Turn Those Resolutions Into Dance Goals

Learn to be more flexibleBe a more successful dancer this year!

Now that 2014 is in full gear, what does that mean to you as a dancer?

Yes, you know all about resolutions and how most people break them by February each year. With this in mind, why not make goals instead of resolutions?

Here are a few tips to start your year off the right way and accomplish more with your dance career:

1. Define your future.

What do you really want to accomplish as a dancer?

It’s one thing to dream about being on Broadway, dancing in a film or television show or opening your own studio. It’s another thing to write down exactly what you want and actually take action on it. Your dreams may be big, but don’t let that stand in your way.

Figure out each step you need to take to get closer to your dream. Write down goals for this week, this month, this year, and the next five years.

Set timelines and try to finish each step by each deadline. You’ll be amazed at how your dreams will start to materialize!

2. Work hard.

Well, I hate to say it, but even if you think you’re a good dancer, there is always someone better out there. Being a professional dancer is a lot of work.

You need to take dance classes, practice and study your dance technique EVERY DAY. Just dancing around your house or with friends does not count.

Don’t kid yourself. If you really want to be a dancer, you’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of you. But if you reach your goals, it’s completely worth it!

3. Go for it!

With all the work involved in becoming a dancer, or opening your own studio, the process can be overwhelming. Plus, many naysayers will tell you that you can’t do it.

If you really want to have a career in dance, don’t let anyone or anything get in your way. Focus on your goals and stay positive!

Being a dancer is a lot of work, and you’ve got to expect many hours of frustration, physical and mental exhaustion, pain, and negativity from others. It’s a very difficult career, but if you really want to be part of it, all of your hard work will pay off!

Now, go dance and work to be one step closer to your dreams!

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What To Wear to a New Dance Class Without Spending a Lot of Money

What to Wear to Dance Class Find out what kind of dance apparel and dance shoes to wear to your first dance class here.

Feel confident as a dancer

The summer is coming to a close, and it’s time to look at your dance schedule for the fall. If you are new to dance, you are probably excited about your future training… and a little bit nervous.

How can you deal with this excitement and nervousness?

Figure out what you are going to wear to dance class in advance.

This will remove one of your stressors and help you feel more confident in class. Plus, you won’t have to worry about what you’re wearing, and you can concentrate on your training. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

1. Call the studio.

Simple. Call the studio and ask the instructor what students wear to class. They may have a specific dress code so be sure to find out. And if you need something that you can’t afford, ask if they know of any students who have used shoes or used clothes you can have. They may even have some items for you in the lost and found!

2. Visit the studio or go online.

If you really want a good idea of what the students where to the dance classes you are going to take, visit the studio and look at what the dancers are wearing. Most studios have a waiting area where you can watch the classes. Not only will you be able to see the dance techniques you’ll be taught, but you can also see first-hand what the other students are wearing.

Also go to the dance studio’s website. Many times, the studios will post videos of their studio and dancers. In the videos, you’ll be able to see what the other students are wearing.

3. Visit a thrift shop, look online or call other studios.

If you know you need a certain outfit for dance class but have limited funds, visit your local thrift shops. Many times, you’ll find used dance shoes and almost new, workout clothes. The best part is, you won’t pay much, and it doesn’t really matter because you’ll just be working out in the clothes and shoes anyway!

Another way to find used dance shoes and clothing is to look online. Search for the kind of shoes and clothing you need on eBay or Amazon and see if you can’t find used or almost new clothes and shoes in your size and within your budget. If that doesn’t work, call all of the dance studios in your area and ask if they have any used dance shoes you can buy. Also ask if they have recommendations about where you can get affordable, dance clothes.

Cool Dance Clothes and Shoes are Waiting For You

Starting a new dance class can be exciting, but it can also be expensive. To cut down on your nerves, prepare what you are going to wear in advance. Also, look for clothes and shoes you can afford. Make the effort to contact the dance studio and look online for bargains. This way, you’ll find some great outfits and dance shoes to wear to class without ruining your budget. And most important, you’ll fee more confident as you start your new dance classes.

What do you wear to dance class that you love? Share your thoughts below.

