In the world of dancesport, Latin dance has a vibrant dimension of its own. Although Latin styles are high in energy and comprise faster steps compared to Standard ballroom styles, the core element of cohesiveness and control remains the same in both. With a Latin dress, one has the option to choose from a plethora of options.
Since Latin/Rhythm dances exemplify different techniques which include fast and rapid movements and high energy routines, a dancer must choose her dancewear after careful considerations.
One of the most common considerations when buying ballroom dresses is the fabric. The choice of fabric depends on many factors.
Why fabric matters?
Perhaps, the most important aspect of a costume, a dancer should always factor in the fabric carefully. Ask questions like – will the fabric hamper movement? Is it breathable and whisk away sweat? How will the colour look under floodlights of a stage or how shiny will it be? These will help you as a dancer to make a judicious choice.
So, let’s check out the different kinds of fabric common in dancewears.
These fabrics are quite stretchable and have a dense weave. It retains its colour when washing and doesn’t require ironing either. Form-fitting dresses or dress parts are often made of thin Lycra to imitate the skin.
Viscose fabrics are generally thinner than Lycra. Moreover, they are comprised of more natural fibres than Lycra and slides over a dancer’s body quite well. Viscose is mostly used for gowns and Latin shirts.
The main point of attraction with these fabrics is the slight efflorescence they produce. Silk is the most premium of all dance dress materials. However, silk and the satin fabric don’t stretch very well; so, the shape and form of ballroom dresses must be altered to account for all kinds of movements.
These materials are quite heavy and most often used only in certain parts of a dress to impart a classic rich character. Since they are not very breathable, a dress made majorly of velvet is not suitable for fast-paced or long routines.
Chiffon is one of the most delicate materials primarily used for making dance competition dresses. With chiffon, it’s vital to consider the number of layers as the colour depth depends on it. Pearl – chiffon is another variant and matches well with satin skirts.
These fabrics are so thin that they look like a second skin. Furthermore, their natural nude colours create a mysterious, alluring look. When crystals and stones are attached to a Latin dress of this fabric, it looks like as if they are directly on the dancer’s skin.
These are thin, translucent or transparent fabrics that have a natural sheen and reflect various shades from different angles. Organza fabrics are used to make the flounces for dance dresses.
Selecting a dress of the appropriate fabric according to your requirement will enable you to be comfortable throughout your performance. A perfect Latin dress or a ballroom dress will greatly augment the overall appeal of a dance.
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