Knowing what to wear to your dance class is very important. Remember it’s function over aesthetics; It’s class not the stage! Most dancing schools have their own uniform so make sure you check with your teacher before going shopping.
Ballet students need to be neatly groomed for all classes. The best choice in clothing is pink ballet tights and a leotard. Ballet wraps and leg warmers are fantastic in the colder months as most teachers will not permit any loose clothing. The ballet shoes you need will depend on your school’s choice and your level, along with the choice of ribbons or elastics. Don’t forget your hair should be a bun!
Jazz & Tap etc
These classes can be filled with all different styled clothing, but generally it must be stretchy and mostly fitted to make your movements easier. Clothing that needs adjusting as you dance can be very annoying so make sure it’s all going to stay where you want it to. Personally I prefer jazz shoes over the ever-so-popular “jazz boot” because I find them too chunky and limit the use of feet and contact with the floor. You can get away with having your hair in a nice neat pony-tail (fringes are generally a no-no) but if you will be doing lots of turns you might opt for a bun – having hair whipping into your eyes is no fun at all. The only style where loose clothing and trainers/sneakers are a must is for hip-hop or funk styles to help you get the feel of the movements.
A student of mine once cut her ankle in ballet on battement frappes because she was wearing a chain anklet. Personally, I always have to take my watch off otherwise it moves around too much and bruises my hand so try to keep jewelery to a minimum. Large earrings, bracelets etc can be a serious health hazard!
Having a special uniform or outfit set aside for your dance classes can help get you in the right mood for your lesson, even if you’re having a lazy day once you get into your dancing gear you should feel hyped up and ready to dance!