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Common Dance Clothes and Gear

Little girls find few things more exciting than their first dance class. Parents understandably want everything to be perfect for their child, and the right gear will ensure they feel comfortable and a part of the group. The types of clothing and accessories available can seem confusing to parents that have never taken dance lessons themselves. Most instructors supply a list of what to bring, but it is always helpful for parents to know the everyday items dancewear companies like Bodythings offer in Edmonton.

Popular Dance Shoes

Pointe Shoes

The aspiring ballet dancer will only need pointe shoes after they gain some experience. To start lessons, most instructors will request the dancers have ballet slippers. The slippers come with either a full sole or split sole for more maneuverability of the foot. The most common colours are black, pink, and white and will come in either leather or canvas with the exterior covered in shiny satin. The pointe typically comes with a built-in box at the toe of the slipper so the dancer can dance on the tips of their toes. Pointe shoes require fittings, so the shoe fits the foot of the dancer correctly.

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Jazz shoes

Critical features of jazz shoes are their shock absorption and traction, so most have rubber soles. The shoes may either come in a lace-up style or a slip-on. Like ballet shoes, they may also have a split sole for more foot flexibility. Soft, durable leather is a common material for jazz shoes as is a breathable liner and added padding for more shock absorption.

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Tap Shoes

Other than the bottom, tap shoes have a similar appearance to most jazz shoes. On the bottom of the shoes are the taps, and these are the addition that makes the shoes so distinctive. The taps screw into a fiberboard at the toe and the heel. The board is known as the soundboard, and it is a part of the sole. Tap shoes come with ties and without, but the most significant difference is the thickness of the sole because this changes the tone of the taps. Inexpensive PVC tap shoes are usually a good choice for first-time tap students, but more experienced tap dancers will want a more durable leather.

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Character Shoes

Character shoes are versatile and flexible dance shoes. The footwear has a variety of uses in different dance performances. The shoes are typically canvas or leather soles and uppers that can have metal plates attached if they need to transform into tap shoes. Many dance performances include these types of shoes, and many beginning ballet dancers prefer character shoes over ballet slippers because they offer more stability.

Character Shoes

Character shoes are versatile and flexible dance shoes. The footwear has a variety of uses in different dance performances. The shoes are typically canvas or leather soles and uppers that can have metal plates attached if they need to transform into tap shoes. Many dance performances include these types of shoes, and many beginning ballet dancers prefer character shoes over ballet slippers because they offer more stability.

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Necessary Dance Clothes

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Tights

All dancers should have multiple pairs of tights because they are a fun and inexpensive item and because more than one is needed. Tights should always be cleaned in-between uses for health and odour purposes, and they can damage easily. Bring an extra pair of tights to each dance class and a couple of pair for competitions and any dance performances.

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Tights

All dancers should have multiple pairs of tights because they are a fun and inexpensive item and because more than one is needed. Tights should always be cleaned in-between uses for health and odour purposes, and they can damage easily. Bring an extra pair of tights to each dance class and a couple of pair for competitions and any dance performances.

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Leotards

The leotard is the most important piece of clothing for many dancers and gymnasts. It is an excellent idea to own more than one, so a clean garment is always available. A classic tank leotard is a good first piece for a new dancer. The workout wear is comfortable and allows the dancer to move easily. Many little girls enjoy skirted leotards because they look like a traditional ballet dancer ensemble. Short and long-sleeved leotards can help dancers that want more coverage or feel too cold in a tank leotard.

It is important to buy the first leotard at a brick and mortar shop rather than online. The fit of the piece is important for the comfort and flexibility of the dancer. Leotards should have a snug fit but not feel too tight. Online shopping is easier once people have some experience with how to choose the right size and design.

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Leotards

The leotard is the most important piece of clothing for many dancers and gymnasts. It is an excellent idea to own more than one, so a clean garment is always available. A classic tank leotard is a good first piece for a new dancer. The workout wear is comfortable and allows the dancer to move easily. Many little girls enjoy skirted leotards because they look like a traditional ballet dancer ensemble. Short and long-sleeved leotards can help dancers that want more coverage or feel too cold in a tank leotard.

It is important to buy the first leotard at a brick and mortar shop rather than online. The fit of the piece is important for the comfort and flexibility of the dancer. Leotards should have a snug fit but not feel too tight. Online shopping is easier once people have some experience with how to choose the right size and design.

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Jazz Pants

It is not only jazz dancers that wear jazz pants. The comfortable, versatile clothing is perfect for nearly any dancer. Most jazz pants fit snugly through the waist and thighs and have more room for the lower legs, but some are snug all over. The pants come in breathable fabrics that stretch and move with the body. Jazz pants can be found in a variety of patterns and styles and include high-waisted pants, loose-fitting culottes and more.

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Jazz Pants

It is not only jazz dancers that wear jazz pants. The comfortable, versatile clothing is perfect for nearly any dancer. Most jazz pants fit snugly through the waist and thighs and have more room for the lower legs, but some are snug all over. The pants come in breathable fabrics that stretch and move with the body. Jazz pants can be found in a variety of patterns and styles and include high-waisted pants, loose-fitting culottes and more.

Important Accessory Options

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Undergarments

Undergarments

Remember to select body fitting, seamless, and stretchy undergarments. Loose or bulky underclothes can shift and distract the dancer. The items may also be visible under dance clothes. Not only will visible undergarments detract from the appeal of the dance routine, but they can also cause embarrassment for the dancer.

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Hair Accessories

Hair Accessories

Dancers need to keep their hair out of their eyes, for their appearance and so accidents do not occur. A seamless bun ensures the sleek silhouette expected of a ballet dancer. Bun covers add an extra layer of protection as it holds the hair in place and prevents any stray strands from popping out during a routine. Headbands, hair pins, and hair ties and bun makers are other useful purchases. Buy ample accessories because they disappear quickly once a busy dance season begins.

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Shoe Accessories

Shoe Accessories

Heel grips avoid blisters as they prevent the heels from slipping in the shoe. The use of them can also prevent runs in tights. Sole inserts supply more padding to the foot. Foot spray keeps odours under control in the shoes and the dance gear bag. Dance socks are a common need for jazz dancers and many others.

Any child that starts a dance class will have more confidence if they look like a real dancer. Budget and dedication will dictate how many items a young dancer needs in their bag when they begin. Start small and build up their wardrobe over time. Remember to talk to the dance instructor before buying shoes or leotards to see if the class needs a specific coloured outfit or a particular accessory. Contact Bodythings anytime!