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Salsa Dance Costumes: Salsa Dancewear and Shoes

Kashmira Lad
The name 'Salsa' is actually a Spanish (American Spanish) word which means sauce. This is because it is a very sensuous style of dance with loads of flirtatious moves and this definitely gives it a saucy and spicy flavor! This is probably why it has also gained popularity among couples, as learning.
If you really wish to understand Salsa, I would suggest you actually learn a few steps to experience the exhilaration that is associated with this form! Salsa has its roots in the Caribbean, Latin and North America. Being a couple's dance, my advice to you (as per personal experience) is to ensure that you have a very talented and dedicated partner!
Salsa is not only about perfecting the moves and techniques, but also a great way to spend quality time as far as couples go. Besides, it is also a fantastic way to relieve stress and improve your body posture and your memory. One of the main benefits it offers you is the motivation to remain fit always!
The dancewear is full of flowing fabrics, sparkling outfits, flirty short skirts and fitting dresses! Well, if you really wish to dance, be it on a professional or personal level, the wide options for dancewear would definitely give you reason enough to be fit and have a toned body!

Costume and Shoes

Now, what'sĀ all this hype and talk about dancewear and shoes! Well, for starters, no dance can ever look complete without the right attire. Be it Jazz, Ballet or even traditional Indian dancewear, these need to be complemented with the right costumes as well as music for any dance form to look complete (especially when it is on a professional level).
Having the ideal costume and the right pair of footwear can help to enliven the dance performance and add more sparkle to it. So, how does one go about choosing the right dancewear?

Dress Code

If you are a beginner it may not always be necessary to wear formal clothing, but it would always be advisable to stick to the dress code of the class as it helps you get the feel of the dance in totality.
Salsa dance costumes are more formal in their appearance and if you are looking to set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd, I would suggest you look for sexy dancewear embellished with sparkling sequins, beads and rhinestone. These dresses can range from short to long dresses with slits.
Salsa incorporates a lot of legwork and twists and turns, so the dancer needs the dress to offer freedom of movement. Men need to keep it formal in shades of black or browns and should complement what the partner is wearing.
Go in for fabrics that have a bit of shimmer and sheen to it as well. Females can look for cowl necks, halter necks with some hip accents that rate high on the glam factor. Mini dresses can also set the dance floor ablaze in hot red tones or shades of pink or purple.
These are bound to make heads turn and add pizzazz to your performance as well. You can even team shiny halter tops with short skirts if you wish to avoid a one piece dress. This would help you mix and match it with other items in your wardrobe.
Look for asymmetrical lines, mermaid skirts, crinkled mesh skirts that can be combined with sleeveless or halter neck tops. If you dare to bare, you can even opt for a convertible halter top. Such convertibles can be used in various ways and can help you achieve many looks with one single piece!
Pants can also bring about a welcome change in your wardrobe. You can opt for palazzo pants, which are fitting at the hips and flared below. My personal favorite would always be a black or red dress with shimmer as this gives a very feminine look and accentuates the overall look of the dancer and the performance as well.
Salsa shoes would require the females to wear high-heeled sandals or stilettos. These need to have an ankle strap. You need to find a pair that fits well and is high on comfort.
Salsa is all about the footwork and the last thing you need are aching feet! Men's Salsa shoes need to be lightweight with suede soles. Look for basic colors that will help you mix and match. Most shoes have Cuban heels, which are around 1.5 inches in height.