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Today’s Topic: Dance Belts.

Posted: Jul 18 2013

What is a dance belt?

It is an undergarment for male dancers.

 

What is the dance belt’s function?

Its two primary functions are to conceal and protect (I think you know what).

 

Why do male dancers have to wear a dance belt?

In a nutshell (pun intended), male dancers need their hanging glands to be placed out of the way from their own legs squeezing together and from other peoples limbs flying towards that area.  If they dont wear onethey will be dancing the Nutcracker in a literal sense.  Its incredibly unsafe to dance without one (any kind of dance).  Male dancers who are required to wear tight pants or leggings need to wear dance belts because it looks really obscene not to.  They might as well not wear anything.  It looks crazy when guys don’t wear one.

 

How old do you have to be before wearing a dance belt?

Heres our stance on this: if you are wearing tights, you should be wearing a dance belt, no matter what age you are.  There are dance belts available in size, even a children’s size 4.

 

 

“Can my son just wear tight underwear?”

-No.

 

“But my son is really young and doesnt have much down there.

-If your son is wearing tights or bike shorts or something like that, underwear is not ok (at least not to my working eyes).  Not only can we still see whats under them, we can also see the awful looking lines from the underwear.

 

“My son hates the thought of wearing a dance belt, what do I do?”

-You know your son better than we do, so whatever successful techniques you have to get him to do things he doesnt want to do, use those. However, I am going to give you my two cents as a mens athletic coach and as a former gymnast who had to start wearing a leotard at age 6; Address it in a matter-of-fact way.  This is what you have to wear. The end.  Dance belts are what dancers wear.  Period.  The end.  I sure as heck did not want to wear a leotard for gymnastics but it wasnt something we were allowed to complain about.  And that helped, a lot.  The other thing I can recommend is to show him a jock strap and a sports cup.  Um... those things stink!  I dont want to wear those, ever.  A dance belt (at least the WearMoi dance belt we carry) is WAY more comfortable and better looking than those two items.  And on top of that, it’s an undergarment.  No one can see this thing (thats the point of it).

 

Example Jock Strap:

 

         

 

 

“What are the feelings on a full seat dance belt vs. the thong dance belt?”

-There are mixed feelings about the full seat dance belt.  Some believe its a crutch or a wimpy way out of wearing a thong.  Others think its a great way to transition into the thong and a great thing for the dancers that are not so serious about the craft but want the concealing and protecting benefits.  As a dance store, there is no way we cant offer both.  And honestly, we like both.  We dont think there is anything wrong with having a transitional style or a substitute undergarment for those who are recreational.  But we do understand those who believe it might make the boys still not open to wearing the thong when they need to.

 

Full Seat                                                          Thong Back

      

 

 

“How do you wear the dance belt?”

-In order for the dance belt to achieve both the concealing and protective properties, the dancer needs to lift all things that hang in between his legs up to his stomach and slide the dance belt up so the pouch keeps what was once hanging, up.  Basically, make sure you tell them that everything down there needs to be up in the air, and then the cushion of the belt holds it there.”  And the thong of the belt will, yes, be up the crease in between the glutes.  

 

“What is the best dance belt?”

-There is a reason why we only offer one dance belt.  Its the best one. We know this because one of the owners (me) has worn EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.  I know there are die-hard fans of other brands but Id be REALLY surprised to hear that they tried the WearMoi belt we sell and said Errr... No I like the one I wear better.

 

“Who else can benefit from wearing a dance belt?”

-If you are supposed to wear one when you dance, you should probably be wearing one if you are taking yoga, pilates, or other movement modalities that require a lot of opening and closing of the legs or activities where there is contact to the groin (we’ve actually had quite a few horseback riders and jockeys come to our store searching for a dance belt).  Im not positive but I think wrestlers wear biketards and wear no underwear.  Weird.  They would benefit a lot from a dance belt.

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  • Posted by Elisabeth on January 17, 2016

    This is so helpful. I’m a single mom of a boy who wants to be in our studio’s performing company next year, and I was told by one of the dads that the boys who were in the nutcracker this year had to wear dance belts so he had to buy one for his son. Our boys are both 6, but it’s just a general studio rule that boys wear dance belts when performing in tights. I’m actually glad about that because it leaves you with no question of when to introduce the dance belt. So I’m looking into it now since he wants to join the youth company either at the beginning of summer or the beginning of next school year. I think it’ll be good for him, and if he complains, I’ll just tell him what I tell him when he complains about wearing socks and shoes to school, “that’s just the rule”.

  • Posted by William on December 01, 2014

    I’m a circus artist, my speciality is trapeze. I have ever hurt my part between my two legs bot sometime I old my breft. So my coach ask my to buy one dance belt and I was effraid and confused because I wasn’t nowing all that stuff and now I’m ready to buy one dance belt! Thank you!

  • Posted by Dane Youssef on July 19, 2014

    THE REAL HERO’S UTILITY BELT by Dane Youssef

    If a guy’s willing to wear the standard jock-strap in any other sport, he should know—and be comfortable enough—to wear the “dance-belt.” Keep in mind that ballet truly is…the ultimate sport.

