Preparing for Class

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The world of dancewear can be a scary place for an adult dancer – we are here to help you through it!


The Basics

These are the rules for all classes run by DAS:

  • Hair must be done up away from the face. Pony tails are ok, but a braid is better, and a bun is best.
  • Jewelry is ok, but nothing long and dangling. Please no big hoop earrings!
  • Please don’t chew gum or anything else you could choke on.
  • Avoid using strong fragrances or scents.
  • You probably want to cut your toenails, especially if you’re taking Pointe or Tap classes. But not too short either! Ingrown toenails can be caused both ways.
  • Bring a water bottle! However, note that no other food or drink is allowed inside the studio.

First Time?

Don’t go out and buy anything yet! All styles of dance can very easily be done in comfortable clothes and socks. It is best to wear something tight if possible – leggings and a tank top work fine (baggy clothes for hip hop). This way, the teacher can see your muscles and posture well enough. Once you’ve decided you want to commit to the class, you can purchase the relevant dancewear (see below).


Where to Buy

Dance Street is the only dancewear distributor in Saskatoon, but they have two locations – one east side, and one downtown. Check out their website for more details. If you’re unsure about what to buy, they will help you! Just show them the lists laid out below, and they will get you exactly what you need.

BALLET   |   POINTE   |   TAP
JAZZ   |   LYRICAL   |   HIP HOP
PILATES   |   STRETCH

Ballet Attire

WOMEN

  • Bodysuit ($40-$60) – Any colour, any style, typically black.
  • Tights ($30) – “Salmon”-coloured, Bloch or Mondor, footed or convertible.
  • Shoes ($40) – Pink leather full-sole ballet slippers, Bloch. *Advanced dancers can wear canvas half-sole shoes in class, preferably Bloch brand.
  • Skirt/Shorts (Optional) – Some people just feel more comfortable with a little extra coverage. We recommend ballet skirts (simple example) over shorts because they still allow the tops of the thighs to fit together with the least amount of material in the way. Shorts can also skew the line of the hips, making it more difficult for the instructor to see the proper alignment.
  • Leg warmers (Optional) – These are a great idea for sore spots, or to prevent cramping. They’re also fun and add to your ballet style! All forms are welcome, provided they stay in place and do not prohibit movement.
ALTERNATIVE DANCEWEAR – Bodysuit sizes can be frustrating because they rarely come in variable torso lengths. Ballet tights can be daunting as well, because the variation of sizes isn’t great, and the waistband can be uncomfortable. We have found some alternative options in the past few years that keep the functionality of ballet attire without making you miserable. However, these items cannot be purchased at Dance Street, and must be special-ordered – sometimes online individually, sometimes through Dance Alive. If you are interested in some alternative dancewear, feel free to contact us.

  • High-waisted dance briefs ($30) – These V-cut briefs are basically like wearing half a bodysuit. They are comfortable, they come up very high, they don’t roll down, and they don’t cut in. They can be worn over the tights with a tight tank top or crop top to simulate a bodysuit.
  • Capezio tights ($30) – These Ultra Soft tights come in many different colours and have an extremely comfortable waist band. Another bonus is that they come in XXL, which isn’t typical of many tights. Otherwise, they are almost identical to the Bloch and Mondor tights – but that waistband makes a big difference.

MEN

  • Bottoms – Long pants or shorts, something comfortable and easy to move in.
  • Top – Tight t-shirt or tank top.
  • Shoes ($40) – Black canvas split-sole slippers, Bloch or Sansha.

Pointe Attire

WOMEN

  • Bodysuit & tights – Same attire as ballet (see above).
  • Shoes ($100-$150) – Wear your normal ballet slippers if you do not have pointe shoes already.
    Do not purchase pointe shoes without consulting with the teacher first. Purchasing your first pair of pointe shoes is a fairly involved process, and can be very unsafe without proper guidance.

MEN

  • Clothes & shoes – Same attire as ballet (see above).
  • Shoes ($100-$150) – (See comments for females). Men do not typically wear pointe shoes, but DAS offers the same opportunities to men as to women. Be aware that male pointe shoes will likely need to be ordered in from Toronto, which can incur extra costs.

Tap Attire

WOMEN

  • Clothes – Something comfortable and easy to move in, preferably tight rather than loose.
  • Shoes ($150) – Capezio 455 Lilina Cuban heel character shoe in black. Some sizes have taps on them already. If not, Dance Street will keep them and put the taps on for you. Be prepared to wait 2-3 days before they are ready for pick up.

MEN

  • Clothes – Something comfortable and easy to move in, preferably tight rather than loose.
  • Shoes – Any Oxford style black tap shoe.
** Tap shoes can be hard on the feet. It’s a good idea to wear tights or thin socks in your shoes to help prevent blisters. You can also purchase thin gel insoles if you find the balls of your feet suffering.

Jazz Attire

WOMEN & MEN

  • Clothes – Something comfortable and easy to move in, preferably tight rather than loose.
  • Shoes ($75) – Black leather jazz slip-on shoe with heel (details to come).

Lyrical Attire

WOMEN & MEN

  • Clothes – Something comfortable and easy to move in, preferably tight rather than loose.
  • Shoes ($75) – Beige leather jazz slip-on shoe with heel (details to come). Black shoes can be worn in class, but beige may be necessary for performances.

Hip Hop Attire

WOMEN & MEN

  • Clothes – Something comfortable and easy to move in, baggy is fine.
  • Shoes – Non-marking, indoor sneakers. It is very important that your shoes are clean – dance floors are extremely expensive, as are other dance shoes. Rocks and dirt can ruin these prematurely.

Pilates Attire

WOMEN & MEN

  • Clothes – Anything comfortable and easy to move (and breathe!) in.
  • Hair – We spend a lot of time lying on our backs. Make sure your hair is done in such a way as to not be too uncomfortable in that position, or bring a small pillow/item of clothing to put under your head.
  • Other equipment – Mats and props for Pilates will be provided, but feel free to bring anything extra you may have.

Stretch Attire

WOMEN & MEN

  • Clothes – Stay warm. Put some layers over your regular dance attire to keep the muscles from getting cold during stretch.
  • Padding – Sometimes we do stretches on our knees, or backs, and joints can dig into the floor. Feel free to bring a towel, or a yoga mat, or anything you like to stay comfortable. There may be mats at the studio but it’s not a guarantee.
  • Other equipment – You may find that straps or therabands enhance your stretching experience. Bring whatever you feel you need to get the most out of your stretch time.

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