The Definitive Guide to Dance Tights

One of the top five questions we get from customers in our retail stores is "how do I know which dance tights I need!?". We get it, there are a LOT to choose from. And when you're standing in front of a entire wall of tights without any idea of what you need, it can be overwhelming. The reason for all that choice is simple. We try to cater for every dancer, across every experience level and dance style, so there really is a pair of tights there for everyone. Our amazing dancewear consultants are always there to give you advice, but it can't hurt to be prepared, so here's a helpful guide to get you started.


The Classic Tight

Our Classic Tights are our best-sellers. With a soft, matte finish, and in a strong, durable knit, these tights are your go-to for class and rehearsal. They can be worn over, and over, and over again without pilling, which is why they are great for everyone - from baby beginners who are rough on their clothes to adults dancing several times a week. We find that most teachers include the Classic Tights on their uniform lists.

The Classic range includes footed, stirrup, footless, convertible (and fishnet) tights - and if those terms confuse you, keep reading - we will explain them.

The Essential Tight

Our Essential Tights are designed to offer a great quality tight at a lower price point. These tights are super-soft to the touch and a little more lightweight than the Classic Tights. If you only dance once a week, these are a great option. We always recommend the Classic Tights if you're dancing more often though, so bear that in mind when you're making your choice!

The Essential Tights are available in footed and convertible styles, and the colours vary a little bit to the Classic range as well - instead of Skin colour you can choose from Light Tan and Jazz Tan in addition to the standard Theatrical and Salmon Pinks.

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Our Professional Tights offer everything a professional or elite dancer requires from their hosiery. These tights are strong and durable, and of the highest quality to support artists through demanding rehearsals and performances.

The Professional Tight range includes our Professional Fishnet, which is strong and wiry to avoid snags, the Soloist Tight, which is slightly sheerer than the Classic to enhance your leg lines, and the Professional High Gloss Tights, perfect for Aerobics, Calisthenics and performances.


The Compression Tight

Compression Tights are an amazing way to look after your body while you dance. During exercise, lactic acid builds up in your muscles which results in pain and stiffness. Compression technology can help your muscles to recover faster by increasing blood flow and circulation as you move.

Our Compression Tights are available in both footed and convertible styles, in a range of colours. If you dance often, or for long periods of time, these are perfect for you - just remember that the fit will be tighter than a standard pair.

Style Options


Capri styles finish mid-calf. They are usually worn by jazz dancers or those who like to dance barefoot but with some coverage at the top of the leg. Click to Shop.


Convertible tights can be worn like a standard tight or rolled up to become footless, for those doing multiple classes one after the other, or ballet dancers who need to access their toes to add padding before pointe work. Click to Shop.


Everyone's go-to dance tights, Footed styles must be worn with shoes, whether that's Ballet shoes, Tap shoes or Jazz shoes. These are also the most comfortable for children with sensitive toes. Click to Shop.


Usually used for Broadway, Showgirl, Ballroom, Musical Theatre or Tap dancing, Fishnets are woven in a criss-cross pattern and give a glamorous look when worn with heels. Click to Shop.


Footless tights are ideal for those who are dancing barefoot, with a clean line at the ankle. These tights are popular for Contemporary dance or Lyrical styles. Click to Shop.


Stirrup tights are another way to allow barefoot dancing, but with an extended leg line. These can also be worn with shoes if preferred, and are often used for Aerobics in a High Gloss style. Click to Shop.


Getting the colour right can also be tricky, because some of the shades are quite similar. Your teacher will usually let you know what you need if there's a set uniform. If in doubt:

  • Theatrical Pink and Salmon Pink are standard Ballet tight colours. Your teacher will advise if they have a preference for uniform. Shop Theatrical Pink. Shop Salmon Pink.

  • Skintone is our best-selling colour for Jazz dance as well as the standard colour for Gloss and Fishnet Tights. Shop Skintone.

  • Tan is a darker option for those with deeper skin tones or if your teacher prefers a stronger look on stage. Shop Tan.

  • Some teachers may prefer you choose the Light Tan or Jazz Tan colours that are available in our Essential Tights collection. Shop Light Tan. Shop Jazz Tan.

  • Black and White tights are often used for Calisthenics, Performances and Concerts. Shop Black. Shop White.

So there you have it - a guide to everything you've ever needed to know about Dance Tights. If you have any more questions, you can always visit one of our Concept Stores, or talk to our customer service team by getting in touch here. Happy Dancing!

Article by Emily Newton-Smith

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