Dancers wear skimpy little outfits. Dance sweaters keep your body temperature regulated in the classroom and as you move through hallways and between studios. They’re worn over your leotard. You can put them on and off easily, as needed. Every dancer should have one in her bag.
While your teacher may not dictate exactly what to wear, here are some guidelines to help you make good, respectful choices.
KEEP A CLOSE-FIT
Big and floppy is ok if you’re a professional, or maybe in Hip-Hop class; however, most teachers want to see your body alignment and shape. You should, too. Smaller is better.
DANCE NEUTRAL COLORS, PLEASE
Wear something that blends into the classroom spirit, rather than something that’s visually stimulating. The classic colors are Black, White, Ballet Pink. Light blue and light purple (lavender) are also considered ballet basic. The darker variations are greys, burgundy, navy, hunter green, mauves. Avoid neons and anything bright. Skip the prints.
WHERE TO GET ONE:
You can purchase an official dance sweater from a dance boutique or online; or, use something from right out of your own closet at home.
THE OFFICIAL SWEATER
The most traditional is the classic wrap. It’s what I wore when I was a kid and it’s still available. It never goes out of fashion. You can also get a shrug or knit pullover, depending on what’s currently in style.
FROM YOUR CLOSET AT HOME
Little cartigans are a delightful choice. They often have quiet, pretty details that suit the spirit of the art.
T-Shirts and Sweatshirts can work as long as they’re not too big or too long. Avoid sayings that don’t have anything to do with dance (Studio logo T-shirts are a great choice, though).
Even knit pullovers will work if they’re quiet in color and tone – no fancy details, please.
So…be a leader in the classroom. Keep a dance sweater in your bag, and use it! You’ll feel great and your teacher will love it!