Equipment and Gear Overview
Some clinics will provide pom-poms for everyone but it can’t hurt to have your own pair so you can guarantee that you get to practice with them every time. You might also want to invest in jazz shoes especially if you are auditioning or dancing for a drill team or studying a more technical style of cheer dance. Usually you are expected to wear slim, low-cut, white sneakers that allow you to point your foot and turn. Nothing too clunky or colorful! Generally you want more tight fitting clothing to show off body lines; however being comfortable and appropriate is key to feeling your best in class. See the apparel section for more details.
- Water bottle (Stay away from sugary sports drinks)
- Ponytail holder to pull your hair back
- Band Aids to help break in those new shoes
Generally anything that shows off your body lines in an appropriate way works for a cheer dance class. You will see everything in class from long flared jazz pants with a dance top to a cheer skirt with briefs and a sports bra. Do not show up to a cheer dance class in street clothes or anything that doesn’t stretch and bend with your body. You want to be comfortable but still look like you meant to show up to class that day and didn’t just walk in off the street. If you are unsure of what to wear just stick with the basics like I mentioned first and you can’t go wrong. Also, bring a lot of clothing options and layers with you to class so that you can mix and match until you feel confident.
Wear black jazz pants with black socks/tights and black jazz shoes. On top, wear a tight-fitting colorful dance or workout top that is flattering for your body. Hair almost completely down with part discreetly pinned back and secured in place so the judges can see your beautiful face! “Camera ready” makeup.
It depends on what professional team you are auditioning for, but typically you wear dance or athletic shoes on your feet and make sure they have non-marking soles on the bottom. Wear a one-piece leotard or briefs on the bottom and a crop top. You want to make sure the judges can see your body as you move through the dance routines. Wear tights that are the same color as your skin. These should be worn under your leotard or dance briefs. Hair almost completely down with part discreetly pinned back and secured in place so the judges can see your beautiful face! “Camera ready” makeup.
Whatever you want, if you have extremely long hair you might want to pull it back away from your face to keep it from bothering you and distracting from your dancing. If you are auditioning for a collegiate or professional dance team you will want your hair down but discreetly pinned back away from your face. Buns are also accepted and recommended a lot of the times for high school drill teams. When in doubt, check with your organization or the audition information.
Wear dance or athletic shoes on your feet and make sure they have non-marking soles on the bottom. Tan or black slip on jazz shoes are a general “must have” for most drill teams and collegiate squads. They allow you to turn, leap, point your toes, and dig into the floor for traction.