Basic Wear to Practice

Standarddancer

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I don’t prefer flared pants for standard practicing, very easy to get fabric caught in the heel. Fitted pants / Yoga pants with thicker high quality fabric should be ok. Usually pants with thin and stretchy material are the worst. Sometimes skirt made of thin & stretchy material could be a problem too if skirt is too long.
 
I've wiped out occasionally, but not often enough to stop wearing pants. My legs are stumpy, capris make them look stumpier. Like I said though, I do hem my pants so they are physically not long enough for me to step on.
One day, after having just wiped out, I decided to put an end to the wipe-outs once and for all! I sat down and (while still wearing my shoes) used the heels to rip some smallish holes in my dance pants... now I just put the heels through the holes several times, until the fabric is nice and snugly wrapped around the heels - no more qs/vw wipe-outs! :)
 
Hi everyone!

Quick question; does anyone know where to buy practice wear in London, UK? Ideally I'd like to try stuff on in store rather than ordering online, but it just seems so difficult to find ANYTHING...or am I just unaware?

I went into Capezio the other day, but they only had 2 styles of skirts available?! There must be somewhere good in London!

Any help is appreciated :)
 
Hi everyone!

Quick question; does anyone know where to buy practice wear in London, UK? Ideally I'd like to try stuff on in store rather than ordering online, but it just seems so difficult to find ANYTHING...or am I just unaware?

I went into Capezio the other day, but they only had 2 styles of skirts available?! There must be somewhere good in London!

Any help is appreciated :)
Have you ever tried Dancia International?

I don't want anyone to think I am spamming the site with ads so I can't post full details but do a web search for that store. They have one in north London and one in central I believe. Good luck.

What style of skirt are you looking for?
 
Thank you Roxie and Latingal!! Will try out Dancia ASAP.

I'm looking for latin dancewear primarily, do you know anywhere that specialises in that or where you can find a big range of latin skirts? To start with I'm looking for a red fringe skirt :)
 
I'm looking for latin dancewear primarily, do you know anywhere that specialises in that or where you can find a big range of latin skirts? To start with I'm looking for a red fringe skirt :)
Dance Sport UK is another place you might want to search for.

What are you planning on wearing with the red fringe skirt? ...... red tank top? black tube top? black tights? suntan tights? ..... I am curious how other dancers put together their outfit :rolleyes:
 

Zhena

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I'm always stuck on what to wear for dance practice/lessons. What outfits/clothing is appropriate?
Assuming you are talking about ballroom, because performance type dances (ballet, contemporary) have their own styles and requirements ...

The usual advice is to take your cue from the more experienced people at your studio ... but as long as it doesn't constrict your movement or get in the way of your partner, and doesn't fall off when you move, and looks reasonably pulled together, it's probably good. It's also good if the material is breathable and moves nicely.

Dance supply stores and websites have a lot of nice practice clothes, but if you shop carefully you can find suitable things in ordinary stores.

There are lots of possibilities. What do you like to wear? What issues do you have with what you have been wearing in the past?
 

pygmalion

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Ditto what Z said. And welcome, polishbloo. :-D

I'm a big fan of t-shirts and jazz pants or inexpensive knit skirt, just because it's comfy and fairly inexpensive. I find that anything labeled ballroom tends to be overpriced, at least in the US (Not asking where you are. Just clarifying.)

Stretchy, swingy suitable-for-dance skirt from discount store? Twenty dollars. Stretchy, swingy "ballroom practice" skirt from ballroom specialty shop? Way more than twenty dollars. *sigh*

Gotta be careful with the skirts, though, because of the whole underwear issue when you spin. It's easier to wear pants.
 

fascination

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for latin, black skort, sports bra, tank top and multiple shrugs to change into and out of due to what a sweaty mess I am


in smooth/standard; either a long skirt with leggings or black yoga pants, and same upprer body options as latin
 

mindputtee

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Personally I like gaucho pants in some kind of synthetic for practice. They're stretchy and breathable while giving you the movement of a skirt but the protection a pair of pants afford. I'll also sometimes wear a lightweight skirt, but wear a pair of bloomers or hotpants underneath to protect against wardrobe malfunctions.

On top I usually wear a t shirt or a tank top because it's generally ridiculously hot where I practice.
 
Sport bra, black tank style leotard, black yoga pants with slight flare but, hemmed slightly shorter so that I don't trip in smooth practice in my 2" heel shoes- depending on how cold studio is - I add on a ballet shrug or a colorful DSI practice top. As I get closer to a comp - I wear a black Danskin, Capezio or Dance America full circle skirt (similar to skirt on comp dress) with a split to incorporate performance "skirt work" into choreography rehearsals
 

hereKittyKitty

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For standard-Dress pants from The Limited or my favorite pair of grey boot cut trousers, with a nice practice top and practice shoes. I used to dress up more, but now I just like being comfortable and feel I can focus more. It helps that I found practice shoes similar in feel to my comp shoes- cant stand wearing practice shoes with a skirt lol:D
If I'm in a lesson with a coach I wear a black peasant skirt that I found at Tj Maxx- they had a ton of them this year and it works great as a practice skirt.
I find a lot of my practice tops at Ami Clubwear. Their online site has a lot of tops that are real dance wear quality for a fraction of the cost. You can also find great practice wear for latin there.
 

debmc

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I wear short capri yoga pants with casual tshirt or leggings with practice dance skirt. I also try to show my leg lines more with latin. Also I used to wear long yoga pants and got my heel caught in them too often. Plus they did not let me see my feet/ankles very well.
 
I usually wear a shorter skirt with leggings and a form fitting top. This has become my new favorite. Which my instructor prefers at the knee or above the knee skirts or pants so he can see what the feet are doing.
 
Standard lessons I wear a long sleeved swimsuit cut top and dance pants, complete with cufflings.

Latin lessons I wear a tight fitting t-shirt and dance pants.

Practices are with shirts and dance pants basically, tried sports pants and etc but never felt the same =/
 

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