How to Make Latin Dance Dresses

dressed for ballroom dancing image by Tracy Martinez from

Things You'll Need

  • Material
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Lace
  • Sequins
  • Fringe
  • Feathers
  • Silk Flowers
  • Pins

A Latin dance dress, typically intended for a Latin ballroom class, performance or competition, is visually appealing as well as comfortable and practical. The range of movement should never be hindered by a dance costume, so beware of dresses that are too long or tight as this could restrict the ability to perform dances to the fullest. The classic Latin ballroom styles, such as the tango, mambo, salsa and samba, are known for risque and sexy costumes. Design the dress to be visually stunning but equipped to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions.

Choose a dress pattern that is about knee length and form fitting.

Cut two slits in the front of the skirt and two in the back. The slits should reach to the upper thigh of the wearer.

Sew fringe, feathers or rows of sequins to the sides of the strips and between them. The skirt will flair out when the dancer spins, and the added glitz will catch the light to highlight a move as well as add some Latin flavor to the ensemble.

Design a deep neckline on the dress by cutting a plunging "V" shape. Line the edges of the neckline with a strip of sequins. Add a piece of lace underneath the "V" to cover the bust with a sensual touch if desired.

Sew a layer of fringe or sequins around the edge of the end of the sleeve. This will help accent arm movements.

Pin a silk flower below the shoulder or alongside the neckline of the dress. Pin another flower to the hip of the dress.


About the Author

Michelle Barry graduated from Salve Regina University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Since then, she has worked as a reporter for the Wilbraham-Hampden Times, an editor for Month9Books and Evolved Publishing, editor and has spent the past seven years in marketing and graphic design. She also has an extensive background in dance.

Photo Credits

  • dressed for ballroom dancing image by Tracy Martinez from