What to Wear to Ballroom Dance Lessons

When signing up for dance classes you may imagine a ballroom full of impeccably dressed men in full suits and shiny shoes and sparkling flowy-gowned women gracefully floating around the room. Although this may be a realistic picture of a ballroom competition or show case, this is not how we dancers always dress during dance class. So, to follow dance etiquette, we have a few simple suggestions to help you navigate how to dress for dance class.

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Should I Dress Up for Dance Class?

Comfort is key. While we don’t mind if you come to dance lessons straight from work or another business attire function (and you’re welcome to wear your work clothes to class) you should be able to move about with ease. There’s nothing worse than trying to concentrate on learning a new skill set while constantly fidgeting with uncomfortable clothes. So if you find suits and ties, or skirts and high heels too distracting during your dance lessons, we suggest opting for something a bit more relaxed but still within our suggested clothing parameters. 

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What Types of Clothing are Best for Dance Lessons?

There are so many options for both men and women. If you want, you can even buy shoes that complement the style of dance you are learning. Keep in mind as you’re dancing you will most likely warm up since it is exercise, so dress in layers if needed. 


  • Twill cotton trousers
  • Dress pants
  • Cotton or cotton blended polos
  • Button downs
  • Oxfords 
  • Loafers 
  • Slip on canvas shoes


  • Skirts or dresses
  • Button up blouses
  • Longer dress shorts
  • Twill pants
  • Booties
  • Wedges with a back strap
  • A low pump
  • Ballet flats

What Types of Clothing Should I Avoid?

Now that you know what types of clothes you should wear, we should also mention some attire you should avoid wearing to dance class.

  • Clothing that will easily fall off or ride up; such as tube tops, short shorts or skirts, loose fitting straps, scarves, hats, short or cropped workout shorts or tops
  • Clothing that is extremely fitted/constricting or extremely revealing 
  • Shoes that can easily fall off; such as slip on sandals, flip flops, strapless heels, or very heavy clunky shoes such as hiking shoes, boots, clogs, and crocks 
  • Shoes with rubber soles since you’ll be doing footwork that requires twisting and sliding

Our classes are always a friendly atmosphere. We want all our students to have fun and meet new people. So no matter what you wear during dance lessons, when it’s time to put those lessons to work in real life – don’t forget to dress to impress!







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