Attending your first dance class is a very exciting experience! You may have been waiting for it all your life, or you may have decided on a whim to try it No matter what your background is, your first dance class will be a unique experience.
There are a few things that you will need for your first class. The biggest necessities are dance shoes specific to your dance class(es). If you are taking a ballet class for the first time, you will not begin with pointe shoes – instead you will start with ballet flats. This may be a little disappointing for some, but believe me, it is in your best interest. Ballet flats will help you master the moves and learn how to use your feet properly so that you do not damage them later as you advance to new levels. A dance supply store will offer ballet flats in your size. I recommend flats with an elastic strap across the middle to keep the shoes securely on your feet.
Most other shoes are self-explanatory: tap shoes for tap class, jazz shoes for jazz class, etc. If you are taking a lyrical class, it is likely that you will need bear claw shoes. These are made of pieces of suede that wrap around your foot. If you are taking a hip-hop class, there is a shoe that is made that is similar to a tennis shoe but is much more flexible in the arch. It can also be used for a jazz class. Finally, if you are taking a couple’s dance class (such as salsa, ballroom, swing, etc.), you will want to purchase a type of black leather shoe that looks like a Mary Jane. It is much safer than dancing in your heels.
You will also want to make sure that you purchase comfortable dance class clothes. While there are specific clothes that you can purchase at a dance store that will make it easier for you to move around without chafing, you can also find similar clothes at a sporting goods store. Any clothes labeled “activewear” or something similar will be perfect for you at your dance class. If, however, you are attending a ballet class for the first time, you will most likely be required to wear pink tights and a black leotard. (You do not need to wear a ballet skirt, and in some studios this is discouraged altogether.) You will also be required to wear your hair up into a bun, and most other dance classes will encourage you to wear your hair pinned back (if short) or pulled back into a ponytail (if long enough).
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