Who doesn’t want to look all the time, but looking good is not everyone’s cup of tea. If a person wants to look good he has to take care of himself/ herself, like the skin should be perfect, hair should be properly styled and good dressing sense, these things make a person look beautiful.
So when it comes to dressing, everyone wants to have a princess moment, where you can wear those fancy gowns, long tail dresses and show off your beautiful skin in an off shoulder long dress and if you are participating in a ballroom dance competition, then you have a chance to look absolutely beautiful by getting yourself a customized dress, that fits you perfectly and supports in giving your best performance with full confidence.
Custom made ballroom competition dress:
When going for a custom made, you need to tell the designer about all your requirements, as to what you want and what is the song that you are performing on and what dance form are you going to perform, these things are important and should be considered when looking for a dress for a dance competition and not just any dance competition, its a ballroom dance competition so your dress needs to be perfect, to make an impression on the judges and the audience.
The dresses made for such competitions are not ordinary dresses and involves a lot of hard work and use expensive materials like crystal, laces, beads, stones, tussles and nets that can withstand any kind of weather conditions and don’t give up at the time of performance or while performing. But if you want your dress to standout then it’s important that you pair it with proper accessories so your overall look comes out perfect.
What to wear:
A dress for ballroom dance needs to be full of glamour and shine. But there is different dress for different dance forms, like if you are going to perform waltz you will need a long dress to go with it, but for samba you will need a short dress. But if you want to be on the safe side then you can wear black long gown, as black suits everyone and you can pair it with your partner or you can go with red that always looks good, but if you really want stand out then do something different be a little adventurous and go for blue, green, yellow or even purple is a good option.
Before wearing the dress to the main event, always wear the dress while practicing so that you can know how comfortable it will be for you to dance in that certain dress.
To buy or not to buy:
If you can afford then you can buy these fancy gowns made especially for ballroom dances or you can go for gowns that are available for rent that won’t cost you a fortune because you won’t be wearing that gown again and again, maybe you wear it twice or thrice but not more than that then whats the point of spending that much money on a dress which you are hardly going to wear for few hours, so getting a dress on rent would be a better option in terms of cost. But there are also many disadvantages of this option, like if by any means the dress got damaged while in your possession then you will have to pay for the damages, for reserving the dress you have to pay the reservation fees which is often not refundable, if you got it altered as per your body then make sure it’s done in a way that can be reversed as the company would want the dress in the same size.
Companies that offer dresses on rent:
There are many companies that offer ballroom dresses for rent and you can also try them on before getting it on rent.
Rhythmtic Rentals: one of the companies that offers dresses on rent. They give on rent for 1 to 5 days and as the founder is also a ballroom dancer, so she know what dilemma people face when deciding a dress for their ballroom dance competition .
Crystal Creations: This company also offers gowns of wide range and for more than 5 days and requires security deposit and their prices are between $150 to $200.
Ballroom Dress Rentals: They not only provide dresses for rent but you can also purchase that dress, they rent for 6 days and is a big name in this industry.
Dance Connected: They also offer ballroom gowns for kids and their rent is in between $175 to $250
Types of Dresses for women:
There are different dresses that people wear in ballroom dances to go with their dance performances. So I am sharing few types of dresses;
Rhythm: These dresses are normally short but even if you go for a long one it will have a slit at the back so that you don’t step on it. These dresses also have frills and skirts to emphasize on your hip movement and it costs $100 to $1000 depending on the quality and brand of the dress.
Smooth: This type of dress is long or you can wear a shirt and a skirt combo instead of this long ball gown. These dresses are usually simple without any embellishments and make you look graceful and elegant.
Advanced latin: This dress code lets you expose more and makes you look sexy as compared to other types of dresses, and is full of embellishments, this dress code is normally worn to emphasize leg and hip movement of the dancer and it can cost you $500 to $6000 depending on the quality of the material used.
Open standard: This dress has more frills and sometimes feathers too. It also has gloves and float .These type of dresses give a very classic touch and rhinestone are used to make it look more stylish. It can cost you $500 to $6000.
Open Smooth: It’s a mixture of both standard gown and latin dress. It doesn’t have frills normally and is long and is designed in a way to make it look more luxurious by having rhinestones and other embellishments. Its cost is between $500 to $6000.
Types of Dance forms:
Ballroom dance competition is basically where couples compete with each other by dancing and showing their best moves. There are different types of dance forms that are done in a ballroom dance competition. Some of these are explained below:
Waltz: It was founded in Austria and Bavaria in 17th century. In this dance form the couple is supposed to dance very close to each other and the body is kept to the left and woman head is towards her elbow.
Viennese Walt: This dance form began in France in 1559. It is called as “old-school” dance and in this type of dance couples generally don’t pass instead they turn throughout.
Tango: This was founded in Buenos Aires in 19th century and focuses more on the male partner, this technique is all about moving while keep your feet on the ground and mostly couple prefer this dance form in a ballroom dance competition.
Quickstep: it was originated in 1920s. The couple moves in sync throughout, as it’s a fast moving dance form.
Samba: It’s a national dance of Brazil and has a lot of bounce by bending and straitening of knee.
Mambo: It the national dance of Cuba and this dance form is more like free style.
Cha-cha-cha: It was invented in 1950s, it’s a replacement for mambo .it involves a lot of hip movement and is considered as a flirtiest dance move.
Dress code for men:
When it comes to men dressing for ballroom dance competition, they have very limited options as compared to women and it’s very simple, so I am sharing few of these dresses with you:
Basic Shirt: Mostly men wear a white shirt or a tail suit, shirts are simple and have no texture but are paired up with good accessories like cufflinks and bow. Men are supposed to tuck in their shirt properly and no rolled up sleeves. These shirts have straps or shorts at the bottom to keep the shirt in place while performing.
Vests: Many men wear a vest on a white shirt to make it look more elegant, but it has to be black according to the International Standard.
Tail suit for men: Also called tailcoat is considered as the most professional dress and preferred by many dancers and this is worn with a high- waist pant and its made in such a way that the level of shoulders stay same even when the dancer raise his hands. Tailcoat is available in only two colors i.e. blue and black and men pair it with white bow, collar studs and white handkerchief.
Tail shirt: Tail shirt has attached shorts with it, to make you look sleek and is worn with a tailcoat and is paired with accessories like shirts studs, collars and cufflinks. The tail shirt should be of white color so that it gets visible even after wearing a tailcoat.
Waist coat: It’s not like the regular waist coats and its bottom part is attached with the tail suit to make it look one piece. It also helps to maintain your body temperature and allows you to move your body freely.
Suit: This suit unlike a regular suit is long and slim and mostly worn in colors like black, dark grey, dark blue.
Latin shirt: This shirts is a bit fancy then a normal shirt, it has different designs on it and has rhinestones on it to make it look brighter.
Your dress is going to have a great impact on your performance, you will be able to perform better in a comfortable dress and there is a certain dress code that you have to follow if you want to take part in ballroom dance competition and if you take part for winning then it’s really important to look your best while performing because only by this way you can become a successful dancer and hope this article will help you in that matter and have answered all your queries.