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Adult Don't Wear Tutus: What To Wear To Your Ballet Or Barre Class Now That You're All Grown Up

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Adult ballet classes are popular for many reasons. Ballet is a great all-over body workout. Many adults took ballet as a child and have the basics down. Whether you are a beginner or revisiting your lessons from childhood, read on for tips on ballet dance apparel so that you can look good and keep cool during your workout.

You can wear a leotard if you want, but don't feel like you have to!

If you visit a store that sells dance apparel for little ballerinas, it is likely that they carry adult sizes as well. Many people think of a black leotard as the classic garb of a ballet dancer. Keep in mind that you are an adult now and many of these leotards are low cut. Unless you are completely flat chested, you will want to wear a sports bra for any leaps or jumps that are performed in your class. A leotard is also quite form fitting and some people may not feel as comfortable revealing the shape of their body.

Don't feel like you have to wear a wrap around skirt either

Again the black leotard with a wraparound skirt in either black or pink comes to mind when you think of a ballerina. Think of ballet as any other exercise class. Don't get too caught up in looking like a  "ballerina". There is a good chance that everyone else in the class, besides the teacher perhaps, will be wearing regular gym clothes.

You should wear clothing that is somewhat form fitting though

Regular gym attire is entirely appropriate for a ballet class. Think leggings and tank tops rather than old t-shirts and sweatpants. Your instructor needs to be able to see the outline of your body so that your form can be corrected when you are dancing.

It is also likely that you will be performing stretches on the floor with legs open. Keep this in mind so that you don't wear loose shorts by accident.

Don't wear pants or leggings that drag the floor

If you wear baggy sweatpants, not only will you get too hot while you are dancing, but if they drag on the ground you could injure yourself if you trip over them.

The same goes for any sort pants that drag the ground. Because you will be performing intricate moves with your feet, you will want to make sure that you won't be stepping on your pants.  

Make sure your clothing is stretchy

Ballet involves a lot of bending and stretching. You don't want to rip your clothes!

Ballet shoes

Your teacher will be able to tell you the appropriate ballet shoes to buy for your studio