What should I wear to a salsa party?

We make it our business to get our students out social dancing as soon as they can be convinced to go – because, after all, what is the point of learning a social dance if you’re not out dancing and being social?!

When our students (especially our female students!) are planning to go dancing for the first time, we often get questions about what kind of clothing is appropriate, how formal the events are, and what others wear. So here are a few tips to get you dancing in style:

  1. There is no dress code
    Whether you choose formal attire or workout clothes, you won’t be out of place. There are a few ladies who wear pretty party dresses and a few gentlemen who show up in suits, and there are also many regulars in jeans and t-shirts, so you really can’t go wrong. For a first time, a pair of dress pants and a nice shirt are the safest option.
  2. Make sure you can move freely and safely
    Clothes that restrict your movement will limit your ability to dance, so avoid anything too tight or too constricting – make sure you can dance in your clothes! Just as important, make sure your clothes stay on while you dance. We’ve seen our share of wardrobe malfunctions due to low-cut flowy tops and flying skirts!
  3. Be ready to sweat
    Dance halls get very warm and humid year-round, so make sure your dance floor attire is breathable and doesn’t trap heat. Natural fabrics are more breathable than synthetics, and some yoga clothes can be a nice mix of style and function. Ladies, short sleeves or sleeveless tops are your friend. Also: dress pants are lighter and more breathable than jeans!
  4. Bring a spare shirt
    This one’s mainly for the guys, but ladies aren’t exempt – everyone’s got sweat glands! If you know you’ll be dancing for several hours, it’s always smart to bring a spare shirt and some deodorant.
  5. Don’t forget your dance shoes!
    Most venues require either dance shoes, or a pair of clean shoes with non-rubber sole, so make sure to bring them along.

The more you go out dancing, the faster you will learn what works for you and what doesn’t, and you’ll soon build a dance-friendly wardrobe.

What are your wardrobe staples for social dancing?


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