Coming into a dance store and seeing a wall of dance tights can be overwhelming, especially to new dance parents. We thought we'd give you a quick overview of the different types of dance tights that are available to help you choose the ones that are right for your dancer.
Styles of Dance Tights
Full-Footed Dance Tights
A full-footed dance tight is one that has, well, a full foot! Also known as a footed tight, this style is a standard tight that covers the whole foot. These are popular in almost every kind of dance and are often the most comfortable to wear (great for young dancers).
Footless Dance Tights
Footless tights stop at the ankle, leaving the foot exposed. This style is popular in modern dance but used in other categories as well. We’ve also found that many young dancers who don’t like the feeling of socks or shoes on their feet prefer the footless style.
Stirrup Dance Tights
Stirrup tights come all the way down the leg and pass under the foot leaving the heel and toes exposed. These tights are used most often in acro, contemporary, and lyrical dance. They let dancers maintain grip on the stage while still giving their legs a clean, uniform look under the lights. FootUndeez and turning shoes are often used with stirrup tights as well to keep dancers from slipping and sliding all over the floor!
Convertible /Transition Dance Tights
Convertible tights (also known as transition tights) , look almost like full-footed tights, but have a reinforced hole on the very bottom of the foot that allows dancers to slide their foot out and wear them like a footless tight as well! Widely popular in many styles of dance, these tights are a favourite for pointe users because of how easy it is to add/remove pointe accessories when switching between ballet slippers and pointe shoes.
Fishnet Dance Tights
Used almost exclusively for jazz dance, “fishnet tights” refers to any tights that use a net-like material instead of the standard woven material. Typically full-footed, they’re also available in a capri form. In the full-footed style, they can come either seamless (normal netting all the way around the leg,) or seamed (with a flattering seam that runs down the back of the leg). Sometimes, this seam is dotted with rhinestones to give some extra sparkle under the lights. Professional fishnets are more heavy duty than the ones you can find at a department store and are designed to last longer and be more comfortable with a foot pad at the bottom.
Colours of Dance Tights
The standard colour for ballet dance tights are a light pink.
Tan (or Suntan or Beige or Caramel) colour tights are for jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and modern.
Black and white Tights
Black and white are mostly used for dance styles like highland dance or Irish dance, but can be used in other styles depending on the choreographer’s preferences.
Fishnets are Usually Black But Not Always
With regards to fishnets, black is the standard colour but they are also available in shades of tan.
These are common guidelines, but dance is an art, so the rules get broken all the time. Your studio will outline what colour your dancer needs for their class.
Which Type of Dance Tights Do I Choose?
Your studio will have an outline that lists exactly what the studio uniform requirements are, including the style, colour, and even brand of tights your dancer needs.
Do the Exact Right Tights Really Matter?
It is very important that you follow this guideline and purchase the correct style and colour of tights. Judges of competitions and exams can lower scores for details like tights and shoes that don’t match exactly. If you’re not sure what kind of tights you need, contact your studio or teachers and request your studio's class uniform requirements.
Inspirations keeps a list of studio requirements for many studios, so if you're in the store and not sure, ask us. We may have a list your studio's products on hand.
Dance Tights Available from Our Canadian Dance Store
Check out our selection of tights for dancers below…