If you are thinking about taking up the beautiful dance of ballet then you are probably wondering what type of clothing you will be expected to wear for your first lesson. There are usually not many strict rules for beginners’ ballet classes, but keep in mind that in order to dance your best you must be comfortable and able to stretch and move easily. The most useful items of ballet wear include the leotard and ballet slippers.
The leotard is a unisex one-piece clothing item which covers to torso but leaves the legs free to move. The leotard has been sported by ballet dancers for many years due its close-fitting nature and the elastic properties of the garment. These factors ensure that the teacher is able to check the dancer’s body alignment and form during particular moves and that the dancer has increased flexibility and is able to move his or her body more easily. They come in a number of different colours and designs and can be sleeveless, short-sleeved and long-sleeved. Tights usually accompany the leotard and a tutu is sometimes worn in addition.
Along with leotards, a good pair of ballet slippers is a great idea for your first lesson. These are lightweight shoes designed for ballet dancing. They give protection to the foot but allow the dancer to remain graceful in his or her dancing and perform certain moves and jumps. Ballet slippers are usually made from either satin, canvas or leather and which ones you choose will depend largely on which you find most comfortable and how much you can afford to spend. As a beginner, you should probably avoid buying satin ballet shoes as they are usually only worn for performance and they wear out very quickly. Leather shoes are durable and very comfortable but they are also the priciest, whereas canvas shoes are cheaper but they also wear out faster. As you can see, both have benefits and drawbacks and the decision is yours. Whichever you choose, you need to ensure that your ballet slippers fit perfectly. Ill-fitting shoes will mean you are uncomfortable and unable to carry out certain moves and jumps. This will affect your enjoyment of your first ballet class.
Where Can I Buy Ballet Wear?
You can buy high-quality ballet clothing such as leotards and ballet slippers from a great number of specialist and high street retailers all over the UK and abroad. Although shopping in-store for your ballet wear is perfectly fine, it is advisable that you shop online if you want to save money and time. This is not only due to the great prices that online retailers offer, but because of the huge choice of products that the Internet can allow you to peruse. A simple search for ballet clothing on one of the major online search engines can produce thousands of reputable retailers’ websites for you to browse and increases the likelihood of finding the perfect leotard or pair of ballet slippers for you. Good luck with your search!
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