Here’s another one of those awkward topics, but I received an email from a mother with a son who has just started dancing and she needed to know the answer to this question ASAP. So here goes.
She wants to know: What’s the difference between a dance belt and a dance brief. Pretty simply really.
A dance belt is a thong created for male dancers; it allows the male ballet dancer to wear ballet tights with no “panty lines. “Plus, it gives them a way to…well..uh..create a neat “package” out of their male parts. (They don’t wear cups, although, sometimes they wish they did!) This is the accepted undergarment for male dancers, especially in the ballet world.
You can purchase padded dance belts or thinner models. The padded ones are not meant to make the guy look bigger but to provide a little added cover–kind of like some women prefer padded bras so they don’t show any detial when the air conditioning is a bit high. :~)
A dance brief is, indeed, a brief–a pair of tight under pants made for male dancers to wear beneath ballet tights and other dance clothing. It serves the same purpose as a dance belt if you will. Again, see this post for all the info you will ever need on “scoop and swoop”; the same info applies to a dance brief. However, the dance brief does leave a panty line–kind of a no no in the ballet world. They work just fine under dance clothing other than ballet tights or booty shorts, though, such as loose fitting shorts or baggy pants.
I’m sure young boys just starting out in the dance world would prefer dance briefs. The dance belt takes a bit of getting used to. If your son is wavering about dance, try the brief for sure. The dance belt might turn him off to dance. Sometimes boys don’t even want to wear tights. Many boys need to be led carefully into the world of dance. They want to try it, but their parents (usually the moms) need to tread lightly to be sure nothing scares them off.