Dancewear en l’air: So Tight

nudebarreTechnology and diversity are not the first things you think of when you think of ballet, but fortunately times they are a’changing. First up we have Nude Barre.

Many years after failed attempts by companies such as Capezio to get traction on a product line with a full-range of skintones, Nude Barre is one of the new hopes of dancewear for all. Nude Barre tights come in an extended range of sizes and the company markets them as eco-friendly and anti-cellulite.

In contrast, Zarely markets themselves as a brand selling “fashion-infused” activewear and dancewear, with an elitist message to their marketing strategy – They toss off on the front page that their tights and leggings are “created by dancers and fashion designers, worn by the young and cultured.”  It sort of brings to mind the name-dropping that K.D.Dance Knitwear does at every opportunity.

The company also makes some sciency-hand-wavey claims. First, that by using reflective and anti-reflective materials in key places, their tights emphasize your lines, visually lengthen the legs, and reduce the appearance of flaws. Given that their models are already flawless, they don’t give themselves the opportunity to show this at work. They also use the old standby of compression construction to supposedly reduce swelling and support the joints. You can find plenty of research both for and against such claims.

What do you think dancers? Have Zarely tights give you an extra spring in your sauté? Has Nude Barre solved your complexion quandary? If you’ve tried either brand, let us all know in the comments what you think so far.

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Dancewear en l’air: 4 Can’t-Miss 4th Sales

EleveI couldn’t be more excited about Elevé’s ready-to-wear line – until today when they announced a rare sale for 4th of July. Use code JULY4SAVE10 to get 10% off the perfect look for your next audition.

Capezio is joining in with 20% off the entire site when you use promo code JULY4. Great time to stock up on those Ultra Soft tights.

The Dancewear Project wins the award for deepest discount, offering 30% off, plus free standard shipping for orders of $25. If you’ve never tried a Dancewear Project leo, now’s the perfect time. No code required – all prices marked down as shown.

We can’t talk discount dancewear without Discount Dance Supply. The long-standing favorite for best-priced must-haves is offering 15% off, plus free shipping for orders over $45 with code FSJULY17. Time to stock up on pointe shoes!

Happy Shopping, Dancers & Happy Birthday USA!

Blisster.com for Performers

summerglauAnother great resource for you lucky Australian dancers out there, and a great blog to add to your list where ever you are, Blisster.com is a online dancewear and costume retailer and blog that covers a variety of aspects of dance life, including great stage makeup and who in the acting world has also studied ballet.

Blisster tends to have more children’s styles than most other dance retailers. (So parents out there it’s a great place to look for cute options for your tween and younger dancers.) They also offer a free sizing service to all customers, which is rather unique, and an industry program for schools. Get $10 off your first $60+ order when you sign up for emails, and go beef up that holiday wishlist with styles that will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of a music box.

UPDATE: I typo’d that url link yesterday! So if you tried it and it was broken, that’s on me. Apologies and click through today to check it out!

Dancewear en l’air: To-Die-For Diadems

HBA_Lavander_Arrow_V2__31971.1416368440.107.123Rotation Dancewear offers a variety of lovely dance products, but the standout is their collection of stunning professional diadems. From Gamzatti to Grand Pas Classique and Santanella to Snow Queen, this collection covers a variety of essential costume headpieces for classic female roles.

Browsing through, it was impossible to pick a favorite – each style is exquisitely designed and evokes the perfect tone for its intended character. Whether you’re looking to bring a new costume creation to life, refresh an existing costume, or start a collection of beautiful pieces to have at the ready, Rotation’s professional-quality diadem collection is an ideal first stop for tiara shopping.

Dancewear en l’air: Rehearsal Wrap Skirts

il_570xN.631336454_h4xjI’m not even going to ask if you watched the amazing live coverage of the World Ballet Day, I know you did! And you know you were looking at those gorgeous pros wondering how you could one day look like them. It certainly doesn’t hurt to dress the part, and what did we see more of than ever on the ladies of WBD than the gorgeous flowing pastel rehearsal skirts and wrap skirts that can be so hard to find!

