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Dance Tights 101: A Guide to Choosing and Wearing Dance Tights

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

Dance tights are an essential part of any dancer's wardrobe. Here are some tips to help you choose and wear tights:


  • Tights that are specifically designed for dance, will provide the necessary support and flexibility. Look for tights with a high spandex content, as this will provide the necessary stretch and support for the movement.

  • Consider the colour of the tights in relation to your skin tone, the requirements of your dance class or the style of dance, you will be performing. For example, pale pink tights are often preferred for ballet for a traditional look, natural, tan and nude tights create the illusion of bare legs whereas fishnets and shimmer dance tights look amazing on stage.

  • To ensure comfort and prevent sagging or bunching, it's important to choose the right size of tights. However, don't make the mistake of choosing tights that are too small, as they may not be long enough or may feel too tight around the waist, leading to discomfort. Tights that are too tight or too loose can hinder your movement and make it difficult to execute certain dance steps.

  • Look for dance tights with flat seams and knitted rather than elasticated waistbands, to ensure a comfortable fit and a no-show look under leotards and costumes.

  • If you plan on wearing your tights for multiple performances or rehearsals, invest in a high-quality pair that is durable and can withstand frequent washing and wearing.

  • Always check for holes or runs before wearing tights, and replace them as needed.

  • To put on dance tights, gather them at the ankles and slowly roll them up the legs. Remove any rings or bracelets to avoid snagging while putting them on.

  • Wearing underwear with tights can create unwanted lines and visible panty lines, try wearing specially designed dance underwear such as the Silky Dance seamless dance underwear range.

  • Wash tights after each use and air dry them to prolong their lifespan. Avoid using the dryer or ironing them, as this can cause damage to the fabric.

  • Lastly, consider investing in multiple pairs of dance tights to ensure you always have a clean and fresh pair for each performance or class.

Check out our large range of high-quality dance tights perfect for beginners and professionals alike. Whether they are needed for classes, recitals, competitions or stage performances. Silky Dance is the go-to brand for all your dance-tight needs at affordable prices.





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