Dance teachers and studio owners often focus on what dancers are wearing and performing in, but not what instructors are wearing and using in class. In this post, we’ll explore some different things to think about wearing when teaching.
Dancewear for Instructors
Spending hours on your feet can take a toll at the end of the night. Choosing to invest in supportive footwear or accessories can have a major effect in the long run. Many teachers like wearing sneakers of some sort, whether they be Nikes or a traditional dance sneaker, having something that you can put inserts or orthotics into can help ease pain. Dress in layers to accommodate fluctuations in temperature throughout the night. Moisture-wicking items are also a good idea so that you aren’t stuck in sweaty clothes all night.
Dance Tools for Teaching
Using dance tools can make exercises easier and more effective. They can also be used to highlight different muscles and make it clearer for dancers as to what they should be looking out for in certain stretches or exercises. T Spheres and Ballet Straps are popular tools that teachers love to use in class.
Dressing Up for Dance
Beyond making your life easier and more comfortable, dressing the part in dance class can broadcast a number of messages to your students:
- Dance should be taken seriously
- You’re disciplined and dedicated to dance
- Taking care of yourself and how you present to the world is important
- You have authority in the class