What to Wear to a Latin Dance Class

May 16, 2020

Your Guide on What to Wear to a Latin Dance Class

Going to a dancing lesson is always an exciting experience for people, who enjoy dancing classes and social dancing in general. How we look and dress up for that occasion often helps us build confidence with our dance presentation all together. It is one of the best parts of the dance experience to dress for the dance class or event and feel great. We’ve put together the following guide to help you determine what to wear to a Latin dance class.

What Women Should Wear to a Latin Dance Class

When it comes to what to wear to a Latin dance class, for the ladies it is best to wear a lightweight skirt or dress knee-length, something flowy, breathable and comfortable, that would make them feel elegant at the same time. Salsa dancing or other Latin dance patterns are usually involved with lots of spins and dips, it is best to wear shorts under the flowy dresses and allow more enjoyment during dancing without extra worries. Leggings or pants are also an option, but in terms of elegance and feminine presentation, wearing a skirt or a dress has its advantages for the lady’s dance execution. Sometimes skirts can be a part of your dance motion and arm presentation, so it is worth investing in a few different styles of skirts and expand your wardrobe if you really love your dancing. When it comes to searching for dance clothing, there is no reason that salsa dance outfits have to be actual dance-wear created exclusively for use in Latin dance studios. You can select any style that compliments your figure, as long as you have knee-length or above the knee-length skirt or dress and you find stretchy tops that would allow your body to move freely during your salsa dancing class or party. Dance shoes are a very important part of the preparation for your dancing class.  

The good fit of dance shoes gives stability to your weight transferring and keeps you safe from injuries. There must be no gap between your shoe and your ankles and the ankles must be strapped properly with a single or double strap to avoid foot movement inside the shoe. Considering the fact that ladies’ shoes are always heeled with 2″ to 3″ height, the good fit of the size is a priority for every dancer. Softer suede soles on the dance shoes will let better turn action and smooth weight switch. Latin dances such as Salsa, Cha Cha, Rumba and Bachata are danced in open toe dance shoes, which allows freedom of the toes and a better feel of the dance floor, good extension and more superb presentation of the footwork.

What Men Should Wear to a Latin Dance Class

Gentlemen are fine to wear any pants with a sleek cut in soft materials. For your top-dress code, gentlemen can consider  Cotton T-shirts, short/long button-up sleeves Polo shirts and any other tops of soft and stretchy texture. That would make them feel comfortable while leading their lady during salsa classes or other Latin lessons or parties. It is best to avoid jeans with heavy accessories such as belts with heavy metal parts, which can hurt the partners while performing some accent moves and dips or spins with the lady partner. Sometimes while supporting, lifting your lady partner, accidentally you may hurt her with your inappropriate attire.  

It is strongly recommended for the gentlemen to wear genuine dance shoes with a suede sole, that would allow them to spin and turn easily and smoothly on the dance floor. There are two types of dance shoes for the gentlemen that they may consider purchasing for their dance experience. The shoes for Latin dancing are always with slightly higher heels at about 45 mm, which allows them to keep better balance forward with their posture. At the beginner level, gentlemen can start with the lower heel type of 25 mm, till they gain balance and elevate to the advanced shoe level of 45 mm height. The lower heel type shoes are suitable for ballroom dancing, such as waltz, tango, foxtrot, while the Latin dancers are required to wear the higher heel type of shoes. A good fit for the dance shoes is as important for the gentlemen as it is for the ladies. Lose shoe fit is often dangerous for your weight transfer and can lead to injuries, so once your shoes stretch from too longer use, please do invest in a new pair for the sake of your good stability on the dance floor.

Ladies and Gentlemen can always find dancewear outfits on different sites and sometimes the dancewear is quite costly, so at best it is very important to check the texture of the clothing you wish to purchase, stick to the proper style and fit and purchase your dancewear from any non-specialized store.  

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