Discover what makes the perfect dance kit & why
posted on Wednesday, 10th August 2011 | find under Fashion
Your essential dance kit
Energise Jacket - a fitted performance jacket with raglan sleeves, pockets, integrated thumb holes and cropped mesh over layer that accentuates the waist. Perfect for your warm up and getting you to and from class.
Cardio Cami - Volume eased into hem of cami with a drawstring tie at hip to cinch it in. Skinny racer back to show off toned shoulders. Wear with contrast coloured sports bra for running or workout.
All Sports Bra – a supportive bra for MEDIUM impact activities and perfect for adding a pop of colour to your dance kit.
Jive Short - the perfect workout short for all types of dance. Top thigh length with a deep elasticated waistband, made in a lightweight, sweat wicking Italian fabric.
Silhouette Mesh Leggings – an ankle length mesh tight in effective sweat-wicking fabric are ideal for layering under shorts or longer length tunic tops.
Silhouette Tight – a beautiful fitted tight with an elasticated waist create a flattering and sculpted silhouette. These tights will take you from ballet class to funk session.
Headband - to keep your hair out of your eyes, whilst still looking stylish
Gym Bag - large enough to carry all your dance kit, towel and washbag.
What happens to your body when you dance?
A dancer's body is both strong and supple, moving with agility and coordination to perform set choreography. By participating in regular dance classes your strength will increase as your muscles work against your body weight as you jump, push and leap through the air. Your muscles will become more flexible as you extend and stretch to perform each movement with a greater range of motion. Your agility and coordination will increase as you move in time to the music and perform increasingly complex sequences of movements. As you strive to perfect the choreography your heart rate will increase, strengthening your cardiovascular fitness and improving your endurance allowing you to dance for longer.
What should I wear?
• Active wear that allows freedom of movement, so you can perform each movement with precision.
• Technical fabrics that wick away the sweat and support your muscles
• A supportive bra for MID TO high impact activities. See our bra guide
• Don’t forget a towel and a water bottle to keep hydrated
Which fabrics are the best?
The key thing to look for is sweat-wicking fabrics, which literally "wick" the sweat away from your body. The sweat travels through the fabric to the outside of your clothes where it evaporates.
Sensitive® Fabrics: Sensitive® Fabrics is a lightweight fabric with incredible stretch and a matt finish providing great muscle support as well as slimming and sculpting the body . The manmade fibres have a hydrophilic property that wicks moisture away from the body. It’s easy to wash, easy to care for and dries very quickly.
Sweattech Light: Sweattech Light is an incredibly durable lightweight fabric with a soft handfeel. The manmade fibre has excellent sweat wicking properties and a good stretch.