And for more help on this topic, see “What to Wear to Dance Class” here.

 

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Do You Wear Dance Shoes?

There is a new trend going on at professional dance classes in town, and I wanted to bring it to your attention.

Do you wear dance shoes in your jazz dance class?

In the past, the warm-up was always done without shoes so that you could warm up your feet. Then, everyone would put on their shoes for “across the floor”exercises. Afterwards, you would keep your shoes on the rest of the class for the combination.

Now, I’m noticing that dancers keep their shoes off for the entire class and dance barefoot. This is both good and bad. It’s great if you are trying to strengthen your feet, and it helps to keep you from sliding on a slick, dance floor. It’s also a necessity if you are taking a form of dance that requires bare feet.

However, if you are taking a Broadway jazz or traditional jazz class, it’s important to get used to dancing in jazz shoes. And if you are female, you’ll need to learn how to dance in character shoes with a heel.

Why?

When was the last time you saw a Broadway show or dance video where all of the dancers had bare feet?

Most shows require dancers to play a character, and that character usually wears shoes, on a hardwood floor. Also, it’s a safety feature. At auditions and on stages, the production companies like dancers to wear shoes to protect their feet.

Now, many shows require the dancers to go without shoes. But for most, big auditions and performances, they’ll require you to wear dance shoes.

With this in mind, if you are only used to dancing without shoes, you may want to start practicing with shoes. It feels completely different. Your turns, leaps and footwork will be different. And if you start auditioning, you want to know what it’s like to dance in all kinds of shoes on all kinds of surfaces.

Personally, I like to warm up without shoes and then put my shoes on to dance. They help me turn, slide my foot and more. Plus, they are essential for tap dancing!

Do you dance without shoes? Let me know your thoughts below. Also, check out this article for more information on what dance shoes to wear to dance class.

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Worried About Finances and What to Wear to Dance Class?

In previous entries, I’ve talked about what to wear to dance class and what not to wear to dance class. Yes, there are certain items you must wear in some classes so you can actually do the dancing that is required (tap shoes, ballet shoes, tights, etc.), but don’t worry if you can’t wear what everyone else is wearing due to financial reasons.

And if you can’t afford the necessary items to take a class, ask the studio if they offer scholarships or have used articles in the lost and found. You can also check online and at thrift stores for inexpensive shoes and necessary items.

With this in mind, what do you do when you can’t afford to wear the latest styles in class? Think about these three things:

1. The focus is on learning to dance.

Remember, you are in dance class to learn how to dance. Your main focus should be on learning dance techniques, listening to the instructor and perfecting your movements.

You should not be focused on what you are wearing. As long as you can move the way you are supposed to in class without having your clothes get in the way, or distracting others, your dance attire should not be an issue.

2. You control your attitude.

Yes, there will always be the obnoxious student who will gossip and make fun of you when you wear something different. But that person would probably still make comments even if you wore what everyone else did. Why? That person is probably jealous of you or uses her negative comments to be more popular.

Don’t Let It Get To You!

After all, you have complete control over your attitude. And remember point number one above. Your focus should be on learning to dance, not what others are saying. Don’t waste time worrying about other people. If they make fun of you, they are not your friends. Ignore them and let your talent do the talking.

3. Things will get better.

Once you start taking more classes and improve your dance skills, you will become a better dancer. Plus, you’ll figure out how to make your budget work with your dance schedule. And eventually, you’ll start to audition and possibly make money for your dance performances.

If you are feeling down about your financial situation, the clothes you wear and the way other people treat you, realize that this won’t last forever. As long as you concentrate on what’s important – your dance training – it won’t matter what you wear or what others say. You’ll be able to enjoy your love of dance!

Find a Way.

If you really want to dance and are worried about having the right clothes and shoes to wear, don’t worry. There are ways to get around the financial issues involved with taking dance classes. Check out this article on how to dance for free for tips. Begin your dance training, focus on your instruction, and things will work out!

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What to Wear to Dance Class – 3 Quick Tips

You’re in a hurry to get out the door and to your favorite dance class.Find out what kind of dance apparel and dance shoes to wear to your first dance class here.

