Welcome to another edition of the Fancy Feet Dance Studio blog! In today’s entry, we’ll be talking about what kinds of items your child should bring to one of our dance classes, including clothing, shoes, and accessories.
Being prepared is one of the keys to a successful dance class. For the child taking the class, learning how to prepare for the day’s lesson can be a great way to instill responsibility in a young person’s mind. For the parents, making sure their child is prepared is a good way to avoid extra trips back to the house to grab those missing items!
For parents new to the world of childrens’ dance classes, it can be quite helpful to have a guide on what will work and what won’t for any particular kind of lesson. With that in mind, we’d like to present today’s article on what items your child should bring to their dance classes. Let’s get started!
How your child dresses for class will depend on which dance class they will be attending (as we’ll cover later on), but there are some general dress rules to follow for all classes:
- Loose clothing of any kind should be avoided, as it can distract from learning, make it harder to move, and can even be hazardous depending on the dance style. Dresses, baggy jeans, and oversized t-shirts are examples of loose clothing.
- Depending on its material, tight clothing should also be avoided because it can restrict movement. If your child prefers tighter clothing when dancing, make sure it is made of breathable material that allows for freedom of movement and airflow.
- Shoes with hard soles, such as dress shoes or boots, are not allowed on the dance and exercise floors. Not only are they much more difficult to maneuver in, they can leave marks on the floor.
- Pantyhose should be avoided in favor of dance tights. Pantyhose will restrict movement and can even cause discomfort and blisters while dancing.
- Students with long hair should consider tying it back in a ponytail or with a scrunchie so as not to inhibit their eyesight and distract from learning. Long hair can also get caught on things, so better safe than sorry!
- Be sure to bring plenty of water for your child during their dance lessons. Staying hydrated is important, especially for kids.
- For kids with long hair, bring extra scrunchies or ribbons in case they need a replacement.
- Bring a towel or two. Dancing can make a kid sweaty!
- A tube of antibiotic ointment will come in handy if your child gets a scrape or a cut.
- If your child ever gets hungry or needs a quick energy boost, a healthy snack like a protein bar or bag of veggies will fill them right up.
- An extra set of dance clothing might come in handy in case of an accident.
- Bring a plastic bag for wet towels or clothes.
- An extra pair of dance shoes, just in case.
For Jazz & Hip Hop Classes
With lots of varied techniques in turns and leaps, our Jazz & Hip Hop classes are perfect for kids who have a lot of energy. Dance shoes and slip-ons are preferred for the feet, while leotards, tights, and t-shirts will allow for the freedom of movement needed in this intense dance class.
Floor gymnastics require a lot of movement like cartwheels and hand springs, so a child should expect to be dressed in leotards or tights for the duration of the class. Routines are performed barefooted, but a pair of gymnastics shoes will work for kids with sensitive feet.
Combo combines a half hour of ballet and a half hour of tap dancing lessons. Make sure to bring a pair of shoes for each lesson: ballet slippers and tap dance shoes. Tutus, tights, or leotards are acceptable dress for this class.
Based on the American Ballet Theater system, our ballet classes are perfect for those children who want to learn more advanced dance techniques. Bring along ballet slippers and a tutu or leotard for this one.
Our Creative Movement class combines ballet basics, rhythm exercises, and fantasy dancing. As such, there is a wide range of moves taught to participants, so dress your child in a tutu or leotard. Shoes can be ballet slippers or dance slippers.
Tap Dancing Classes
Tap classes at Fancy Feet Dance Studio will give your child a sense of rhythm and timing. Make sure they are dressed in tights or leotards, a t-shirt, and a good pair of tap shoes.
Contemporary dance is a form of expressive dance that combines elements of jazz, lyrical and classical ballet, and modern dance. Fluidity is part of the technique, so participants should wear a good pair of dance slippers and tights or leotards.
Boys Hip Hop Classes
This one’s for the boys! Fancy Feet’s Hip Hop classes teach a high-energy form of modern dance that combines style, timing, and musicality. Clothing rules are a bit more relaxed for this class, so dress your son up in tights or shorts, a t-shirt, and a pair of clean sneakers.
Musical Theater Classes
In Musical Theater, your child will learn a wide variety of theater techniques, from ballet to contemporary to jazz. Comfort is key, so tights, leotards, tutus, and t-shirts will work well for this one. Shoes should be a good pair of dance shoes or slippers.
Enroll Your Child In A Gymnastics Class At Fancy Feet Dance Studio
Fancy Feet Dance Studio offers a wide selection of dance classes and dance competitions, aimed at kids of all ages. For parents looking to challenge their older children with something more rigorous than one of our standard dance classes, we offer a basic Floor Gymnastics class where they will be learning easy-to-learn, yet hard-to-master, techniques such as cartwheels, handsprings, and aerials.
Contact us now for more information on our classes, schedules, and locations. We hope to see you and your child soon!