow tie, cummerbund, and basic formal black shoe.  Tuxedo rental will be available from local vendors for a discounted rate.  More information on tuxedo rental and discount opportunities will be available closer to the event.

The Level 7/8 Ball is black tie.  The dinner will consist of a five-course meal.  Ladies should wear floor-length dresses.  Gentlemen should wear tuxedos. Ladies: the majority of the young ladies wear floor-length dresses, with sleeves or straps (please, no strapless dresses).  If your daughter has a tea length dress and would like to wear it, that is completely acceptable; we are more concerned with the dresses being age appropriate and comfortable than we are the length.  Each gentleman will be wearing a traditional black tuxedo with a formal white shirt, a black bow tie, cummerbund, and basic formal black shoe. Tuxedo rental will be available from local vendors for a discounted rate.  More information on tuxedo rental and discount opportunities will be available closer to the event.

Passport / High School Event Dress Codes:

Most of our upper level events will require the same Dress Code above of Jacket/Tie for the Gentlemen and 'business length' skirt or dress for the ladies. For some of our outings we will have a more casual dress code and we will communicate those details accordingly. 

The Passport Ball is white tie. The dinner will onsists of a six-course meal. Ladies should wear floor-length dresses with straps! Please make sure your dress is not dragging the floor so it does not get stepped on during the dancing. Comfortable shoes are a must as they will need to stay on your feet for the duration of the event.  Again, please, no strapless dresses. Each gentleman will be wearing a traditional tailcoat, black pleated trouser, white wing shirt, white pique (low cut) vest, white pique bowtie, and basic formal black shoes. Tuxedo rental will be available from local vendors for a discounted rate.  More information on tuxedo rental and discount opportunities will be available closer to the event.