What clothing and footwear to dancing lessons is often something that beginners worry about a lot. The easiest solution is to ask the teacher – in fact any good dance studio should tell you what to wear before you enrol in a dance class.
Although Degas’ famous painting looks beautiful – the reality is that if you have enrolled in ballet or even jazz lessons you will not be wearing tutus and long flowing hair. Most serious dance classes will have teachers who need to see what your body is doing – hence the popularity of leotards and similar clothing for the more energetic styles.
What to Wear to Dance Class?
Light weight and reasonably form fitting is the universal requirement for dance clothing. The teacher needs to see what you are doing with your body! Leotards are the traditional look for jazz and ballet classes but many people these days will wear tops and leggings. For some dance styles a skirt is part of the dance e..g belly dance, which will often require a practice veil as well. Clothing should be layered – especially if you are having dancing lessons in one of Wellington’s poorly heated halls! For ballroom and rock and roll many women will wear skirts, with leggings underneath if requried to keep warm.
Styles such as competitive ballroom dancing and Lindy Hop have the costumns as an essential part of the overall “look” when the dancers dance in public, in practice therefore dancers will wear similar styles (but simpler) so that they are used to deal with skirts and floats required on their “formal” dress.
Shoes for Dance Classes
Shoes are probably the one thing you should spend money on, after the dance lessons themselves of course, assuming your style is not one done bare foot -which at least makes it cheap but you will have sore feet until you get used to it. Good dance shoes really do make an enormous difference to your ability to dance. If you are attempting to ballroom dance in sports shoes you are risking injury (by yanking a knee or ankle because the shoe won’t slide on the floor). Although you may heard that high heels are bad for you, dance styles that women (and sometimes men) wear high heels for (Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, Argentine Tango particularly) are designed to have the foot and the body in that position – dancing in flat shoes is actually mroe difficult than wearing a low (2″ or 2 1/2″ heel).
Accessories for Dance Class
Less is definitly more when it comes to jewellery. Catching a belt buckle or a, worse, a long dangling ear ring is not something you will ever do twice. Tie hair back – particularly if partner dancing – your partner certainly doesnt want your hair in your face.