Fashion Tips for the Salsa Dance Floor!

For everyone who has taken a Salsa Class in Singapore, social dance is a natural thing to do after salsa classes.  And with Salsa being so popular in Singapore, you can go to at least one place to Salsa every night!  But what should we wear to show off those flashy moves and cheeky spins that we learnt in Salsa dance class?  From the diehard Salsa dancers to the beginner dancers, here are some tips (and tricks) that you need to know before you sashay to the Salsa dance floor!

What kind of bottoms to wear while dancing?

Short skirts that swirl around the hips are always a good buy for a salsa class or social dance in Singapore.  They are fun, flirty and catch the eye when you spin.  However, do wear safety shorts if you happen to wear those that flare a lot to prevent over-exposing yourself! Safety shorts (short bicycle shorts) can be bought in most lingerie shops. 

Most girls prefer to wear pants or jeans for salsa classes or social dancing, as it is convenient and easy to wear.  Invest in a nice pair that fits your form nicely.  I personally prefer stretchable pants, as they do not restrict my movement.   

Hot pants are good too, if you are adventurous.  When worn with high heels or boots, they can make any girl look stunning.  Of course, invest in good shorts that flatter your thighs and bottom.  The length and the tightness of the shorts are important, especially for those who do not have model-like legs.  Go experiment with different kinds of shorts to see which suits you! 

Most people tend to wear black – it being the “in” color.  Unfortunately, black makes a person hard to spot in a dark and dim Salsa Dance Club.  That’s why many Salsa dancers like to wear white.  It can look really chic and it stands out on the dance floor.  Red is also a favorite… it sets the feel of Salsa – red-hot chili!  

Should I wear this top or that one?  

With so many different tops around, it’s hard to cover all of them.  Rather than trying to do that, I’ll explain what to look out for when choosing tops to wear for a night of Salsa on the dance floor.   

First, spaghetti straps are not always the best to wear, as they tend to drop down the shoulders.  Tubes also tend to slip down the body.  Those who dance often will prefer halter necks or racer backs (the kind that curves in at the back) or straps that cross to the back as the straps remain on the shoulders. 

Secondly, if you should choose to wear something more revealing for dancing, be sure to use tape to stick the top to your skin as accidents do happen on the dance floor.  When wearing bikini tops, I usually wear at least 2 layers in case one of them comes out.  It has happened before while I was performing so I always take extra precaution.   

Thirdly, beware of tops that have extra things like cloth or chains dangling around; they may get caught in your salsa partner’s hands while dancing.  Try to avoid dangling chains on the tops as they may hurt when you spin! 

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Invest in plastic see-through bra straps and lots of safety pins.  Make sure your top does not slip down by pinning it to your bra.  Use nipple tapes if you want extra security, and pin your skirt to your safety shorts too as they tend to ride up. 

What hairstyle is best suited for Salsa Dancing? 

Most Salsa dancers either keep their hair loose or bun it up.  Ladies, try not to tie ponytails if you’re planning for a night out Salsa dancing.  However great it looks, it hurts!  A ponytail acts like a whip when you spin at high speed.  Not only will you whip your own face, you’ll even whip your partner, and trust me, it really hurts. 

It is also important that you do not plait your hair for Salsa.  Dancing in a pigtail is worse that a ponytail… Need I explain?  If you would like to tie your hair, bun it up or tie it in a way such that it will not hurt you or your partner while dancing.  Clips also tend to drop out after a while.  If you would like to put any accessories on your hair, my suggestion is to experiment with it by spinning a few rounds to ensure that it doesn’t come out or hinder your dancing. 

Other accessories to put on for a great night out dancing Salsa

Belts: Belts are a good way to accessorize.  However, beware of dangling chains, as they may be a hindrance while dancing.  If you do like chains, ensure that they are short or stay close to your body as they hurt when they swing around. 

Bracelets: Ladies, the guys often catch your wrists when executing moves.  Try to refrain from wearing bracelets (especially those that have a range of dangling artifacts attached to them) when you dance Salsa, Bachata or any partner dances as they can hurt your partner when he executes variations.  If you would like to wear bracelets, stick to the simple ones or cloth/ soft ones. 

Rings:  I highly discourage rings when dancing, especially those with a piece of rock (e.g., diamond) that protrudes out of the ring.  Your partner will suffer when he spins you.  Rings are metallic and they can cut into the men’s fingers when he leads you around.  And it really hurts!  Try not to wear rings. 

Necklace: Necklaces tend not to be much of an issue with regards to affecting the lead in salsa except at higher levels.  However, beware of chunky and heavy necklaces as they may hurt while you Salsa. 

Last but not least, shoes for dancing Salsa!

There are a wide variety of Salsa dance shoes at various costs.  Check out www.aceki.com, www.amanci.com, www.aslas.com, www.akoala.com for some varieties. 

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