Dancing is one of the most powerful means of expressing emotions, attitude and creativity. Different dances call for different dance supplies too. For instance, Tango calls for long gowns to ensure that the movements are well performed. Belly dancing needs revealing clothes with lots of beads to mimic an Arabian costume and also direct all eyes to how the dancer shakes her belly creatively. Especially in belly dancing, the dance performance wear you choose has a strong impact on the success of your performance.
If you are planning on attending a belly dancing dance class soon, the usual items that you would need to prepare would include dance tights, dance shoes, dance shorts and other dance supplies. Notice that most dance clothes and dance apparel are very colorful and that’s to show how important color is in capturing the attention. But of course, beauty in costume design should only be of second importance to comfort.
What are the best dance apparel and undergarments for belly dancing? But since belly dancing involves intense hip and trunk motion, the chances of wardrobe malfunctions are extremely high. So, other than the usual hip scarves, skirts, harem pants and silk veils that belly dancers wear, you must also be prepared with some durable undergarments. Let’s take at a few examples of undergarments that you, as a belly dancer, should wear underneath full skirts, panel skirts, clingy skirts and cutouts.
Cheerleader trunks - Cheerleader trunks may be too long to be considered dance shorts and too short to be called dance tights. But they are perfect as hiphuggers underneath waist skirts. If you have them in place, no matter how hard you sway or how many times you turn, you are sure that no indecent exposure will take place.
Dance shorts - If you are wearing circle skirts in belly dancing, wearing figure-hugging booty shorts would be a perfect complement. Wearing dance shorts that do not roll or buckle up when you move is very important for a smooth and comfortable motion.
Bicycle shorts - These are longer dance shorts that reach all the way to your knee. Choose these undergarments if you are using the harem pants in dancing. The use of harem pants is especially suited to the American Tribal or American Classic style of belly dancing. As an added benefit, bicycle shorts also prevent your inner thighs from rubbing together that could result in painful chafing.
Catsuit Wear - catsuits or body stockings if you are wearing belly dancing costumes that cling to your body. This is to avoid visible panty lines that could ruin your costume’s overall look.Ideally, the undergarment you choose should fully cover the buttocks and that, in itself, eliminates the possibility of wearing thongs when belly dancing. It should also have enough fabric for a mini-pad as menstrual periods can be quite unpredictable. Lastly, the undergarments you choose must look like a part of the costume so that if accidental exposures occur, the audience won’t know it’s an accident.
Now that you understand the importance of the right dance performance wear – both the top and the undergarments, it’s time to complete your belly dancing costume. Complete your dance supplies with yellecks, finger cymbals, coin sashes and jewelry. Then complete your look with durable ballet shoes that match the color of your outfit. And of course, don’t forget to have fun on the dance floor!