When you first start at a new dance class, it can feel like starting school again. However, at least at school, you just wear school uniform so don’t have to worry about wearing the wrong thing. Choosing dancewear for your dance class shouldn’t be a worry but for many people, it is. So here are some handy tips to help you choose some comfy and appropriate clothing that should suit any kind of dance style.
1. Wear what you are comfortable in
This is one of the most common phrases said by dance teachers and often doesn’t help students in the slightest. After all, pyjamas are very comfortable but it’s doubtful your dance teacher would like you to turn up in them. So, keep in mind you do need to be comfortable but at the same time, you need to be flexible.
This means not wearing the baggiest tracksuit bottoms simply because they’re nice and soft. Your movements need to be flexible so you need to wear clothes that are neither too loose nor too tight. Leggings and a t-shirt are therefore a safe bet, although make sure your leggings aren’t see-through and that you have some form of bra support under your t-shirt.
2. Practice moving about before making your decision
It is a good idea to try out your planned outfit before attending your dance class as you never know whether certain trousers will ride up somewhere they shouldn’t upon you making certain dance moves. You also don’t want to have to readjust clothing every minute or so, so you need to make sure your clothes stay in one place (as much as possible) despite you moving enthusiastically about.
3. Slim fit leggings
As previously mentioned, leggings are often the best choice of leg covering for dance class. However, whatever you choose to wear, whether leggings or not, you should clearly show the outline of your legs. Your dance teacher will need to see you are making the right lines and movements and will not be able to do so if you are wearing baggy trousers.
When trying on your bottoms, you should get the advice of a friend or family member to double check your leg lines can be seen and that you therefore won’t be able to hide a bent leg from your teacher.
4. Research your dance class before showing up
Many of us are so used to just booking online now that we don’t ever go and scope out the place we’re going to before it’s the day of our first dance class. However, this is a mistake! Why not call your dance teacher and ask if you can pop along and watch a class before signing up – a kind of try before you buy. Most teachers should allow this and it will give you a chance to see what everyone else is wearing so you can then structure your own outfit based on what you have seen. Simple!
5. Colours and materials
Without a doubt this is one of the more important factors to consider when it comes to choosing your dance class outfit. Unless you are a gymnast, lycra is probably best avoided, as it will cling to all the wrong places and show up all your lumps and bumps. You don’t want to end up feeling uncomfortable throughout your dance class.
The wrong colour will show up every ounce of your sweat. Everyone sweats, especially if you have been working hard at dance class but that doesn’t mean you want everyone to see how much you’ve been sweating. So take careful consideration before buying colourful fabrics, such as pinks and purples and keep in mind the best colours to choose for dancewear are probably black and white.
Laura writes for Danceforce. When not blogging about dancewear, she can often be found mending hers.