    If the boy asks, “Why?” Just tell him… “It’s just like wearing a jock-strap.” And have his father tell him what happens when one—any jock—-plays virtually any sport without wearing a jock. Except boxing, of course. Or let him see himself what happens.

    Yes, ballet is a sport. In fact, it’s the ultimate sport. It makes anything else—even those sports that involve riding down snowy cliffs at break-neck speed or driving vehicles that have no speed limit.

    A man should protect himself. Just like the woman keeps her toes taped and padded with gel inserts and cotton balls when she does Pointe. Have that belt and made a nice firm cup over it at the same time. Accidents can happen. A guy needs less protection (just like anything else in life), but he still needs it. Women need more accessories when it comes to doing anything… and this is certainly no exception.

    Tell the boys that they can dance. Tell them they’re supposed to. Ladies… ask them to dance with you. Tell them that they have a place in ballet… An important place…

    —As Always, Dane Youssef

  • Posted by A student on June 14, 2014

    I love to wear my dance belt, I wear it even when I’m at school.

  • Posted by A mum on May 18, 2014

    Just wanted to say thanks. After reading this thread I did some wider reading then transitioned my son (9 years) across to a dance belt late last year. We tried a couple of different ones, but he’s now happy and obviously comfortable, often remaining in his belt for several hours after returning home from an 8 hour day at the studio. We are currently approaching ballet exam time of year here in Australia and many of the older boys in my son’s studio are not coping well with having to transition to dance belts for exams. Being a few years older, the belts are no longer optional for these boys. I’m very happy my son has switched across early, as it seems it is much easier to adjust (so to speak) at a younger age. Thanks to boysdancetoo for providing the info we needed :)

  • Posted by liz on May 15, 2014

    thanks for this information. My 12 years old son is now using a thong dance belt every class and sometimes like regular underwear, and he is comfy with that

  • Posted by Bob on January 17, 2014

    Would a young but tall three-year-old who still wears diapers be able to get away with wearing his diaper during dance class or should he wear a dance belt instead? I think a 4T would fit him and he definitely has the bowel and bladder control necessary to make it through a thirty-minute class. Would the diaper chafe? (I think he’s going to dance in sweatpants and a t-shirt, so there’s no tights issue. Thank you!

  • Posted by Denny on November 22, 2013

    I’m an older male (62) who practiced Yoga for three years before discovering a Dance Belt. I had injured “myself” several times and finally asked a male Yoga Teacher about it who clued me in. It wasn’t a “collision” injury that you immediately knew happened but a soft tissue injury that showed up later. Fortunately, everything still works okay but things don’t look the same. Like Mike (above) says, “I cannot stress enough that guys wear a dance belt”. Don’t wait until AFTER you’re injured.

  • Posted by A mum on September 20, 2013

    So, dance men – I have a question. How um, firmly held in place should everything be if a belt fits properly? My son is not keen on the belts I bought him (full seat Wearmoi), because he finds it too tight in the front region. The belt seems to fit him well in the backside (in a fitted way). I’m wondering whether he should move to the next size up, but am concerned that if I move him up, the belt will be too roomy and not do its’ job properly.

  • Posted by Stirling on August 22, 2013

    I’ll second the claim that the Wear Moi ones are the best.

    And to those of you out there who are on the fence with dance belts (try not to picture that literally), just know that I knew two guys who ended up needing surgery for testicle torsion because they refused to wear a dance belt.

  • Posted by Kate on August 08, 2013

    When my son first started wearing a dance belt, I thought he would have issues with it, but he was totally fine. I bought him a full seat version first, to “transition”, but he quickly found that the traditional dance belt works best with tights. Now, he does wear a full seat belt for hip hop class, but when he’s in tights, he only wears the traditional thong dancebelt. The full seat belt with tights gives a single-butt-cheek appearance and so generally looks odd and (as my teenager would say) gives the male dancer away as being “not legit.”

  • Posted by Amanda M. on August 03, 2013

    Thanks for the information – I was wondering when to start transitioning to a dance belt for my 11 year old and now I can see that the time is upon us. I also find that the no-nonsense, no complaining approach works best for us when trying new dance wear lol

  • Posted by Giselle on August 02, 2013

    Just read this article to my 11 year old dancer. He’s not convinced but told me to buy one because he did get kicked last year lifting his partner. Thanks for providing advice and education to our male dancers, especially for us parents who just don’t know these things.

  • Posted by Mike on August 02, 2013

    This is a really great article on dance belts. From personal experience as a dancer, I cannot stress enough how true this information is, and how important, too. I have sustained several injuries to my groin from dancing (casual dancing mainly, and without a dance belt) and also from surfing. I’m in my thirties now and can tell you, some of the injuries to the male groin such as sports hernias (which differ from a true hernia) are both very hard to diagnose and even harder to repair. Surgery in this region, as one very-respected surgeon told me when I saw him regarding my injuries, is difficult due to scarring and damage to nerves and is to be avoid when possible. So I cannot stress enough that guys wear a dance belt. No, it won’t protect against all possible injuries in this area, but it will certainly help.

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