Dress Code & FAQ

There is a strict dress code for each level of T.U.P.A.C. students. So that we may accurately instruct students in proper techniques, the body must be visible. Showing respect for our art in conduct as well as a dress code helps foster the required discipline it takes to learn a classical art.

Leotards, tights and shoes can be purchased at the Dance Collection, 4854 S. Adams St 98409, 253-471-4225, or online. 

Dancers who are not in dress code may be asked to sit out and observe class for that day.For safety and etiquette, only small post earrings may be worn. Facial jewelry must be flush (even) with the skin. No other jewelry including necklaces, watches, and bracelets or rings may be worn.Hair must be secured to keep hair out of eyes, and off of the neck – this is necessary for proper spotting. Hair clips and bows should not dangle from the ends of braids or twists. If hair is short there is no need to force it into a bun.

GIRLS 6-12:     Royal Blue (non-shiny) short sleeve leotard (no camisoles or fancy back), transition tights that match student’s skin color, canvas split soled ballet slippers – nude, pink or white (to be colored to match students skin color).

GIRLS & YOUNG WOMEN 13-18: Burgundy (non-shiny) short sleeve leotard, (no camisoles or fancy backs, sports bra if needed to be worn underneath), transition tights that match student’s skin color, canvas split soled ballet slippers – nude, pink or white (to be colored to match students skin color).

BOYS & YOUNG MEN 6-18:  White short-sleeve fitted tee shirt or leotard, black dance belt, black dance shorts or black transition tights, short white socks, white canvas split soled ballet shoes. 

GIRLS & YOUNG WOMEN:  African Lappas (short dance skirt) available at reception desk $20.00. Liturgical/Praise Skirt, white available at discountpraise.com $20-$25.



Q. Where is T.U.P.A.C. located?

A. T.U.P.A.C. is located at 734 Pacific Ave,  3rd floor. in the 733ARTS building between 7th and 9th Ave. The Tacoma Link Light Rail, Theater District Stop is at our back door at 733 Commerce St, soundtransit.org/tacomalink, for schedule.

Q. What qualifications are necessary to register for dance classes?

A. Auditions for placement are not necessary. The summer session will be divided by age and will follow the guidelines for the age and development of students as set by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS). Classes will be defined by levels beginning in the Fall/Winter Session which begins: Monday September 18th, 2017.

Q. How is the school year organized?

A. Registration for the 2017-2018 school year (September-June) will begin in June 2017. Parents are encouraged to enroll their dancers during the summer session.

Q. Are classes open to observation throughout the year?

A. No, parents and outside guests may not observe classes, it is disruptive to the student and instructor. Parent observation will occur one week in each session.

Q. Is financial aid offered? 

A. Yes, there is need based financial assistance available. Family discounts for multiple students are also available.

Q. Will there be performance opportunities?

A. All T.U.P.A.C. students in good standing have the opportunity to participate in various productions throughout each session.

Q. Who do I contact if I have any questions?

A. Email: contact@tacomaupac.org, or call: 253-327-1873. All students should also report their absences here.

Coming Soon...

The 2017/2018 Fall/Winter Session Schedule. Classes begin Monday September 18, 2017.