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What to Wear on the Social Dance Floor
Michele Rasmussen
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While there is no golden rule regarding what to wear on the social dance floor, the rule of thumb would be to wear something that is comfortable and not cumbersome. Keep in mind that not matter what the season, winter, spring, summer or fall, chances are that you will be quite warm, if not hot while dancing. You need to have freedom of movement without worry!

Ladies: • Keep in mind that you will be spinning, turning and raising your arms. Clothing that needs constant readjustment will not make for a happy dance. You will feel self conscious and uncomfortable if your dress or top keeps rising up too high or gets "stuck". You also don't want to be worried about "things" falling out. • In casual settings Capri jeans, shorts or even skorts are a great alternative to the typical blue jeans which can be quite hot and heavy. • Short sleeves, even sleeveless tops can help you from becoming too overheated. • Dresses or skirts can very often be a great choice just remember dance "panties" not "granny panties" are a must! Trust me on this one, they WILL be seen! If you are wearing a dress or skirt, footless tights make for a great alternative to panty hose. • Keep jewelry to a minimum. Bracelets can often break sending beads scattering across the floor. This can be a real danger. Long necklaces can swing around and hit you or your partner and are also at the risk of breaking. Long dangling earrings can get caught during head loops and large rings can catch on clothing or hair. • Loose fitting belts can be a problem as they tend to slip around.

Men: • While comfort is the main objective, I wouldn't suggest cut off shorts or cut off tee shirts or tank tops. • If excessive perspiration is a problem, I would suggest an undershirt, no "silky" shirts and maybe a spare or two. • If you are going to wear a cowboy hat, you will have to remember to make the adjustments to keep your hat from getting knocked right off of the top of you head! • A nice pair of Dockers' or slacks and a short sleeved shirt looks real nice with dance shoes. • Jeans are casual and work great, too. I wouldn't suggest a skirt!

So remember to be practical and comfortable, take into consideration that if you are dancing a lot, you will get hot. Your clothing is as important as your dance shoes and if you know that you are properly clothed, there is will be no reason to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. When you look and feel good, you are sure to have a great night.

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