Blog Author Hallie Rumsey-Lasersohn
Dance Teacher at Modern Motion and Professional Ballet Dancer
I learned the hard way that dancewear is delicate. I spent years throwing my dance clothes in with the rest of my laundry and not giving it a second thought. I thought I was saving myself time and effort but after numerous runs in tights, broken straps, shot elastic, torn seams, worn-out shoes, and a whole lot of wasted money, I decided to get serious about my dancewear care. With proper care, you can extend the life of your dance clothes tenfold. Seriously, I have leotards I have been wearing since high school that are still going strong. These tips will save you time, money, and keep your dance wardrobe looking good as new.
If you’re really dedicated to keeping your leotard, tights, dance shorts, and skirts fresh and tear-free then washing by hand is the way to go. I use Woolite Delicates and cold water. Scrub gently, soak for 30 minutes, and rinse. This prevents shrinking, fading, stretching, and any snags that might be caused by the washing machine. Hand-washing is a surefire way to keep your dancewear in top condition but let's face it, we don’t all have time to delicately massage our tights and leotards in a bubble bath each week. When I don’t have the time or energy, I turn leotards and shorts inside out, put my tights and skirts in a mesh laundry bag, and throw them in the washer. Make sure you wash with cold water on delicate. I suggest using an enzyme-based detergent. This will dissolve dirt without damaging the fabric. If you do get a run in your tights, don’t pull it! Instead, use a small amount of clear nail polish over the run to prevent further tearing.
This one is pretty straightforward. If there is one habit you should adopt to make your dance clothes last longer it’s air drying. The dryer is the number one culprit of wear and tear. Dancewear is made from thin material and will air-dry quickly, especially if you leave it in sunlight or near a heat source.
Canvas ballet shoes should be hand washed or machine washed on delicate in a mesh bag. Leather ballet, jazz, or tap shoes should be wiped down with a damp rag and or leather cleaner. Never put your dance shoes in the dryer. Try stuffing the shoes with paper towels or tissue paper to help them keep their shape while drying. If you air out your shoes after each use they will last much longer. It’s easy to throw your shoes in a sweaty dance bag and forget about them, but this will cause them to retain the moisture from your sweat and degrade quicker.
The Bottom Line
Dance requires specialized apparel that needs special care. Sure, you can throw everything in the washing machine and dryer and call it a day, but you’ll be shortening the life-span for these delicate and sometimes pricey pieces. Take good care of your dancewear and it will serve you well for years to come!
We wanted to share a bit of additional information about our studio plans for the remainder of the season. We will continue with In-Studio and Online classes. We have decided not to hold classes outdoors this Spring. We have also resumed in person uniform and shoe fittings with appropriate sanitation of fitting kits! We heard customer feedback and found that fittings are essential to the online purchasing process - so we’re happy to help! If you would like to schedule a shoe or uniform fitting, please let us know!
Our 12th Annual June Show, entitled “Out of this World” will be on Saturday, June 26 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. It will be an outdoor performance, divided into two or three smaller shows. In lieu of traditional dance costumes and to reduce the number of costume changes, we will be using recital logo cast t-shirts with dancer’s names listed on the back. The show will also feature our end of year awards and Me & My Guy performance!
Customer Policy Reminder
Everyone must comply with all health guidelines from the CDC and New Jersey Department of Health in order to participate in any in-person experiences, including but not limited to social distancing, hand washing and personal hygiene, and wearing of a facial cover where applicable.
Do not allow your child to attend class in person if he or she is sick, exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19, or has a fever or has been exposed to a close contact with COVID 19. In most cases, they can attend or watch class online when feeling ill. Parents and staff have a responsibility to report any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 from themselves or close family members to the studio if they have attended in person classes in order to allow for adequate sanitation of the studio facility, notification and contact tracing in accordance with health guidelines.
Modern Motion reserves the right to deny access to the facility, events, or classes to any student, parent, or individual accompanying an attending student who refuses to comply with or is otherwise found in breach of these requirements.