Short skirts are so popular for their leg lengthening, that it’s tough to find long ones below or at the knee, but don’t worry, I’ve done the legwork for you. There are a few ready to wear styles that will do the job, but for my money they often have too much fabric or some other issue. Obviously, your teacher may not allow you to wear them in class (most dancers only wear them in center by the way), but they are perfect for rehearsal, particularly when you will be wearing long tutu on stage. For rehearsal skirts to match the pros, handmade is usually the way to go. Here are your options:

Ready To Wear

M. Stevens 123G
This is a decent solution, but the excessive volume of fabric is only favorable for the most slim hipped dancer who is balancing out wider shoulders, or the older dancer looking for more modest coverage.

Capezio N276
This is an ok basic, but it only comes in black and the rolled hem is too tight, causing unattractive ripples at the hem in front and restricting movement of the fabric.

Sansha Misti 1
This is a favorite of mine, but it runs small. Also it is pull-on skirt, not a wrap style. It’s also very sheer and has a bit more fabric than necessary.

Repetto Rehearsal Skirt
Yep, this company is still around.

Cloud & Victory Rehearsal Skirts
These rehearsal skirts are pull on with layers of tulle, but managed to keep a slim look. Divine.

Handmade

Trienawear TR200L
This is a pretty gorgeous version. Still a little too much fabric, but that can be slimmed if you call them and ask for the “chiffon cut”. They offer a variety of other lengths as well.

Tulips by Tracey Skirts
These custom skirts are great. They offer a flowing knee length wrap skirt and a delicate pull on rehearsal skirt item – but be aware the latter has a wavy hemline. It looks good in the photos, but I’m not sure it looks good in person. Also, these skirts are cut to sit on the hips though you can pay extra to have it cut for your waist.

FlicFlac Dance Skirts
Etsy seller FlicFlac a long version of her skirts at about 22″ in a variety of colors. This UK seller ships worldwide.

Bakkendrup Custom Skirts
This Copenhagen company will make a skirt for you based on your measurements, or choose from their standard sizes.

Designs by Alice Skirts
This company is currently running low on skirts due to popular demand, but you can get on their mailing list to keep track of new styles.

Other Stuff

The Skirt
Ok so, this maker doesn’t have a long style, but I though it would be good to include them because they make SAB-style pull-on skirts, and I know you are all very fond of those. Also, they may be able to custom make a pull-on rehearsal length skirt if you ask.

So many options, so little time. If you know of any other resources, please let me know in the comments! Happy ballet shopping!

Dancewear en l’air: Boxy Cropped Cover-Up

productcojocaru13I think this is the first time I’ve posted two similar articles in a row… but I’ve waited too long to show you Cloud & Victory! I’m so in love with their spring/summer 2014 collection I could bust – Do yourself a favor and check out all their shirts and skirts, as seen on such inimitable luminaries as Joy Womack of American at the Bolshoi fame.

I’ve chosen their Cojocaru cropped cover-up because it absolutely embodies the effortless style of dancers. It’s made of soft Tencel to slide over your skin luxuriously, and this version’s print is inspired by gorgeous Alina Cojocaru to give you your day’s inspiration.

Have a dress code that requires coverups between classes? This is the perfect solution to stay breezy cool after a long sweaty class. This top would look completely fabulous over a tank or camisole leotard for the wide neck to show off your beautiful shoulders. Add one of their lovely lace skirts and voilà, you have an ensemble fit for a dancer of the Paris Opera. I would even throw this on for coffee or shopping. So chic!

 

Dancewear en l’air: Edgy Racerback Cut-Out Leotard

JulieDancewear1Jule Dancewear, made by Los Angeles Ballet dancer Julia Cinquemani, is most well-known for it’s wrap skirts but has also created two sporty leotards including this stylish racerback. I love this athletic take on dancewear. This leo pairs really well with the company’s famous wrap skirt color options as shown here, but also looks smashing alone.

Wear this stand-out style to your contemporary ballet class or modern dance rehearsal. If you’re not a skirt-wearer but still want additional coverage, a pair of short shorts or capri leggings goes equally well. Choose from a variety of color options, including innovative holographic trim.

Jule Dancewear is a perfect example of alternative income potential for aspiring dancers. Julia Cinquemani began selling her wrap skirts at an early age and was able to start her own company at 19 years old. In the competitive world of dance, Cinquemani aims to create dancewear that will set you apart and impart the confidence you need to be your best.

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