It's the beginning of fall, and while that means a return of school, fall leaves, and pumpkin-flavored everything, it also means a return of dance class season. Whether your dance class is about to start or just did and you've found that you're woefully ill-equipped, you'll need supplies, pronto! Ordering them online is the best way to get dance supplies quickly. But what should you buy? If you are relatively new to dance or simply haven't had to buy the items yourself, you may not be sure what to prioritize. At Shopping Blitz, we're here to help! Here are some of the absolute basics that you cannot do without:
Dance is an art form that involves your whole body, but most of the stress is placed on your feet – literally. Almost all of your movements are supported by your feet, and if your shoes aren't up to the strain, your whole performance will suffer. If you've been dancing a while and have shoes that you trust that are well worn-in, great! However, there's a big difference between worn-in and falling apart, and if you don't think that your current pair will last the month, you need new shoes now. Branching out to another style? Perhaps you've always been a ballet dancer and would like to add tap or jazz to your repertoire. Shopping Blitz has the best brands, like Bloch jazz sneakers, dance pumps, and ballet pointe shoes, to ensure that everything from practices to performances go well. Clothing Having comfortable, appropriate clothing for dance is almost as important as having the right shoes. Clothing should ideally be stretchy, lightweight, and easy to move around in; pieces that are too heavy or tight can hamper your range of motion and make the performance of certain moves difficult. You also don't want anything that you could easily get tangled in. Depending on the type of dance you are involved in and the requirements of your individual class, the right kind of clothing can vary. For instance, jazz groups often have a bit more freedom to choose the style of clothing, whereas many ballet classes may require a black leotard and pink tights. Ask if your class has any specific restrictions or guidelines before making a purchase. Also, know your actual measurements so that you can choose the right sizes the first time.
Have you ever seen Center Stage? The movie is about a bunch of teenagers trying to get into an elite ballet academy, and one of the first things you notice is that all of the dancers have their hair up. The last thing you can afford when dancing is to have your hair getting into your face and disorienting you. Even putting it up in a standard ponytail can sometimes leave it whipping around into your eyes. With that in mind, we carry Capezio products like Bunheads hair nets, bobby pins and hairpins, jeweled clips and hairbands with flowers, and many more options to keep your face free!
Legwarmers may have become popular mainstream fashion items in the '80s, but they actually serve a purpose in dance. If your muscles get too cold, they will be stiff and limit your movement and your ability to perform. If you are required to wear a leotard, legwarmers might make the difference during the cold winter months. Or perhaps you prefer dance shorts to pants that you have to change when you get too hot; you can easily remove legwarmers without the hassle if you get overheated during a warmup or rehearsal.
No matter which dance style you perform, your feet will take a beating. One of the dangers of dancing with only shoes and hose is that there is very little to protect your feet from the rubbing that can occur. While this may not be a problem all the time, it can put a halt to your practice while your blisters heal, and can be a real issue during a performance when any irritation will limit you physically and only continue to get worse as you move. Toe pads can be worn underneath shoes and hose, and will protect your feet from the types of rubbing that can really hurt you and your dancing. When shopping for dance shoes, clothes, and accessories online, keep your practical needs in mind. At Shopping Blitz, can get items to you quickly, and if you need to make any returns, it's free and easy!