Pole dancing is an art form. Its movements express your thoughts and tell a story you can’t express in words. Your body’s movement does all the communication for you.

As a visual performance artist it’s important you look good for your audience. At the same time, your comfort is also important. This is where the right pole dancing costumes make all the difference. Unfortunately, if you don’t know what to look for, this is a daunting task.

What to Look for in Costumes for Pole Dancing

As you’re searching for the right costume, there are some things you should remember. This includes:

Comfort is important whether you’re training or performing. Although you’ve probably seen professionals wearing skin-tight clothing, you shouldn’t wear things like leggings. These aren’t made of the same non-slip materials the manufacturers make professionals’ dance clothing from.

Accessories such as leather gloves will add zest to your performance. Make sure you’ve mastered the feel of the pole against your bare hand before wearing them though. This is an important safety precaution.

Remember your goal is creating a single view out of your music, dance movements, and clothing. Take some time to think about this. Find the most expressive and spectacular costume that helps maximize the fantasy you’re attempting to create here. Bright clothing and accessories shouldn’t interfere with the movements you’re showcasing throughout the dance routine itself. Let your imagination go wild here as long as you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing. If you’re uncomfortable with your outfit, it will show through in the dance itself.

The outer image is important but so is what you choose to wear underneath your costume. Your underwear must reliably support you. Make sure its material is both soft and breathable. It shouldn’t have any metallic elements on it.

Don’t overlook your feet. While barefoot is preferable in the beginning, it’s also uncomfortable. When wearing shoes make sure you select ones with a solid plastic base and heel. Most dancers find 5 or 6-inch platform heels preferable here. These aren’t your only option though. You’ll also find clear or studded sandals, heel pumps, lace up booties, and shoes with your choice of chains or ankle straps as well.

The Importance of Choosing the Right Costume

Wearing the right pole dancing costumes is essential. They boost your confidence and communicate a lot about you to your audience. Having this good impression builds the stage presence you need. As you consider how important all these things are, you can understand why you need these tips to help you find the perfect costume.