Ballroom Dance > Basic Wear to Practice

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Anonymous, Oct 30, 2002.

  1. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    thing is, practice wear is expensive, and I need clothing that has some give...but I am not about to pay those prices, only because I spend a fortune on lessons, gas, and hotel weekly, and that doesn't even count comps and having the quality of what I wear on a lesson negatively impact my dancing is a chance I am willing to take :)...but every circumstance is different and I respect that
  2. Leon Theou

    Leon Theou Active Member

    I have been told that, although athletic wear (track pants and the like) are fine practice wear, when taking a private lesson from a coach, especially one to whom a considerable quantity of currency is being forked over, it makes a good impression to dress up a little (for guys, slacks or practice pants with a buttonup shirt and tie for smooth or standard, a plain fitted shirt for rhythm or latin; skirt of appropriate length for the style and a nice top for ladies). This, in theory, results in the coach taking you and your dancing more seriously, and if they judge you in competition, them remembering you and perhaps seeing you in a more favorable light. Bear in mind that this is from the perspective of an amateur who is clueless about pro-am, so YMMV.
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  3. jjs914

    jjs914 Active Member

    I've typically followed this rule as well. Although I have to say that hasn't meant I've spent a lot on practice wear. I have a black pair of dress pants that has stretch to them, and a variety of black sweaters and other semi-nice shirts/blouses...typical stretch knits and mostly from TJMaxx, etc. :)
  4. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    as to coaching....I do certainly take greater care when a coach is present
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  5. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    ditto fasc
  6. toothlesstiger

    toothlesstiger Well-Known Member

    Other than when competing, I'm always in black chinos and a black t-shirt. That has become my uniform.
  7. tequila

    tequila Member

    Usually some black pants with some stretch (tend not to wear skirts at all); some kind of black top/shirt/... no colors for me.

    I bought some "official" practice wear over the years but it seems as if I couldn't find dresses or tops that fit me which is frustrating.

    Agree about taking greater care when in private lesson with coaches.
  8. Paul.Long

    Paul.Long Member

    My practice uniform depends on where I am. When with my partner and her coach or my coach for we live in different cities it's dance pants, a well fitted shirt and bright dress socks for I want him to notice my feet. Otherwise it's usually whatever I happen to have on. However, I've noticed that from starting this sport most of my ensembles would make great dance clothing. I shop for clothes with dancing in them in mind.
  9. montfordpetchy

    montfordpetchy New Member

    I like the most comfortable wear that's stretchable and sweat absorbent. :)
  10. hereKittyKitty

    hereKittyKitty Administrator Staff Member

    I usually invest in a good practice skirt and that's it. I have bought practice tops, but I find I can get a better deal through Venus Swim Wear or AMI Clubwear. Its the same material most of the time and any where from 1/2 to 1/3 of the price of ballroom practice wear. Also DH Styles is a good source.
  11. sunnydays

    sunnydays New Member

    I'll wear tight pants to show off my lines and so that my coach can see my legs. I wear all black bottoms and tops every single time i practice. Occasionally if I'm feeling extra peppy that day I might throw on a skirt, but that rarely happens
  12. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    Welcome to DF sunnydays!
  13. alexandrahweis

    alexandrahweis Active Member

    Where do you buy practice wear? (skirts, tops, ect)
    Also what're your favorite leotard brands?
  14. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

  15. tancos

    tancos Active Member

    Black shirts don't show sweat!
  16. sbrnsmith

    sbrnsmith Well-Known Member

    I buy practice skirts from They are a bit pricey, but I love the choice. For tops, I just wear a black stretchy top.
  17. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Also a fan of stretchy tops, sbrn. I have to watch the fabric though, since I sweat a lot.

    Thanks for bumping this old thread up, whoever did. I'll have to go back and take a look at what I said, ten years ago. *grin*
  18. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    Natalie, Mirella, sometimes Body Wrappers, Bloch or Gaynor Mindon have some nice styles.
  19. ctbXVIII

    ctbXVIII Member

    Does anyone know of any websites where I could get some better mens practice wear rather than just a boring t-shirt or collared button down?
    It would be nice to look in the mirror everyday and I'm not wearing the same exact thing..
    The only site I have found successful is the Maly website

    Please post links to any you guys might know of!
  20. stash

    stash Well-Known Member

    VE Dance I believe sells nice practice wear. A quick google search should pull up their link.

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