After deciding on ballet as the right dance class for your child, the next step is to kit them out with ballet clothes for their classes. For first-timers, the world of ballet clothes can be a bit of a minefield, with a vast array of leotards, ballet shoes and tutu’s available to buy. But our ultimate guide to ballet clothes will help you to kit your child out with the perfect uniform for their exciting new hobby.
Why Are Specific Ballet Clothes Required?
Much like any other schools, ballet schools usually require each student to wear a specific uniform. This is not to take the fun out of ballet classes, but the ballet clothes actually help the teacher to assess whether or not your child is performing each movement correctly and safely.
The tight-fitting ballet uniform allows the teacher to be able to see their student’s entire form, helping them to closely monitor each movement. A good ballerina performs each movement with incredible accuracy, so it’s important for the teacher to be able to correct any mistakes in posture as early as possible before it becomes a habit.
Another reason for that classic ballet uniform is to adhere to tradition. As one of the oldest, most established dance genres, ballet clothes have changed over the years. But people have been wearing the leotard and tights combination since the early 1900s and it is deemed one of the most practical outfits for the dance genre, especially for beginners.
Check With Your Ballet School
One of the easiest ways to narrow down your choices of ballet clothes is to discuss it with the dance teacher or studio beforehand. Some ballet schools have a relaxed approach to ballet clothes, preferring their students to arrive in something practical and comfortable, whereas other ballet schools insist on a strict uniform or colour scheme in their classes.
If there’s no uniform, ask the teacher what they’d recommend for their class.
Perhaps the most common piece of ballet clothing is a leotard. Leotards are skin-tight, one-piece garments which cover the majority of the torso, but leave the arms and legs exposed. Leotards come in many different varieties, so you’ve got a huge choice of colour, design and fit.
The most common style of leotard has thin shoulder straps, known as a camisole leotard. However, short and long-sleeved leotards are also available depending on your preference. As for neck lines, leotards generally have a wide, round neckline, but there are plenty of other options available, including v-necks and halter necks.
Usually made of cotton and lycra, leotards help to ensure safety and maximise movement during ballet lessons, ensuring your child can get the most out of their classes.
Leotards are usually teamed with pale pink ballet tights or socks, which leads us onto the next item of ballet clothing.
Tights Or Socks
Ballet tights or socks are an essential part of any budding ballerina’s uniform. Ballet tights are usually very pale pink and are much thicker and more durable than regular tights. They are also stretchier than regular tights to allow for more movement and are typically made from a blend of nylon and spandex.
Ballet shoes are, without a doubt, the star of the show. Ballet shoes will be worn the majority of the time during ballet classes and help to support the ballerina’s feet, as well as helping to prevent them from sticking or slipping on the floor.
Most ballet shoes come with elastics which need to be sewn onto each side of the shoe. This helps to keep the shoe firmly in place on the foot.
The most common kind of ballet shoes for beginners are completely flat and made out of either satin or leather with a thin and flexible sole. They will be worn the majority of the time during ballet classes and help to support the ballerina’s feet.
It’s important to choose the right ballet shoes according to experience, as there are a few varieties of ballet shoes to choose from, including:
- Soft Ballet Shoes
- Full Sole Ballet Shoes
- Split Sole Ballet Shoes
- Pointe Shoes
You may have noticed that ballerinas never have a single hair out of place and have it pulled back into a neat bun on the crown of their head. To help you to achieve the perfect ballerina bun, you’ll need to get your hands on a hair donut, elastic bands, a hair net and plenty of grips. This will ensure that your child’s hair will stay in place throughout the entire ballet class.
At Dancing Daisy we have got a huge variety of ballet clothes and accessories, so you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for to start your dancing career in style.