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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How to Keep From Slipping in Dance Class

Many dance studio floors can be very slippery. With this in mind, what are the best ways to keep from slipping in dance class?

Here are some common remedies:

  • Add rosin to the bottom of your shoes.

Step in the rosin box in the corner of the room, and get some rosin on the bottom of your shoes. This sticky substance will help you stick to the floor. But, you’ll need to reapply it often.

  • Use water.

Pour some water on the dance studio floor, and step into it with your shoes on as needed. Note that the water may ruin your dance shoes, but it is an alternative when rosin doesn’t seem to work. Many dancers also spit on the floor and then step into it when no water or rosin can be found!

  • Go barefoot.

If it’s appropriate in your jazz, modern, lyrical, or ballet class, dance without shoes. You will not slip as much and get a better grip on the floor. You may want to check out socks that cover the ball of your foot only so that you can turn easily without hurting your foot.

  • Where socks.

Sometimes, it helps to wear socks if a dance studio floor is particularly slippery. Experiment with different types of socks to see what works best for you.

  • Get new dance shoes.

If your dance shoes are old, it may be time to purchase new shoes with some grip on the soles. However, if you dance a lot, it won’t take long before you’ll need to step in the rosin box or use water on your new shoes. You can also try athletic shoes for Hip Hop which will provide some stability on slick floors.

There are many ways to reduce your chances of falling on a slippery dance floor. Try different methods and footwear to see what works best for you. After all, you want to focus on dancing and learning:not slipping on the floor!

See http://dancefullout.com/2011/03/dance-class-rosin-box/ for more information about rosin.

For additional help on this topic, see:

What Dance Shoes Should You Wear to Dance Class?

http://dancefullout.com/2011/02/dance-apparel-dance-shoes/

What to Wear to Dance Class

http://dancefullout.com/2010/08/dance-apparel/

Dance Tip for Turns

http://dancefullout.com/2011/03/dance-tip-turns/

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What is the Rosin Box?

You just started taking dance class and noticed that there is a box in the corner with a white substance in it.

What is it?

Well, it’s the rosin box, and you’ll find it in most dance studios that have wooden floors.

Basically, the dance studio owners will place yellow, rosin crystals (which come from the sap of pine trees) into the box.

Then, when you step on the crystals, they turn into a white powder that coats the bottom of your shoes.

And for new dancers, there are a few things you should know about this box:

  • Step in it only if you want to make your shoes sticky.

If you accidentally step in the rosin with barefeet or socks, your feet will get sticky. And I highly advise that you stay out of it when wearing tap shoes on. You’ll coat your taps, and you will not be able to produce clear, tap sounds. (To remove rosin, try using ethyl alcohol.)

  • Get in and get out quickly so the next person can use the box.

When you use the rosin box, step in it with one foot and turn the ball of your foot (for ballet and jazz shoes) to coat that shoe’s sole and then do the same with the other.

You do not need to stand there for a long time chatting with friends and rubbing your shoes back and forth. It only takes a few seconds to get the appropriate amount of rosin on your shoes.

And note that you’ll probably need to use the rosin several times throughout class so it helps if you can coat your shoes quickly. (Your fellow dancers will appreciate your speed so they can use the box too!)

  • Manage the rosin on your shoes.

Be aware that as soon as you step out of the box, you will have a lot of rosin on your shoes. And as you walk away from the box, you’ll deposit a trail of the rosin behind you all over the dance studio. With this in mind, pay attention to
where you walk so that you are not getting the rosin on other people:or their property.

  • Avoid tripping on the box.

Most rosin boxes have a lip on them to keep the rosin in the box. This makes it very easy to trip in or out of the box, especially when you get a lot of students around the box waiting to go across-the-floor, listening to the instructor or actually dancing in a crowded dance class.

Please remember this. After all, it’s no fun to trip over the box and hurt your body:or your pride.

Now, you know.

Well, that gives you a brief review of the mysterious rosin box in the corner of the dance studio. After a few classes, you’ll figure out exactly how much you need on your shoes to feel more secure on a slippery floor. For more information on taking a dance class, check out:

http://dancefullout.com/2011/02/dance-apparel-dance-shoes/

http://dancefullout.com/2010/08/dance-apparel/

http://dancefullout.com/2010/08/dance-classes/

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