Studio Policies

Studio Rules
Studio rules are posted in the studio. Safety is our highest priority, and we ask that all students and parents adhere to these rules. When possible, we could also use help from parents enforcing these rules as well.

No running in the studio. This includes students and siblings!

○ Students may not wait in the parking lot or anywhere outside the ADU studio for pick-up. All students must wait indoors until their ride has arrived.

○ Students should not enter the studios until directed by the instructor.

○ Non-students are never allowed in the studios except during specified observation times.

○ Students may not hang on the ballet barres.

○ No chewing gum.

○ Food or drinks are allowed in the snack area only.

○ Proper dress is required for class.

○ Students should not be left unattended in lobby.

○ Siblings of students must be supervised at all times and need to adhere to the studio rules

○ No profanity.

○ Parent Observation allowed only on specified days or at teacher's discretion.

○ No touching or banging the mirrors.

○ Do not touch or play with the stereo equipment.

○ No one is allowed in office.

○ No one is allowed in private office without the permission of Alette or Ursula.

○ Do not call instructors at home.

Dress Code

In order to prevent confusion for you or your child, here are some basic guidelines for clothing expectations
when your child arrives for class.


Studio Attire

○ Students may wear any color or style of dance clothes (leotard, tights, jazz pants, leggings)

○ Students must wear proper dance clothes to class! NO t-shirts, shorts, or baggy street clothes are accepted.

○ Pink tights are REQUIRED for all female Junior level and above Ballet classes.

○ All female students should wear tights/leggings for all classes.

○ Students must have their hair pulled up and away from their face in a neat and secure style (i.e., ponytail or bun.) If hair is long enough for a ponytail, then it must be in one. If ponytail is long and distracts the student while dancing, then it must be secured in a bun.

○ Male students may wear exercise attire which includes elastic waist shorts or sweats. Please wear t-shirts that fit and are not too baggy.

Shoe Requirements
Students must have the appropriate color shoes by April 2023 which is prior to Picture Day.
Shoes and attires may be purchased at:

TUTU’s Dance Boutique
9700 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37922
Monday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am-3:00pm

You may also purchase shoes online at the following sites however for the proper fit, prior to ordering we recommend trying on the sample sizes we have available in the office.

*Please note that ballet and jazz shoes should fit feet like a glove. Leather shoes will stretch 1/2 a size. For your online ordering convenience, we have try on sizes of ballet, jazz & tap shoes available in the office.
All ages
Pink split sole or full sole leather ballet shoes. Capezio is the recommended brand.
Capezio slip on jazz shoes. Caramel color style # EJ2 (adult) #EJ2C(child) Teen, Intermediate, and Senior level classes may possibly need black jazz
shoes to match their costumes.
Ages 3, 4/5, 6/7, Junior 1/2/3
Capezio Mary Jane tap shoe. Caramel color. Style #3800 (adult) #3800C (child)
Capezio black leather lace up split sole or full sole tap shoes.
No shoes required. Bare feet only for class.
Lyrical & Contemporary
Junior 1/2/3, Teen, Intermediate & Senior
Canvas skin tone Turners
Pre hip-hop, Junior 1/2/3, Teen, Intermediate & Senior
Any full heel sneaker, everyday lace up sneaker, or dance sneaker. All hip-
hop classes will be required to buy shoes that match their costume at alater date.
Male Students
Black ballet shoes, Black slip-on jazz shoes, Black lace up tap shoes.
Dance Company
Shoes to be determined depending on costume choices.


Dancers cannot improve if they are not in class. Unplanned conflicts are a part of life, but excessive absences interrupt the learning process. Therefore, we ask that attending classes be a priority in your family. Regardless of missed class time, tuition is due and there will be no make-up classes or refunds offered for classes missed In the event a class is cancelled due to inclement weather or an instructor’s absence, a make- up lesson will be offered.

Parent Observation

At ADU, we believe in fostering a productive learning environment.

We offer two scheduled Parent Observation weeks when parents are invited to observe their dancers in the classroom, as well as closed circuit viewing monitors so you can watch your child practice in the studio while you relax in the lobby
Inclement Weather
In East Tennessee, weather is going to be an issue at times. Here’s what you need to know. In the case of inclement weather, please call the studio. We will leave a message regarding closing by 2:00pm. Please note the studio may not close based on school closings if the weather has improved throughout the day. In the rare case we are forced to close, accounts will also be notified by email and information will be posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Any classes missed for inclement weather will be made up in the spring.