If you are trying a new dance style, or just don’t know what to wear, take a look at:

What to Wear to Dance Class

What Not to Wear to Dance Class

If you’re really in a rush, consider these three questions:

1. How do you feel today?

If you feel confident and full of energy, wear a bright color that makes you stand out. You’ll get noticed and you’ll be dancing for an audience.

However, if you feel fat, tired and just kind of “out of it,”wear dark clothing. You’ll blend in with the other dancers. And instead of focusing on how you look, you can focus on your dance technique!

2. What will you be doing in class?

What kind of dance will you be doing?

If you’re going to a ballet class, you’ll need to get your hair away from your eyes and wear the appropriate clothes that your studio requires.

If you are taking a modern, tap, Hip Hop, jazz, or other style, you can probably wear something that represents your style.

Just make sure your teacher can see your dance lines and that you can move freely in your clothes. And don’t forget to take the appropriate shoes with you! 

3.  What is ready to go?

When all else fails, look in your closet and drawers for clean clothes! If you don’t have time to pick out the perfect outfit, just find the clothes that are ready to wear.

It’s better to show up in class wearing clean, fresh clothes than to be late. This way, you can get dressed quickly and focus on improving your dance skills.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to decide what to wear to dance class. But if you think about how you feel, what you’ll be doing, and the clothes you have ready to go, it can be simple to prepare, get to class and start dancing!

Want more information about this topic?

Check out:

Dance Full Out Dance Apparel Tips

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What Not to Wear to Dance Class This Summer

Last week, we discussed some appropriate things to wear to dance class this summer. In that same frame of mind, what are some things you should avoid wearing? Here’s a quick list of:

What Not to Wear to Dance Class This Summer 

1. Baggy, heavy clothes.

While you may love wearing these types of clothes to Hip Hop class, you may overheat. Try to lighten up your look for the summer.

2. Skimpy tops and bottoms.While you may be hot, that’s no excuse to let everything “hang out.”Try to wear a t-shirt or sports bra that holds you in place, keeps you cool and still keeps your body parts covered. And make sure your shorts or pants aren’t cut too short or ride up too high. Remember, there are usually young children at the studios so try to cover up appropriately. 

3. Hats.

While hats look cute, they do not let your head breathe, and you may overheat. Feel free to you’re your favorite cap to and from class, but when the music starts, take it off. You just may feel cooler and have more energy while dancing!

4. Moisturizers.

While you may be using lotions to diminish sunburn pain or keep your skin fresh in the warm, summer months, try to refrain from using them before a class.

With all the perspiration going on, your lotion may end up on the ground and make the floor slippery!

Think Before You Head to Class.

Summer is a great time to dance and improve your flexibility due to the warmer temperatures. But, it’s also a good time to overheat and get dehydrated. In addition to drinking a lot of water during class, dress appropriately. Wear cool cottons and clothes that breathe. Take a towel to wipe off your sweat and have a change of clothes to wear home from the studio.

This way, you’ll stay fresh and dry and be able to concentrate on your technique!

For more tips on what to where to your class, check out:

What to Take To Your Dance Class

What to Wear to Dance Class

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What to Wear to Dance Class in the Summer

Woo Hoo! Summer is here, and you have more time to dance and work on your technique.

Maybe you are just starting your dance lessons and aren’t sure what to wear to your first class?

Well, before you attend any class, find out what the dress code is at the studio. While some studios just tell you to wear comfortable clothes “you can move in,”others have strict regulations about what you must wear in order to take class.

For details on what to wear to class throughout the year, check out this entry: What to Wear to Dance Class.

In addition to this guide, here are some reminders on what to wear to dance class in the hot summer months:

  • Breathable Fabrics

You will be “glowing”a lot (“Men sweat. Women perspire. Dancers glow.) so you’ll want to wear clothes that wick away sweat. Try cotton tops and bottoms.

  • Supportive Fashions

While it may be really hot in class, you may want to wear as little as possible. But at the same time, be sure to wear clothes that support your body. For example, women will want to wear a sports bra or top that keeps everything in place while jumping, turning and doing extensive choreography.

