September is by far one of the busiest calendar months for any parent. The whole ‘Back To School’ preparation and getting back into a routine is enough to make you go crazy. Packing and remembering school bags, lunches and PE kits is hard work enough, without having to organise a dance kit too!
We’re here to make your life that little bit easier, and make sure you avoid having to rush home to pick up items you’ve forgotten with 5 minutes to go before class starts. The last thing you want to do is forget part of your little dancer’s kit when they’ve been so excited to go back to class.
Here’s the ultimate list of essentials, as long as you make sure you have these you can’t go wrong!
The most important thing… dance shoes! It’s likely without shoes not much dancing will be done! But it’s equally important that the shoes fit! Even if your child hasn’t danced for just a few months, their feet can grow faster than you think, and dancing in shoes that are too small could cause long-lasting damage. Whether you need ballet shoes, tap shoes or jazz shoes, you name it, we have them! You can see all our shoes in dance categories here.
Check out our Dancer’s Help section on our blog for ensuring you pick out the right shoes here!
You can’t go wrong with a leotard, and our new Nadine Leotard is the perfect combination of style and comfort, with a variety of different colours available, your little one won’t be able to find anything to complain about! You can browse the Nadine Leotard on our website here.
Our Louie Leotard is perfect for boys and male dancers. The leotard comes in short sleeves with a simple scoop neckline. You can shop the leotard in black or white here.
Unsure on sizes? Read our guide on how to measure for a dance leotard here.
Royal Academy of Dance
We also have a selection of Royal Academy of Dance approved dancewear and shoes which are perfect for class and exams. This Aimee Leotard is an essential uniform piece for RAD grades 1-3 and 4-5, you can shop the leotard here.
Our Move Dance super-soft tights are an all-time favourite of our customers, with footed, footless, convertible and stirrup styles to choose from, there's plenty of choices to suit all dancers. Our Move Dance tights receive 5* reviews for their amazing quality and longevity. Shop our Move Dance tights here.
The perfect solution for you to make sure you have everything you need for a discounted price. We have a selection of ballet packs for both children and adults so you can make sure you’re covered. All of our ballet packs are suitable for classes and exam regulations. We have a range of RAD ballet packs which are perfect for making sure your little one is exam ready.
Legwarmers can be a parent’s worst nightmare, how often do you empty the dance kit bag and find a mismatched pair of legwarmers, or even worse, just one! We have the answer to all your problems, our legwarmers come in bundles of 6 pairs or 12 pairs, so you can guarantee you’ll have another pair for the next class while you try to track down the missing one! Shop all our legwarmers here.
The Alegra Shiny Stirrup Leggings come in over 20 colours, so you’re sure to find your child’s favourite colour. The flat elasticated waistband allows for comfort and the stirrup style gives ease and flexibility whilst dancing. These Alegra leggings are made from a non-toxic, vegan-friendly fabric that’s made locally. You can view all colours here.
Hair Nets, Bobbles and Hair Grips
It may sound obvious, but it’s always when you don’t have any that you need them most! It’s a good idea to always keep spare hair nets, bobbles and hair grips in the dance bag. You can never have enough bobbles and hair grips! View all our dance accessories here!
And for all those essentials, you’ll need somewhere to put them! It’s ideal to have a dance bag so you can keep some things in there all the time, rather than having to pack and unpack each week. You can view our full range of dance bags here.
So, there you have it, our guide to everything you need for a dance class. Move Dancewear also has skirts, shorts and dance tops if that’s what your child prefers to wear, you can find everything on our website.