If you are planning on attending your first in a series of jazz dance classes, you might be worried that you are going to wear the wrong thing and feel uncomfortable or, worse yet, not be able to do the moves. This can be stressful for you because you might already be worried about going into a new situation. Here are some tips for choosing clothing for a jazz dance class to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.

1. Check Your Shoes

The first thing that you want to do is check the state of your athletic shoes. You want to make sure that they don’t have any holes in them and that the material out of which they are made is strong enough to hold your feet in the correct, upright position. You do not want the fabric to be loosened to the point where it lets your feet flop all over the place. If your shoes are not in a good state, it will be harder for you to do the moves because you will have to worry about your shoes and might be in pain. This will distract you from following the instructor. 

2. Get Shorts That Won’t Ride Up

Another potential source of discomfort and therefore distraction are having your thighs rub together and cause chafing. This phenomenon, commonly referred to as “chub rub,” can be extremely uncomfortable. One way to avoid it is to get shorts that cover your thighs and won’t ride up to the point where your thighs are directly in contact with each other. You could get long gym shorts that go to your knees because they won’t ride up. However, you might have a hard time finding shorts like this if you are female. A second option is to purchase compression shorts that stick directly to your thighs and compress slightly to stay in place. 

Because compression shorts are very tight, some people are uncomfortable with the outlines that they show. You can help reduce this problem by taking a second, shorter pair of shorts and putting them over the compression shorts. Some shorts even have this feature built in. 

Getting the shorts that you need will help you increase your comfort.

3. Get Fabric That Breathes

You are going to get sweaty during your class. Get athletic gear that is made out of a fabric that is specifically designed to cool quickly and let air pass through. Cotton also tends to breath better than synthetic fabrics. 

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in jazz dance classes, such as Debbie’s Dance Studio.