Class Etiquette, Attire & Policies


Before, During and After Class
Dancers should arrive on time prepared to dance - late arrivals disrupt class time for all the students. 

  • Dancers should bring water ONLY to class. No food or gum is allowed in the studio.
  • Dancers should bring only what they need for class inside the studio - dance shoes and water bottle. Backpacks, books, toys, and other distractions should be left outside or with an adult.
  • Parents, grandparents or babysitters are not permitted inside the studio during class. 
  • Students should be picked up promptly after class - please call to alert us if you will be late. The O'Donnell Academy cannot assume responsibility for students before or after their assigned class time.
  • Parents may ask questions after class, but please note that time may be limited. Questions can be asked through email or text will be answered promptly - if you need to speak in person or on the phone an appropriate time can be arranged.


Dancers are required to wear appropriate shoes & attire during class.

Dress codes help students perform better and see themselves as a cohesive unit, and makes it easier for the teacher to spot someone out of form or behind the music and give corrections. Having a dress code also helps young dancers focus during class by

  1. Understanding they are going to be a structured class setting
  2. Ensuring that the clothing is not a distraction during class
  3. Makes certain that a dancer is appropriately and safely dressed to be performing the material. 

For all classes, dancers should wear a black ODA shirt OR a black polo shirt with black shorts. 

  • Little Lions and Beginners may wear black jazz shoes or black ballet slippers (available at Payless or dance supply stores) for the first 6 weeks. When ready, beginners should order ghillies (soft shoes) from the approved Irish dance suppliers - Rutherford Shoes or Fays Shoes
  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced students should always have appropriate dance shoes for class. NO dancing in socks or bare feet is allowed.
  • Intermediate and Advanced classes may wear gym sneakers and sweatpants during warm-ups only.
  • Hair should be tied back, neatly off the face. 
  • Jewelry should be removed prior to class. Stud earrings are okay; dangling necklaces, earrings or bracelets are not.

General Conduct

  • Any acts of gross misconduct, bullying, theft or harassment will not be tolerated. Dancers and families should refrain from inappropriate or negative behavior in person or via social media. Failure to do so will be grounds for suspension.
  • Consistent attendance is the key to success.  Regular attendance not only improves dancing ability and teaches responsibility, but it is key when performing in group dances as others are depending on the dancers in their group.
  • Students may not represent the O'Donnell Academy by performing or competing in any feis, Irish dance competition or event without advance consent of Ms. Erin.