What Do Dancers Need?

what do dancers need?

If you have recently decided to join a dance class, you will now have to go out and find yourself some dancewear. It can be a daunting task to buy dancewear for the first time, especially if you are not too sure what you need.

But don’t forget every dancer has been in this position at one some point, and like everything else, it is a learning curve. Here at dance and fitness, we want to help you choose what dancewear is best for you and have made a small list of the things you will need for dance class.

Choosing your dance shoes

Right For The Style Of Dance 

You will need to find a dance shoe that is right for the style of dance you choose. Take into consideration the ground you will be performing on and how long you intend to wear them during classes. If you are not too sure on what type of shoes are best for you, we recently published a post on Different Types of Dance Shoes HERE

Some footwear is more breathable than others and can be a better option if you are going to be doing long sessions. Keeping your feet as dry as possible is one of the ways to prevent blisters from occurring, as blisters develop much easier on moist skin.

Finding the right pair of dance shoes is incredibly important not only for comfort but to also help avoid the occurrence of blisters. Loose-fitting shoes are one of the biggest culprits for causing blisters on the feet.

If you would like to know more about foot care and what you can do to help protect your feet while dancing, please visit our other post, foot care for dancers HERE


Used For Many Different Dance Styles

The leotard is a very popular piece of dancewear and is used for many different dance styles. Leotards come in both long-sleeved and short-sleeved, so you should always consider this if you are going to be dancing in cooler conditions

Another thing to look out for is the different types of straps that leotard comes with, such as Spaghetti Straps, Double Straps, and Criss Cross Straps. The difference is mainly cosmetic, but some may offer more comfort than others.

We have a large variety of leotards for ballet and gymnastics on our site. You can view them here.

Jazz pants, dance tights or dance skirts?

Wear Leggings Or Jazz Pants Over Your Leotard

You may also need some additional items to go along with your leotards, such as tights or jazz pants. The most popular colour of tights for ballet dancing is pink. Ballet dancing tights typically have a thick seam going up the back of the leg.

Jazz Tap and Modern dance classes may require you to wear leggings or jazz pants over your leotard in some instances, so carrying pair in your dance bag is not a bad idea.

Wearing a pair of shorts or a dance skirt over your leotard can be a great way of customising your look and shaking things up a little. But if you’re taking ballet dancing classes, a short wrap-around skirt is the most appropriate.

To view the range of dancewear on our website, please go here.

T-shirts and cardigans

Wear A Ballet Cardigan

If you are new to dancing, it can be intimidating to wear a leotard in front of others until you get used to your surroundings. One way to combat this is to wear a ballet cardigan or t-shirt over your leotard until you feel more comfortable. Wearing a cardigan or t-shirt over your leotard while warming up is also commonly done by dancers.

One of the great things about dancing is how it can help improve your confidence, so don’t worry too much because before you know it, the only thing you’ll be worried about is missing the next beat. We have many beautiful dance cardigans and they can be viewed here.


Above are the main things you will need for dancing, but there are still a lot of small things you may need to consider. Below is a list of the smaller essentials that can fill out your dance bag.


One thing you do not want to forget is a towel. Every dancer sweats, even in cooler conditions, and sweaty skin can make moves such as lifts more difficult and often more dangerous. If your dance studio has showering facilities, you may also want to pack a clean towel in your bag.

reusable Water bottle

Dance rehearsals can be extremely tiring and go on for long periods, so you will need to keep yourself hydrated and this means drinking plenty of water. Bringing a reusable bottle to class makes it easier, cheaper and more convenient to stay hydrated.
Never carry glass bottles in your bag as this can be a safety hazard.

Safety First

We don’t want to worry you too much and put you off dancing for good, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Injuries can happen in any physical activity and dancing is no different. From little sprains to scrapes and cuts, you will want to be prepared with the basics in the event of an accident happening.


Antiseptic wipes are great for cleaning minor scrapes and cuts or dirty hands. They offer a quick and convenient solution and can help you get on with your class without having to leave the studio.

antibiotic cream

Antibiotic cream should be applied to any cut immediately after it has been cleaned. This will help to prevent an infection from occurring.


It is always a good idea to have a selection of bandages in your dance bag to cover any cuts and scrapes when they happen. Applying a bandage helps to keep the injury clean and stop outside debris from coming into contact with it. 

I hope I haven’t scared you too much. 

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