Dance Uniform Decoration Rules

Because dance is mostly synchronized, it's especially important that the dance outfit give your team the uniform look. Whether your dance team is opting for today's athletic style with long pants and a midriff spandex top, or the more traditional skirt or shorts and "T" combo, the uniform reflects your team. The uniform says a lot, and what it says to your audience can be especially important in competitions where judges are watching for how seriously your team wants to win. So when you're designing or decorating your dance uniform, it's important to keep in mind color and style choices. And more importantly, what rules and regulations have to say. Remember that rules may vary from one school or organization to another, so be sure and know the rules that apply to your team.

High School Dance Uniform Rules

Rules pertaining to high school dance uniforms follow many of the same rules that apply to cheerleading uniforms. Following are a few general guidelines which coaches are expected to make sure their team complies with, violations of which can result in penalties. Rules vary from state to state, so make sure you check with your local organization pertaining to dance uniform rules.

Clothing, Jewelry and Accessories

Basically dance apparel should cover the midriff (middle section of the body from front to back) when standing at attention, and nude bodysuits are obviously not permitted. Eye glasses should be secured with a band, and there should be no beads or knots on the band.


Props, that is anything that is not attached or positioned on a uniform, are allowed, but may not be used as "bases".

College Dance Uniform Rules

The following information is intended to serve as a guide for designing your college dance uniform, based on the official rules.

The rules are not extremely detailed; generally "appropriate" dress is required for all practices, performances and award ceremonies. The following is a guideline about what is deemed appropriate.

In General:

Dance Tops

Dance Bottoms

Dance Shoes

All Star Dance Rules

The following are 2010-11 rules pertaining to all star dance uniforms. For detailed information visit the All Star Federation.

Footwear is "recommended but not required". Socks and footed tights are prohibited.

Jewelry is allowed as a part of the costume.

"All costuming and makeup should be age appropriate and acceptable for family viewing". No "suggestive, offensive, or vulgar costuming" is allowed.


"Wearable and handheld items are allowed... and can be removed and discarded from the body". Standing props are allowed with limitations.

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