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I Just Signed Up For Dance... What Do I Need?

Embarking on a journey into the world of dance is an exciting and fulfilling experience. Whether you've signed up for ballet, hip-hop, tap, or any other dance style, having the right gear can enhance your comfort, performance, and overall enjoyment of the class. In this guide, we'll explore the essential items you should consider purchasing as a beginner in dance classes.

☐ Proper Attire

The first step in preparing for dance classes is investing in comfortable and appropriate dancewear. For most dance styles, this typically includes a leotard, tights, and ballet shoes or appropriate footwear for the chosen dance genre. Make sure the clothing allows for freedom of movement while providing the necessary support.


Choosing the right leotard is essential for comfort and flexibility in dance classes. Consider breathable fabrics like cotton or spandex for ease of movement. Find the perfect fit by trying different sizes and styles, balancing coverage and freedom of movement. Whether you prefer plain or patterned, a well-fitted and stylish leotard enhances performance and boosts confidence in the studio. Keep in mind that studios often have specific requirements when it comes to color or style of leotard, so be sure to reach out to them before your shopping spree. 

Tip: You can’t go wrong with a solid black leotard or two in any dancer’s wardrobe! 


Tights are a fundamental component of dancewear, providing coverage and support while allowing for a full range of motion. Consider your dance studio's dress code and the type of classes you'll be taking when purchasing tights. For ballet, go for footed tights, while footless or convertible tights are suitable for other dance styles. Look for comfortable, elastic waistbands that stay in place during movement. It's wise to have multiple pairs as tights are susceptible to wear and tear. Investing in high-quality tights ensures comfort and durability for a positive dance experience.

It is also important to consider the color of tights. Traditionally, ballet classes will require pink tights whereas most other styles prefer a skin-toned option. 

Optional Warm-Up Pants

Many dancers in high energy classes enhance their performance with the addition of warm-up pants. These practical and flexible garments keep muscles warm and provide comfort during stretches and warm-up exercises. Easy to remove once warmed up, they seamlessly transition dancers into more intense choreography. With their breathable nature and aesthetic appeal, warm-up pants are a great choice for jazz or hip-hop classes.

☐ Proper Footwear

Different dance styles require specific footwear. Ballet dancers, for example, need ballet slippers, while hip-hop dancers might opt for sneakers with good traction. Research the requirements of your chosen dance style and invest in the appropriate footwear to ensure both comfort and safety during your classes.

Check out our guide for the best beginner ballet shoes!

Tip: Dancewear Corner always has expert shoe fitters available to help find the perfect fit, as understanding dance shoe sizing can be daunting at first.

☐ Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is crucial during any physical activity, including dance. Invest in a reusable water bottle that you can bring to every class. Keeping yourself hydrated will help maintain your energy levels and improve overall performance.

☐ Dance Bag

Organize your dance essentials in a dedicated dance bag. Choose a bag that is spacious enough to hold your dancewear, water bottle, shoes, and any personal items you may need. A well-organized bag can make it easier to transition from your everyday routine to dance class.

☐ Hair Essentials

Maintaining a tidy and secure hairstyle is crucial for a distraction-free dance experienceHair accessories play a significant role in keeping your hair in place during dynamic movements. Depending on the dance style, you may opt for different accessories. For ballet, a bun is often the preferred hairstyle, requiring hair elastics, hairpins, and a hairnet to achieve a sleek and secure look. In more contemporary or high-energy dance styles, a secure ponytail may be more suitable. Consider investing in hair accessories that match your hair color for a polished and professional appearance. By having the right hair accessories on hand, you not only enhance your overall look but also ensure that your focus remains on the joy of dancing rather than adjusting your hairstyle.

Tip: Check out our guide on how to make the perfect ballet bun! 


Entering the world of dance is a rewarding adventure, and having the right gear can significantly enhance your experience. By investing in comfortable dancewear, proper footwear, and other essential items, you'll be well-prepared to make the most of your dance classes. Remember to stay positive, keep an open mind, and most importantly, have fun on your dance journey!

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