Every piece of clothing that a dancer puts on, from leotards to slippers to tights, affects the way that dancer feels and performs on the dance stage. But in many ways, tights are predominantly important and thus especially difficult to select.
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Luckily for you, this ready-made basic tight-selection guide will enable you to find the right pair of dancing tights.
Colors and Fabrics
While-black and white-solid colored tights are extremely popular and versatile. You should be aware that certain tight colors are closely associated with particular uses. These include “theatrical” pink, salmon and flesh color, which are often used in ballet; skin tone and dark suntan color, which are popular at jazz dances; and “toast,” a kind of dark, smokey-looking orange is the color of choice for many “physie” dancers.
Fabric choice is also crucial, both for the sake of comfort and style. But no matter which material you choose, it’s generally best to always hand-wash your tights in order for them to last. And never, ever put the tights in the dryer!
Nylon is the most traditional fabric for tights, but according to some it gets baggy around the kneecap. Supplex and lycra are softer than nylon, and microfiber tights may be the softest of them all. But, really, any of these fabrics will do, and it’s more a matter of personal preference (or, in some cases, meeting strict requirements from instructors or troupe leaders).
A Plethora of Styles
You can peruse a wide range of tight styles at websites with voluminous and diverse online inventories, like Justforkix. Seeing the tights modeled in a picture will help you visualize them, but we can go over the major uses of tight styles just below:
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- Footed tights, which cover the full foot and blend in seamlessly with your dancing slippers or shoes. It creates a unified, simple look.
- Footless tights, as the name implies, are cut off at the ankle. They can move up on you as you move on the dance floor since nothing holds them to your foot, but they are quite popular. Their wide color range makes them a favorite with creative dance costumes.
- Stirrup tights do not cover the entire foot but hold on to it by a strap or “stirrup.” This tight is a compromise between footed and footless.
- Convertible tights give you the best of both worlds without any compromise. That is, they can be worn as footed (with a small hole on the bottom of your foot) or pulled up and worn as footless.
- Body wrapper tights extend upward in one solid piece to cover most of your body, with shoulder straps holding them in place.
- Shimmer tights, also called “gloss” tights, are very snazzy and thus a prime choice for stage performance. They don’t stretch as far as other tights, though, so many have to wear a size bigger than other types of tights.
- Fishnet tights sport a visible, stylish weave that stretches out when you put them on. Often enough, fishnet tights are worn atop other tights, though of course, they can also be worn alone.
Making the Final Choice
Many factors will come into play when choosing a pair of dancing tights, including: color, pattern, comfort level, laundering ease, type of music/dance, dance instructor requirements, and personal taste.
Which of these factors will be predominant will vary from situation to situation, but the good thing is that you don’t have to choose just one style of tights. You can stock up on different tights for different occasions and always put on the one that best matches the music style and event.