Not sure what to wear to your first belly dance class? You're not alone! This is one of the most common questions I get from brand new belly dance students, so I decided to make a video and blog post to address it.
There is a misconception that you have to show your belly or wear a fancy costume just to go to class... but this is simply not the case.
In reality, what you need to wear is anything that makes you happy, that you feel comfortable and confident in, and that allows you to move freely.
You don't have to show your belly unless that makes you happy and you are comfortable with it.
It does help to wear clothes that aren't too loose just so your teacher can see your movements, but you don't have to show skin or wear anything super tight if you are not comfortable with that.
It's also nice to bring a hip scarf or any fabric to tie around your hips to emphasize your movements, but that is not required.
As for footwear, typically we dance barefoot, but if you are uncomfortable dancing on bare feet, you can wear dance slippers, jazz shoes or foot undeez instead.
If you normally wear orthotics, it's acceptable for you to wear whatever shoes and orthotic inserts you normally wear, but you'll need to check with your teacher about their policy for wearing "street shoes" inside the studio. It's possible that they might ask you to have designated shoes just for dancing if street shoes are not allowed on the studio floors.
And that's it, so plain and simple! Wear anything comfortable that allows you to move and allows for your movements to be seen, and have fun!
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