Modern Motion Dance School is offering a hybrid dance season! For our winter segment from November through the end of March, we will be offering classes online and in person with limited capacity, face masks required and physical distancing. Families may select whichever option they prefer, both options include a Virtual Performance in March. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Back to Dance - Executive Director Ginger Haithcox takes part in panel discussion with the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking
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This season brings some new offerings, modified schedule, and options for busy families to keep their children dancing! Modern Motion is the perfect place for a fun and safe way to enjoy dance class. We are using a trimester plan for this season in order to take advantage of nice weather and outdoor classes!
To give a sense of accomplishment, each segment will include a brief outdoor or virtual performance for the children. New to Modern Motion, or not sure what class is the best fit? Take advantage of the 7-day Class Pass to explore classes before enrolling. Read more on this season's plans for classes - three segments, one season!
Modern Motion takes the safety of our community very seriously and we wanted to share the health and safety guidelines we are following for during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note, as guidance continues to be updated regularly, we will adjust operations accordingly. As we launch our season, we plan to initially offer outdoor and online classes.
We are delighted to announce our 12th season of dance beginning August 15th! Students will engage in outdoor, online, and when possible, in-studio this season. Our studio rooms are getting wonderful upgrades that will improve the online experience with better lighting and sound, faster internet, and new HD webcams. Our season classes have been consolidated and in some cases shortened in length. We have also staggered arrival and dismissals to limit the number of people at our facility when outdoor classes are held. The time between classes also will allow time for cleaning high touch surfaces. Stay tuned for updates on our outdoor summer and fall class guidelines. We are following all health guidelines for disinfection, social distancing, and required facial coverings when social distancing is not possible outdoors.
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Hi folks! I sat down (virtually) with my team and came up with some great ideas to help everyone get the most out of their online dance classes. Here's the list, compiled by our own, Dustin Ciano, Business Operations Associate here at Modern Motion!
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We are currently uploading all recital songs to the portal and rolling out weekly teacher notes to the classes as well as recording instructional videos. Learn how to find these new elements with our screenshots located at https://www.modernmotion.org/online.html
Dear Dancers and Families,
The current health concerns around COVID19 are impacting all areas of our community and CDC guidance around protecting our community of all ages involves social distancing, handwashing, and considerations around gatherings. The very nature of dance education for children presents several challenges to preventing students from coming in contact with each other. I have decided to temporarily move all dance classes to an online learning experience to protect our community by minimizing the chances for spreading illness and to continue teaching. This change is effective Saturday, March 14, 2020.
Our online learning experience may include recorded lessons, worksheets or visual aids, and choreography for at home playback, and possibly interactive online learning or rehearsal that allows teacher to dancer feedback and a platform for questions. As I work with my team of faculty and staff, I appreciate your patience.
As of now, we are proceeding with our plans for a show on June 20th, however, all additional community performances at nursing homes and assisted living facilities are cancelled. Our community partners are or will be closing the doors to all visitors for the safety of the residents. Plans for performances at Great Adventure and Somerset Patriots are on hold at this time.
If you have not already elected to purchase your costume on autopay which will run March 15, the account balance can be paid online in the Customer Portal. The portal link is https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/modernmotion
In the meantime, in order to prepare for practice at home, find a spot that is clear of obstructions, if possible, so your dancer can move freely in a small area of your home. Our recordings will allow you to log on at your convenience and to rewind and replay breakdowns of steps or choreography. If you have a tap dancer, consider a small plywood board to protect floors. In lieu of a ballet barre, the back of a chair or a counter make a great support surface. Lastly, do not dance in socks on tile, laminate, or wood as it can be slippery.
As a community, we can work together through most anything. We look forward to connecting with dancers in a whole new way, strengthening our teaching methods and rejoicing when we can gather again safely at the studio. Links to online learning will arrive shortly.
Yours in Dance,
Executive Director | Modern Motion Dance School
Modern Motion Dance School