  • Clothes That Cover

Yes, it’s hot outside and in the classroom, but this is no excuse to “let everything hang out”while dancing!

Be sure you are covered where you need to be covered.

After all, you should be concentrating on your dance technique rather than “being cool.”Plus, others in class may be distracted if your clothes are too revealing.

Summer Dancing Begins!

In addition to dressing appropriately for class this summer, don’t forget to have some water and a towel handy. This way, you can wipe of your dancer’s “glow”and stay hydrated.

Summer is the time to take as many classes as possible, practice your technique, and most important, have fun dancing!

For additional help to start your dancing career and to prepare for class, check out: 

What to Take To Your Dance Class

What Kind of Dance Class is Right for You

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Dance Apparel What Shoes Should You Wear to Dance Class?

Starting a new dance class but
not sure what dance shoes to wear?

Before making a purchase, or borrowing
from a friend, check with the studio first as they
may have  specific requirements.

And if you are still not sure what dance shoes to wear, here
is a quick guideline for some of the most popular dance classes:

Ballet
Wear pink ballet flats if possible (avoid tennis shoes). If you don’t
have ballet shoes and simply cannot purchase them, where socks
to ballet class (but the instructor will probably not be happy!).

Ballroom/Country Western
For introductory classes, you want to wear comfortable shoes
that allow you to slide your foot without slipping. Women usually
wear character shoes, and men wear dance or dress shoes for this
type of dance.

Hip Hop/Crumping
Wear non-marking shoes that are comfortable. You want
shoes that will give you support (high tops, cross
trainers, jazz sneakers, etc.). But avoid those that are too
sticky and don’t allow you to slide your foot on the floor.

Jazz
You’ll find that most of the dancers in class will wear flat, beige or
black, jazz shoes. Dance sneakers are also appropriate.

On rare occasion, you will see students wearing character shoes or
gym shoes. Also, note that most jazz classes begin with dancers going
barefoot or wearing socks only (to stretch and work the feet).

Modern
In most modern classes, you will go barefoot or wear socks. Some
dancers also wear jazz shoes or special, strapped footwear. 

Tap
You will need a pair of tap shoes if you are taking your first tap
dance class. After all, the whole point of this is to make sounds
with your feet!

If you are not wearing tap shoes, it’s very difficult to learn what
you need to be doing to make the appropriate sounds. See if you 
can borrow a pair of tap shoes from a friend, or buy an inexpensive
pair (check online) to use until you figure out whether or not you want
to pursue this form of dance.

Start Moving!

This is just a quick guideline to give you a better understanding
of dance shoes worn in various types of dance classes. However, it’s best
to check with the dance studio before making a purchase. This way, you’ll save
time and money.

And for more information on dance apparel and what to wear to dance class,
please see http://dancefullout.com/2010/08/dance-apparel/.

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What Not to Wear to Dance Class

You are about to attend a brand new dance class and have checked “What To Wear to Dance Class.

Well, there also some things you should avoid wearing to class.

Why?

They can be stolen, get in your way while dancing or bother other people.

With this in mind, here is a list of the top 10 things to avoid wearing to dance class:

What Not to Wear to Dance Class

 

  1. Anything worth a lot of money
    You don’t want your stuff to disappear, do you? Things get stolen at studios all the time.
  2. Watches, bracelets, earrings, and other jewelry that can come off
    Do you really want to slip on your necklace or hit someone in the eye with
    your earrings?
  3. Bulky clothes that don’t show your legs, arms and body placement
    Trust me. You’ll have a better class when the instructor,
    and you, can actually see what your body is doing. Now, if it’s a Hip Hop class,
    you can get away with more bulk!
  4. Hair accessories or glasses that can fly off when you turn or jump
    Ensure your hair and glasses will stay in place throughout the entire class.
  5. Anything you can catch on your feet or arms while moving
    Have you ever tripped over a long pant-leg or leg warmer? It’s not pretty.
  6. Perfume or strong scents
    Ew! Not everyone wants to smell your “Passion Peach Pizzazz”cologne!
  7. Body lotion
    If it gets on the floor, you’ll have a slippery mess on your hands.
  8. Shoes that will mark the dance floor
    The studio owner will not be happy if your shoes make big,
    black marks on the dance floor. Keep your street shoes off the
    dance floor too!
  9. Socks, pants or clothes that you want to keep clean
    You’re going to be sweating and rolling around on a dirty floor. Do
    you really want to have to worry about your clothes getting dirty?
  10. Shirts advertising another dance studio!
    It’s not cool to promote another studio while you are taking class somewhere
    else. Leave shirts from the competition at home!

