Dance equipment is important for instructors and students learning dance. The most basic piece of equipment for any dancer is the proper type of shoes. Whether it's jazz, ballet or tap, a dancer will need to be fitted for dance shoes so dancing is comfortable and safe. Dance equipment also extends to the room where dance is begin practiced. All dance studios must have proper flooring and accessories to accommodate practice.
The leotard is common dance wear. This outfit is flexible and allows for the dancer to move how he or she pleases. Leotards are made in a variety of cuts for different purposes, especially when it comes to where the leg cut falls.
Ballet shoes are flexible and have soft soles. This allows a ballet dancer's foot to move and flex without the shoes restricting any movement. Ballet shoes can be made from satin, canvas or leather.
Tap shoes are a type of dance shoe that has a thin metal tap attached to the toe and heels. This allows a dancer to create a variety of clicking sounds with the taps against the floor while dancing.
A ballet barre is a handrail attached to the wall where dancers can hold on during practice. The ballet barre is also often used for dancers to stretch their legs before and after practice.
The best types of dance floors are permanently installed in a dance studio with a flexible subfloor called a sprung floor, but portable dance floors are also available. Dance floors can be made from a combination of vinyl and linoleum or can be made from wood. Wood is least popular, because it needs refinishing twice a year.
Wall mirror, dance mirror
A dance mirror is an important part in learning how to dance. The mirror is used in most dance studios to allow the dancers to see the movement of their bodies.