Attention, ladies and gentlemen: We've officially hit Nationals season! And that means it's time to dig through those closets to find the perfect clothes to get you noticed during convention classes. The task can feel totally overwhelming—but we're here to help. Follow our guidelines, and you'll be rocking the dance floor with Travis Wall and making Stacey Tookey yell "GORGEOUS!" in no time.
1. DON'T choose slippery footwear.
Make sure whatever you put on your feet has enough traction for those slick convention ballroom floors. Find a sock or shoe that has great turning potential, but can simultaneously handle an Andy Pellick combo without making you fall flat on your face during a battement.
2. DO wear clothes that elongate your lines.
How many times have we all been told to elongate? So. Many. Times. So don't let your clothes shrink you! For an an extra bit of length, avoid pieces that cut off your lines. Certain capris and crop tops can keep you from showing the full beauty of a movement.
3. DON'T wear something uncomfortable.
Just don't do it. Can you imagine learning Misha Gabriel's fast and intricate movement while wearing the world's most restrictive halter-top? YIKES! Only choose items you can move and breathe in. Those days of classes are long and exhausting, and you deserve to feel good.
4. DON'T dance with your hair in your face.
There are few things more powerful than a well executed, perfectly timed hair flip (aka Leiomy Lolly). That being said, nothing's more distracting than hair you just can't get out of your face. Make sure your hair doesn't pull your focus away from the choreography, and that teachers and judges can connect with your eyes when you perform.
5. DO wear something that makes you feel awesome.
Confidence at convention is key. From the first moment you step into that room, teachers and students can sense how you feel about yourself. Wear something that makes you feel like the best version of you—regardless of what everyone else is wearing. You'll dance better when you know you look good.
Knock 'em dead, people! This is your year!