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What Should I Wear To A Dance Convention

Dance conventions can be exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. They’re a great place to meet and connect with choreographers and other inspiring dancers. These connections are extremely important because one day you could find yourself working with a choreographer that you met at a convention. So you will want to make a good first impression to everyone in attendance as well as stand out from the crowd. That’s where your outfit choice comes in.

Bra Tops

It can get pretty hot in a room full of dancers all vying for there own space to dance. That’s why a fun and comfortable bra top is a good starting place for your outfit-of-the-day. Something brightly colored can catch the choreographer’s eye, then all you have to do is let your personality shine. But no matter the color you pick, the most important thing is that you feel great in your clothes. So whether that is a black bra top or a yellow one, you can feel free to dance your heart out. If you need any inspiration for what bra tops to wear you can click here.  

 

 

Boy Shorts

Boy shorts can also be a great way to combat the heat of the room as well as show off your personality. A plain top and brightly colored shorts can just as easily bring attention your way as a matching top and bottom can. It’s all about showing off your lines and showing off your confidence.  For some boy shorts click here

Leggings

Let’s say that you don’t want to show that much skin. That’s okay too! A great pair of legging can go a long way in terms of comfort. Let your personality shine through everything you wear and you’re sure to make a great impression to everyone you meet. You can find leggings and dance pants here

 

Shoes  

Let’s not forget your feet here. What you put on your feet is very important in a convention. Usually, the classes are on a carpet so please whatever you do don’t dance barefoot. Some people will just wear socks, but jazz shoes are a good alternative. The footwear will depend on the class you are taking, so plan ahead and make sure you have all the shoes you need for all the classes. That means pack your tap shoes, jazz shoes, hip-hop shoe… you know what just to be on the safe side, pack all the shoes.

Bags

Now, this isn’t part of your outfit but it is important. You need something to keep your shoes, hairpins, coverups, water bottle, and other accessories that you brought all together. Too many times things are lost or left behind because they fell out of a bag. So make sure that whatever bag you bring is big enough for all your things. If you don’t have a bag click here to find some. 

 

More important than what you choose to wear is continuing to wear it throughout the day. If you choose to wear a blue tank top keep the tank top on, even if it gets hot. Choreographers end up associating the dancer with what they are wearing so if you take away the tank top, the Choreographers will likely forget what they thought of your dancing because they didn’t see Blue Tank Top after the water break. Overall no matter what you wear, wear it with confidence, a smile, and let your dancing do the rest.   

6 Dance Hacks that Actually Work

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This week we bring in guest blogger, Kathryn Morgan.  She brings you 6 dance hacks that work, tried and tested.

 

Kathryn, a former New York Ballet soloist, currently performs, teaches, and speaks around the country, runs two highly successful YouTube channels, her podcast “The Kathryn Morgan Show”, writes a column for “Dance Spirit Magazine”, and continues to work on many other exciting projects. Kathryn is currently on faculty at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.

 

We’re also pleased to offer the Kathryn Morgan Scholarship by DanceWear Corner. Click here for more details. Deadline to enter is October 27th.

 

Kathryn talks about dance hacks that work… yes, actually work!  These are easy tips and tricks for using hairspray to fix holes in tights, heal blisters fast, how to use bobby pins the right way, easily pinch a leotard, do easy winged eyeliner, rosin your pointe shoes to keep the heels on, and bonus – 2 easy ballet hairstyles.

 


Kathryn’s post originally appeared here.

Zarely Tights Are Now at DanceWear Corner

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We have great news: Zarely tights are now at DanceWear Corner in-store and online!  In case you are not familiar with the brand, we want to take a moment to introduce you.

Meet Zarely! At Zarely, a team of designers, engineers, physical therapists, and dancers, have come together to create high technology leg-wear that promises to improve your performance lifecycle. There is a style for each cycle of the dancer’s career: rehearsals, performance and recovery.  We want to tell you about all three lines, because as you will see, these are so much more than just tights.

Meet Z1 Rehearsal Tights: 

For Z1 Model, Zarely Rehearsal tights, they use special fabric that perfectly reflects light and creates an amazing slimming effect. The combination of colors and patterns in materials enhances a look of hyperextended leg line so that everyone around you awes with admiration.  The tights as feature special light-reflecting fabric for ideal slimming effect, smart compression technology helps preventing your legs from swelling, and additional support and protection for your ankles and knees.  The waistband doesn’t squeeze your waist, and the tights are convertible.

 

 

 

Meet Z2 Performance Tights: 

For the Zarely Z2 Model we use fabric which perfectly reflects light. This fabric and slight compression we added to the design create a slimming effect that makes your legs look spectacular in limelight.  The Zarely Performance Tights actually help enhance your stage performance on physical level. The smart recovery system implemented in Z2 Model applies graduated levels of compression to optimize blood circulation and helps preventing your legs from swelling or inflaming.

 

 

 

 

DWC, dancewear corner, zarely at dance wear corner, zarely, zarely tights, zarely role models, dance wear, ballet tights, dance tights, Meet Z3 Recovery Tights: 

For Z3 Model Recovery tights they use luxury-class microfiber that looks fantastic on your legs and gives them extra-slimming effect. Head to a dinner party in your petite robe noire and forget about sore feet or fatigued muscles entirely. Your legs regain health while you enjoy your social life.

 

 

 

 

 

Also, be sure to browse their impressive list of celebrity dancers who are “Zarely Role Models.”  This goes to show that the best dancers in the world are wearing these tights, and now you can join them!  Shop now: Zarely at DanceWear Corner

 

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Vanessa Zahorian & Davit Karapetyan by Karolina Kuras

 

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Ana Sophia Scheller by Zachariah Epperson

Check out a couple of our happy customers from Orlando Ballet! 

Five Dance Summer Program Must-Haves

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Dancers spend their whole year anticipating Dance Summer Programs: the auditions, the excitement, the new friends. But have you started your packing list? Here are five must-haves that you will want to make sure you have in your dance bag:


 1.  Notebook

Though cell-phones these days can accommodate our random thoughts at any moment, you should still consider bringing a good old-fashioned note pad with you. You are about to embark on a journey that is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you want to make sure that you get the most out of it. Information is about to be thrown at you left and right, and it is your responsibility to soak it all up and put your new knowledge to work.

Research shows that one of the best way to remember new information, is by the action of writing it down on paper.  By bringing a notebook to the studios, you can quickly jot down corrections or choreography whenever you have a free moment. This way, all the information is available for you to refer back to the next day, or even over the next year. You are getting the opportunity to learn from very special people, and who knows, someday you may even have the opportunity to pass that knowledge on to the next generation.

 

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This may seem like an obvious one, but you know the saying, “Dress for success”? Why wouldn’t this apply to ballet as well? When you feel good in class, your confidence is higher, you are able to work harder, and you are able to focus on what really matters, instead of how you feel. So, throw that hair in a nice tight bun and flaunt your favorite color.  We can help you find exactly what you need, or we could even send you a new leotard every month!

3.  An Open Mind

You choose this summer intensive in order to try something different: something challenging. In order to take full advantage of your new environment, be open-minded! The teachers and students have so much to offer you, so embrace it. If you don’t like the style, or the corrections, you can pick and choose what you want to take with you down the road. But for now, remember that every lesson allows you an opportunity to understand ballet and dance a little better.

 

4.  Your Work Ethic

That work ethic that brought you to this point, don’t forget to pack it and let your teachers see it. Contrary to what you may think, teachers in these programs aren’t drawn to the most talented dancer in the room, they are often drawn to those who prove potential by willing to work for it. You can do quadruple pirouettes for days, but if you don’t work hard to perfect the weaknesses in your technique, a teacher can only help so much.

Teachers love when they can see students applying corrections. It illustrates that a dancer respects them and wants to learn from them. This is where your notebook comes into play. With the help of that visual aid, you will be able to remember corrections from day to day, and be able to put them to work for your body.

5.  Confidence

You are about to meet a lot of new people, who are likely good dancers. But remember, you got into this summer course too! They picked you! The school saw something in you that they want to nourish and expand on. You are walking into the studio on a level playing field. You are all there for the same reason; each as deserving of this opportunity. Embrace the dancers around you; you may never know, they could become life long friends.

With these five things in your suitcase, you’re so ready to conquer your SI!


Where are you going this summer? What are you most looking forward to? Do you have any questions about what to expect? Leave a comment below and our new blog editor, Rebecca King Ferraro, dancer with Miami City Ballet, will answer all of your questions!

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