Entertainment Performing Arts Warm Up Gear for Ballet Share PINTEREST Email Print Performing Arts Dance Gear Basics Styles Singing Acting Musical Theater Ballet Stand Up Comedy By Treva Bedinghaus Treva L. Bedinghaus is a former competitive dancer who has studied ballet, tap, and jazz. She writes about dance styles and practices and the history of dance. our editorial process Treva Bedinghaus Updated March 27, 2017 01 of 13 Thigh-High Leg Warmers Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Warming up is fundamental to ballet. A good warm-up routine is essential for preparing your body for a tough ballet class. You should warm up the major muscles of your body before you begin every ballet class. However, your ballet instructor will tell you that warming up your body from the outside is important as well. Keeping your body warm, especially on chilly days, is extremely beneficial. If your body is cold, you risk suffering from a dance injury, such as a pulled muscle. The good news is, warm up gear is fun to wear! Because most ballet instructors enforce strict dress codes, ballet dancers usually enjoy sprucing up their wardrobe during warm up time. Think of your warm up as a chance to really shine and show off your personal style. Today, dancewear shops are stocked with stylish warm-up gear, stylish enough for even the trendiest ballet dancers. Leg Warmers Perhaps the most popular of all warm up items, leg warmers are long knitted tubes used to warm up your legs. Leg warmers can be found in several different lengths, from very long to very short. Depending on the length, leg warmers help to keep your ankles, calves, knees and thighs warm. Thigh-high leg warmers, like the ones pictured above, are worn all the way up to the tops of your thighs. 02 of 13 Over-the-Knee Leg Warmers Hybrid Images/Getty Images Over-the-knee leg warmers are worn just over the knee and keep your entire lower leg warm. 03 of 13 Knee-High Leg Warmers Xsandra/Getty Images Knee-high leg warmers keep the lower halves of your legs warm, reaching just to the knee. 04 of 13 Anklet Leg Warmers moodboard/Getty Images These anklet leg warmers are fun, stylish, and keep your ankles warm. 05 of 13 Foot Warmers Image Source/Getty Images Sometimes referred to as pointe shoe covers, these big fuzzy socks really keep your feet warm on cold days. 06 of 13 Shrug Tracy Wicklund A shrug is worn on your arms to keep your hands, wrists, and arms warm. Think of a shrug as a leg warmer for each arm connected behind your neck. 07 of 13 Wrap Top Tracy Wicklund A wrap top is worn like a jacket. Wrap tops wrap around your torso and keep your arms and upper body warm. 08 of 13 Sweater Wrap Tracy Wicklund A sweater wrap is just like a wrap top, designed for keeping your upper body and arms warm. Sweater wraps are worn in very cold weather, as they are made of sweater material. 09 of 13 Dance Shirt FatCamera/Getty Images Dance shirts can be enjoyed all year, even in the middle of hot summers, since they are usually made of very sheer material. Dance shirts fit snugly on the body. 10 of 13 Warm Up Shorts Luis Alvarez/Getty Images Playfully known as "booty shorts," warm up shorts are tiny, tight-fitting shorts that are worn right over your tights and leotard. Warm up shorts are available in many textures, from thin lycra material to thick wool and cotton. 11 of 13 Jazz Pants Tracy Wicklund Jazz pants aren't just for jazz dancers...jazz pants are worn by ballerinas, too. Jazz pants are tight-fitting pants that slip right on over your tights and leotard. Some jazz pants are tight down to the ankle, but some are wide-legged. 12 of 13 Parachute Pants Tracy Wicklund Popularized in the 1980s, parachute pants have made a huge comeback in the dance world. Parachute pants are made of a thin plastic material designed to keep your entire lower body warmed up. 13 of 13 Ballet Skirt Tanya Constantine/Getty Images Last but definitely not least, a ballet skirt is one of the most popular warm up items worn by ballerinas. A ballet skirt is made of a very thin material and is tied at the waist. Learn how to properly tie a ballet skirt.