Hello there! Our student body is ever expanding, and we get a lot of daily questions about what we like to wear, or what helps us dance better, so we thought we’d share some of our dance must-haves here with you!
#1- Comfortable Shoes.
You don’t want shoes that are too loose or too tight on your feet, otherwise you will be in a world of pain. You’ll find most dancers prefer their shoes on the tighter side, but we don’t recommend that for beginners since it takes some getting used to the feeling. If you don’t have actual practice shoes, rhythm or smooth shoes to dance in, that’s totally fine. Just look for a pair of heels or for guys, dress shoes that have a smooth sole on the bottom, that way you can move more smoothly on the dance floor.
#2- Comfortable Slacks/Skirts or Dress.
When you’re dancing, you don’t want to feel confined to the movability of your clothing. Try to find pants, or a skirt or dress that you can really stretch and move in comfortably. Nothing worse then trying to dance smooth, and not being able to take those big long graceful steps because your pants are too tight.
#3- Dance Pants ( For Ladies).
All advanced lady dancers typically wear dance pants when they are in a skirt or dress. Whether you’re doing a lift, a flip, or being tossed, these are shorts protect you from what you may not want the audience to see.
#4- Dance Pants (For Gents).
These are pants that are special tailored to fit your body so that you can move with optimal speed. They are breathable, stretchy, and super comfortable, and also will make you look like an official ballroom dancer.
#5- Fitting Top.
Whether you're a lady or a gent, you’ll want a top on that isn’t so loose it gets in the way of your turns or dips, or partners hand placing. If there is a lot of loose fabric hanging down around the waist or bodice area you will find it can get in the way of your dancing sometimes.
#6- Lots of Water. With all that practice, we have so much fun often we don’t even notice hours go by. Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your energy levels up and prevent dehydration. Your body will thank you for it. Usually your dance instructors will offer you water on your lesson, because they love you of course!
We hope these recommendations helps you dance your best on your next lesson, whether that be in private, or group. We are also super excited to kick off Festival this week. Stay tuned on ways to start racking up points to win cool prizes and free lessons!
Your Arthur Murray Dance Fam!