I’m the first to admit it – I love dancewear. I spend a fair bit of time in it each week, so this is probably a bonus.


What to wear when dancing is pretty straightforward once you know what you’re doing, but it can be quite daunting for the beginner. What to wear depends on what exactly you are going to be doing. For example, sneakers and loose-fitting clothing allows you to move more freely, which is useful if you are doing hip hop, while a leotard, tights and ballet shoes enable a teacher to see correct technique in a ballet class. These styles have specific rules about what is appropriate, however there are a few general guidelines that are helpful to bear in mind, whether it’s your first class or your 500th class.

  • Expectations Find out what the expectations are for your dance style and then choose clothing you feel comfortable in within these expectations. Your teacher doesn’t want to have to remind you about your dancewear.
  • Differentiate Make sure your dancewear is different to your outwear/everyday clothes. Outdoor clothes are uncomfortable to dance and at best and restrictive to the point of being dangerous (either for your clothes or your person) at worst. Not to mention the fact that you’re going to sweat!
  • Moveability Wear clothes that let you move – whether it’s something loose or tight-fitting lyrca it has to let you move comfortably or easily. You don’t want to be stressing about your clothes instead of focusing on the dance.

Chances are that if you are a student taking classes at a studio, you have a set uniform, but if you taking community classes or dancing at school, it’s important to think about what you’re dancing in as it can have a big impact on how you can dance!

We’ve all got our favourite clothes to dance in – what are yours?


2 thoughts on “Dancewear

  1. This is something I’ve been thinking about quite a lot recently. Because hooping is a new form of dance there are no traditions about what to wear – other than don’t wear anything shiny because it will make the hoop more slippery! [Merino is definitely out unfortunately.] My students come to class wearing anything from work clothes to exercise clothes.

    I’ve always hooped in street clothes but increasingly I’m finding myself trying to practise in uncomfortable clothes! So I’m experimenting with what is most comfortable for me and plan to stock up on those items of clothing.

    PS. I love dancewear too.

  2. Wow! It’s really interesting to hear about the norms for hooping. I’ve only ever really done styles of dance that have quite well established guidelines for what to wear, so it’s really hard for me to imagine dancing in street clothes. I guess it would be quite restrictive as you got more confident.

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