What to consider when buying dance clothing
Choose your dance clothing and shoes carefully, and you’ll thank yourself later. Here are some tips to help you make the right choices:
• Fit is very important, so avoid clothing that is either too large or too small, as these may encumber movement.
• Avoid baggy clothing as this can ruin your lines and obscure your form, making it harder for your instructor or choreographer to correct your posture and technique.
• Stay away from clothing with zips and buttons, as these can catch on other garments, causing restriction and possibly injury.
• Choose breathable synthetic fabrics that will allow airflow to your skin and wick away moisture. Synthetic fabrics also dry quickly, so they prevent bacterial build-up on your skin, which can cause skin irritation and body odour.
• Avoid cotton as it retains moisture, which can lead to the build up of bacteria.
• Choose shoes that are made for the specific dance style, and make sure that they fit right so that they don’t inhibit your movement and/or cause injury.
• For ballet, start with soft ballet shoes or full-sole slippers, which will give you extra support.
• Experienced ballet dancers should wear either Pointes or split sole shoes.
• For jazz, buy proper jazz shoes, which will give you the support needed for various jazz moves. Avoid those with laces, as they may cause you to trip.
• For trampolining, choose lightweight, flexible canvas shoes made specifically for use on a trampoline.
• Consider socks/tights or leg warmers to keep your muscles supple in cold temperatures.
• Compression tights can increase your jumping power and prevent injury.
• Older girls and women should wear a full or demi-sports bra to provide support. This will prevent strain and tension in the upper back and neck.
• Pick tight-fitting underwear that will not shift or bulge.
• Shorts should sit above the knee and be tight-fitting.