By Jadée Nikita
Warm ups that will take your dance career to the next level. As a dancer, one of the most important things we can do for our bodies is to warm-up. Before you even think about lifting that heel off the ground to tendu, you better dress in your comfy sweats and stretch! Not all sweats are created equally, however. Depending on your style of dance, workout, and exercise regimen, you want to make sure that you are dressed appropriately so as not to cause injury or harm to your body. For example, if you are a hip-hop dancer, you
want to make sure you warm up in something that’s non-restricting and not too tight. You don’t want your clothes to be too baggy either. Fly Gyal recommends investing in sweatpants that have a drawstring, a zip-up hoodie that is easy to pull on and off without messing up your hair and makeup, and a pair of thigh high socks like those from American Apparel.
*Styling tip: Thigh hi socks look great with shorts when connected with a suspender clip.
If you are a ballerina, the importance of having warmups that are form fitting, non-restricting, and breathable are paramount. Leg warmers, thigh-hi warmers, rip-stop pants, and knit pants are essential Fly Gyal’s favorites for passé and retire exercises. They prevent you from getting dirt marks on your tights, plus they come in a cray-cray variety of colors and styles so you can be the Lady
Gam of your class! If your arms tend to get chilly at the beginning of a warm-up try donning a cute shrug with thumbholes by Mirella.
Fly Gyal’s Pick of the Week for spring warm-ups is Adidas Neo 3-Stripe Jumpsuit in Heather Grey. This convenient pull-up is perfect for long days on set or in the theater. Check out all of Fly Gyal’s Must-Have spring warm-up picks! Which is your favorite?
Photo: Via Liturgical Praise Worship Dance
FULL-ZIP HOODED SWEATSHIRT $154 / WOMEN’S ADIDAS NEO 3-STRIPES JUMPSUIT $50 / Mirella Warm-up Shrug with Thumbholes $22.90 / Body Wrappers Rip-Stop Pant $15.90 / Sansha Pointe Shoe Covers $5.20 / Free People Sheer Thigh Hi Legwarmer $20 / Free People Wooden Ships Open Stitch Legwarmer $48 / Stripe Thigh-High Socks $18 / Stussy No. 4 Lounge Pant $40