Dancers have a love-hate relationship with tights. They can be itchy and sometimes leave red marks in the skin, but they are crucial in the dance world. With so many different types of tights out there it can be a bit overwhelming to pick the perfect pair of tights to wear for class. This is why we are going to break down every type of tights, as well as the pros and cons that go along with them so you can walk into the dance store and pick out the perfect pair of tights.
Footed Tights Vs Transitional / Convertible Tights
Now the names of the tights can show you a lot about them. As the name would imply the “Footed Tights” are completely footed. This means that the dancer’s entire foot will be covered with the tights at all times, essentially they look kind of like pantyhose. The Transitional / Convertible tights, on the other hand, have a hole on the foot of the tights to allow the dancer the freedom to roll them up to let the feet breathe or so they can put flip flops on to travel from the car to the studio or vice versa. Usually, the most popular tights for dance is the Transitional / Convertible tight because of the fact that the dancer can roll them up, but for younger dancers that are just starting out the seam at the foot could bother them so going with a footed tight for toddlers could be an option.
Elastic Waistband Vs. Self-knit Waistband
The waistband in a tight is also something to look at when buying a pair of tights as well. Dancers can wear these tights for hours on end and getting a pair of tights that are going to dig into the stomach can be uncomfortable as well as leave red marks on the stomach that just hurt. This is why some companies have created a self-knit waistband. Instead of being an elastic band that holds the tight up the self-knit waistband is a wide, elastic-free band that smooths out the harsh lines that some elastic bands can create. However, not all tights come with the option of the self-kit waistband yet.
Stir Up Tights
Stir up tights can have many uses and they are all up to the dancer. Sometimes dancers choose to wear stir up tights for pointe class because it comes up higher on the heel. This allows the pointe shoe to grab the skin and not slip, which can happen when a dancer uses a footed or transitional tight. Dancers can also use this tight for a contemporary number or class.
Footless tights are mostly used in gymnastics or silks classes. This is because it allows the feet to grip the floor or silks so they do not slip.
These tights cover your whole body from the torso to the feet. The good thing about them is that they will not create any red marks around the belly area. Body tights also smooth out the lines of that body. This is what makes them great to perform in, however, they can become a hassle to take off so make sure that if you have any quick changes that require changing tights.
Professional Fishnet Vs Economy Fishnets
So the main difference between a professional pair of fishnets and an economy pair of fishnets is the fact the professional fishnet is made a little bit stronger than the economy pair. This means the professional pair will last longer than the economy one. So If your just going to be using the fishnet for one number in one show the economy pair of fishnets might be what you are looking for. However, if you are going to be performing multiple shows and you want something that will last longer then splurge for the professional pair.
Fishnets With The Seam Or Without
While we are on the topic of fishnets we can talk about getting a pair with the seam or without. This is something that the dance teacher will likely tell you if you will be needing or not. Basically, if the teacher says you will be needing a pair of tights that have a seam then this will mean that you are looking for a fishnet that has a line running down the back of the tights. Usually, this is used in shows if the number calls for it and will likely not be used in class unless they are doing a rehearsal. Again the dance teacher will most likely let you know if you will be needing them.
Let’s Talk Colors
Tights come in an array of colors. For ballet, the color will always be pink (the package might say ballet pink, theatrical pink, light pink, professional pink, or something like that) Useless the studio gives a particular brand then any of these will be allowed just pick the color that you like the best. Jazz class usually require tan or black tights. Nine times out of ten it will be tan but sometimes black is used as well. For the jazz classes that require tan it is best to go into a store and try and color match to the best of your ability, but at the same time you’re probably not going to get an exact match and that is ok. For fishnets, the popular colors are black or tan and it really depends on what your performance calls for as to which color you are going to want to get. Make sure that you talk to your teacher or choreographer before you get the wrong the color.
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With dance classes starting up again, it is important to understand all of these differences to make sure that you are getting the best pair of tights for whatever class you choose to take because you will be spending a lot of time in them. For all of your dancewear shopping needs stop by our superstore in Orlando or click here to visit our online site.