If you are brand new to dance, this list will help you avoid wearing the wrong things to class and start things on the right foot with the instructor and other students.

 And most important, you’ll be able to focus on learning and get the most out of class possible.

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Dance Apparel – What to Wear to Dance Class

If you are new to dance, you may be wondering what in the world you should wear to class.

Well, to make it easy, it’s always best to check out a class in advance to see what other students are wearing. Also, note that many studios have dress-code policies so be sure to ask about this before arriving for class.

Now, if you are in a rush and can’t do any research in advance, I have two words of advice for you:

Wear black!

If you want to fit in and look like a dancer, do not wear prints, bright colors or loud clothing to your first class. Choose dance apparel that is black. This is the color of choice for most dancers.

Why? It’s slenderizing. Plus, it hides dirt and perspiration stains. And by wearing black, you can worry less about what you are wearing and concentrate on your dance moves.

And unless you are taking a Hip Hop class, stay away from baggy clothing. The instructor will want to see the line of your body when you dance. And if you have long hair, make sure it is pulled back away from your face.

You want to wear something that makes you feel confident and allows you to move. Here are a few, dance apparel suggestions:

Dance Apparel For Women:

  • Leggings, Jazz Pants or Long shorts
  • Tights with shorts (or a short skirt for ballet)
  • A leotard or sports bra
  • A t-shirt or fitted top
  • A dark sweatshirt tied around your waist
  • Thin socks/possibly leg warmers for ballet

Dance Apparel For Men:Â

  • Running pants or jazz pants
  • Dark colored shorts
  • A t-shirt or sweatshirt
  • Black socks

Remember, you want to be able to focus on your dance instruction and avoid being distracted:or distracting others with your dance apparel choices.

What about Dance Shoes?

If you are going to your very first jazz or Hip Hop class, it is usually o.k. to wear running shoes. You can ask the instructor what type of shoes you should buy after class. However, if you are attending your first ballet class, purchase a pair of ballet slippers. Most ballet instructors will not let you take class if you are not wearing the appropriate shoes.

And if you are planning to take both jazz and ballet classes, you might want to purchase a pair of black jazz shoes. It’s not a good idea to wear ballet shoes to a jazz class. They show off the placement of your feet and do not always give you the support you need for various, jazz dance moves. (Plus, everyone in class will know you are new because only new people wear ballet shoes to jazz class.)

For tap class, you will need to discuss your footwear with the instructor prior to attending class. Obviously, you won’t know whether or not you like tap unless you try it with the appropriate tap shoes! (If not, you can always sell your shoes online or give them to a needy dancer.)

When starting out, check your local area for less expensive footwear. Then, once you figure out the shoes you want, you can spend your money on higher quality dance shoes. Your instructor can provide suggestions.

Note that most dancers are always in search of the perfect shoes. Or, they find the perfect fit and wear the shoes until they fall off their feet! It comes down to a matter of personal choice and comfort.

Forget about it and have fun!

If you are just starting out in dance, you may be overwhelmed with the dance apparel and footwear choices available. To save yourself time and money, conduct some research in advance.

Check for studio dress-policies and what other students wear to class. Also, start with less expensive, dance apparel and footwear choices. This way, you can figure out what clothing and footwear choices work best for you. And if you end up disliking a class, you won’t be out a lot of money on shoes or clothing that you will never wear again!

There are always new, dance apparel and footwear styles coming out. And it may take you some time to find what works best for you. Keep an eye on this site as we’ll be adding more information about this in the future.

In the meantime, try not to worry about what you’re wearing. After all, dance is supposed to be fun!

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