Dress Code Policy
Applies to all HPA Activies, including classes, camp, and HPA Kids!
The Bible clearly requires modest dress. However, the definition of modesty is an area of Christian freedom. HPA is not intending to define modesty for your family. Rather, we are seeking to establish a common ground in order to respect the variety of families we serve. Therefore, we have set a standard so that everyone knows what to expect while at any HPA activity (including rehearsals, cast parties, etc).
Prior to auditioning, HPA cast members and parents commit to abide by this standard. We also ask class students, crew,orchestra, committee members, and volunteers to abide by this standard when serving HPA. HPA is committed to upholding this standard and will address participants not adhering to the standard, possibly asking them to change clothes. *Cast members who consistently attend out of dress code may be asked to leave rehearsal, resulting in an unexcused absence.
We trust and believe that you desire to abide by your commitment. The following criteria is not meant to be legalistic but to help you be confident you are meeting the standard, avoiding uncomfortable or frustrating situations.
1. Keep your midriff area covered. How do you know if this standard is met?
a. Raise your arms as high as you can. No skin or underwear should show.
b. Make sure your pants will stay high enough to keep your skin, boxers, and underwear from showing, whether you are squatting, bending over to touch your toes, or doing jumping jacks.
c. Make sure you cannot see through any of your clothes allowing your stomach, back, boxers or underwear to be visible.
2. Keep your shoulders and chest covered. How do you know if this standard is met?
a. Use the width of your four fingers (together) to measure from your neck in all directions. No skin beyond your fingersshould show at any time, including when you bow at the waist or do a pushup.
b. Your bra or camisole (including straps) should not show, even when you bow at the waist or do a pushup.
c. Make sure your shirts have at least a small sleeve.
d. Make sure you cannot see through any of your clothes allowing your shoulder, chest, back, or straps to show.
3. Wear clothing that is not form fitting. How do you know if this standard is met?
a. The lines of your underclothes should not show through your clothes when you are standing up.
b. Spandex, Leggings, and “jeggings” are not acceptable pants to wear to rehearsal unless covered by a skirt or shorts which meet the standards of #4.
c. You should not have sideways wrinkles on your shirt caused by the pulling or stretching of the fabric.
d. Shirts should hang loosely from the largest part of the chest. A tight-fitted shirt, gather, empire waist, seam, ribbon,etc. should not cause the material to cling to the body just below the chest. In other words, there should be loosefabric, not touching the skin, just below the chest.
4. Wear shorts and skirts that keep the upper thigh covered. How do you know if this standard is met?
a. Shorts should be clearly below the mid-thigh. The mid-thigh is half way between your hip joint and knee.
b. Girls’ skirts should touch the bottom your kneecap when you are standing up straight. This insures that the skirt will continue to cover the upper thigh when you sit, bend, spin, or whatever else may be required in choreography. When kneeling on the floor, your skirt should touch the floor.
c. Girls must wear shorts, leggings, or pants under skirts due to choreography and blocking. Even with pants or leggings underneath, the skirt must still touch the bottom of your kneecap.
5. Any language or graphics on clothing must be appropriate for all ages.
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