As a man, the clothing is worn to a ballroom dance class can be tricky. You do not know whether something is essential, and it will be practically helpful, or if it is pretentious. This article will start with the most critical items and work up to those you need less frequently. For each, their benefit and when they should be used will be covered. At the end of this article, you will be able to decide what you need for a class confidently.
Shoes – These are the first thing you need to deal with. As soon as you get the chance, by some dance shoes. With proper shoes, you can slide when required and then turn your feet to your toes to get the grip as needed. You push on your heels for smooth steps and then be sturdy when you flatten your feet. This is what dance shoes are meant to do, and your regular shoes won’t do this. Before you get proper dance shoes, regular shoes can be ok, but rubber soles will likely have too much grip. The leather soles of dance shoes have just the right amount.
Socks – once you have dance shoes you will need to change them when you get to your class. If your regular shoes are boots, and you wear thick socks, then you will need a change of socks too. Dance shoes are usually pretty snug and flexible so that you can use your toes to keep balance and control. They are not suited to thick socks.
Pants – The most important thing that your pants do not restrict movement. Tight jeans made of denim that doesn’t stretch a lot will likely cause issues. Still, jeans can be OK for a class. Looser is typically better, but if they are tighter around your hips, then it is easier to see if you’re moving your body correctly. Also, make sure that your pants will stay up. If you have a bit of weight in the midriff, then you might need suspenders. Nothing looks worse than the top of your buttocks on display while dancing – perhaps except for you continually pulling your pants up as the then drop down again and put you on screen. Finally, take all items out of your pocket; these items can annoy your partner, and they detract from the look of your dance.
Top – A top should, like your pants, allow for movement. It can be loose around the stomach, but it’s good to be snug on the shoulders so that your body positioning can be seen and corrected if needed. Typically, a t-shirt or shirt will be excellent.
Costume – if you’re getting ready for a dance comp’ or grading, then it’s a good idea to at least do a few lessons in whatever you will be wearing at the respective event. This is to ensure that you feel comfortable in the clothing, and you’re not distracted by it when you need to focus on your dancing. However, sometimes you will notice more significant problems. I once saw that some pants were snug around the stomach – this was so that they would stay up and show hip movement. At first, they seemed slightly restrictive, so I needed a few lessons to learn to move in them. This is mild compared to some emergencies I have seen.
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