Dress codes are an important aspect of dancing at a studio. Dancers at all levels can benefit from wearing proper attire when they practice and perform. At SMSD we choose a dress code that is modest and age appropriate. Below are some of the reasons why it is important for dancers to adhere to our dress code:
- Eliminates distractions
This allows the dancer to focus on dance and not on their attire. Wearing clothes outside the dress code can be distracting for all the dancers in the room and take away from the class. It is also important that hair is pulled back out of the face so dancers don’t have to worry about it falling down or constantly messing with it which can make them unfocused. When dancers put on the proper clothes it signals that it is time to get ready for class.
- Move properly while in class
Improper clothing can impact technique and precision; having a dress code ensures teachers can see and correct for proper body alignment. Wearing fitted clothing (leotard and tights) makes it easier to see what the body is doing in order for the teacher to make corrections.
Dancers are not allowed to wear sweatshirts or jackets while dancing, but they can wear a dance sweater. In the colder months ahead, a dance sweater will keep dancers warm coming in and out of the studio, and they are fitted enough so that teachers can still see the movement of the body.
- Create cohesiveness
All dancers being in the same attire helps form a bond between the group. Cohesion can help dancers better visualize what the dance will look like and can help them realize they are all working towards the same goals.
- Improves confidence
When students look like dancers, they feel like dancers, and it shows in their confidence and attitude. Just putting a dancer in the proper attire can completely change their posture and outlook.
It is also worth mentioning how important it is to have high quality dancewear! Not buying quality shoes and making sure that they are properly fitted can not only be a waste of money but can be dangerous. The Dancer’s Den, Austin’s premier dance boutique, can provide everything your dancer needs or wants for class!
Not sure what your dancer needs to wear? Click here to view SMSD dress code info.