Buying dance wear is an expensive endeavor, not so much for the individual items, but for the volume needed for an entire year. Your dance wear will have to be washed after every class, so don't expect too much longevity from the fibers, as they can wear out fast. To start your dance class, you will need a select few pieces to enhance your comfort and meet the requirements from some dance studios.
- If you are taking a classical ballet course from a highly reputable establishment, they will probably enforce a dress code to keep the dancers uniform and tidy. A black three-quarter sleeved leotard with pink tights and shoes is the norm for females, and black tights and shoes are regulatory for males.
- When buying your tights, you have a couple of options on the table. A full footed tight is the easiest to find in the stores, but not a good choice if you're dancing on pointe. By switching to a half foot or stirrup style, you will be able to adjust your toe pads should they slip out of place. In addition, dancers who are prone to ingrown toenails want to avoid the full foot style, as they can quickly cramp the toes and are impossible to adjust during class.
- The leotards are made of a cotton-spandex blend to give you full mobility and range of motion. However, the styles that are extra shiny are made with too much spandex and not appropriate for serious dance. A full sleeve leotard adds an elegant line to arm and hand movement, but can be very hot to wear in summer months. The tank-top leotard is certainly the most comfortable, but will show a bra strap if not fitted properly. The most important issue is how the leotard fits and that you are happy in how you look from every angle.
- Leg warmers are an essential part of the warming up process and should be worn for the first barre segment or until you feel your feet heating up. Most dance injuries are gained over time as the tendons and ligaments get tiny nicks in them when pushing your body to the limit without achieving the proper body temperature. Keep your lower legs and ankles hot with leg warmers until your body temperature raises enough to take over.
- Dance skirts are a nice addition to class and a great way to express your personality. The skirt should be sheer enough for the instructor to see your hip rotations and assist you with corrections. The skirts can be any length, but the mini remains the favorite with most dancers. A short skirt will show off your hard earned muscle definitions and beautifully accentuate your line. Sheer skirts are available in a myriad of colors, prints, fabrics and lengths. Choose the mood you want to set that day with stunning dance skirt accessories.