Expeditions in Etiquette

Dress Code Details

Dress Code

Here is a fun video the Student Ambassadors created that helps with Dress Code questions:

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.

Dress Code Details:

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 is 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 is just “easier” to accomplish.

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

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.

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.