Dress for Class

Wearing the proper clothing puts the dancer in the correct frame of mind for class and prepares them for success.

The school year will be starting soon and by now you are shopping for supplies. Clothes and shoes are probably on that list; don’t forget about dancewear! Wearing the proper clothing puts the dancer in the correct frame of mind for class and prepares them for success. The instructor can better make corrections and teach more effectively because the dancer is in proper attire.

While many dance schools have a uniform, we do allow our students choices about colors, styles, etc. Our ballet students are required to wear a leotard and tights to class with skirts a welcome option. We recommend a solid black or pink leotard with a matching skirt and pink ballet shoes. Of course, students are welcome to wear a blue or purple leotard, black tights, etc.   What’s important is that they wear clothing made for dance class. We also suggest split sole ballet slippers. Dancers are not to wear jewelry in class (for safety) and are instructed to wear hair up and pulled back off of the face and neck.

Pajama pants are worn to bed, a dress is worn to the prom, it only makes sense to wear the proper clothing and shoes to dance class. This goes for other styles of dance as well. Here are a few tips:

Tap Class: Wear capri style leggings so the teacher can see your ankles and feet.

Hip Hop Class: Wear comfortable shoes that offer support, we suggest a jazz sneaker.

Jazz Class: Yoga pants and a leotard work well for jazz, don’t forget your slip on jazz shoes!

Lyrical: Dancing bare foot is a wonderful option, but if you prefer check out dance paws or dance footies. These protect the ball of the foot and allow for ease with turns.

In every class, refrain from baggy clothes. These actually impede movement and ruin sight lines. The teachers need to see the students in order to give feedback. Dressing properly for class builds confidence and offers freedom of movement. Additionally, with so many fashionable options available, a classic, yet stylish look is easy to find. Happy shopping!

Do Something For yourself!

Parents, do something good for yourself! A dance based exercise class will boost your memory, reduce stress, diminish depression, help your heart, increase your energy, and help you lose weight all while having fun. The trick is to find a class that fits your schedule, your budget and most important, is one that you enjoy – then convince a friend to join you! You are more likely to keep your commitment to a workout when someone else is meeting you there. Once you are there, don’t skip the cool down at the end. Often cardio workouts conclude with some stretching. Remember, increasing your flexibility will help ease joint pain and is crucial for muscles following a workout.

As dance school directors, we know parents will always enroll their children in a dance class before signing themselves up. However, taking care of yourself sets a good example. Being healthy and physically fit will enable you to be there for your family. Sticking with an exercise program also teaches your children the value of making a commitment and they see first-hand the positive results when you follow through. We welcome you to check out our Cardio Fit class. We are doing our best to keep fitness affordable at $6 per class, pay as you attend. We welcome all ages and encourage you to make this a mother/daughter class or commit to seeing your friends once a week by coming to class together. We hope to see you there! Sincerely, Kathy & Joe DeMaira

Low-Impact Cardio Fit: Thursdays at 7:00pm, $6/ class Popular songs from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and current music will be used to work out to. The movements are dance based, but accessible and repeated enough for beginners. There will be at least one line dance and a song or two inspired by movements from Zumba and Tae-Bo. Come join the fun! Teacher is Kathy DeMaira. Class is $6, pay as you attend-we’re keeping fitness affordable! Bring a friend! All ages welcome. DeMaira Dance Studios, Inc. 1146 Chicago Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 *708-386-1833 Parking is free after 6:00pm in the village lot off of Chicago Ave. next to Penny Noodle Restaurant. http://www.demaira-dance.com