What Should I Wear to Dance Lessons?


Group of women wearing athletic attire and posing in a dance studio.

Are you excited to embark on your dance journey with Fred Astaire Dance Studios? Whether you’re taking up ballroom, Latin, or any other dance style, what you wear to your dance lessons plays a crucial role in your comfort, performance, and overall experience. Dressing appropriately enhances your movements and boosts your confidence on the dance floor. Below, we’ll provide tips and recommendations on what to wear to your dance lessons.

For Women

Get ready to dance with confidence! Our team is committed to serving you throughout your journey. Let us assist you in choosing the perfect attire to enhance your dancing experience.


Ladies should opt for clothing that is both elegant and functional. A form-fitting top, such as a dance or athletic tank, will showcase your movements and prevent your top from flying up during spins. A comfortable and stylish dance skirt or athletic leggings work well for the bottom, allowing ease of movement.

For women who prefer dresses, a fit-and-flare style is an excellent option. It provides a flattering silhouette and lets you show off your footwork beautifully.


The right dance shoes are an absolute must. Leave your sneakers at home! They can make it hard to spin and turn on the dance floor. Instead, opt for shoes with a leather or suede sole or invest in a pair of quality ballroom or Latin dance shoes that provide proper support and flexibility. Open-toe dance sandals or pumps are ideal for most dance styles. The right pair of dance shoes will allow you to glide gracefully across the dance floor and avoid discomfort or injuries.


Keep your accessories simple and minimalistic during dance lessons. Earrings and a necklace can add a touch of elegance without getting in the way of your partner dancing. Be sure to bring a hair tie should your dance involve fast movements.

For Men

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For dance lessons, men should opt for comfortable clothing that allows unrestricted movement. A classic choice would be a fitted short-sleeved shirt or a breathable t-shirt. Avoid wearing baggy or oversized clothes, as they can interfere with your partner’s dancing. Wearing the right clothing will not only look and feel comfortable but also make it easier for your dance partner to feel your movements.

Choose pants with some stretch, as they will provide the necessary freedom of movement during spins, dips, and quick footwork. Avoid jeans or heavy fabrics that can restrict your leg movements.


The right dance shoes are essential for men to feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor. For ballroom and Latin dances, wearing dance-specific shoes with suede soles is recommended. The suede provides the right amount of grip and slip, allowing you to move smoothly across the floor while maintaining control. 

Why Wear Dance-Specific Clothing & Shoes?

Dance-specific clothing and shoes are designed with the dancer’s needs in mind. They offer a range of benefits that regular clothing and footwear cannot match:

  • Freedom of movement: Dance clothes are tailored to allow for a wide range of motion, giving dancers the flexibility they need for various dance styles.
  • Comfort: Dancing shoes provide the necessary support and cushioning, reducing the risk of foot pain and fatigue during extended dance sessions.
  • Safety: The suede soles on dance shoes strike the perfect balance between grip and slide, reducing the risk of slipping and injury while maintaining control.
  • Enhanced performance: Proper dance attire helps dancers feel more confident and comfortable, enhancing their overall performance and enjoyment.

Dressing appropriately for dance lessons is not just about looking good; it’s about feeling good and dancing your best. By following these recommendations, you’ll be well-prepared to make the most of your dance journey with Fred Astaire Dance Studios. So, put on your dance attire, step onto the dance floor, and let the magic unfold.

Start Your Dancing Journey With Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Discover the joy of dancing at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, where we offer lessons for dancers of all experience levels and ages. With two convenient locations in Carmel and Greenwood, we’re here to make your dance journey an unforgettable experience.

Whether you’re a beginner stepping onto the dance floor for the first time or an experienced dancer looking to refine your skills, our team of professional instructors is dedicated to helping you achieve your dance goals.

Schedule dance lessons by calling Fred Astaire Dance Studios at 317-846-3237.