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Question about dancewear
By MaleDancer1
On Tue Mar 17, 2020 01:11 PM

I'm a 24 year old male dancer that started taking ballet about 2 months ago and have grown quite interested in it. However, when I'm at home I've found it more comfortable and put together to wear a leotard with tights underneath the leotard when I practice, go through exercises, or stretching.

Would wearing a leotard and tights underneath (obviously with a dance belt) be ok for going to dance class, and what about leotard/tight colors that aren't black/white?
re: Question about dancewear
By Storm_Trouper
On Sun Mar 29, 2020 01:28 AM
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Hey there,

You can wear pretty much whatever you want to, whenever you want to, wherever you want to, in whatever colors appeals to you, worn however you want... unless there is a strictly enforced dress code enacted.

Colours and patterns tend towards plain and conservative / moderate / subdued / humble rather than embellished / bright / attention seeking because you take class to learn... not to exhibit or stand out, generally speaking. (You can distinguish yourself and stand out by dancing consistently in a technically correct and competent manner and demonstrating improvement. Some male and female people fetishize ballet dancewear and footwear.)

What is important is for the class giver to see your biomechanical line and muscle engagement, and not be overly distracted by fashion statements or unusual, unconventional garb. Performance is an entirely different situation however.

There are, however, informal, traditional norms to be aware and mindful of. So if you want to be respectful and savvy, then look online at and study images of older teenage dance students (non professionals) taking classes (not performing) to understand what the range of norms is for the particular gender that you wish to express. (Ballet study is predominantly binary normative and hetero normative for the most part.) That being opined, males do perform female roles cross dressed and do wear pointe shoes from time to time for artistic reasons.

Males and females taking class ordinarily wear their dancewear in gender specific patterns and tend not to cross dress. These outward expressions of gender reflect and respect customary, traditional ballet class etiquette, and the binary social constructs and western cultural norms of the past three centuries. Transgender dance students thus decide how they wish to express or present themselves.

Consider such external dancewear elements as colors, in combination with the wearing of tights, leotards, unitards, shirts, socks and shoes that suit you. Some respondents to your question here are sure to tell you what their own particular configuration and go to preferences for wardrobe recipe are, which can be influenced by the country in which they reside or have resided and studied classical dance. Homophobia in reaction to cross dressing can sometimes be a factor to consider depending on what culture one finds oneself in.


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