Shopping for Your First Competition

For your handy-dandy convenience, I’ve done some research on the Internet in search of some affordable essential ballroom dance competition items for a first-time competitor.

Below is a list of some of my finds that total of under $250 for your first competition!  I suppose it might sound like a lot for a typical college student or first-time dancer in general, but once you have all of this stuff, you’re pretty set for the next few comps until you want to upgrade items or get a second pair of ballroom shoes.  It also assumes that you don’t have some essential things most people already have, such as makeup, a short party dress (for women, obviously), and a white shirt, black dress pants, and black socks (for men).  Click here for more information on ballroom attire, here for more information on makeup, or here for more information on shoes.

Women:

Grand Total: Approximately $232 – $280

A couple tips – colorwise, I’d suggest avoiding black and red for Latin outfits, since those are super common on the floor.  Go for neutral (shades of brown, gold, gray, or black) but dramatic eyeshadow if you’re not practiced in applying it, paired with a bright lip color like a dark pink or red.

Men:

Grand Total: Approximately $228 – $247

Experienced dancers, if you have any links to awesome online finds, please comment and share!

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Je’Dor on Sale at Danceshopper

10% off Je’Dor, an Australian brand, this weekend at DanceShopper!  Here are my picks.

Latin Over Dance Shirt, $88 (This is why they tell you to tan.)

Long Sleeve Latin Dance Top, $61.  A nice basic, casual henley look, either for practice or competition.

Basic Ballroom Pants with Satin Stripe, $81.  From what little I know of men’s dance pants, these are a pretty good price.  They also have Latin pants and both styles without stripes if that is your preference.

Long Split Argentine Latin Skirt, $89. Sexy!

Bell Fringe Latin Dance Skirt, $116, for all the fringe lovers.  Comes in purple, too!

Slash Top, $71.  I like the lace version better.

Ballroom Bargains – May 2015 Edition

I just missed the pre-Mother’s Day sale at Danceshopper, but they might have another special (10% off or thereabouts) around Memorial Day.

They have a LOT of Dance America items on sale, and I’ve put together a list of outfits you can mix-and-match.  Particularly if you like red.  So much red.  (They are non-returnable, so make sure you really want them!)

Another color is jade.  These items are all in size small:

Some of the items listed above are available in royal (blue), but there were fewer.  I’ve starred those for your convenience.

Two more items in royal:

A few items in oxblood:

Other Apparel Brands

Victoria Blitz Ballroom Dance Dress – Lacy Top, black x-large, $263

Santoria Paradeisos Ballroom Dance Dress, variety of sizes/colors, $209

RS Atelier Carlotta Kimono Ballroom Dress (doesn’t look anything like a kimono to me), small black, $213

Gio Mio Magnella Geometric Pattern Latin Dress in medium black/white.  Definitely a unique design! $175

Espen Edelweiss Off-Shoulder Ruche Dance Top in small or medium, $119-$135

Capezio Cap-Sleeve Rhinestoned Leotard, $38

Capezio Ruffle Tank Top, $27

Metallic Halter Dress, $29

Shoes

Freed of London Sylvia Latin Shoes in a few sizes, $77-101

Supadance 1531 smooth shoes (better for wider feet), in a couple of sizes, $105

General Sales: