Dancing has long been a favorite pastime of both children and adults. Interest in traditional dance forms like ballet, tap, and jazz, has been augmented by the increased popularity of ballroom dance. There are a great number of dance studios equipped to instruct novice and expert dancers alike and with so many dancers out there, local dance clothing retail stores are enjoying a booming business. Dance outfits can be purchased at local dance clothing retail stores for any style of dance. Both men's clothing and ladies clothing should be included in the offerings. Some local dance clothing retail stores specialize in a particular type of dance outfits, such as costumes for ballroom dancing, or provide a wider selection of both ladies clothing and men's clothing that is suitable for ballet and other forms of dance. There are also women's clothing stores which offer a selection of dance-appropriate outfits. Before taking a trip to a local dance clothing retail store, it is important to note any dress code regulations which may be in force at the dance studio you or your child will be attending. Some studios which offer more serious, disciplined instruction require a particular color and style of leotard for their students' dance outfits. Other studios are more lax in their requirements for both ladies clothing and men's clothing. Whatever the case, knowing a studio's policies before you go to a dance clothing store will save time and money. Women's dresses will be available at some local dance clothing retail stores. Some of these will be appropriate for wear in the classroom, while others will be fashioned with a view toward performance. Women's clothing stores which specialize in ballroom dance costumes and rehearsal outfits should provide a wide selection of women's dresses, but also provide some selection of men's clothing as well. Some women's clothing stores will even offer customized services in which women's dresses can be altered for appropriate fit. Furthermore, some local dance clothing retail stores will have a seamstress on staff that can help you conceptualize, design, and create costumes for an upcoming performance.