What do I wear in first ballroom dancing lesson
If you’re attending your first ballroom dance class you might be confused or concerned about what do I wear in first ballroom dancing lesson. While ballet dancers wear leotards, tights and their hair in a bun, ballroom dancing is much more casual and calls for a different type of attire.
While various instructors might have a more specific dress code, in general, your attire for a ballroom dance class should be casual and comfortable.
For the men, “business casual” is the best way to describe the expected attire. A shirt and dress pants are preferred by most instructors, but should allow for easy movement. Avoid tight fitting button down shirts and pants. If it is summer, dress shorts are also acceptable.
Women can wear loose dresses, skirts or pants that flow and don’t restrict movement. Keep in mind you will be taking large steps backwards and forwards. Dresses, skirts and pants that are too stiff or tight, limit the dancer and can be a distraction. Dresses or skirts that are too short can also distract dancers as they are likely to worry about them rising too high as they dance. It’s also important to mention that sleeveless shirts or tank tops are likely to have straps that can slip off your shoulder while spinning and turning.
If you are planning to become a long-term ballroom dancer, you will want to invest in a pair of ballroom dance shoes available at dance boutiques or online. Many studios also sell dance shoes.
For beginners or if you don’t want to invest in ballroom dance shoes, suede or leather soled shoes are best. You want shoes that allow you to easily glide around the dance floor. Avoid athletic shoes like sneakers, as they will grip the dance floor instead of glide across it.
No matter what type of shoe you decide to wear to your ballroom dance class, the most important element is that the shoes are secure. To avoid tripping over your feet or having your shoes fly off during a dance move, make sure they are secure to your foot. Loose shoes can not only throw off dance moves but could even cause a sprained ankle if the shoe comes off during a complicated dance move.
Both men and women should avoid wearing large, chunky accessories like jewelry or watches. Long necklaces can get tangled or caught while dancing and heavy watches or bracelets can weigh down dancers arms. It is recommended that these types of jewelry not be worn to dance lessons.
For dancers that expect to perspire during class, they might want to bring a change of clothes and/or towel. Men can bring a clean shirt if they expect to sweat through the shirt they wear to class. Women, who might not want to bring another dress, can simply bring a towel to use to dry their sweat. Bringing a towel to ballroom dance classes in a common practice.
Dancing will be more fun when you don’t have to worry about being distracted, or possibly injured, by what you’re wearing.