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What to Wear to a Summer Ballet Intensive?

Mar 24, 2024 | Ballet

Summer ballet intensives are a thrilling opportunity for dancers to immerse themselves in their craft, hone their skills, and grow as artists. Amidst the excitement of joining your peers and striving for advanced training, there’s an aspect that can often be overlooked: what to wear. Finding the right attire that strikes a balance between comfort, functionality, and style is essential and helps you feel, train, and perform at your best. Of course, many schools also have standardized dress codes so make sure to pay close attention to the orientation materials.

1. Leotards

Leotards are the foundation of ballet attire and come in a variety of styles and materials. Opt for breathable fabrics like cotton or moisture-wicking blends to keep you cool during long hours of practice. Consider investing in a few different styles, such as tank, cap-sleeve, or long-sleeve leotards, to accommodate different choreography and personal preferences. Classic colors like black, navy, and burgundy are also versatile choices.

2. Tights

When it comes to tights, the general rule is to match the color to your skin tone for a seamless look that elongates your legs. However, some dancers prefer the aesthetic of pink tights, especially for classical ballet variations. Whichever option you choose, make sure your tights are durable and provide adequate support without restricting your movement. Seamless or convertible tights are excellent choices for versatility, allowing you to adjust the length as needed for different styles of dance.

3. Ballet Shoes

A well-fitted pair of ballet shoes is essential for every dancer. Look for shoes with a snug yet comfortable fit and a flexible sole that allows for articulation through the foot. Canvas or leather options are both popular choices, so try out different materials to see which one feels best for you. Be sure to sew on any necessary elastics and ribbons before the start of your intensive to prevent distractions during class.

4. Warm-up Attire

While the studio may be warm during the summer months, it’s essential to have layers for the beginning of class and cool-down periods. Pack a lightweight wrap sweater or ballet shrug to keep your muscles warm. Remember to choose fabrics that are easy to slip on and off between exercises.

5. Hair Accessories

Keeping your hair neatly secured is not only practical but also contributes to a polished appearance in the studio. Invest in quality hair ties, bobby pins, and hairnets to create a secure ballet bun that will stay in place throughout your classes. Experiment with different styles of bun to find one that suits your hair type and complements your facial features. Finish off your look with a touch of hairspray or hair gel to tame any flyaways and ensure a sleek finish.

6. Personal Hygiene Items

In addition to dancewear, don’t forget to pack essential personal hygiene items to keep you feeling fresh and confident throughout the day. Pack a small towel or handkerchief to wipe away sweat during breaks, along with a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated. Consider bringing travel-sized toiletries such as deodorant, body spray, and facial wipes for quick touch-ups between classes. A small pouch or makeup bag is handy for storing these items neatly in your dance bag.

Be prepared and thorough in your packing for the intensive, so you can be fully present and prepared to take on the summer!

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